They should really be called Chocolate Chip Cookies Made by a Shameless Woman. That seemed a bit long for a recipe name, so I shortened it and made the cookies the culprit. Takes some of the heat off me, you know.
You cook like I do, don’t you?
When you need dinner (or a cookie), I know you get some of this, a little of that, and voila! your meal (or treat) comes together and everyone’s happy. That’s how most of us cook and it’s how I love to cook.
Come to my house during meal time and you’re likely to see the pantry, refrigerator and probably some cabinets and drawers gaping open. Sometimes it reminds me of that nursery clean-up scene from Mary Poppins (except there wasn’t wine in Michael and Jane’s nursery). Anyway, it works for me, nobody in my household is complaining or starving to death, so we’re good.
When it comes to these cookies, the only complaining was why are you making cookies in the middle of the week when we’re trying not to eat so much sugar???
Sorry, guys. Sometimes I just have to “bake it out” and we end up with cookies.
But that’s not why they’re shameless. They’re shameless because I didn’t follow the Chocolate Chip Cookie Rules. You know, creaming butter and sugar, whisking dry ingredients separately, etc. I know how to make cookies that way, and I agree that *most* of the time recipe directions are for following. I also believe rules are for breaking sometimes. ;-)
So, rule breaker that I tend to be, I threw all the ingredients in the bowl of my stand mixer and 15 minutes later, we had more cookies than a household of three needs in a week.
Here are a few more shameless points to ponder:
- I use all granulated sugar, no brown.
- I use baking mix (which is really the MOST brilliant thing for a cookie – read more on this ingredient and how I ended up trying it in the first place below the recipe)
- I use a tiny bit of OJ and it is not for flavor, they do not taste like orange; it is for a touch of acidity and yes, it is necessary and no, lemon juice or vinegar won’t yield the same results. You can try, but you’ll be disappointed if you do. You’ve been warned.
Shameless Chocolate Chip Cookies
½ cup Nutiva shortening (you could try to sub this with coconut oil, but if you bake cookies often, this is a GREAT product to use – not sponsored, just my experience)
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free baking mix (I used King Arthur brand)
2 tablespoons orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
Add all ingredients – except orange juice and chocolate chips – to the bowl of your stand mixer.
Mix on low at first until things start to settle down and come together, then increase speed to medium-ish; mix 1 full minute.
Add the OJ and mix again on medium speed until the dough comes together. This will take a few minutes. Turn off the mixer, add chocolate chips, mix a few turns on low to incorporate the chips.
Scoop batter onto your prepared cookie sheet in mounds, then press lightly.
Bake approximately 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven and cool 15-20 minutes before serving.
If you want cookies with a rough (versus smooth, rounded) top, scoop the cookie dough, tear the ball of dough in half, then press the sides together (torn sides both facing up).
About that baking mix:
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I’m not the most enthusiastic fan of box mixes of any kind. I usually make my own flour blend, my own “quick mixes”, etc. But, I ended up with 14 boxes of the baking mix I used here (long story, but in case you’re wondering, no, King Arthur didn’t gift them to me).
Fourteen 24-ounce boxes of GF baking mix is a lot. I decided to give some away and to experiment with some. Turns out, it’s a good product that I say, if you can tolerate cellulose and gums, is one you might want to keep on hand. I don’t do well consuming xanthan gum, but it doesn’t have a negative effect on everyone. You can read more about gums in baking here.