Get excited, folks! Today I’m sharing the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need!Get excited, folks! Today I'm sharing the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need! Click To Tweet
My husband and I were once comparing a dish the way we typically prepared it to the way someone else made it.
Me- “I guess it tastes fine- but I like it the way we make it better.”
Him- “Just because we make something better doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it another way.”
Eh, I don’t know about that. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a family of exceptional cooks but I really don’t like to waste my calories eating food that isn’t great! Healthy food can be great. Unhealthy food can be great. And I just don’t see the point in sacrificing on taste! Today I am bringing the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need. (Because what’s the point in making them if they aren’t the best?)
Everyone has “that recipe” they are known for. For example, my Nonna makes chicken and dumplings that will change your life and my dad’s ribs are a mouth-watering one of a kind. My mom has several amazing recipes but if there is ONE people associate with her it’s Venita’s Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.My mom has several amazing recipes but if there is ONE people associate with her it's Venita's… Click To Tweet
(Yes, her name is Venita and if this recipe sounds familiar it’s because they were good enough to make it into one of Trisha Yearwood’s cookbooks. Actually, they were featured on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, too).
In the weeks prior to a family reunion, vacation, or holiday my mom is getting text messages to confirm chocolate chip cookies will be served. And they always are!
As it is with many family recipes, sometimes you just have to see it happen to get it right. I have watched my mom make hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies yet I still have to call her with questions occasionally. So I’m breaking this recipe down and giving you a step-by-step. These chocolate chip cookies are all about the details!
A couple of tips before we get started! You will need a blender and if you have an old, thin, dark, beat up cookie sheet go ahead and pull it out! (If not keep an eye out next time you are antiquing. They are mega-cheap at a junky antique store!)
If I were being completely honest I would admit that I'm not a chocolate lover Click To Tweet
Venita’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Begin by creaming together your margarine and sugars until they are smooth using your standing mixer or hand mixer.
Add in eggs and vanilla.
Tip from Venita: Always crack eggs into a measuring cup or bowl one at a time. It would definitely be a shame to waste all that margarine and sugar with a rotten egg.
Now it’s time to work with the dry ingredients. Pull out your blender (yes it must be a blender… a food processor won’t do the job) and blend your old fashioned slow cooking oats until they are a fine powder. This gives the oatmeal taste without that chewy, bulky texture! (Note: Instant oats are not firm enough for this recipe and will result in a gooey, sticky mess. Not that I know from experience or anything.)
Blended oatmeal is probably my favorite little trick to Venita’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. If I were being completely honest I would admit that I’m not a chocolate lover (these are, in fact, the ONLY chocolate chip cookies I eat and I pick through them for the ones without chips) and I actually love to make this exact recipe minus the chocolate chips and call them Oatmeal cookies!I actually love to make this exact recipe minus the chocolate chips and call them Oatmeal… Click To Tweet
Combine the flour, blended oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar and butter mixture, mixing well.
Did you keep your blender handy? I hope so! Break your Hershey bar apart and toss it in the blender. Give it a few pulses until your Hershey bar is chopped into fine pieces.
Mix the chopped Hershey bar and semi-sweet chocolate chips into dough.
At this point you may want to refrigerate your cookie dough for about 30 minutes before baking. You can bake cookies immediately but the dough is a little easier to work with when it’s chilled.
When you are ready to bake your chocolate chip cookies you will roll the dough into a ball- approximately 1/2″ in diameter.
Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes. Your cookies may look slightly undercooked when they are removed from the oven. Trust me- that is perfection.
Allow chocolate chip cookies to cool on the pan a few minutes before using an ultra-thin spatula to separate them from the cookie sheet.
(See my nasty looking pan? It allows my chocolate chip cookies to bake unevenly and the result is heavenly!)
I didn’t actually plan for my middlest to sneak her chubby hand into this photo but I thought it was too cute to leave out! Both the Lees know when I am mixing up chocolate chip cookies and they wait anxiously begging for a spoonful of dough and watching the cookies bake through the oven window.
Tip from Venita: Form all the dough into balls and store them in Ziploc’s in the freezer until it’s time to bake.
However, I will warn you— if anyone knows there is a bag of chocolate chip cookie dough balls in the freezer you may find there are none left the next time you go to bake!!! I would almost venture to say my family enjoys the dough more than the cookies (and no! None of us have gotten salmonella).
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
- 1 c. brown sugar (packed)
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 c. plain flour
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. baking powder
- 2 1/2 c. blended oats (measure before blending)
- 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 (4 oz.) Hershey bar, grated
- Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and blended oats.
- Add flour mixture to sugar and butter mixture.
- Add grated Hershey bar and chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into balls. Place 2" apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake 6-8 minutes.
- Makes about 5 dozen.
Thank you so much for dropping by today! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Venita’s Chocolate Chip Cookies!
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