Bake yourself happy with these jumbo chocolate chip cookies! The recipe makes 1 ½ dozen delicious cookies! If you're gluten free, exchange the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten free flour.
2 cups of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of butter or margarine at room temperature
¼ cup of vegetable shortening (I use Crisco)
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup of white sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 tablespoon of orange zest (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together. Add the vanilla and eggs. Stir until completely mixed. Add the flour, baking soda and salt until blended. Add in the chocolate chips, and chopped nuts and orange zest if using.
Chill cookie dough in the fridge for a half hour. Once the dough has chilled, use a large ice cream scoop to form the cookies. Place scoops of dough on your prepared cookie sheet, allowing 3 inches between them because the cookies spread as they bake. (If you don’t have a large ice cream scoop, use a ¼ cup of dough for each cookie.)
Bake cookies for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool on the pan. Enjoy!!!