Baking a Batch of Memories

by jennifer


One of my favorite things to do in this world is bite into one of my mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies. It’s such a guilty pleasure to savor a cookie warm from the oven, and then wash down that first delightful bite with a big swig of cold milk. Hot and cold. Sweet and wonderful. I LOVE those cookies.

About 150 miles separate my mother and I now, so I don’t get many opportunities to soak up the familiar comfort of time spent sitting at the kitchen table of my childhood, savoring those splendid cookies. My waistline is thankful, but my perpetually homesick heart is not.

I left metro-Detroit about a decade ago, but a piece of my heart remains there with my parents and sisters. When I feel like I need to get back to the old neighborhood but can’t pick up and physically go, I mix up a batch of these cookies with my girls and let that first warm bite take me back to the memory of snack time with my sisters, sitting at the big oval table in Mom and Dad’s kitchen. While baking up a batch of memories is no substitution for actually going home, they sure are tasty.

So tonight was one of those nights. Abby, Amelia and I put on our matching floral aprons and – with a little assistance from their dad- we fired up the Kitchen Aid mixer and got to work. The girls are too young to understand why I love these cookies as much as I do. But it’s my hope that while I’m baking my way back to my childhood home, the girls are having a good time making memories to recall should they decide to mix up a batch with their kids someday.

In case you want to give this recipe a whirl, here it is:

Chocolate Chip Memory Cookies


* 1 3/4 cups flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened)
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 6 oz. package of chocolate chips

1. Sift flour, baking soda & salt onto wax paper.

2. Beat butter, granulated and brown sugars, egg and vanilla in large bowl.

3. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

4. Scoop mixture with teaspoon, dropping balls of dough on a cookie sheet about an inch apart.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Cool on metal rack.

Pour yourself a tall glass of milk and enjoy!

Note: These cookies are best when shared. : )

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