The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 20, 2014

the best choco chip cookies

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.

step 1

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
  1. Cream the softened butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
  3. Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips, and mix together until just combined.
  4. Drop large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, spaced two inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a clean paper bag to cool. The paper helps absorb the excess oil!

step 2


happy panda

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!