Award-Winning Cookies and Awards

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Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe *soft and chewy* from @katrinaskitchen

I’ve been holding out on you. I apologize but it was necessary. I’ve been receiving awards that you don’t know about and I also have kept my go-to cookie recipe from you. You see I started this blog on a whim and I didn’t plan as well as I’m usually accustomed to doing. I am one of those people who make lists and cross things off and who add things to the list that are already completed just to have the satisfaction of crossing them off. But when I started blogging I had been thinking about it for a couple of months and one day I saw the Oreo-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from genius Jenny of Picky Palate. It was so inspiring that I felt compelled to share it with anybody who would listen. And so began In Katrina’s Kitchen.

It has been 4 months and I have grown to love my little blog and all of my blogging friends. I thought I would mostly be blogging for my mom and my 5 friends (I love you girls!) but I am overwhelmed every day when thousands of you stop by and let me know you’ve been reading my blog.

Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe *soft and chewy* from @katrinaskitchen

I’m enjoying it so much that I even decided to get my own domain – did you notice? It’s not even a big deal to anyone except maybe me. But now you can type in to find me (no “blogspot” necessary)! You may have to update your feed subscription if you get my posts through feedburner.

Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe *soft and chewy* from @katrinaskitchen

I am happy to have the support and friendship from other bloggers in the food blog community and I have been showered with peer awards from fellow bloggers. In fact they started coming in so quickly and often that I couldn’t possibly keep up!

Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe *soft and chewy* from @katrinaskitchen


Before you go I want to share the love and pass on this Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. It comes to you out of love and tears, okay maybe not tears but still. I worked on this for many years – my poor husband endured many recipes that came up short. This is the one we all love now. Well, everyone except my brother-in-law because my recipe beat his in a little friendly competition along with about 30 other chocolate chip cookie recipes. He’s not bitter. And I don’t get out my trophy and proudly display it every time he comes over or anything.  Ahem.

Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Baking soda and butter flavored shortening are the keys to these award winning Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening I use butter-flavored Crisco
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package milk chocolate chips about 2 cups


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Beat shortening and sugars until combined and creamy. Add eggs and extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to drop dough onto baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for about 9 minutes.
- Katrina

72 Responses to “Award-Winning Cookies and Awards”

  1. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 23, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I love cookies – especially chocolate chip cookies. I’m glad you didn’t taint them with nuts because that’s just wrong. Going to check out your random facts and see what odd tidbits I can learn haha

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    SuzyEats — May 23, 2011 at 2:02 am

    i love chocolate chip cookies. thanks for the recipe. i always want to make them from scratch ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Belinda @zomppa — May 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I can see why these are winners!! So mouth-watering.

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    Erin — May 23, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Congrats on your new site! The cookies look perfect! Love reading your posts!

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    Lindselicious — May 23, 2011 at 2:57 am

    OMG you’ve only been blogging for 4 months?! LOL I thought I only discovered you a couple months ago. That’s amazing!! Congrats on the awards and those cookies look to die for.

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    FarrahsKitchen — May 23, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Cookies look awesome. Congrats on your award!

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    [email protected] — May 23, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Congrats on all your words, my friend – they are all well deserved! And you made me laugh @ the title, People Like Me? Yeah, we like you…a lot! :))

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    Sandra — May 23, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Congrats on everything, from the awards to the your own exiting! I am so proud of you, and I love your blog, love you because you are always so kind and sweet and your recipes..well you know what I think about them:))
    If we were only closer I would be your friend #6:)))) Thank you for sharing these delicious cookies with us today, and good luck in the future!!!!

  9. #
    Audra — May 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Congrats! I’m a 4 month food blogger too!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Love the new site! Congratulations on a well deserved award! These cookies are definitely award winning!

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    The Souper — May 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Cute site design. Welcome to food blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. #
    Carolyn — May 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Have you really only been blogging for 4 months? You’re such a pro! Thanks for including me in your list.

  13. #
    Emily — May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Your cookies look lovely! Congrats on the personal domain. I would be really excited too!

    Happy Monday!

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    [email protected] — May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    These cookies sure are award winning. Bravo, Katrina! Love your Like me page, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa — May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Congrats on your awards and own domain! I need to get out under free WP and self-host soon, with my own domain, but so worried about losing content during the move.

    That said, those cookies look AMAZING. I love milk chocolate chips in my CC cookies. However, think I may sub butter, or half butter. I can’t live without my butter LOL

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — May 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    These definitely look like the best cookies ever, they look so fluffy and decadent! Wonderful job on your blog, as always and congrats on your awards!

  17. #
    Melissa — May 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    It is so obvious you are amazing in the kitchen. But I still have to tell you that you are talented with that camera of yours!!

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    cookingmisadventures — May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Yep…those are going to have to be made. Soon. They look heavenly.

  19. #
    Shawn — May 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations on this and the other awards. You have such a passion for what you do and it really shows!

