Jenny’s Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

his post is from my series featuring “real home cooks”, making one of their favorite recipes in their own kitchen.  As a photographer and a cook, I love this documentary “story/intereview” style with lots of pictures!  This is the first post in the series, and it features my sister Jenny and her yummy doughy Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why this recipe?  Why do you like it?  I think because I know the recipe by heart so it is really easy to do, and everyone loves them.

Is this your recipe?  Yes  How did you develop it?  Well, I had a friend who made a cookie that everybody loved.  And I asked her if she would share the recipe, and she said “No.” (lol)  So I thought…fine, I’ll figure it out.  Because what I liked about it was that it raised high and kind of doughy.  So it was kind of like cookie doughy.  It is almost like you are eating cookie dough, but it is cooked.  So I just started with my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, and experimented with adding more flour, and adjusting the cook time.

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is your secret?  Is there a trick to it?  Well one thing that I probably can’t really ‘tell’ you is I know myself what the dough should feel like.  I have given other people the recipe and they say “I can’t make them like you make them”.  I put 4 cups of flour in the recipe, but it could need more.  It needs to be able to be a big ball of dough…not wet or runny.

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s almost like playdoh.  All the dough comes off the sides of the bowl and the bowl is practically clean when it is ready.  At this point, it actually takes some muscle to mix in the chocolate chips.

The other thing I always do is put it in the refrigerator because that hardens it just a little bit more.  I use a cookie scooper…ice cream scoop…and so basically when I scoop it out of here and put it on the pan it stays in that same form/shape.  Putting in the refrigerator helps it cool and dry so that it comes off the cookie scoop better.

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

The thing about my dough that I like is that this is basically just the base dough.  So I can put chocolate chips in it, and it is chocolate chip cookies, or I could just make it into balls and roll it in cinnamon and sugar and is snickerdoodles.  I can just put a cup of peanut butter in it and it is peanut butter cookies, or just bake the dough as it is and frost them for sugar cookies!

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jenny’s Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jenny’s Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and sal; stir into the creamed mixture.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cooke scoop to round dough into balls. Don't roll the balls, just make them rounded.
  7. Place onto ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until centers are set and very lightly browned. Don't overbake.
  9. Cool 2 to 3 minutes before removing from baking sheets.

 

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