I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately after going through all our old family photo albums a few weeks ago in search of a cute picture of me and my mom for Barefoot Contessa’s Mother’s Day blog post.
*you can see my mom and ‘her Eltons’ – i.e. glasses – bringing me home from the hospital, along with the other BFC girls and their moms here*
All this nostalgia has made me hungry. You see there are about five recipes that I can recall enjoying many times over my lifetime and always seem to take me back to a happy childhood place (well, at least in my heart… and stomach). One of these recipes is the super yummy chocolate cake I made into cupcakes here… another favourite are these chocolate chip cookies.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should tell you that my most favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe is from the back of the Hershey Chipits bag. But although it is not perhaps the most fancy or exclusive recipe, it still makes the best cookies I’ve ever tasted by far. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s so good they haven’t changed it in over 25 years.
Original Chipits Cookies
- Cream together 1 cup shortening or softened butter (I use butter), 1 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Beat in 2 eggs and 1-1/2 tsp vanilla.
- Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt. Gradually blend in to creamed mixture.
- Stir in one package (350 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 10-12 minutes.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
(My secret is that I add twice the vanilla, no nuts and a few extra handfuls of chocolate chips… so good)
As I said, I’ve been making these cookies since I was little, and here is the proof. This is a picture of 3 year old me and my mom following the very recipe I’ve outlined above – you can even see the tell-tale Chipits bag in my mom’s hands.