The holiday season is fast approaching. If part of your holiday routine includes baking cookies from scratch, why wait until the rush of the season to get started preparing for your cookie lovers. Hre is a recipe for making chocolate chip cookies the least stressful part of your holiday traditions.

Things You Will Need

1 cup shortening (or 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter for better flavor)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups white or unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnut or coconut (optional)
wax paper
plastic wrap

Step 1

Cream together shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Measure flour and sift into the shortening mixture. Add soda and salt to the top of the flour and mix the dry ingredients into the shortening mixture.

Step 2

Mix dough with your hands until fully mixed.

Step 3

Add chocolate chips and walnuts or coconut (walnuts and coconut are optional). Mix thoroughly.

Step 4

Shape and mold dough into a long smooth roll about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper. If you plan to store it for any length of time in the freezer also wrap it in plastic wrap. (will store this way for about 2 months in freezer. If you plan to use it within a week or so, the dough can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to cut and use.

Step 5

When ready to bake, if frozen allow the cookie dough to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut cookies (!/4 inch round slices) from the roll (only what you want to eat fresh) and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
Chocolate chip cookies aren't just for the holidays either. Make several batches of cookie dough at one time but only bake what you'll need to eat fresh. This way your family and friends can enjoy fresh baked chocolate chip cookies anytime.

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