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Friday, December 9, 2016

Welcome Home Chocolate Chip Cookies #ChristmasCookies


        Those of you who follow along regularly probably remember that things got a little nuts here in October.  We had a chili cook-off planned and invites had been sent almost two full months in advance so people could work out their prize winning recipes. My sister, who was newly engaged (like the end of September newly) decided to go ahead and get married in December.  So there was a shower to plan and wedding details to work out.  I turned in my resignation at the lab I had worked in for over 10 years and started a new job.  And my parents bought the farmstead and moved. All in October.  Since then it has been a whirlwind of showers, weddings, moving, remodels, holidays, going out of town for training, and baking up a storm for all of the above.  Things have been are crazy! And fun! And a little bit crazy!


    I really should do a post on my parents' new place sometime.  I mean, it's not really new, but it is new to them.  It is actually a giant brick farmhouse built in the 1860s along with a few barns and outbuildings, a few acres and a lot of pipe dream plans!  The first of which is turning a bedroom into a master bathroom and laundry room.  Matt is leading the crew of craftsmen who are bringing it together.  It is really coming along, but it means we are chasing our tails a bit more than usual.

    A couple of weeks after they moved in, we were all visiting.  We still have family dinners most weekends and we had lots of nooks and crannies to explore.  As we were milling about in the backyard, the new neighbors took the opportunity to walk over and introduce themselves.  They brought cookies and were instantly liked!



    It turns out the new neighbor, Amy, had grown up in the vicinity.  The cookies she brought were from Mrs. Wittler, the lady who had lived in my parents's new house when she was growing up.  Isn't that cool?   You know what is even better?  They were delicious!

    Here is what MiMi had to say about them:
The recipe came from my new neighbor who brought it over as a welcome to the neighborhood gift.  As we were still introducing ourselves I put the tray of cookies on the picnic table where my kids were sitting and they started right in on them. I have a reputation for being a pretty good baker so imagine my surprise when Collin said " hey mom, these cookies are even better than yours." What? Seriously?  
 Luckily for us they brought the recipe along with the cookies.  She was excited to tell me that her recipe came from a lady who lived in our home a long time ago. That made the recipe even more enticing. 


      MiMi just had to compare the recipe to the family favorites in her recipe box.  They really weren't that far off from one of our favorites, maybe enough for a bit of a texture change but she didn't think it was enough to account for the reaction of my brothers.  So she hypothesized that it had to be the chocolate chips.  She normally uses semi sweet and she figured Amy had to have used something else.  She called Amy to confirm.  We neeeeeded to be able to recreate these cookies.  Just as she suspected, Amy had used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips.  


    So that is the story of how these cookies came into our family.  I wouldn't be surprised if there are many more batches in our future!


Welcome Home Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 7-8 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
6 cups flour
2 bags chocolate chips (use those milk chocolate ones!)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars for 5 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla and then eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.
  4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop in large tablespoons full onto baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between cookies.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. 



      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 9

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies from A Palatable Pastime

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table

Coffee Cake Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Healthy Magic Cookie Bars from Simple and Savory

Peppermint Meringues from Feeding Big

Pyraniki from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Welcome Home Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking With Carlee


16 comments:

  1. I LOVE this so much, the story about the cookies!! OH precious!! Your parents place sounds so cool..do share pics sometime. And I hope you and your awesome family have the BEST weekend!! Welcome home cookies for the boys from college next weekend??? YES!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! These would be perfect for when the boys come home!

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  2. What a small world, right? Sharing cookies and getting the recipe is a nice welcome gift!

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    1. Isn't it cool? I love that they brought the recipe and the history along.

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  3. Wowie that makes a large batch of cookies :) I need to pick up some milk chocolate chips and give these a whirl.

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    1. You can always freeze some of the dough... or half it, but what fun would that be?!

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  4. How dare they hint other cookies might be better?! :) Chocolate chip cookies are one most people love. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog linkup!

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    1. Ha! I was there and they didn't hint... they said it! And they love my mom's cookies, so that's really saying something!

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  5. Holy moly I think I could eat every one of them! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  6. Oh you need to do a post on Mimi's new farm! I love that they moved into such a welcoming area. You know you have good neighbors when they bring cookies..... and the recipe!

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    1. I definitely will. Maybe when it's a little nicer out and I can get some pictures without losing an extremity ;-)

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  7. These look incredible, and the story behind them is lovely

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  8. Wow! It has been a crazy time for you! All that in such a short amount of time. All good things, but still stressful! I bet that it was time for a much needed cookie break! I love how the recipe came to be and it's so cool that you are sharing it so that it can live on! Can't wait to see the house, sounds like a really awesome place!

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    1. It really is a cool place. I will definitely have to snap a few pictures and share some of what has been going on out there already. I just love that the neighbor brought the recipe along with the cookies. And hopefully things calm down a bit soon, but it seems unlikely ;-)

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