Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip CookiesSo we’ve been on a quest for a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Most of the ones that you get out of books are good but we were looking for a great one.  Even going and getting cookies from bakeries they came up a little short.  That’s why I usually grab a brownie because I love brownies!!  That’s a different post though.  We’ve (and I mean my hubby) looked and looked all over the internet and finally found a great chocolate chip cookie recipe.  We only changed it a little.  Since we are at high altitude it is really important to add more structure to your cookies, meaning you need to add more flour.  If you are at sea level just take half a cup of flour out of the recipe.  There are a lot of chocolate chips in this recipe but it turns out really good.  Photos are Below.  You should definitely try these Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They are awesome.

 

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: cookie
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 dozen
 
Adapted from savorysweetlife.com
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup crisco (I like using the butter flavored)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3¼ cup flour (at sea level 2¾ cups)
  • 1 scant teaspoon kosher salt (3/4 tsp regular salt)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 oz mini semi-sweet chips (apprx. 1 cup)
  • 10 oz milk chocolate chips (apprx. 2 cups)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, crisco, sugar and brown sugar until light in color and fluffy.
  3. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add salt, baking soda, baking powder and half the flour. Mix on low.
  5. While your mixer is on low, slowly add the rest of the flour until all is incorporated.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips. The batter will be thick.
  7. Drop tablespoon heaps onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown.

 

 

Razz-Ma-Tazz

raspberriesI don’t have cool stories like my Hubby.  I always get high praise for these Razz-Ma-Tazz bars though.  They are really good if you like almond and raspberry.  Even though I took this recipe straight from Nestle, I use Ghirardelli white chips.  For those who need gluten free products, Ghirardelli is a great brand to chose.  When I make these I usually do it in a cookie sheet and triple the recipe.  I’ll try and get pictures up soon.

 

Razz-Ma-Tazz
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Recipe type: Dessert Bar
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 16
 
Adapted from "Nestle Collection", also on https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/105108/razz-ma-tazz-bars/
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup white chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup white chips (those remaining in the bag)
  • ½ cup raspberry or blackberry jam (seedless if you want)
  • ¼ cup sliced or slivered almonds (or as much as you want)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees
  2. Grease and flour (or sugar) 9x9 baking dish
  3. Melt butter in saucepan or in microwave (in a microwave safe bowl)
  4. Add first cup of white chips to butter and let sit for a couple minutes. You want the chips to melt in the butter so after a few minutes I'll stir it a little to see if it has. Sometimes I need to add more heat so they all melt.
  5. Beat eggs until they lighten in color.
  6. Add sugar and mix again til slightly foamy, a few minutes.
  7. Stir in butter-white chip mix.
  8. Add flour, salt and almond extract and mix until well combined.
  9. Carefully spread ⅔ of the mixture into bottom of pan. You want to try and spread it as evenly as possible, filling in the bottom. While it will melt and spread a little in the oven, it won't spread that much.
  10. Bake 15-17 minutes or until the edges turn a light brown.
  11. Heat jam in microwave to make it spreadable, 30-50 seconds. (Sometimes I have to repeat this a couple times)
  12. Spread jam over warm bottom crust.
  13. Stir the rest of the white chips into the remaining batter.
  14. Drop spoonfuls of batter over jam.
  15. Sprinkle with the almonds.
  16. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned on top.
  17. Cool and cut.

 

Lemon White Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Lemon CookiesI will admit that I think I’m pretty good at making cookies.  I like making cookies and I make a lot of them.  My kids get upset at me because I usually give them away (if I have them in the house I will eat them).  I like trying new recipes too and most recipes don’t scare me.  I can follow a recipe fairly well, until I spectacularly mess up.  Then I tried these Lemon White Chocolate Cookies.

I was making these cookies for the first time and read the ingredient list wrong.  Instead of 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, I put in 1 Tablespoon of lemon extract.  Yep, you read right, lemon extract.  The cookies turned out with a very strong lemon flavor with the white chocolate smoothing it out.  For those of us who like lemon it was actually really good.  The next time I made them I decided to follow the recipe because if they turned out good with the extract they should be good with the right ingredients, right?  Wrong!  They were okay, I guess.  Kind of bland with no real depth to them. Nothing special.

So I went back to the book, scratched out juice and wrote in extract.  Now I have a great lemon cookie because I didn’t read the recipe right.  I don’t put in the nuts because I don’t like nuts in cookies but if you want to try it the recipe recommends walnuts or cashews.  I hope you enjoy these Lemon White Chocolate Cookies as much as I do!

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This recipe was adapted from the book Nestle Collection.  It’s an awesome book, and fairly inexpensive on amazon (because I think it’s out of print).

Lemon White Chocolate Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3 dozen
 
Adapted from the book Nestle Collection
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 oz package) white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Soften butter, either leave it on the counter for a while or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  3. Cream butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.
  4. Mix in egg.
  5. Add lemon extract.
  6. Add salt and baking soda.
  7. Slowly add flour while mixer is on low.
  8. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  9. Put on baking sheet in 1 tablespoon heaps.
  10. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Or longer depending on how crispy you want your cookie.