The Cookie Redemption

The first time I baked chocolate chip cookies, they stayed and cooked as the drops I had put on the baking sheet. The balls of dough looked nothing like the fresh, flat and goeey chocolate chip cookies I had hoped would come out of the oven. So, last week, I found a better recipe and set off on my second attempt. Spoiler: I ate about 8 of these cookies within two days myself.

I got this delicious and excellent recipe from The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. This is the 1975 edition that was given to my mom before I was born. The recipes and advice really are timeless and effective. This is my second cooking experiment from this book. I have been creme caramel for years, which I absolutely love and will share a post on that too. And I am looking forward to trying more food!

Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter.
  4. Add the brown and white sugar gradually and beat until creamy.
  5. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  6. Sift and stir in the flour.
  7. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
  8. Drop the batter from a teaspoon, well apart, on the greased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped walnuts: my ingredients of choice
The delicious results! I might overdo it on chocolate chips next time

The activity was not challenge free. First, as a very amateur cook, I did not really know what “cream” the butter means. Google searches recommended that it was to be done with cold butter and a mixer. I had little flecks of solid butter flying everywhere. I added the sugars and mixed a bit with a spoon, eventually reverting back to the mixer and creating a soft, creamy mixture. Problem solving!

Also, I realized that I needed less cooking time in my oven at the indicated temperature than the recipe recommend. The first batch (thankfully, a small one to test) was burned on the bottom. The remaining cookies were perfectly wonderful. I definitely recommend trying this recipe.


Cooking is becoming a big part of me trying new things and learing better lifestyle habits. There is nothing like homemade recipes. It is also quite relaxing as a break from work and business.

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