Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Grandma Lil's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My beautiful son-in-law comes from a family of wonderful cooks, and they have generously shared their recipes with Monica. One of their finest is this cookie recipe from Jim's grandma. Come on now, the world can always use more chocolate chip cookies!

makes about three dozen

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 bag or 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. Cream shortening and sugars together, add egg and vanilla, then add dry ingredients. Last fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop onto parchment cookie sheets about 2" apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, checking and turning cookie sheets halfway through. Remove from pan and place on cooling racks.

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