Here is what I submitted for the N&O Cookie Contest:
In 1951, what else do you give your newly married daughter for a present – but a cooking class?
The author of a new cookbook (at the time!) was the presenter – Mom and Grandma each got a signed copy – Table Talk Cook Book, by Frank Decatur White.
When Grandma passed away, Mom inherited Grandma’s book and gave me HER own book. Mom’s book was well loved by the time I received it.
About 18 years ago, I started making the chocolate chip cookies from this cookbook. I have made 100s of batches of these cookies. They are the most amazing chocolate chip cookies!
When my daughter (now almost 15) was in kindergarten, we made batches of these cookies for her teachers, the school office, etc, for the holidays. It became a tradition and every year we baked for her current teachers, as well as former teachers. When 8th grade rolled around, we were baking 100s upon 100s of cookies. The teachers LOVED the cookies! In fact, when she has visited her prior school this past week, several teachers said “oh, no, we won’t get any cookies this year!”
We might keep the tradition up thru high school!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening (do not use a substitute!)
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips (more or less to taste!)
You can add in walnuts or pecans but I’m a chocolate chip cookie purist so I do not add nuts!
Preheat oven to 350.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.
Cream shortening and sugar together. (Note – I use a large stand mixer for this part – to get the dough VERY creamy)
Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
Add sifted ingredients. (Do not overmix after flour has been added as that will toughen the dough.)
Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop onto greased cookie sheet. Or use pans lined with parchment paper. If reusing sheets between batches, make sure the cookie sheet has thoroughly cooled before dropping dough onto it.
Bake at 350 for approximately 9-11 minutes.
Makes about 60 cookies depending how large you make them!
We shall see if my “story” gets published in the N&O on the 12th. Haven’t heard anything so probably not. But who cares – the cookies are faboo!