About this recipe:I really wanted to try to make my own Maryland brand cookies but I couldn't find a recipe that even looked like it would be anywhere close to a Maryland cookie. I read the ingredients listed on the back on the packet and found out that 1. they were made with vegetable oil, NOT butter and 2. they didn't have any eggs in them. They are basically chocolate chip shortbread made with vegetable oil instead of butter! You will need either a standing electric mixer or a handheld electric mixer.
I made these cookies exactly as stated, with the shortening being at room temperature, and baked them for 10 minutes. They are really good, but do NOT have the texture of shop-bought Maryland cookies. They are softish, and short (with a crumbly texture), but definitely not crunchy. Maybe the temperature of my oven is not accurate?!? The instructions also inform you not to flatten the balls of dough, which resulted in a domed shaped cookie (see photo).
I think it's a great recipe, but I will tweak the recipe more to get the texture correct. - 23 Apr 2011