Frosting For the Cause: “Secret” Chocolate Chip Cookies.

This is a guest-posting for Frosting For the Cause, but I wanted to keep it here for my own records as well. :-)

Do you have a recipe that is “secret?” One that is so important to you, whether because it’s handed down from generation-to-generation, or because you are just so proud of it that you won’t share?

Well, I’ve had one like this for years & years. I tweaked a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies many years ago, early in our marriage, and it is just perfectly perfect. Crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, melty, chocolaty, and so absolutely yummy – the perfect cookie! I have probably made this cookie hundreds of times over the years, as it is always requested by family & friends. However, I’ve only shared the recipe a handful of times, swearing the recipients to never tell a soul the “secret.”

But yesterday, I learned a little something from my 10-year-old.

As I was prepping icing bags for a sugar cookie order, he approached me and asked in the sweetest voice, “Are those cookies for an order, Mom?” I replied that they were, yes. “Well, tomorrow when you’re done with the order, can you make Chocolate Chip Cookies with me?” I told him that I wouldn’t be finished with all the orders by then, but he gave me that puppy-dog face and said pitifully, “But you’ve never taught me how to make them, Mom. I want to learn the “secret” like A.J. did.” (That’s my older son.) And I caved. I breathed a knowing sigh that I wouldn’t get much sleep, but it was too important to share this “MOMent” with my sweet son. ♥

Now, it had also been weighing heavy on my heart that Paula needed a “pinch-hit” post for today. As soon as Jack & I made the plans for these simple, “secret” cookies, I knew that God had also laid it on my heart to share them with the world. It’s funny how your children can show you what’s really most important in life, isn’t it? In all those years where I kept my recipe to myself, I hoarded the joy that could come from the cookies. In sharing the recipe with Jack today, as well as with the internet, we can bring countless happiness across the globe!

It seems so simple that I’m ashamed to say I didn’t see it that way before. *blush*

In addition, these cookies are my husband’s very favorite, and Jack’s wanting to make them is perfectly timed… today (the 12th) is our 13th wedding anniversary! I will give him these cookies as part of our special day, and I’m so glad Jack was able to help in the “gift!” :-)

And so friends, I share with you today my treasured, “secret” Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I hope that you will make them for someone you love, and soon! Perhaps you even have your own handy helper (as I did), and then you can share the secret & the love with that little person, too. :-)

Fresh cookies.
“Secret” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Firstly, gather all of your ingredients:

Gather the ingredients.

Make sure your little helper is in charge of all the chocolate!

Jack is set to make Chocolate Chip Cookies.

You let him add the sugar… (and you wipe up the dust when he’s not looking!)

Add the sugar...

And the baking soda… (and some goes on the floor.)

Add baking soda...

You tell him to crack a few eggs… (and then you help him pick out the shell pieces.)

Toss in some eggs...

And this part is SUPER important. You teach him the goodness of swiping a bit of the dough when it’s at this perfect, creamy & dreamy stage:

Creamy & perfect!

He gets to add ALLLLLL the chocolate… (which keeps you from popping a few chocolate chips, so it’s kinda like dieting. ;-) )

Adding some chocolate...

And when your mixer whines & begs for mercy, you know the dough is complete. (This is a double batch, I should add, and I have a 5-qt. KitchenAid mixer.)

Chock full - a double batch of dough.

Using a 2″ scoop (aka. “Jack’s favorite kitchen tool EVER!), measure out level scoops of dough onto baking sheets lined with Silpats or parchment paper.

He loves the 2'' scoop.

Measuring out a cookie's worth...


His favorite part - releasing the dough.

Pop those babies in the oven, and in a few minutes, you will have a special, “secret” crowd pleaser. And if you love the recipe, find a person to share it with. I promise you’ll feel just as great about it as I do! :-)

“Secret” Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. (1/2 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chunks**

**(When I double this recipe – which is almost always – I use two 12 oz. bags of milk chocolate chips and one 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chunks.)

1. Using a stand mixer, combine the shortening & sugars. Beat until light & fluffy, at least 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla extract & water. (I know it doesn’t seem like much, but trust me – DON’T leave it out!)

2. Add baking soda & salt; mix well. Add flour in four additions, mixing until well-combined. Keep mixer on a medium speed, locking the head, and pour in all your chocolate pieces until thoroughly mixed in.

3. Drop by 2″ rounded scoops onto baking sheets lined with Silpats or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on your tastes. (We don’t like our cookies terribly dark, and we like them to stay soft for days.) Remove to a wire rack & cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Pose your little helper with his finished masterpieces… then dig in & share! :-)

Jack with his cookies.

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3 comments on “Frosting For the Cause: “Secret” Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  1. Pingback: Nicole’s Marbled Ribbon Cookies

  2. Joni Hafner on said:

    Adorable little man. treasure those times, mine are grown now.

    How i miss those special times.

    Merry Christmas

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