Grandma’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie.. except a great chocolate chip cookie. The right amount of soft and crisp, balance or chocolate and and sugar is hard to come by. But of course, my grandma, one of the greatest bakers I know has almost perfected the recipe. She used just shortening though, and as a butter lover I thought it was wrong to completely leave it out of any cookie recipe, so I adapted it slightly.  This is my go to recipe for the classic comfort food chocolate chip cookie. The smell of these freshly baked cookies is simply irresistible as, for the moment I took them out of the oven I had to have one with some milk. I added walnuts but they can easily be left out or replaced with butterscotch chips, cashews, ect.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or more)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Sift Flour, salt, and baking soda
  • In a seperate bowl cream shortening, butter, and sugars
  • Beat in vanilla and egg
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients
  • Stir in nuts and chocolate chips
  • Roll into balls and bake on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper for about 8 minutes

Who’d have thought so much happiness and comfort could come from a simple cookie… even more reason to have more than just one!
Happy Summer

Whole Wheat Strawberry Scones

Summer means fresh fruit, specifically fresh strawberries. After making several fresh strawberry desserts including strawberry tart and strawberry shorkcake my the remaining strawberries were not quite as good as they were initially. So I figured I would bake them into some scones and wanted to have fun adapting a classic scone recipe to add whole wheat and cut down on some of the fat and sugar while still keeping the classic scone taste. In they end they were perfect! I drizzled them with a bit of white chocolate (so much for decreasing the sugar) and had one with a bit of almond butter too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3-5 Tbs. Milk (I used 2% anything from skim to heavy cream will work)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (or any fruit)
  • beaten egg for coating the top and sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  • Cut in butter and applesauce until mixture resembles fine crumbs
  • Stir in egg
  • Gradually add milk 1 Tbs. at a time until dough is just moist enough to leave side of bowl -should still be somewhat crumbly
  • Add in strawberries
  • Put dough on floured surface and roll into a circle about 1/2″ thick
  • Cut into 8 (or 12) pieces
  • Brush top with egg and sprinkle with a bit of sugar
  • Bake for about 14-19 minutes or until golden brown on top
  • Immediately remove from cookie sheet
  • Drizzle top with melted white chocolate or serve with butter, peanut butter, nutella (my favorite), lemon curd, really anything