Help! Why Do My Chocolate Chip Cookies Look Terrible?

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Q: Why do my chocolate chip cookies look like cowpies? The recipe I used had one cup of butter and 1/3 cup shortening. I prefer to substitute some whole wheat flour, so I used half whole wheat pastry flour and half unbleached flour. They taste fabulous but look awful. What is the trick to plump, full chocolate chip cookies?

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Editor: Readers, any tips or trusted recipes for baking plump chocolate chip cookies?

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