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    TheChocolatePriestess — May 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Congrats on the cookie award!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — May 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats on your new domain, Katrina! It’s just a sign of all the wonderful things yet to come for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I’m going to have to try these award winning choco chip cookies sometime… They look incredibly yummy!

  22. # — May 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Congrats on getting ur own domain ๐Ÿ˜€ these cookies look AMAZING. xoxo

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Yay for your own domaine! These cookies do look award winning:-)

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews — May 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been blogging for about the same amount of time, but your blog looks way better than mine. I am impressed! Congrats on the domain name! I need to get on that…

  25. #
    Eftychia — May 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Simply delicious! Can I have one please…???

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — May 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Congrats on having your own domain! My kids and I love chocolate chip cookies, so I’m going to keep this recipe for next time. I don’t bake in general, but only exception is chocolate chip cookies because my kids love them and I wanted homemade at least. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this “award-winning” cookie recipe!

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    Greg — May 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I can see why those are award winning! Great recipe.

  28. #
    thefooddoctor — May 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Amazing cookies your pictures too
    great job on your blog :)it looks like a labour of love

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — May 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Mmm cookies. Yours look incredible and I so wish I had one or two or three right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane — May 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Congratulations on your award! That trophy is just adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ And well done with everything as well, your blog has come a long way and I really enjoy keeping up with your posts, keep up the good work!

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    Julissa — May 24, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I just baked these today using your recipe – amazing! I have tried other recipes in the past, but none came out the way I wanted them too. When I bit into one of these, I exclaimed to my dad, “Finally… I made good cookies!”

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — May 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Very excited to try these award winning cookies! Has it really only been 4 months?? Your blog is so amazing… you should be very proud! And congrats on getting your own domain. I know what you mean, it may seem small, but it feels great!

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    Lori @ Girl Meets Oven — May 24, 2011 at 1:08 am

    These cookies look delicious. Congratulations on four months of blogging and all the awards. It’s been fun reading your posts.

  34. #
    Lin Ann — May 24, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Great post! You’ve got tons of energy getting so much done in such a short amount of time. Congrats again!!! You have an amazing blog with posts as sweet as your food!

  35. #
    kita — May 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Congrats on your awards – these cookies certainly look trophy worthy! It’s awesome watching this hobby grow isn’t it?

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    One-Butt-Kitchen — May 24, 2011 at 2:27 am

    What a gorgeous blog! And I’m looking forward to trying those cookies (tummy rumbled looking at the pics). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Butrcreamblondi — May 24, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Haha I do the exact same thing with lists! I’m glad I’m not the only one who puts things on there just so I can cross them off! Your cookies definitely look award winning ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) — May 24, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Your recipe definitely sounds award winning! I can’t wait to try it myself. This is my first visit to your blog…can’t wait to keep reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anonymous — May 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Congratulations on the blog. These look delicious, but I don’t understand how they’re different from the Toll House recipe, except for cooking at a slightly lower temperature and and an extra quarter cup of flour.(So probably more substantial and gooey both.)Did you do a lot of testing to arrive back at that classic recipe?

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — May 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Anonymous! You are right that it is similiar- I mean how different can a cookie recipe be, right? And believe me this is not my only cookie recipe, just the one that I finally had some luck with. As for your question about what makes it different I used a lower baking temp, baked for a shorter amount of time, more flour, and I used shortening instead of butter. These things all make a big difference (at least in my house!). The result is a soft, sturdy cookie that gets even better the next day! I still make the Tollhouse cookies at times too. Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ฅ- Katrina

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    Lin Ann — May 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    You rock! No 2 on Top 9 today! Your award-winning cookie with milk, a classic nostalgic combo that we all know and love, in a beautiful photo wins again!

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    Averie — May 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    congrats, Katrina, on how far you’ve come in SUCH a short amt of time…all the awards, the Babble award, the FG Gallery, your photography..seriously you’ve accomplished in 4 mos what takes many ppl 4 years, if EVER!

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    alyce — May 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Yum. These look amazing.

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    Holly — May 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I โ™ฅ me some chocolate chip cookies : ) I’ll have to try this recipe!

  45. # — May 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    The shortening is the key to the awesomeness of these cookies, I bet. I love how shortening makes cookies so soft. Your cookies look fantastic.

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    Wendy Irene — May 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Chocolate Chips cookies are my all time favorite dessert. These look amazing!! I’ll be sure to update my feed. Congrats on your new site ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Hannah at FleurDeLicious — May 25, 2011 at 4:54 am

    These look so good, like they would be just the kind of chocolate chip cookie I dream about. Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9! I love your blog, keep it up!

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    mia xara — May 25, 2011 at 5:01 am

    How can I resist chocolate chip cookies, especially when they look like they’re calling me??? They look delicious, Katrina!

