Kindred Spirits - Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I became an aunt very recently to a sweet girl named Margaret (Maggie) Lane Palmer. She's perfect and her parents are consistently two of my favorite people on Earth, so obviously we had to go visit, right? While we were in Lexington (aka, one of our favorite cities), we stayed with one of my best friends, Evelyn, in her UK dorm. We stayed up late talking, laughing; we woke up, ventured onto the streets of Lexington for bagels and baking supplies, we watched UK dominate in basketball and we baked our hearts out all night long.  She was a great hostess and the weekend we spent with her will forever be in my heart - we love you, Evelyn!

We went beast mode on some cookies and I thought I would share the recipe with all you lovely people. The only condition to me sharing this recipe is that you are obligated to bake these with a friend - there is no other option. Are we clear? 

I N G R E D I E N T S

3/4 C butter, softened

1/4 C shortening or oil

3/4 C sugar

3/4 C brown sugar, firmly packed 

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/4 C all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 C (or a whole bag) of chocolate chips

I N S T R U C T I O N S

1. Cream the butter and oil together, then add the sugars.

2. Add in the eggs and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together (you can use a sifter or a sieve).

4. Slowly add in the dry mix to the wet mix until all is combined. 

5. Stir in the chocolate chips.

6. Plop onto a greased baking sheet and make the balls of dough almost exactly 1 tbsp sized and very round - this is key!

7. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes but check often.

8. Set aside and let cool. 

9. Whip up some frosting (I cannot, for the life of me, remember the recipe we used for this) to add an extra, sugary kick.  You can use any combination of milk and powdered sugar to make a quick frosting that will harden!

10. Eat them and share them with even more friends! 

Seriously, this weekend was a huge refreshment in my life and I couldn't be more thankful for my sweet friend for allowing us to stay with her.  She's my kindred spirit - we both love literature, coffee, tea, baking, Parks and Rec and Lexington; maybe that's why the cookies tasted so good?