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Chocolate Chip Cookies - Three Ways

Updated on January 15, 2015

Three Delicious Cookie Recipes - Chocolate Chip Heaven

The most baked cookie of all time is the Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten annually. Specifically, the Toll House Cookie recipe right from the Toll House Morsels (chocolate chips) bag. It's a great recipe, that's true. However...

I found an article in an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine called "Chocolate Chip Cookies - 3 Ways".

Here are the three recipes along with the answer to why some cookies are soft and some are crispy! Our personal favorite is the Thin & Crispy.

NOTE: Photographs on this page with no credit shown are my own.

Soft or Crispy - What's the Secret?

It's all in the sugar and the fat!

The key is to use an all-butter recipe for a thin and crispy cookie. If you want a "puffier" softer cookie, go with shortening.

Also, a cookie made with brown sugar only will be softer than a cookie make with a combination of white and brown sugar.

THE BASIC COOKIE RECIPE

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate pieces

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

In a bowl beat shortening and butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt; beat until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. With a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining flour. Stir in the chocolate pieces and the nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minuets or until edges are browned. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 60 cookies.

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!

~Author Unknown

Let's Vote - Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft or Crispy?

Somebody once said, "A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand." That's my kind of diet!

So soft or crispy...what's your fave?

Do you prefer your chocolate chip cookies soft and cakelike or thin and crispy?

See results

Thin and Crispy Recipe

My personal fave...

Dunking cookies in milk is the stuff of dreams. I personally think dunking a crispy cookie is the very ultimate cookie & milk experience. Yummm!

Flickr Photo courtesy of SummerTX

THIN & CRISPY RECIPE

1 cup butter (or half shortening & half butter)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl beat butter (or shortening and butter) on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. With a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining flour. Stir in the chocolate pieces and the nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 60 cookies.

Sterling Silver Chocolate Chip Cookie Charm

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SOFT & CAKELIKE RECIPE

1/2 cup shortening

1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 slightly beaten eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 8-0z. carton dairy sour cream

1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

In a bowl beat shortening and brown sugar on medium to high speed until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream to shorening mixture, beating after each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate pieces and nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspooons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool on wire rack. Makes 60 cookies.

A Couple of Cookie Baking Basics

Important Rules of Thumb

Flickr Photo Courtesy of desertculinary

Ever get a recipe all finished and in the oven only to discover that you've left out an ingredient? Not a good feeling.

Well, I'll be big about it and admit that it has happened to me. But not anymore. Why?

1. Because NOW I always measure my ingredients before I start combining them. Easy to do and actually faster.

2. Another thing essential to perfectly baked cookies is to preheat the oven. Any food that has a leavening agent in it - baking soda, baking powder or yeast - should never go in a cold oven.

3. On the other hand, always place your cookie dough on cold baking sheets.

A Variety of Cookie Jars

Well, if you're going to make cookies, you will certainly need a nice storage container. How about one of these beauties?

Remember, all profits go directly to The Children's Defense Fund.

The Original Toll House Cookie Story

Most everyone knows the story of Toll House Cookies but just in case you don't here's the skinny on it:

A lady named Ruth Wakefield and her husband owned the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts in the 1930s. She enjoyed cooking for her guests and one day she decided to make a chocolate butter cookie to serve.

She had a chocolate bar and decided to chop it into little pieces and add it to the dough, thinking that the chocolate would melt and the cookies would be chocolate through and through.

Well, the chocolate didn't melt but the cookies were delicious and the toll house cookie was born.

To read all about it and get the actual original recipe follow this link: The Toll House Story/Recipe

Adirondack Camp Cookies

Just one more chocolate chip cookie recipe...

These cookies are chocolate chip and they're GIANT-sized cookies. From Applehood & Motherpie, the Junior League Cookbook from Rochester, New York.

Makes 100 4-inch cookies!!! Woo-Hoo!

Ingredients

3 cups granulated sugar

1 pound brown sugar

2 pounds all vegetable shortening

8 eggs

3 Tablesspoons vanilla

8-1/2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

2 12-ounce packages semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup coconut

Method

In a VERY large bowl, beat sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla until creamy.

Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Gently stir in chocolate chips and coconut.

Using a size 30 ice cream scoop or a rounded soup spoon, drop cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 to 18 minutes.

Here's a video clearly demonstrating another technique for making giant chocolate chip cookies:

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The Famous Neiman-Marcus Cookie Recipe Hoax

Here's the recipe - hoax or not!

I have actually made this recipe and must say that it's very tasty, indeed. That espresso powder turns an ordinary recipe into something slightly exotic.

Flickr Photo courtesy of ilovemypit

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder

1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

An Urban Legend - The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

According to Snopes, this hoax has been circulating for about 50 years in one form or another.

