Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mama Withrow's Super Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok folks, I am going to give you Mama Withrow’s Super Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I have kept this one a secret for many years. I have just altered a standard recipe to make them crispy around the edges but chewy in the center.

Mama Withrow’s Super Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

 4 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
 2     teaspoons baking soda
 1     teaspoon salt
 2     cups butter, softened (4 sticks)
 2     cups dark brown sugar, packed
 1     cup sugar
 2     tablespoons vanilla extract
 4     large eggs
 4     cups good quality chocolate chips (pick your favorite milk, semi, bitter or a mix)
 2     cups chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 In a medium bowl, measure flour, soda, and salt, stir with a wire whisk to blend; set aside. In a large mixer bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and beat on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts; if desired.

Drop by medium scoop onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light and center is golden and still has a light sheen for chewy cookies or until completely light brown for crunchy cookies. Let cool on cookie sheets for about a minute to let chewy cookies set-up. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Once completely cool (if you have any left) store in an air-tight container.

Makes about 4 ½ dozen 3 inch cookies.

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