Cookies for a Cure

Featured Article, Food, Recipes
on September 15, 2014
Chocolate Chip
All the Good Cookies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)

Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research. Stories about these sales and 66 cookie recipes, including the one below, are shared in the book All the Good Cookies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), by founder Gretchen Holt-Witt, whose young son, Liam, lost his battle with cancer in 2011.

Seriously Short Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups (2 1/4 pounds) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 cups chopped nuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter, shortening and sugars in a large bowl and until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition; add vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, mixing until just blended. Add chocolate chips and nuts; mix well.
3. Using 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, drop dough about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 minutes. Let cool. Makes 6 dozen.

Nutritional facts per cookie: 170 calories, 10g fat, 16mg cholesterol, 2g protein, 21g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 97mg sodium