A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Monday, February 10, 2014

How I Developed a Sweet Tooth

It all began with World War ll. Dad was away in Germany and Mom and I were on our own. A friend of Mom's and her little boy moved in with us to share expenses. I was in kindergarten at the time. I've told about them bringing a toaster with them before, but that's the beginning of the story. After school...toast with cinnamon sugar on it for a treat. Some days just a bread and butter sandwich with sugar or brown sugar was waiting or a graham cracker. I don't remember having cookies at home in my younger years. I used to walk home with a little boy and he would invite me to come in to get a sugar cookie.... that his grandma had just baked. That happened many times...I hope that wasn't the only reason I walked home with him. He didn't have many friends...I felt sorry for him and walked with him most days....getting my reward when we got to his house. My mom didn't like to make cookies...though all her life she tried to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie.....or Toll House cookies as she called them. When I got older....that became my job in the kitchen. We always had cookies in the cookie jar then.Mom made pies and fudge. Edy's fudge was famous in those days.
As I grew older and married, I continued baking chocolate chips. My husband didn't like them as days went on and they got hard. I had to find a recipe that would stay soft. It wasn't until the 1970's that I found this recipe. A cookie that would stay soft until they were all gone. It tasted a little different than the originals, but no one noticed, but me. I recently found the recipe again...here it is.... These are excellent cookies and last a long time if the cookie monster doesn't find them :)
Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
recipe image
Submitted By: Debbi Borsick
Photo By: Sir Psycho Sexy
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Servings: 72
"Here's an Allrecipes classic and much-loved chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses instant pudding mix in the batter."
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla
pudding mix
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
2.In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.


Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a cute story...about you and the boy. It was always fun to see what friends were enjoying at their homes that was different than in my own.

I have to put the pudding on my grocery list and try these. And I have to pick up some boxes from Michael's to start shipping these goodies out of my house!! SO tempting! ;-)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe. I love chocolate chip cookies. Hope your afternoon is going well.

Little Bitty Damn Houze said...

Sounds good! I will try! I love a soft chocolate chip cookie too! I made Slice & Bake ones yesterday! LOL!

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Thank you for the recipe. They looks so YUMMY!
Happy Cooking and Warm Blessings,

Friko said...

Do you do mail order?

Well, you said they stay soft.

acorn hollow said...

I am baking that recipe as I type this!!! I have baked that recipe for about 20 years I get compliments on them all the time.

Judy said...

The pudding mix is what does it, huh? I used to make chocolate chip cookies to send to my boyfriend when he was in the Army reserves. I always put a piece of bread on the top of the tin to keep the cookies soft. When he came home on leave, he asked why I had sent him a hard piece of bread, LOL.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My sweet friend, I would copy this recipe and use it except...there is not a chance ..ever..that any cookies around here would last more than one to two days! Too many of my children visit..I am the cookie monster in this family. *sigh*

How are you? I hope you two dear people are staying warm!

Poppy said...

Dear Balisha,

Your story is sweeter than any cookie I could imagine, and you tell it so well. My mother, who spent her childhood in post war Greece, also has related stories of cinnamon sugar sandwiches, and your tale made me smile.

Have a wonderful week!


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Now I see why the cookies stay soft. Original recipe they would get hard.
I will half the recipe
for just this one.
Thank you...