My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 2 sticks room temp. GOOD butter
  • ½ cup shortening or lard
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ cup GOOD hot fudge sauce
  • 4¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 20-24 ounces GOOD chocolate chunks or chips (dark, milk, etc.)
  • 3 cups toasted nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and shortening in an electric mixer.
  3. Add the brown sugar one cup at a time, then the eggs one at a time.
  4. Add the vanilla and the hot fudge sauce.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Mix well and SLOWLY add to the butter/sugar/egg mixture.
  7. Finally, add the chocolate of your choice and (optional) toasted nuts.
  8. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are JUST TURNING golden brown.
  10. If you desire, you can chill the dough and use as needed (keeps in the fridge for 4 days freeze if you plan on keeping it longer).
This is my perfected (to date) chocolate chip cookie recipe. After years of baking other people's recipes, I think I've got a sinfully rich one with the right balance of chewy and crispy. My family and co-workers rave about them!