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Chocolate has been around for a long time. One of the most fun ways to enjoy it is in the form of a cookie. Keep reading to see how you can sink your teeth into some delicious chocolate cookies along with some fun facts about chocolate.
Chocolate didn’t reach the distant shores of the Americas until the 1700s. As we were becoming a nation, chocolate was growing as well. The first chocolate factory opened up here in 1780 to bring the good taste to everyone. The first chocolate recipe (for brownies) appeared in the Boston Cooking School cookbook in 1906.
While brownies are good, no one can resist the taste of a moist, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Served with a glass of ice cold milk, it makes for the perfect ending to any day or any meal. Let’s make some right now.
There is a basic chocolate chip recipe that most of us watched our grandmothers and mothers make for years. It was great for holidays, birthdays and anytime they wanted to offer a special treat.
Old-School Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
It’s fun and easy. Make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand and ready to go.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup sugar
¾ cup all purpose flour (if using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt)
1 ½ ounces vegetable shortening
6 ounces chocolate chip morsels
1. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.
2. Add remaining ingredients to the dry mixture, except chips. Mix well. Then, add chocolate chips.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Using a teaspoon, drop cookie mixture by spoonfuls onto a non-stick cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 12 minutes. Check and add more time in 1-minute increments as needed.
Other Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ideas
When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, there are many variations on the theme. It all depends on your sense of taste. Let your kids help with creating new and wondrous recipes. Here are some ideas that may tingle your taste buds.
- Chocolate chunk – instead of adding morsels, use semisweet or dark chocolate blocks cut into quarter inch pieces.
- Chocolate chocolate chip – These cookies not only have the chocolate chips but there is chocolate in the batter. Add cocoa powder to the batter to give your cookies that deep chocolate color.
- Oatmeal chocolate chip – Add some natural rolled oats to the mix for chewy cookies with a hint of fiber.
- Pecan chocolate chip – Add pecans or any other favorite nut to the recipe. Mix in at the end of the recipe along with chips.
There are many varieties of chocolate chip cookies. Add cinnamon, mint chips, peanut butter chips, or raisins to your cookie. It’s up to you.