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And that's good enough for me.

Okay, true confessions. According to my outline, I was supposed to write about chocolate today. It truly is a wonderful and marvelous thing. However, I've previously established that if there is to be a heaven, it will surely have heap loads o' chocolate.

So instead, I am going to write about cookies. I blame Coworker for changing my plans in this manner.

It started on Friday when she tried to convince everyone in the office that I keep a stash of cookies. Though they ravaged my office, they did not find any. So ha!

But later that afternoon, I did pop over to the Chevron next door and get some Oreos (Double Stuf, of course) and Nilla Wafers.

The other reason Coworker is responsible for the cookies post is because I was over at her place yesterday for a little gathering. I brought cookies. Her husband really liked the cookies. He even moved across the room so as to put some distance between him and the plate of cookies. For some reason, even bolstered by the distance, his willpower was still insufficient to overcome the allure of the cookies.

That is because I bake cookies with my mother's recipe. They're truly the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. And there is a family secret to them. To be honest, though, I have no idea what that secret is. My mom can bake them. I can bake them. My sister can bake them. My cousin cannot bake them. Anyone we've given the recipe to has not been able to bake them. This is not a secret recipe; we got it off the back of the Nestle Toll House Chips bag.

Coworker and I got into a discussion about this. It's interesting to me that there is something about how we bake them that makes them immune to duplication.

So I have decided to throw down the Edgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge. I'll post the recipe here, and you can bake the cookies at home. If you think you've succeeded in reproducing the yumminess that is these cookies, you can send me the cookies. I'll eat them and offer my feedback. Sure, it's a sacrifice to eat so many cookies, but I will do that for you.

  • 1 c shortening
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and mix until creamy. Add salt, baking soda, vanilla, and water. Add flour, then add chocolate chips. (Dough should be stiff.) Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheets to wire racks to cool.

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Th. said...


Hooboy. This is a challenge I am not up too. Besides, the cookies might lose something in the mail.

Mandi said...

My oven doesn't work well enough to join the challenge. It seems to cook food like turkey, chicken and casseroles well enough. But it will not bake things like meatloaf (which remains mushy and never sets even though the meat gets cooked) or pies (which remain mushy and never set) or cookies (which are soft (read:raw) in the middle and crunchy on the outside). Otherwise I'd be on it!!

(I may just have to make and eat the raw cookie dough...)

Edgy said...

The cookie dough is the best part. I usually eat four or five cookies' worth of dough myself.

Th. said...


Only four or five?

If I had my way, we would only back enough cookies to have a few to make dough sandwiches with.

Mandi said...

Edgy and Th.- I have actually spooned the proper amount of dough for 3 cookies into an ice cream bowl and eaten it with a spoon.

FL: what are you doing?
Me: Eating cookies.