  • A 1948 Massachusetts cookbook has a recipe for a $25 Fudge Cake that was supposedly circulated by a woman who was charged the exhorbitant sum of $25 by the chef of a railroad.
  • In the 1960s a woman claimed that the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City charged her $350 for the recipe for their Red Velvet Cake.
  • In 1970 the same story circulated only this time it was Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie recipe
  • A woman had dined at the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas, Texas and asked for the recipe of a delicious cookie she tried. She was charged $250 for the recipe when she thought was supposed to be $2.50. She decided to take revenge by giving the recipe free to anyone who wanted it.

    Here's the kicker, though (also according to Snopes):

    * There is not, and has never been, a Neiman Marcus cafe in Dallas. The three Neiman Marcus restaurants in Dallas all have different names.

    * There was no such thing as The Neiman Marcus Cookie until the company decided to produce one as a result of this "hoax".

    * Neiman Marcus never sells recipes from its restaurants. They are given free upon request.

A Cookie Lover's Guide to Fitness - Motivational Strategies Towards a Sensible Fitness Lifestyle

Who knew you could love chocolate chip cookies and still be trim and fit?

Some of the chapters are:"There are no bad chocolate chip cookies" and "A slice of pie, please".  Then it goes into "The principle of moderation".

There Are No Bad Chocolate Chip Cookies!: Motivational Strategies Toward a Sensible Fitness Lifestyle
There Are No Bad Chocolate Chip Cookies!: Motivational Strategies Toward a Sensible Fitness Lifestyle

This book is written by a nutritional coach who teaches you how to stay fit without denying yourself all of your favorite goodies.

 

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I just found a great recipe for Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies. Any cookie with zucchini in it has to be healthy, right?

It's from Barbara Kingsolver's new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life and here's the recipe (check out the book, below, too):

ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

(Makes about two dozen)

Combine in a large bowl:

1 egg, beaten

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Combine in large bowl.

Combine in a separate, small bowl and blend into liquid mixture:

1 cup white flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

Stir these into other ingredients, mix well.

1 cup finely shredded zucchini

12 oz chocolate chips

Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake at 350°, 10 to 15 minutes.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Okay, you loved the Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies...time to get the book, too.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

 

No Time to Bake?

Well, these chocolate chip cookies will be at your fingertips any time the "munchies" strike! They're perfect for slipping in a briefcase or lunch bag because they're individually wrapped.

No Baking Required - These are Ready To Munch!

C is for cookie, it's good enough for me; oh cookie cookie cookie starts with C."

...as sung by Cookie Monster



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      Fox Music 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this delicious hub "Chocolate Chip Cookies - Three Ways"

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Mmm! I love chocolate chip cookies. Nice lens! I am featuring this on my "Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies" lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Brandi Bush: Great idea! Let me know which version you like the best!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Just so happens I have a bag of chocolate chips in my pantry...think I'll go make some cookies! :)

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      I prefer crispy cookies, and you have given some nice recipes here, which i will be more than willing to try out.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @Mrmakingusmile LM: Hi there, and thanks for stopping by. So glad I could make you smile. I do love that Stressed/Desserts bit...it's perfectly true, too!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Wait til I get to the office to use this phrase. The only thing missing from the Lens is ice cream to go with the cookies. Thank you for making me smile.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Rose4u: Thanks! I promise you will like any of these recipes that you try. Also, I wanted to let you know that I think a couple of your comments on another lens or two weren't published for some reason. I'm going to try to figure out what happened but just want you to know that I do read and appreciate all comments and just don't want you to think I deleted anything. Because I didn't! :-)

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Mickie Gee: Please let me know if you like the zucchini recipe. And I can't thank you enough for the Squid Angel blessing. I don't take these blessings for granted and very much appreciate the time you took to visit and comment.

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      Rose4u 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, i love cookies so much, gotta try one of these recipes :)

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I love chocolate chip cookies and I must try the zucchini one! As always, a great cooking lens from you. Blessed Today by this Squid Angel.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Sylvestermouse: You are definitely an Angel and not just a Squid Angel....thank you so much for the blessing. I also appreciate your adding this page to your Mouse Tracks lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Chocolate is my all time favorite cookie! Thanks for the recipes! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @kimark421: I know...I love chocolate chip cookies that much, too. My personal favorites are the thin and crispy version and the Adirondack recipe. But I wouldn't turn down any of them!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @TanyaWhaley: Thank you for stopping by, Tanya! Let me know which version you made and how everyone liked them!

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      Oh my! Are you sure it's only 7 Billion? I swear I eat 1 billion a year all by myself. I'm going to try all of these. Thanks!

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      TanyaWhaley 7 years ago

      This are my favorite cookies but I never made them, I have guests at the weekend so I'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing 5 stars and fav.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @myraggededge: I am going to google that right now...Nigella is a genius so any recipe of hers is bound to be luscious.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Yummy! I just made my first batch a few days ago. I have one for you - Google "Nigella's chocolate chip cookies". They are 'death by cookies' for sure!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      yummy!...you had me at "chocolate"...kids will love these...thanks...and thanks for commenting on my fragile crackle lens...I appreciate it as always! :o)

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I'd just like to thank everyone who has visited this lens and for the Angel blessings, too. Because this lens contributes 100% to charity, the more visits, the better! So a big thank you to all.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @mosaic lm: If a recipe calls for butter, the cookies will be thin and crispy and if the recipe calls for shortening, the cookies will be softer. Thanks for asking!

