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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Grandpa's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grandpa Andrus made these often, and they are still my favorite basic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

2 cups shortening (I substitute 1 cup coconut oil and 1 cup butter)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
12 ounces (2 cups) chocolate chips

Mix shortening and sugars together until well combined.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients and finally the chocolate chips.  Compact with hands if a little crumbly.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Rocky Road

12 ounces (2 cups) butterscotch chips
12 ounces (2 cups) chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup peanuts (salted or unsalted)

Melt chips and peanut butter in a large pan over very low heat (too hot will melt the marshmallows).  Remove from heat and add marshmallows and peanuts.  (I pulse the peanuts in the food processor a few times first.)  Pour into a buttered 9x13 pan.  Chill to set.  Cut into small squares and serve.
*This is a lot like fudge, so it's temperamental.  Don't take it to a potluck because it will melt.  It's best stored in the refrigerator.