Chocolate chip cookies that don’t fall flat? Aren’t crunchy all over? Have just the right amount of gooey even a week old?
Friends. I have been keeping this secret from you, not on purpose … just out of habit. I grew up baking these cookies with my mom and remember the stories of others always wondering HOW her cookies turned out perfect every single time.
Allow me to show you.
Sugar, Brown Sugar, Crisco (important), 2 eggs, vanilla, chocolate chips, flour, baking soda, and salt.
Crack your eggs, add your sugar and brown sugar, vanilla and Crisco to one bowl. BEAT.
The Crisco is one of the keys to the never flat, always gooey but crunchy on the outside – perfect cookie. It just is. I don’t know why, I’ve baked countless cookies with butter or other kinds of fat and in order to get this effect, you need crisco. (Off brands are fine, too)
Then add the rest of your ingredients to the bowl – the “dry” ones, save for the chocolate chips and beat til blended well.
Now, here’s the real secret.
You need to add about a Table Spoon (TBS) of water to the cookie dough at this point.
I was in my teens before my mom ever gave that up. She was shocked when I acted shocked that this was actually the secret. Apparently I had missed this little nugget EVERY SINGLE TIME we baked cookies together. It’s possible. But there it is.
Mom – we were in 691 and you were wearing that cream colored sweater you loved – we were baking together and you reached over me to add the the TBS of water and I gasped. You giggled. (Love you mom!)
Beat again to incorporate the water then add your chocolate chips and stir to mix.
From here you just take whatever method works best for you and bake the cookies. We use two spoons to make balls of the dough. Then bake. Then cool. Then eat.
I’m not giving measurements or a recipe because I always bake off the back of a package with chocolate chip cookies. The recipe out of Betty Crocker is a winner too. But the back of the chip bag is never too far from Betty and it’s easier for me.
This recipe (and they’re all similar) was from Nestle.