Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 3/4 cups flour
 1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter-nut extract
 1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups pecans
 Melt shortening in microwave (to soft stage), then beat sugar and flavor extracts into shortening until creamy. Add egg and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, and soda. Add the mixture to the blender by heaping tablespoons until blended into mixture. Add the chocolate chips and pecans and blend by hand.
Bake cookies 8-10 minutes at 375oF.
Cool for two minutes or so, then remove from sheet to cool. works best to use a double wall (insulated) cookie sheet.
Variations: You can use 1 cup milk chocolate chips and 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips instead of just milk chocolate chips. The flavor is not as mild, but is very chocolate.
Walnuts can be substituted for pecans..

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