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      mosaic lm 7 years ago

      What's the difference between shortening and butter? Also, you forgot to include the giggling Pillsbury Doughboy Cookie Jar! :)

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Definitely my absolute favorite cookie. I like mine crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I guess you could say they are a tad undercooked. And cookie dough! Yum, must have some of that while preparing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My stomach is growling now! Excellent (and yummy) lens. Have fave'd it in the hopes that perhaps we can add "scratch & sniff" technology in the future. Great job!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      great lens - blessed by a squidangel :)

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      All these chocolate chip cookie recipes look delicious - 5* and lensrolled into Sinful Chocolate Cakes!

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      Very nice. 5*, favorite & lensrolled to my foodie lenses.

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      Gyakusetsu90 8 years ago

      There are so many fantastic recipes and delicious pictures here... this lens is now officially one of my favorites! I like both crispy and chewy type cookies, so it was great to find out how to make one or the other. The zucchini cookies sound so tasty, as to do the Adirondack camp cookies. I wanna try 'em all!

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      I Love chocolate chip cookies and this is a great lens!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm with Frankster...these look great! Gotta love any kind of chocolate chip cookie (except store bought!). Lensrolled to my chocolate chip cookies lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Oh man. This is my type of lens. I love chocolate chip cookies. I'll eat them any way I can get them. I'll have to try all of these recipes. Too bad I found this lens at the time I'm starting to diet. But, I'll have to see how I can bake them without eating them all myself. A true test for me. lol 5 stars, favorite and I'm now a big FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster aka Cat-Woman

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      Lloyd Pinto 8 years ago from Mumbai

      This is one more reason to off my diet for the holidays - yummy!! 5* and fave

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Cheryl, your lens has held me hostage! I love chocolate chip cookes (probably too much), and I learned a lot about the soft vs crispy cookie. Had no idea that all brown sugar would create a softer result. Making a note of that...

      Five *****'s and a fave, for sure!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      There is nothing like Chocolate Chip Cookies right out of the oven. Great lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      That sounds fabulous - what a good tip - I'll be trying that for sure. Thnx!! in reply to thrivingmom]

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      Wendy Leanne 8 years ago from Texas

      I love to bake and everyone loves just about everything I cook and I'm about to share my number one baking secret...instead of using shortening or vegetable oil I use coconut oil. It gives baked goods an out of this world great taste!

      I enjoyed your lens.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      My favorite cookies. They are so good when they are freshly baked at home. I should try these recipes too.

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      I love choc chip cookies! I'm intrigued by the zucchini one, have to try it - a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies :)

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      jim 8 years ago

      I can't wait to try one of these recipes. My family and I love cookies.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Who can turn a way chocolate chip cookies? Yum. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      My favorite cookie. Yummy!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love this lens! (How did I miss it before??) I'm a Toll House recipe lover, but I wouldn't pass up a chocolate chip cookie even if it were old and stale. Well, maybe then but it would have to be pretty old and pretty stale! Love the cookie charm!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      I can't wait to give your recipes a try. My chocolate chip cookies ALWAYS turn out flat and ugly so I gave up making them long ago. I love anything with zucchini so I think that will the first on my list, -wish me luck! :)

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      coastingalong 9 years ago

      Finally found that great soft and cakelike recipe. So naturally I gave it a try to whola!!! My day is made.

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      Janet2221 9 years ago

      Great lens! I have lensrolled it to my Novelty Cookie Jars lens. :)

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Delicious lens... my absolute favorite cookies in the world!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi, you have great and very informative lens. 5 stars of course.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I live in a male dominated household. When I need something done, I bribe them with cookies. Now I have some new recipes to add to the list.

      Great Lens

      Liz

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for joining the Charity Challenge!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This fabulous lens is now being featured at Cabaret Squidoo!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Hi Cheryl -- this is an absolutely yummy 5* lens! I like my chocolate chip cookies chewy and with nuts! You are spot-on with regards to starting with a scratch potato salad recipe as I'm sure after reading this lens that you would make a tasty salad indeed. ;-)

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This lens is wonderful. If you haven't already done so, I'd love to see this lens added to the Cabaret Squidoo group.

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      I'm a food lover and this lens is just great!! I like your Cookie Recipes!! Dugg it!

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      shelleygrieser 9 years ago

      Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite. I get a lot of comments on my cookies. I follow the Toll House Recipe but instead of margarine or butter, I use the Crisco Butter flavored bars. Amazing what a difference it makes - cookies are puffier rather than flat. MMMMMMM makes me want to bake some.

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      TheresaMayhew 9 years ago

      I am learning so much from reading your lens'.

      Thanks for inspiring me to create my own.

      Theresa

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      My first love ;) Nothing is better than warm Choc. Chip cookies and milk.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great lens! 5 Stars and Favored!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      This is a very stimulating lens, it makes me want to get baking right away. 5*s