The concept seems simple enough, but actually finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie is no easy task. I’ve eaten many cookies in my day (confession: cookies are my favorite dessert/food/snack), so trust me when I say that these are the best. Maria, my good friend and co-owner of Kook’s Bakery in Portland, Maine, shared with me her secret recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookies. It’s no joke, people. When a bakery owner gives you her recipe for cookies, you make (and eat) them without abandon.
Kook’s Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies
- 1/2 cup real butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Cream the softened butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
- Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips, and mix together until just combined.
- Drop large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, spaced two inches apart.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
- Transfer to a clean paper bag to cool. The paper helps absorb the excess oil!
The mark of a good cookie is a satisfied customer. If you live in the Portland area, check out Kook’s Bakery for delicious treats. Thanks, Maria!