Chocolate Anyone?

Two years ago, a small group of students, a co-worker and I conducted research on local farmsteads that were over one hundred years old.  While visiting one of these farms, the wife of the farmer invited us to join her inside for coffee and chocolate chip cookies.  Now, anyone who knows me will tell you that there are two things that I never turn down:  coffee and sweets.  So I was more than pleased to partake in this fabulous activity.

Once we got settled at the hand-crafted wooden table nestled against one wall in her century old kitchen, she brought out piping hot cups of coffee and the BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted!  After eating three of those scrumptious things, I asked her if I could have a copy of the recipe.  She quickly pulled out an old note card that had yellowed around the edges and had been opened, closed and folded so many times that I could scarcely make out the script on the card.  But by golly, I really wanted that recipe!  So I slid my chair right next to this elderly woman, whom I had just met, and had her read the recipe aloud to me while I quickly jotted it down on a piece of loose leaf from one of my student’s notebooks.

I have been using this recipe ever since.  Everyone in my family agrees that this is the greatest recipe on earth.  So when Valentine’s Day came along this week, my husband and I decided to make a special treat for the girls…chocolate chip cookie sundaes!  We all thoroughly enjoyed, and had to be rolled away from the table J

Here is the recipe:  (Something you should know about all of my recipes:   I use all organic ingredients, local flour when it is available, pasture butter and non-homogenized milk.  I think it makes a huge difference in the end product.  Just an fyi.)

1 cup butter

1 cup coconut oil (The original recipe called for shortening, but I replace all shortening in my baking recipes with coconut oil.  Be sure to use the coconut oil in its solid state when measuring the 1 cup.)

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

Cream well.

Add: 1 egg, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda

Add: 3 ¾ cups flour

Add: 1 bag of chocolate chips

Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes.

Enjoy!

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