Melting Pot #10

Killer Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

mmmmm Cookies!Why get those dried out bags of mass produced cookies at the store? Or pay $3.00 for  a cookie at the mall? Here is my recipe for some really great chocolate chip cookies that will make you the most popular person on the planet (guaranteed)!

This is the basic ‘Toll House’ recipe, but I have made a couple of additions and improvements that create a better cookie. Try it, you may like it…


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ghirardelli cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 eggs (room temperature, beaten)
  • 1 package Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In your mixer, add the sugar, butter, vanilla and orange. Mix on low for 3 or 4 minutes. Add 1/2 your beaten egg, let it incorporate then add the balance.

Combine your dry ingredients and slowly add to your creamed sugar mix. After the dry ingredients are mixed in, add a tablespoon of water to loosen the batter. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in chips.

Spoon onto cookie sheets, about 1 tablespoon per cookie. I have a small ice cream style scoop that makes the cookies a consistent size. I also have silicone baking sheets but if you don’t you can use parchment paper to line your pans.

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 9 to 11 minutes. My oven does best at about 9 1/2 minutes, yours make take more or less time. The cookies should be golden brown but still slightly soft in the center.

Remove pan from oven, let stand for a couple of minutes then place cookies on cooling rack. Repeat until all cookies are baked. This recipe makes about 36 cookies. The orange extract will add a nice surprise for your friends, it will be just hidden enough by the dark chocolate that they won’t be able to identify that ‘unique flavor’.




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