Sorry folks! I forgot to post this yesterday, and it just must be shared immediately!
This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time, which is saying a lot, because I've tried many varieties and am very serious about my cookies. Originally, I received this recipe from a friend's awesome mother who ran her own bakery, and I've since found it floating around the internets as well. So below, for your baking pleasure, you'll find some cookie documentation and the fantastic recipe.
The secret ingredient? Butter-flavored crisco. Some people think using shortening is weird or immediately associate it with lard, even though it's vegetable based. But it makes the cookies perfectly crunchy on the outside and chewy and gooey and the inside. So trust me, just try it
3/4 cup Butter-Flavored Crisco
1 1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
A little milk (no more than 2-3 T)
1 tablespoon Vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour (I haven't tried whole wheat)
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda (A little less than 1 t gives you chewier cookies)
1 cup chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, or mix it up!)
1 cup nuts (optional... I usually leave them out just to avoid allergy issues)