This post was updated with new photography in March 2015.
Again, if you know me at all, you know that crumbs of any kind are no stranger to my bed. You’re not supposed to eat in bed (or so I was taught), which is probably why it’s so satisfying… but the rebel in me sometimes enjoys lashing out against proper consumption etiquette.
One thing I particularly enjoy eating in bed is a cookie, or five… or ten. And there’s nothing better than homemade cookies, that’s for sure. As I grew up, Mama was an awesome baker, and she had the very best chocolate chip cookies. They were even better that the SuperStore ones! So as I grew up, got my apartment, accumulated baking supplies, and started to get adventurous in the kitchen, I asked for the famous recipe. It’s actually probably my late grandmother’s recipe (affectionately known as Grammy), but I remember it as Mama’s.
Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oven @375F
- Blend 1C shortening, 1C brown sugar, 1 C white sugar
- Cream 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla
- Add 2 1/4C flour, 1 tsp soda, 1tsp salt
- Stir in 2C real semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet
- Bake 10 minutes until golden brown
Now I don’t know what it is about mothers, but it’s awfully hard to duplicate some of the things they do – especially the things they do best. For example, I can’t, for the life of me, clean a bathroom as well as my Mama. Trust me, I’ve tried, and probably come close many times, but I seriously look forward to her visits to Ottawa in hopes she’ll tackle my bathroom. And I’m definitely classified as a clean freak, at least for a 22-year-old. Go figure! It’s just that “je ne sais quoi” mother’s touch.
Another thing I just can’t seem to duplicate is my mother’s chocolate chip cookies. I have tried four or five times, and every time I either burn them, they’re too thick, too thin, or they’re dry. They just don’t turn out. I’m not sure what it is, and I’ve attempted to change up a few things, but they just never turn out the way I remember them. Not to mention they seem to have more ingredients than other chocolate chip cookies, and require purchasing shortening, which I would never otherwise use (I don’t think shortening is very good for you, either… not that I’ve ever been health conscious… who am I kidding?).
So about a year ago, I gave up. There are many things I can cook better than my Mama, but those chocolate chip cookies are just not one of them. I concede the victory! I have accepted my defeat. Mama wins! (Secretly, she’s actually a much better baker than I’ll ever be. But don’t tell her).
Cookies in bed… the way it should be!
Julia’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat oven @ 350F
- Cream 1C butter, 2 eggs, 3/4C brown sugar, 3/4C white sugar
- Combine 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2C flour
- Add drys to wets
- Add 1C oats and up to 2C chips
- Bake 10-15 minutes
I thought they were pretty darn good. Chewy, but not too moist, just enough chocolate but not too much oatmeal… stayed fresh for quite a while. But it was My Other Half who ranted and raved about them. I think I specifically remember him saying they were the best chocolate chip cookies he’s ever had, if not his favourite cookies ever!
You know how they say “the way to a man’s heart is through his belly”? Well, I never really bought into that with My Other Half. Maybe it’s because he’s used to me cooking all the time, and has grown accustomed to it (and probably takes it for granted, but I love cooking so much I don’t care) but I never seemed to be able to easily win him over with my kitchen creations. That being said… plop him down on the couch with a fresh-out-of-the-oven batch of these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, a tall glass of milk and the Raptors game… he’s like putty in my hands for at least an hour afterwards.
Now since this blog thing is new to me, I’m going to have to get used to sharing (which I’m terrible at). So if you would like either of the recipes mentioned here, you can find them under the “Recipes” tab at the top. But be warned… don’t you dare make Mama’s cookies better than me! There will be hell to pay!