Camille’s Very Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

What I like about this recipe is the addition of finely chopped chocolate to the dough.  It  gives the cookies another dimension and layer of flavor.

Makes About 3 Dozen Medium Size Cookies

2¼      Cups All-Purpose Flour

1          Teaspoon Baking Soda

1          Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt

½         Cup Vegetable Shortening (Crisco), Room Temperature

½         Cup Unsalted Butter (1 Stick), Room Temperature

¾         Cup Granulated Sugar

¾         Cup Dark Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed

2          Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

2          Large Eggs, Room Temperature

2          12 Ounce Packages Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the vegetable shortening, butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Gradually add flour mixture and mix well.

Put half of the chocolate (one 12 ounce bag) into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse until most of it is chopped fine.  Add the chopped chocolate and the chocolate chips to the dough and mix on low until combined.

Drop the dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or silpat, using a small ice cream scoop to measure.  Slightly press down the top of each cookie and bake for 12 to 13 minutes rotating the pan half way through the cooking time.  Cool completely on baking sheet before storing.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Alternately, you can store the baked cookies in the freezer wrapped with plastic wrap and placed in a freezer plastic storage bag for up to 1 month.

Hints and Tips:  I use a 1½ inch ice cream scoop.  This makes a nice size cookie.  You can use a smaller scoop if you like but remember to adjust the baking time.

Camille's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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