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A Chocolate Chip Cookie So Good That Your Tongue Will Jump Up and Slap Your Brain… #jworiginalrecipe

7 Nov

We think these cookies are so good that in the words of Paula Dean, “Your tongue will jump up and slap your brain!”

Between us, we’ve tried our share of recipes, but could never find the recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  Recently, we were testing recipes and tossing them back and forth. It was getting to the point where we thought we might never hit ‘THE ONE.’ We decided to try a different approach and use the recipes we were testing as a guideline to create our own version of the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie. A few tested versions and an ingredient mistake later, and ‘The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie’ had been created. And we are proud to say it has been a hit!

We knew we had something special as soon as we tried the first hot bite right out of the oven. Our family and friends agreed, and our kids went gaga over them.  Joanna’s two-year-old woke up in the middle of the night a few times saying, “I just want da cookie, Mama.” One of Wendy’s friends has a four-year-old and, after trying his first one, he said, “I just can’t help myself. I want more.”  And Wendy’s college age son agreed that the cookies were so good that you can’t stop eating them. We always love a good compliment, especially if it’s about something we’ve made, so we loved the feedback from the kids and knew we had a winner.

The information and recipe below will help guide you to Chocolate Chip Cookie Heaven. We have tried to be thorough. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Cookie Heaven

"Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie" Photo Credit: Harle Photography, Green Bay, Wisconsin

SOUTHERN RATING: High (It contains Butter Flavored Crisco)
ADDICTIVE RATING: High (especially those little bitty ones)
SKILL LEVEL: Low, but supervise kids using the mixer and the oven
HIGH ALTITUDE TEST RANKING: Bake at 375 degrees; otherwise, no changes needed
RECIPE CLARIFICATION: When ‘mix really well’ is listed, it means mix on the highest speed you can without the batter being launched out of the bowl
TIPS & TRICKS: (1) Day 2 and beyond (if they last that long),  heat up a few cookies in the microwave for a couple of seconds for that right out of the oven taste. (2) Double the recipe below to make a huge batch of cookies that will last a few days. (3) You can substitute chopped up candy bars for the chocolate, but to get the best experience…USE THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS! (4) We like these cookies bite sized and so do the kids.

JW Food and Design’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and follow directions below in order listed:

Add to your mixer bowl:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening {Butter Flavored Crisco – this is a critical ingredient}
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
Mix really well
Add to your mixer bowl:
2 large eggs
3 tsps vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Mix really well
Add to your mixer bowl:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Mix really well (slower speed may be needed as the dough thickens up with the flour)
 Add to your mixer bowl:
2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chunks

Scoop your desired cookie size and bake for 11 minutes for a soft cookie. Adjust baking time up or down a minute depending on your oven or how soft or crunchy you like your cookie. Serve with a smile and a glass of milk.

Big Hug…JW

101 in 1001

7 Nov

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a photography blog of a friend of a friend.  While the photographer’s work was lovely, something else on her site caught my attention.  She’d made a list of 101 things she wanted to achieve in 1001 days.  They were quirky and fun, personal and tenacious. It inspired me.

When I shared this with Wendy, we decided to do the same.  We have a ways to go, but want to share what we have thus far.  We also want to encourage you to make your own list.  This is different from a bucket list in that this is specific, time oriented and takes deliberate effort.  It may be personal, or professional, or a combination of the two… but it’s yours.  Some of these are ours specifically, and some are mutual goals.

1. Know enough about fishing to enter a fishing tournament.
2. Hike the Pacific Coast Trail. – JW
3. Publish a cookbook with a friend. 😉 – JW
4. Swim with the stingray in the Cayman Islands with my kids.
5. Learn how to ski well {this is ALL Wendy, but I will go and watch!}
6. Jump out of a plane with my husband and my kids and having a parachute would be fun also.
7. Learn to kayak and go river rafting. – JW
8. Do a hike-in camp for a week in the Colorado mountains with the family and friends.
9. Go to Madrono Ranch Hog School. – JW
10. NRA Colorado Elk Hunt and Women’s Gun Camp. – JW
11. Do the Texas Water Safari. – JW
12. Do a cross country bike ride.
13. Put something together about starting a business doing something that brings me joy and is focused on what I love doing. – JW
14. Hit 1,000,000 followers on Twitter. – JW
15. Create a unique and profitable retail collection. – JW
16. Publish our story. – JW
17. Eat the best pizza in Italy w my family and Wendy & her family. – JW
18. Spend two weeks in Bali. – JW
19. Hike through South America, learning about their food and indigenous culture.
20. Climb Machu Pichu – JW
21. Go on a weekend shopping spree in NYC – JW 1 year anniversary!
22. Take a two week pastry class in France with Wendy. – JW
23. Cook w Paula Deen on the Food Network – JW
24. Create a seminar/speaking event for women where we talk, teach, motivate and challenge them to pick a girlfriend and start fulfilling their dreams – JW
25. Outsell the ad space on our blog. – JW
26. Sign a sponsorship deal with Vitamin Water.

We will keep you posted on our progress, and if you’re keeping tabs, you will see this list grow in the coming weeks.  Our 1001 days end on August 1, 2014.  It may seem like a long time from now, but Wendy and I met 1278 days ago and it would take me weeks, perhaps months, to share all that we have experienced, accomplished, witnessed and survived in that time.  Time is precious… what will you do with yours?