Steve and I got married 13 falls ago, a week before he started medical school in San Francisco. Thus started an extremely fun, but extremely poor (in the money sense), phase of life for us. We lived in a series of tiny little apartments perched on foggy eucalyptus-y scented hills in the inner Sunset, and subsisted mostly on rosemary roasted potatoes and bread.
But no matter how empty our bank account got, we always had one vital ingredient in our small pantry: CRISCO. Because you can't make the king of all chocolate chip cookies without it. We've flirted over the years with other non-crisco recipes (this one is really good, too), but we always come back to you, dear crisco-laden morsel of wonderfulness. The dough is fantastically tasty, and somehow, I don't understand it, but the cookies are even better the second - and if they make it this long - the third days. (Ok, actually if I think about it I guess the highly processed nature of shortening might have something to do with it.)
So, my gift, from me to you:
Steve's Chocolate Chippers (no idea where the original recipe is from)
mix: 1 c. crisco, 1 c. sugar, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 t. vanilla
add 2 1/4 c. flour, 1 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. salt, and mix
When ingredients are just coming together, add chocolate chips (as many as you like).
Do NOT over-mix dough.
Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes.