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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Blue Ridge Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Blue Ridge Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies
A confession I have to make: I had always been afraid to bake chocolate chip cookies...until I tried this recipe.

Now why was I afraid? Well, I had always used the Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe at the label of the chocolate chips, and my stand mixer, then my cookies would always be flat. If I use the Choc-Oat Chip cookie recipe, they might not be that flat...but they are still too flat for me.

This is the first time I tried a recipe off recipezaar for a cookie. And this is the first chocolate chip cookie recipe that removed my anxiety over baking cookies.

I also realized that I should stick to creaming the butter within 30 minutes of being in room temp, and to only use hand mixer instead of the stand mixer.

Then maybe I will try again Nestle Toll House recipe...we will see if those were indeed the factors that make my cookies flat.

In the meantime, my kids are happy with these, and I am gonna have them in my recipe collection here in my kusina.

Blue Ridge Mountains Chocolate Chip Cookies

30 min | 10 min prep

2 -3 dozen

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups bleached all purpose flour (see note below)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Note: The recipe initially calls for 2 1/2 cups flour, but with the added note if you want them more softer and rounder cookie to add 1/4 cup flour. I add the 1/4 cup making it 2 3/4 cups total.

Cream shortening, butter, sugars, then eggs and vanilla and almond extracts.

Blend dry ingredients and add to mixture.

Stir in Chocolate chips.

Drop by large tablespoons (I use cookie scoop) onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 2-inches room in between to allow cookies to spread.

Bake at 375° for 10 minutes until lightly brown.

Makes 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size.


  1. manang, may mga recipes ka po ba ng cake for rice cooker?

  2. Hi period,
    I myself have no recipes for cakes using rice cooker, but I know there are several cakes prepared by steaming (like how I steam white cake to come up with puto). I have seen moist chocolate cake that was steamed, and a pandan cake as well. Just google steamed cakes and you will get ideas. I just hope you can use your rice cooker as steamer (u just need a steamer pan insert).


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