Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kirsti's Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my friend Kirsti's recipe. Everyone who knows Kirsti knows that she makes the best cookies ever. When we lived near each other, I never bothered getting the recipe because she would bring them to everything. She must make a couple batches a day. Honestly, everyone loves these cookies. The secret is not the ingrdients, but the technique. I made these over and over before I finally got the technique right. The hand mixing is crucial. Many people have this recipe, but if you do not follow the details, they will not turn out right.

1 cup margarine, softened (you CANNOT used butter)

1 cup sugar

1 cup DARK brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons baking soda

A pinch of salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup milk chocolate chips

Mix BY HAND (this is a must) the margarine and sugars, until just blended. Mix in one at a time until just blended with each addition, do not over mix: vanilla, soda, salt, flour, chocolate chips.

Scoop in half-a-golf-ball size balls and place 12 on a cookie sheet with either a silpat cover or a single sheet of paper bag or parchment paper. Do not bake directly on cookie sheet. Only bake one sheet at a time on the top rack. Bake at 340 for 13 minutes. Yield: about 4 dozen

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