Molly MacRae Monday: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Molly MacRae starts off the holiday cookie season with a great photo and recipe this morning. Yum! I love Gordon’s comment that he could eat 3, too!-AA

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s a cookie time of year and there’s no end to the pretty confections showing up in glossy magazines. We’ll probably try a few new recipes – who can resist making cookies that need a brush of something called “luster dust”? But the holidays are also a time for falling back on traditions and old favorites. MMmmm, chocolate chip cookies.

I have two favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. The first was a Mother’s Day present from my oldest son. His kindergarten teacher had asked the children to tell her about recipes they made with their mothers, and she wrote them out exactly as dictated. Gordon did pretty doggone well, I think. The oven temperature is slightly off, and the cookies might not bake for an hour, but it does take about that long to make a whole batch. And I like his virtuous self-control.  

The recipe Gordon was remembering is my other favorite. It comes from the 1976 edition of the More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre. The peanut butter and oats make all the difference. Here’s the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 6-8 dozen

375º

Cream together:

1 c. softened butter

¼ c. peanut butter

½ c. sugar

½ c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

Add:

1 ½ c. flour

1 t. soda

½ t. salt

2 c. rolled oats

1-2 c. chocolate chips

Mix well. Drop by the teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375º for about 10 minutes.

Have you got a favorite cookie recipe you’d like to share? Pop it in a comment and we can have a virtual cookie exchange. Virtuous, too – I promise to eat only three (of each!)

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