This is my go-to, all-time favorite cookie recipe. These cookies are awesome! I love collecting recipes when I travel and this recipe came from the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia. Some have called baked goods the world’s greatest treasure and these Blue Ridge Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies are real gems.
A few years ago I did a girlfriends’ get-away in Blue Ridge, GA. During our stay we did an excursion on the Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Railway to the quaint, small towns of McCaysville/Copper Hill. That’s where I met Melanie. She works at a local café (but wrestles alligators on the side.) She told me about these amazing cookies her grandma used to bake, then her mama, and now she follows in the tradition. It took a little sweet talking to get the recipe for Blue Ridge Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies from Melanie, but it was so worth it.
Blue Ridge Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1⁄2 cup butter, unsalted
- 3⁄4 cup white sugar
- 3⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 3⁄4 cups bleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips chunks
- Cream shortening, butter, sugars, then eggs and vanilla and almond extracts.
- Blend dry ingredients and add to mixture.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop by large tablespoons (I use cookie scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 2-inches room in between to allow cookies to spread. I press down lightly with a measuring cup to bake more uniform cookies. My sister doesn’t and hers look just as nice).
- Bake at 375° for 10 minutes until lightly brown.
Makes 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size.
In my house these Blue Ridge Chololate Chip Cookies are everybody’s favorite. Bake up a batch of these babies today and you will be everyone’s favorite person.
Until next time…
Eat and Enjoy!