― Pat Sinclair really understands baking. I have been so impressed with her book Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro published by Agate Publishing. ∙ When she wrote about a "Toll House" cookie combining butter and shortening to create a softer texture, I had to try them! ∙ The Recipe ∙ I used the Wonder Plunger Measuring Cup from ThinkGeek to measure the shortening. Review to come soon! ∙ Beat 1/2 cup softened butter with 1/2 cup [...].