I made cookies today. My kids are thrilled. There are no green flakes, no oatmeal, no flax or anything healthy. My kids know them as the cookies grandma makes… but they have a much deeper beginning than grandma. If you’ve come looking for the recipe, you have to scroll down to the end… if you want to hear the story behind them… welcome aboard! These are my childhood chocolate chip cookies, made from friendship, and love, and from a time long ago when I was young, free and a whole lot skinnier.
I grew up spending my childhood summers in the Kawarthas (Ontario) with my best friend. Her trailer was next to mine and we were inseparable. Literally, they called us the Bobbsey Twins… we were together every waking moment… and some sleepovers too! We swam in the pool, crafted, pretended the park tires were grand stallions to ride and tame, and braided each other’s hair. We spent countless hours out on the lake in a crazy little rubber dingy that had a slight leak. Oh, how we laughed when that thing got all squishy and started to deflate under our weight. I have such fond memories of painting plaster butterflies with sparkly glitter paint and taking our quarter (plus two cents for tax) over to the little ice cream place for a bag full of penny candy. Hot lips and black ball jawbreakers.
We’d bring the candy back and load it up with our blankets and sleeping bags and set out under the trees for hours and hours of Barbies. (Okay… don’t judge, Barbies were the thing back then…). I think I was the only one with a Ken doll … but she had all the dresses. The Barbies were our dream lives… oh, the Christmas when I got the huge Barbie camper thing… all yellow and with those stick on headlights and such… dreams, I tell ya…. kids these days have no idea with their X-Boxes and Netflix…. blah!
The cookies belonged to my best friend’s mom. Mrs. G always had containers full of these chocolate chip cookies. Always. They were dished out with glasses of milk in those colourful tupperware tumblers of the early eighties. Sometimes after hot dog lunches, sometimes after hours of Barbies, sometimes after coming in from the lake when the dingy had totally deflated. There was always a cookie. Kinda like a true friend — and her kind mom.
Time carried on and we gave up Barbies for boys and long chats on the phone. She taught me how to shave my legs. She taught me to whistle with my fingers. She stood by me at my wedding. We drifted apart some as our lives got busier — but I can still trust her with all my secrets. I still eat her moms cookies. Only now they are passed on to my own kids from grandma who got the recipe from Mrs. G so long ago (of course, I begged her for it). My mom can probably make them by heart, but I still pull out the well worn orange recipe card to make mine.
I offer them to you, my new friends, sharing a different adventure in a different time. I hope they make you think of your special friends, and make you smile at the joys God gives us through memories.
My Childhood Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening (I told you they are not “healthy”) 2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar — packed (sugar… a kid’s dream…)
1/2 cup white sugar (yup, MORE)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt (I eliminate this because I am not supposed to have it — but grandma doesn’t)
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour (but you can use any kind; use whole wheat if you must)
2 cups chocolate chips (don’t even measure… just dump)
Okay… now I am supposed to tell you how to make them… except my card is so worn I can barely read the instructions! So. I am sure you can find more detailed instructions on some foodie blog… but if you are up for the adventure and are willing to enjoy the experience (trust me baking is not that hard!) Here goes: Heat up your oven to about 350-375 degrees fahrenheit. Cream the shortening and sugars, add the rest of the dry stuff (except the chocolate chips!) and mix. Fold in the chocolate chips. At this point we end up eating some of the dough (yes… raw eggs and all! I, so far, have survived all my childhood) and licking the spoons and beaters. We also test a few of the chocolate chips. If you are not using a non-stick surface, you should spray the cookie sheet with non-stick spray. They spread a bit so give them some space. If you want them to look “pretty” you can spoon and then roll the dough. We just scoop and dump. I can’t really tell you how much the batch makes, because it depends on how much dough you sample, and how big you spoon them! It should give you a couple dozen. I am sure Mrs. G made double or triple batches for all us teenagers.
Bake them about 8-10 minutes and let them sit for a bit, either on a cooling rack or alone (If they survive the wait… broken ones get eaten right away at my house). Enjoy with a glass of milk. And a best friend. 🙂
For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face. Peace be with you. Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.
3 John 1:14 (New Living Translation)