When I was a kid, my favorite store-bought cookies were Keebler Soft Batch. I'm not sure if they went away altogether or they've just disappeared from most shelves, but I can never find them*. So, when I found the recipe for Keebler Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies in Insider's Recipes Master Edition, I was elated.
When making them ourselves we had to bake them a little longer than the recipe recommended. That's probably what led to them being a bit crispy on the edges, unlike the soft all around store-bought variety. But the centers were fantastic. I'm definitely going to tinker with this recipe a bit more and see if I can recapture that yumminess of childhood.
We chose dark chocolate chips and they were delicious. But feel free to tinker yourself and add your favorite chips; walnuts would be a great addition, too.
Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies Copycat Recipe
1 pound butter, softened
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups honey granules or sugar
1 1/2 cups sucanat or brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
5 cups flour
6 ounces chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream the butter, eggs, molasses, vanilla and water in a medium bowl. In a large bowl sift together the sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.
Combine the moist mixture with the dry mixture and add the chocolate chips. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or until light brown around edges.
A definite repeat, perhaps with a bit of tinkering. The chocolate chips end up tasting more like delectable chocolate chunks. Yum.
*Of course, after writing this, I had to know if they were REALLY gone, or I just couldn't find them. They're not gone, exactly...they're just really rare. You can still find them occasionally in the big box stores, or you can order them on Amazon: Keebler Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies. Sad state of affairs, right? Good thing I can make my own. 🙂