I have lived in the mountains of Colorado and Utah, my entire life and love making cookies.  Over the years I’ve met people who have moved here and tell me they can’t make cookies that turn out right, because of the high altitude.  I won’t go into too many details about the science of why baking is different at high altitude, other than to say that because air is thinner, water boils at a lower temperature, and this causes problems. 

First, in this instructable I’ll give you a really great chocolate chip cookie recipe and then I’ll give you some ideas for “tweaking” your own recipe so that it works here in the mountains.  Here’s what you need:

1 Cup Butter/Margarine, softened
¾ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
12 Ounce package Chocolage Chips
Nuts/Raisins (Optional)
A mixer
A good wooden spoon or spatula
A good quality baking sheet (see step 9)
A cookie scoop - optional

Step 1: Preheat your oven

I know this doesn't seem like a big deal, and a lot of people skip this.  But, make sure you preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Don’t put your cookies (or a lot of other baked goods) into the oven until it’s at the right temperature.  If you put them in before the oven is the right temperature, they will probably burn on the bottom.

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