Wondering what you are going to leave out for Santa this Christmas? Milk and cookies are his favorite and the traditional chocolate chip cookies are the best!.
Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies never hurt anyone. When you’re bushed from the Christmas shopping and in over your head with the holiday cooking, turning to a tried and true recipe for simple Chocolate Chip Cookies can be the best resolution.
Take a moment this holiday season to reminisce about how your grandmother or mom use to make them while you cozy up next to the fire and indulge in a chewy batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies. After all, aren’t the holidays all about the memories with the nearest and dearest to you?
I think in the era of the buy what you can attitude, if I had to find a bakery with old fashioned chocolate chip cookies closest to the by gone times, I would pick Panera. However, one Chocolate Chipper Cookie is over $2, which is hardly convenient for a party or to serve to houseful during the Christmas season. However, you can get a bag of Petite Chocolate Chipper Cookies for around $5.29. That’s a dozen of the same delicious cookies in a smaller size and each only 100 calories. In my opinion, those Petite Chipper Cookies are about the size of a regular cookie you would bake at home. So, you can count your calories and stay on budget with that option. If almost $6 for a dozen cookies still feels a little steep for a dozen chocolate chip cookies, then make them yourself.
To be honest, for me, it’s not the holidays until I have baked something and chocolate chip cookies are the easiest way to please everyone. This recipe for traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies is as close as it gets to what you might find at a Panera bakery or on your grandmother’s kitchen table, and you will have plenty to leave out for Santa or for the holiday cookie exchange.
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4⅓ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 oz. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Mix butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Separately combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and mix together.
- Mix dry ingredients slowly into wet ingredients and blend well. The dough should not be sticky (If needed, stir in 1 teaspoon of water at a time until it just holds together).
- Add in chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
- Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, flattening them slightly, and placing them about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes, so they're more likely to hold their shape.
- While waiting for the dough preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes, or until lightly golden on the edges.
- Let cool 2 minutes before serving.