Friday, September 18, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I remember when my kids were little, Emma made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. Everybody loved them. She was the cookie queen.But as her kids got older, I guess she stopped making them as much, because she told me a few years ago that Jordan didn't even know she knew how to make cookies.
I thought that Cuyler might be in the same boat. I thought that because I haven't made cookies in quite a while that he might not know that I once knew how to make Chocolate chip cookies too. However, yesterday, Cuyler asked if he could make some cookies. I told him he could if he would try a new recipe I had found for chocolate chip cookies. He was reluctant because he actually remembered that he likes my recipe (it's actually just the recipe on the Nestle's Chocolate Chip package with a little extra flour) and he wanted them. He finally agreed and made the new recipe. They were awful. My fault, not Cuyler's. I guess I'll just trust my tried & true recipe.
People sometimes ask me what the secret to making good cookies is. I really don't know. Except that you need to make them often enough that you get a feel for the right consistency of the dough. And I don't know how to learn that without a little practice and trial and error.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups butter
1 ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
1 ½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
5 cups flour (heaped a little)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 12 oz. pkg chocolate chips
chopped nuts (optional)

Mix sugars and margarine. Mix in vanilla and eggs. Blend in flour, soda and salt. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake at 375ยบ for 9 minutes

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