Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Basic Chocolate Cookies

Thatboy drinks chocolate milk every night.  And not even regular chocolate milk.  Made the normal way.  With chocolate syrup.  He uses Nesquik.  It's a source of contention between us, because I just don't get using a "convenience" item, when the real thing is just as easy.  I mean, Nesquik is really just cocoa powder and sugar.  It's not all that hard to combine them yourself.  (I have a similar issue with Bisquick)

I am all for buying store-bought cookies.  Because cookies are not a convenience item.  It's not so much that cookies are difficult to make, but it certainly takes more effort to bake cookies than it does to open a bag.  So if you're going to make cookies at home, then they really need to be worth it.  In the hopes that a chocolate cookie could steer Thatboy away from the fake chocolate drink, I made some homemade goodies.  Because even though there's nothing wrong with storebought, something you take the time to make yourself always tastes better.

Basic Chocolate Cookies
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp milk
2 cups flour
  1.  Preheat the oven to 375. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.  
  2. Cream the shortening in an electric mixer.
  3. Add the sugar and continue mixing until light and fluffy. 
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, salt, chocolate, and milk and beat well.
  5. Stir in the flour.
  6. Scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat.   Bake for 9 minutes.


  1. I have a confession to make; I still drink my milk with Nesquik haha! I love it and I am the most loyal and 'evergreen' client of Nestle's!

  2. Cookies are actually my least favorite thing to bake because of all the sheets and trips to the oven. But for these, it would be worth it.