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February 17, 2016 by: Joanne Lechner

Eagles Nest Inn Favorite Recipes: Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eagles Nest Inn Favorite Recipes: Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 oz. Imperieal margarine ( 2 cubes)
6 oz. granulated white sugar (3/4 c)
6 oz. brown sugar lightly packed (3/4 c)
2 lg eggs
1 tsp vanilla
18 oz unbleached flour (3 1/2 c unsifted)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
12 oz. chocolate chips, semi-sweet
3/4 to 1 c chopped walnuts  (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside. Cream the margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until just smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix well.  Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts with a wooden spoon.

Form into walnut sized balls and place on cookie sheet.  Bake for about 12 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes and remove from the cookie sheet. Do not fully cool the cookies on the sheets as they will continue to cook)

Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.

For best results use thick cookie sheets or two thin sheets placed together. Air insulated sheets work well also.  The thin sheets will brown the bottoms too much.  These cookies are designed to be more like a soft-batch cookie.

Our Recipe's History
Dale the original owner and builder of the Eagle Nest Inn loved Chocolate Chip Cookies, but wanted a softer cookie than recipes in the 1970's produced. He set out to devise his own perfect version and with the help of his friends who where also the 12 tasting panelists for the recipe. Various ingredients and types of flour, sugar ratios, magarine vs butter and oven temperatures were varied throughout the testing process. Surprisingly, 9 out of 12 tasters preferred the margarine over butter recipes and 11 out of 12 liked the recipes with increased flour. The majority preferred recipes with the white and brown sugar of equal proportions.

When we were guests at the Inn in the early 90's we also enjoyed the cookies and have kept Dale's tradition of serving freshly made cookies to our guests.  Since taking over the Inn in January of 1994 when the cookie count was just 41,021 we have now served 210,270 cookies.  Our recipe has been printed in many cook books and is still the preferred snack  at the Inn and are always available.  

Please Enjoy our recipe and start a tradition of your own.

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