I grew up baking chocolate chip cookies.
It was a social thing. Friends would come over to the house and we would make cookies. Actually it is a pretty great thing to do. Look at the advantages – it smells great, it tastes great, and it is easy to talk while you are doing it. Then you get to sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
My Mom was not much of a cook. She was a great person but cooking was not really in her range of accomplishments. But she could make a great chocolate chip cookie. Her cakes were crooked, her pies non-existent, but her cookies were really good. She baked cookies until she was 88 years old. In later years, she would bake a batch and put them in the freezer so that there would be some for the grandchildren (and perhaps her children). Let me admit in public – we ate the cookies while they were still frozen. Yes, we would finish dinner and sit around the table and eat frozen chocolate chip cookies. They were good and there was always more conversation if there were cookies.
I have carried on the chocolate chip cookie tradition with my children. When they were small we would bake cookies together. As they grew, they would bake with their friends. There are actually family stories about things that happened while baking chocolate chip cookies.
One of the best stories happened the day my son discovered that the recipe for our homemade chocolate chip cookies could be found on the back of the chocolate chip bag. He was stunned. What! Our family recipe for chocolate chip cookies is on the bag? He was sure that we had a recipe handed down through generations for the cookies.
Guess what? We do. It just happens to be on the bag.
Go bake some cookies. Put some in the freezer and try them in a few days. Bring them out when you are with friends and see what happens.
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