Chocolate Chip Cookies for Chris' Birthday

Our oldest son Chris has his birthday on Groundhog's Day, 2/2/2011. I have been baking his favorite chocolate chip cookies this morning to ship out to him this afternoon Fed Ex. I am afraid to take the trip right now as there are ice and snow predictions for the next three days, then a plunge in the temperature. Soooo, whatever we get will stay a while.

I have wrapped his gift, got some critters made to send the little boys, and I have baked the cookies. Thought I would put down this recipe I tried while they cool. It is the Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chip cookie.

Here is what you need:

2 1/4 C. unsifted flour
1 t. soda
1/2 t. salt
2 sticks softened butter (1 C.)
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 eggs
2 C. bittersweet chocolate chips
1 C. chopped pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together flour, salt, and soda and set aside. Beat the butter with the sugars at medium speed until creamy and add the vanilla and eggs one at a time until incorporated.

Gradually add the dry ingredients until moistened then add the chips and nuts until all is well blended. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Yield 3 dozen very large cookies.

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