Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off

Chocolate chip cookies are classic and practically every American family probably has a token recipe that they always make on occassion. When my sister and I discussed making chocolate chip cookies for the kids, we were both proclaiming our love of our own chocolate chip cookie recipes.  So, we decided to each make our own cookies and have the family be the judge of which one they liked best. Mine are made with shortening and hers are made with butter. I know...shortening is not something I really EVER bake with, but I've always made this cookie recipe and I just can't seem to find one that I really like better - in taste or texture.  Sharon's are actually quite similar, but I'm still partial to mine (pictured above). They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a yummy combination of bittersweet and milk chocolate chips.  
We decided to both break out our recipes and see what the family thought.  However, we made them at my sister's place so she had her husband and family on her side and the familiarity of her own oven, which I discovered is a bit finicky. We made our cookie dough one evening and baked our cookies for the kids during a play date the next day.

I love using the small cookie scoop to make the size of the cookies consistent.  

These are my sister's cookies below. They were similar in size in texture also.  However, hers are made with real butter (what I usually prefer) and she used chocolate chunks instead of chips.  I like the idea, but it's a lot of chocolate in one bite. 

Here they are - my sister's vs. mine. I'm not sure if it's how they baked in her oven or the recipe, but they also turned out a little rough around the edges (no offense) and not as smooth and finished off as the way mine baked.

I still like my recipe, but will probably use hers on occasion also. I also have a few other proven recipes that I've found and would like to try and see if I find any butter recipes that I like better than mine.

The verdict!?  The toddlers were impartial, the kindergarteners were split and her husband ended up siding with her (go figure). You can try out the recipes and be the judge yourself.  Go it.  Make a nice batch of cookies, pile up a plate with warm ones right out of the oven and grab a cold glass of milk. 


Amanda's Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 C. shortening (I used non trans-fat shortening)
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
2 C. flour
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips
Cream the shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla till light and fluffy. Sift together dry ingredients and stir together with the creamed mixture. Add chocolate chips and nuts (optional).

Use a small cookie scoop to drop 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes (turning part way through).  Remove and cool on wire rack.

Sharon's Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. white sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
3 C. flour
1 t. baking soda
1t. salt
1 bag chocolate chips

Mix together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Sift together dry ingredients separately and add to wet. Mix in one bag of chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10 minutes (turning cookie sheets part way through). 

1 comment:

  1. Oh how yummy a cookie bake-off. This is going to be fun, who shall I invite to bake with me. Now if I bake alone I can have them all, but if I have a friend I can share. Decisions, decisions, we shall see who I can round up. Thanks for the two recipes, will let you know how it goes.