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    kankana — May 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Congrats on those awards .. you totally deserve it! And these cookies looks so pretty. I am not much of a baker .. but i do make cookies at times which taste good but never looks nice .. like the ways your are looking ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    thoma — May 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

    this one i’ll bookmark coz these are those ever famous cookies being constantly made in every house!

    congrats on the award!!! tht’s a lovely trophy..better than the Oscars…seriously lol

    and yea a domain is always better…though how i don yet know!

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    JCF — May 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Wow… they really look delicious and congratulations to your award. These cookies look quite good but I would let them a little bit longer in the oven so they get a bit darker. ๐Ÿ˜› But I guess thats just the individual opinion and u showed by that award that those are some good ones. thx 4 sharing

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    Lo-mo — May 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Woot woot!cookie awards!! Cookies!!! Who doesn’t love a great chocolate chip cookie?? Love ’em!! Thise look fantastic!

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    Bettelaus — May 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Hello Katrina,

    Coockie award – understand why, those cookies looks absolutely mouthwatering and moreish…. I have to make them one day. Iยดam a danish girl, who is new on the blogg – and I found your blogg through Newyorkerbyheart – and I really like your blogg – and Iยดll be back…

    Rikke ( Bettlaus )

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    Mother Rimmy — May 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Congrats on your own domain. Blogging is so much fun, and your cookies are making my mouth water!

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    the Junkie book — November 10, 2011 at 4:22 am

    hey Kat, can we use chipped dark choc instead of choc chips?? or does it change the texture and consistency?? would you pl get back to me on this at my email: [email protected]

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    Ariana — June 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    best freaking cookies i have EVER made.

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    amy — November 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    This recipe was amazing however when I made these they didn’t spread out when they cooked and stayed prett6 raw inside. Any advice on whqt I maybe did wrong?

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    Rhonda — July 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    These were really good cookies! My husband gave them a thumbs up. They don’t spread out very much. I made some right out of the cookie scoop and I also flattened some just to see how they would turn out….either way, they turned out fine. Regarding Amy who stated they were raw, just bake them a couple minutes longer and leave them on the pan to cook some more. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the recipe!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I’m glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for letting me know.

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    mommy of 4 — June 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I love this recipe. I have been making them whenever I get a chance to. I have received so many compliments on these cookies. People have started asking my husband how I can make such great cookies.

    I have been adding on occasion butterscotch chips with the milk chocolate chips, only because we love butterscotch. Thank you for sharing, everyone thinks that I can make cookies now, hehehe.

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      Katrina Bahl — June 29, 2015 at 11:33 am

      I’m so happy that you love them as much as our family does.

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    Taste USA — November 23, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I brought these cookies into my husband’s office and they were a huge hit! I used chocolate pudding, the only kind I had, and it made the cookies more like a double chocolate cookie! I loved it!

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    Kathy Wilson — November 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Katrina
    Tried your Award Winning Recipe and for the first time ever chocolate chip cookie recipe was a success perfect in color and flavor .

    Thank you for sharing

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    Barbie — April 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    hi, this is a great and easy recipe! Made these today with my grandkids, we did half chips and half mini M&Ms. I’ve made at least 15 to 20 dozen cookies in the last week and these were the best and by far, the easiest. Woohoo!!! Thanks for posting this!!!

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    Sean S — August 12, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Excellent recipe. I substituted semi-sweet chips and they came out awesome. Perfect amount of sweetness with the even parts white and brown sugar. These are officially my favorite chocolate chip cookies.

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    Cheryl R Anderson — August 31, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I found I had to bake them around 12 to 13 minutes. Delicious reminded me of a recipe I had from my Grandma Leonard which I had lost.

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    Ariane Noyaerts — June 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Yep, these are award-winning. One of the best chocolate chip cookies that I’ve ever eaten. Thanks. Simple and quick to make. Love that.

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    alyr — January 2, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Weird. Mine spread out to be at least 6 inches from a 1.5 TBS scoop. AND I had chilled the dough for a couple of hours. Totally greasy, soft, and flat. And I”m not a Crisco snob, in fact my fav cookie from my grandmother is with Crisco. All my ingredients were new and fresh. My only sub was 70% chocolate not milk choc. And I have a thermometer in my oven to make sure it’s at the right temp. shrug I was sure they’d turn out like yours being chubby/cakey…because they say you want a ratio greater than 1:1 flour to fat and so it looked PERFECT. LOL

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    alyr — January 2, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I found my mistake! I used double the amount of Crisco! (made a half recipe with whole recipe Crisco because I read the stick label incorrectly) UGH gonna try again tomorrow

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    April — March 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    How many carbs are in this? I have a diabetic son

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    Susan Trager — April 5, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Truly the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. While they are a little work they are well worth it. I made 33 out of the recipe. I used an ice cream scoop for uniform cookies because I only had a one tablespoon cookie scoop. I definitely will make them again.

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