Elegant Edibles Catering
Happy Mother’s Day, dear readers! I know, I’m a little early in offering that wish, but better early than late! I hope all of the Moms, grandmas, aunts, and other special ladies are able to enjoy a love filled day. For all that you do, thank you!!
It is the time of year for me to venture south to the Kentucky Derby once again, but before I can leave on my weekend excursion, I do have to get a bit of work done ahead, and that includes baking cookies! I just finished baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies and I wish you could experience how wonderful they smell! Talk about the smell of comfort food! Nothing says welcome home like the scent of warm cookies on the cooling rack. It just screams for a big glass of cold milk or a hot cup of coffee!
As I have told you before, we bake LOTS of cookies here at Elegant Edibles, and they are all made from scratch. No pre-made dough for us! We start with the same fresh ingredients you would use at home, only in much larger quantities. I have to laugh to myself whenever I multiply a recipe. My grandmother always told me to never multiply a recipe more than twice or it won’t turn out right. I laugh to myself because it is nothing for me to multiply one of her recipes ten times for the “industrial size” batches we make. I always feel like Nana is standing behind me shaking her finger, telling me I shouldn’t be doing that!
For many of the things we cook, the recipes have been handed down from previous generations. If your cookbook looks anything like mine, it is dirty and dog-eared, taped together and will easily fall open to a favorite recipe that has been used over and over. Most of my cook books and recipes have notes written in the margins…additions or deletions that I have found I prefer, notes about cooking temperature or times, or the ever present multiplications. Many of my recipes came from my Mom and Nana, and their notes were there first, with mine added in as I go. I could rewrite the recipe, but I just know I would miss something important. Handwritten recipes are like a love letter and a hug to future generations…comfort food in which you can taste the love that it was made with, and remember the hands that made it.
Cookie baking is a common joint activity for Moms and their kids; I had my kids scooping cookie dough onto baking trays from the time they were big enough to see over the counter. As time passed, they got big enough to come to work for me, and one of their primary jobs (besides washing mountains of dishes!) was being a “cookie scooper”. As I have said, we make lots and lots of cookies, so the kids are pros at scooping dough. At first thought, most people will comment, “oh, I would eat all I make”. That thought only lasts through the first thousand or so cookies, though! After that, the last thing you want to put in your mouth is a cookie! Bring on the bag of salty potato chips…
A dear friend of mine is a self-proclaimed cookie fanatic, and several of the recipes I use came from his mother. I love her advice to him…eat the cookies today, when they are fresh…they won’t taste as good tomorrow! That, to me, is perfect advice for life; don’t put off until tomorrow what you can enjoy today! Hug your loved ones, call your Mom just to say “Hi!”, and eat the cookies warm and fresh! Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 C butter
- 1 C sugar
- 1 C brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 ¼ C flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 2 C chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugars until fluffy; add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour, soda and salt and gradually add to wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonful onto an ungreased baking tray.
Bake 8-10 minutes at 375*.
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