In addition to going for a hike yesterday, what else did I do? Yup, that’s right, you guessed it – I baked. Now for once I can honestly say it wasn’t because I was craving something myself, but my mom had told me earlier this week that she really wanted some homemade cookies, so I told her I would make some. Chocolate chip cookies were the first thing I ever baked when I was younger, and I have been making them for as long as I can remember. But I’ve always used other peoples recipes, and although they always turned out great, something made me want to try and create my own recipe this week. So I did! The recipe could use some tweaking to perfect it, but in my opinion (and my moms) they turned out pretty well.
The chocolate chip cookies that I have been making since I was young have always been flat, crispy and chewy. So, when deciding what type of cookies I wanted my recipe to make, I decided on a soft, taller cookie. In order to determine what type of ingredients I would need to include in my recipe to create this type of cookie, I looked to Baker Betty’s Guide on How to Create a Cookie Recipe for some help. Every chocolate chip cookie recipe I had ever made called for butter, but after reading this guide I realized that if I wanted to have a taller, soft cookie, I would need to use shortening instead. Also, I always used all-purpose flour, but for this recipe I decided to use cake flour to produce a soft cookie.
Originally I was just planning on making a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, but my mom asked me to add in some extras. She loves both walnuts and Skor bits, so she asked me if I could throw those in the recipe as well. Since I was already veering away from a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, I decided I would also throw in some almond extract along with vanilla extract. The next time I make this recipe I will probably use a little less almond extract as I found the taste to be a little too strong, however my mom loved it. So if any of you want to try out my take on a chocolate chip cookie recipe, here it is!
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 tbsp Skor bits
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat together shortening, sugars, vanilla extract, almond extract and egg.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Mix together the wet and dry mixtures.
- Add chocolate chips, walnuts and Skor bits.
- Roll cookie dough into balls and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown.