Monster Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the very same cookie that gets top honors as the picture you see in the header of this blog. It is a cookie that is both huge in size as in flavor.  I first made this recipe a couple of summers ago.  We had some neighbors over for a cookout and I wanted something different to serve for dessert. I decided to make these into ice cream sandwiches. We had to split them in half, because this cookie could truly be a meal in and of itself!
The original recipe is from Paula Deen (Three Chocolate Cookies), but I have used different variations of chips and such that it does differ from her recipe.
Now this cookie is NOT low fat! But when you are craving that ultimate chocolate chip cookie, this big, bad boy is it!
The Recipe:
1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 Cup shortening
3/4 Cup sugar
1-3/4 Cups firmly packed brown sugar (light)
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 bag Nestle` Toll House Semi-Sweet Chunks
1 bag Nestle` Toll House Milk Chocolate & Caramel morsels (This is very hard to find**see note below)

** I have had a hard time finding the milk chocolate & caramel swirl chips…so I have been substituting a full bag of Milk Chocolate morsels and about 1/2 cup of Kraft Caramel Bits

Preheat oven to 350′.

With electric mixer, beat butter and shortening until creamy; gradually add sugars and beat until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add gradually to butter mixture until well blended. Stir in chips. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls about 3″ apart (or 6 drops per sheet).  Bake 12-15 minutes, (depending on your pan) or until lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes and transfer to cooling rack (or dinner plate to keep extra soft).

About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a freelance writer, photographer and avid runner. Here you will find life stories, favorite entertaining and family tested recipes and motivational tips for the sport & fitness minded. You can also find her creating on her food blog **.

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