Yes indeed, my friends, at the end of this post you will find THE recipe. For my chocolate chip cookies. I just ate about a dozen of them. I love them.
But first, today's Joyful Moments.
I ran for TWENTY (20) minutes in my new shoes this morning! Hooray! And I could have gone farther, but my feet started feeling hot (I was on a treadmill). I think it's safe to say, "I have adjusted"!! I was thinking this would take months, but thanks to some personal coaching from a fabulous friend, I'm good to go!
And the other Joyful Moment I wanted to share was walking/biking/scootering to the park with my kids this afternoon. Today was a random warm day. Faaaaabulous! Since we're about to embark on six straight months of winter, we took advantage. And it was really fun to get out together and play at the park one last time. I even sat on the swing with Baby B. He loved it. My hips did not.
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for:
Cheryl's Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1/2 C. shortening
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Large splash of vanilla
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
2 1/2 C. flour
In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Add sugars and baking soda and beat until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in dry pudding mix and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour and chocolate chips.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. I prefer them baked on an air bake cookie sheet or a baking stone.
The extra vanilla and the pudding are what make all the difference. Don't be afraid of them! I love this recipe and kind of feel that they are the best cookies, but am open to alterations, so if you have anything that you do for your cookies that makes them extra special--please share!
Oh, and I don't recommend eating 12 of them even if you bake them small like I do. It's not good for you.
Wishing you all Joyful Moments from baking these and enjoying deliciousness in its purest form!