Friday, July 11, 2014

Phryday Phood--Chocolate...chipped!

Every once in a while, I find myself perplexed by life.  Why, I ponder, can't there be an easy way to elevate one's mood without the use of alcohol or drugs.  Surely there must be some substance that when combined with natural ingredients, increases the metabolism and satisfies a longing at the same time.  Well, of course there is.  It's called chocolate!  Considered by some to be the perfect food category (of course it's a category!  It must be on the food pyramid somewhere?!), it's consumable in a myriad of forms.  One of the easiest, of course, is the chocolate bar.  What, I wonder, would happen if you were to take that bar and chop it into little chips?  Oh wait, that's been done as well.  Okay, how about adding those natural ingredients mentioned above and baking them?  Well, cookie, someone has done that as well.  In fact, there must be 100's of chocolate chip recipes, some fabled, some on packages, but all supposedly the best.  Never shy, and not to be outdone, I would offer you the following.  It came from the neighbor, about 38 years ago.  The humor to that is, her son loves "my" chocolate chip cookies!  And when he comes home, I make them!   Hint--these do not hold well in a jar.  You want to freeze them when they have cooled (those that are left after the "eat them while they're warm" stage).  They nuke well, or are simply audaciously good frozen!  Enjoy them and know you are loved!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter                                        
1 cup Butter Flavored Crisco             
2 cups white sugar                              
2 cups brown sugar  
2 tsp. vanilla             
4 eggs       
4 cups flour              
5 cups oatmeal
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
2-12 oz. pkgs. Chocolate chips (I mix dark and semi-sweet)
Cream shortening and butter.  Add sugars and beat until mixed.  Add eggs and beat until fluffy.  Add vanilla.  In separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour and 2 cups oatmeal.  Add 1 tsp. salt, soda, and baking powder.  Stir until well mixed.  Add remaining flour and oatmeal.  Add remaining salt, soda, and baking powder.  Stir until well mixed.  Add liquid ingredients and stir until blended.  Add chocolate chips and stir.  Using a small ice-cream scoop, place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.  (I have recently discovered parchment paper.  Line the pans with this and clean up is a breeze!!!) Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

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