Chocolate Chip Cookies on the Brain

My grandma has always made awesome chocolate chip cookies. I believe it was a recipe that came from her mother which was then was passed down to my mother and to me. I remember my Mom telling me that she slashed the sugar in the recipe in half when she started making them, and apparently none of us kids even noticed! They are AWESOME cookies (oatmeal chocolate chip – the only thing in the world that I actually use CRISCO as an ingredient in). Seeing them cooling on cut open brown paper bags on the counter will forever invoke strong childhood memories in my mind.

Photo courtesy of my Mom!

Charlie’s grandma also loved chocolate chip cookies, though her diabetes was so bad the last few years that she wasn’t allowed to eat them. She didn’t want to stop baking them though, so she’d make batches and bring them to bake sales or to the communal dining room to share with her friends and other residents of the building. I wasn’t kidding when I said they are actually burying her today with some of her favorite cookies! LOL

My Grandmother always put her fluffy cookies in the freezer because my uncles loved them cold and crunchy.

Charlie’s Granny made a version without oatmeal that was soft and doughy and flat.

I like them best somewhere in the middle!

For my birthday last Friday, I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies (with the new hand mixer from  my Mom – thanks, Mom!). They were cooking when everyone started showing up for the party, and I totally forgot to take them out of the oven. When I took them out, I was sad to see that they had baked a few minutes too many and were obviously going to be hard as rocks.

THEN, I remembered this little trick. Put the cookies in an airtight container, add a slice of bread, and VOILA – soft cookies!

Isn’t that weird? But it works. Just thought that little tip might come in handy for the next time you over bake your favorite cookies but can’t stand to throw them out. πŸ™‚ Worked for me – I ate 4 of those softened up beauties yesterday, all the while thinking about my husband and his family out in St. Louis, eating chocolate chip cookies themselves.

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Grandma Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
2c. crisco
3/4 c.white sugar
3/4c. brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
4 c. oatmeal (Quick or Old Fashioned)
3 c. flour
12 oz. chocolate chips
Mix ingredients together, put on cookie sheet in little balls, and bake at 350 degrees for 12 min. or so (here at high altitude, I usually bake for 14 min).
Makes 4-5 dozen, depending on how big you make the cookies. 
Enjoy!
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12 comments

  1. Now I want cookies. Guess I have an afternoon activity now.

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  2. Yummmm! Now I think I need to bake some cookies today for the weekend!

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  3. I love a good cookie from scratch! But mine never seem to rise and be as fluffy as those you just scoop out of the log from the freezer section in the grocery store. 😦

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  4. I just added the recipe for anyone that is interested! πŸ™‚

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  5. Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that out next time! And, my all time favorite cookie in the whole wide world? Chocolate Chip!

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  6. Yum! GREAT tip about the bread and the soft cookies! I am definitely going to try that. πŸ™‚

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  7. What a weird trick! awesome

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  8. I always have to use the bread trick because I tend to overcook cookies. But hey it works right?

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  9. I always use bread to store cookies too, keeps them soft for longer, then I feed the stale bread to the dogs, they love it.

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  10. Yum! That picture practically has me drooling! And I also wanted to say sorry for you and your husbands loss 😦

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  11. Chocolate Chip Cookies are my oldest son's and my favorite and my husband actually shared the bread trick with me when I overbaked a batch the last time. I was thrilled!Now, I want to go bake some!

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  12. Just FYI – I only use 6oz of Nestles semi-sweet chocolate chips. And now Audrey has me converted to using the little mini ones, besides. πŸ™‚ That's purely personal preference, of course, just how many chips one wants in their chocolate chip cookies. :-)xxMom

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