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I truly believe food is love; it calms the soul, and lightens the heart. I am pleased you are here to share my many recipes, crafts and thoughts. Thank you so much for joining me, and may you always eat, drink, and be merry!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Just Like Bad-For-You Toll House Cookies...In A Good Way

Life has been very busy lately, working and moving, moving and working; needless to say we have been undeniably tired these past few weeks.  Jacob and I packed up our little Albany home, and trucked everything back to Corvallis.  We now reside in a decently sized apartment, in a prime location ...unfortunately the view isn't so great, and some might describe the neighbors as being a bit less than the social elite.  This matters very little to me, as I am just excited and thankful to be back in this town.  It is a much more health conscious region. Not only that, but our apartment already feels like home, and our cats seem to think so too.

I have noticed that all the treats I have been sending to Jake's work, might be making him a favorite.  His kindhearted  manager Kevin, offered exuberantly to let us borrow his pickup, at the suggestion that I would make him gooey chocolate chip cookies.  Poor Kevin tells Jake of his feeble attempts at recreating the chewy cookies his mum used to make from scratch, "...burnt, and rock hard." he recalls.  Don't worry Kevin, I can fix that.  As a 'thank you' I made him about 100 melt-in-your-mouth cookies.  He loved them, and trust me, you will too.

This recipe can be easily halved ... or doubled if you need about 200 cookies,
which you might considering they are so addicting!
That being said, this is a large recipe,
left over dough is great for freezing for later use.

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies:


2 Cups organic shortening 
(This is very important, don't replace with butter. I used Spectrum)
1 1/2 Cups brown sugar
1 1/2 Cup unbleached sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 Cups unbleached flour
4 1/2 cups chocolate chips 
(I like to use different sized chips, at various darkness's)


Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix.  Next sprinkle in baking soda and salt, stir.  Lastly scoop in flour and chocolate chips, do not over mix,  but make sure ingredients are well combined.

Roll cookie dough into 1-2 tablespoon sized balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes, for gooey cookies.  Let cool slightly, or completely.  Bon Appetit!

 The baked cookies are also nice in lunches.
I ordered these adorable reusable sandwich and snack bags from:
The High Fiber,  she did a fabulous job.
They are made of a beautiful organic hemp/cotton material.
I highly recommend checking out her work.