Chocolate Chip Cookies and Bars
the recipe on the back of the Nestle Chocolate Chips package is probably the
most popular cookie made in American homes.
My mother used to have these on hand for
us most days when we returned from school. Although I could not afford the
calories as I grew up, I ate dozens of them when I was little. I have
modified the recipe slightly for our tastes. It's a great cookie or bar to
have in the cookie jar, in a lunch box, or on a plate for after-school snacks.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup softened butter or shortening
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. water
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
Sift together flour, soda, salt. Cream butter or shortening, both sugars,
vanilla, water. Beat in eggs. Add flour mixture and chips (and optional
nuts). Either form into rounded teaspoonful cookies on cookie sheets, or
spread in a 9x13x2 inch pan. Bake cookies for 11 minutes. Bake bars for 25
minutes. Makes 48 bars or 50 cookies. Be sure to let the cookies come to room
temperature on a rack
before you put them in a cookie jar or freeze for later.