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Opal Ruth's Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies
"These Ain't Proper, That's 'Fer Shore' - You'll Wish You Grabbed A Couple More" Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!
Hey, my nickname is Opal Ruth and now that the whole world knows that, I might as well share some more secrets!
My sister Celia was visiting, I had fixed a pot of chili and needed a quick dessert for dinner. Chocolate chip cookies, of course! Only trouble was, I was a little worn out from a fun shopping trip and kind of "threw" them together! I started with the printed recipe on a bag of chocolate chips and modified a few ingredients and instructions here and there.
Thinking they'd probably be awful, I started considering other dessert ideas... until the first batch came out of the oven! They were these huge, golden brown, 1/2" thick amazing looking cookies... the kind you spend good cash for at the bakery! I was shocked. I tend to be a careless baker, and Martha Stewart would be horrified at my methods sometimes! But when my sis told me they were the best chocolate chip cookies she'd ever eaten, I really was amazed.
She called a couple of weeks later and told me she had tried to duplicate them twice - but was not coming up with the exact result. So I wrote down everything I'd done, and the result is the recipe below. I can't wait to hear if she thinks they turned out just as good!
Anyway as the name implies, these cookies aren't exactly orthodox methodology but they sure are tasty and store very nicely too.
Opal Ruth's "They Ain't Proper, That's For Sure,
You'll Wish You Grabbed A Couple More"
Chocolate Chip Cookies
11-1/2 oz. Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks
1/2 bag (about 6 oz) Hershey's White Chocolate Chips
1 c. butter, cold, hard, NOT softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2-1/4 c. unsifted BREAD flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c pecans, chopped
1/4 c Planters Chunky PB (optional)
Heat oven to 375.
In large mixing bowl beat butter with sugar and brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. (As in all together, all at once, another "lazy"). On low at first until butter is in tiny flakes, then on high speed about 1 minute. Place flour on top of wet mixture. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over flour, mix around with fork, then incorporate into mixture with blender on low. Add PB, beat on high about 1/2 minute. Stir in nuts and all chocolate chips. Scoop up 1-1/2 - 2" balls of dough, lightly smash into ball, drop on silicone sheet (on top of cookie sheet) 2" apart or more. Bake for 12-13 minutes until lightly browned.
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Fabulous Additions! - Stir In One... Or Several!
You might want to add some of these to your cookie dough along with the chocolate chips!
- Heath Toffee Chips (I'm eating a cookie with those in it right now, and I can highly recommend!)
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Fresh Shredded Coconut
- Chopped Walnuts, Pecans, Salted Peanuts, Slivered Almonds
_ Andes Creme de Menthe chopped up chips
These Aren't My Newlywed Cookies!
I was just remembering some of the batches of chocolate chip cookies I lovingly turned out for my family in my younger years... either half-baked, or too brown, or completely overbaked with burned bottoms! These are not those cookies!
Calling All Cookie Monsters!
I remove these as soon as they are cool enough to move without breaking and place them on a cool surface to cool the rest of the way. Make sure to store cookies in airtight container, and store any leftover dough tightly covered in refrigerator. Dough may be frozen, as well as baked cookies.
The Infamous Flour Fiasco! - One of my daughter's and son's fondest memories growing up!
It was all my fault. Clearly I should not have played "Fried Green Tomatoes" that afternoon! But play it I had... and I was about to PAY. I was helping Cari bake some cookies, Since she had things under control, I headed out to the back yard. The kids hollered out to me to come down by the deck. When I got there, they re-enacted their version of the famous food/flour fight scene between Idgie and Ruth on their poor, unsuspecting Mama. When I arrived at the bottom of the stairs, I got a face full of a whole canister of flour. It even filled up my EYE. Yuck!! But we all know what paybacks are, don't we, kids?