My aunt’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Back around twenty five years ago the Monroe County Wisconsin 4-H Junior Leaders had this cookbook printed out which contained recipes collected from the 4-H groups in the county.  It became a gem of a cookbook due to all of the nice recipes it contained.  My aunt submitted her Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that I didn’t discover it until recently.  Like with many cookie recipes there seems to be a debate on whether to use butter or shortening.  With this recipe why not use both which combined together seems to combine the best of both worlds.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Elaine Zinke – Happy Farmers 4-H

2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup ground nuts (can be optional. I don’t add them in)
1 large package chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375°. Mix thoroughly the shortening, butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients, then add nuts and chips (for a softer rounder cookie add half a cup more flour).  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the oven and let stand for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets. After “taste testing” the dough it yields about 3 dozen.

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