Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are my downfall. I can turn my nose up at any other cookie on the planet, but if there is a plate of chocolate chip cookies (especially soft, gooey ones!), I’m done.
Yes, I can forego sugar cookies or ginger snaps! Peanut butter cookies, while lovely–especially if they have a chocolate kiss on top!—are easy for me to avoid. But chocolate chip cookies?
If I had to pick one cookie to have while stranded on a desert island, it would be these delightful rounds with chunks of chocolate that melt, just a little, when warm.
Years ago, my mother had a friend, Jeannie B., who used to make the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. Each week, she’d send some home with her. I think my mom hid them from everyone else because she knew that, if she left them out, they’d disappear pronto! They were fluffy and soft, not flat and crunchie. And there was always a ton of chocolate morsels in them.
As Jeannie grew older, her recipe changed a bit. Maybe she didn’t add as much butter or something. But, despite not being quite as fluffy or as soft, they were still really good. She’s gone now, but her memory lives on. Every time I eat a chocolate chip cookies (or ten!), I remember her. And, whenever you read about chocolate chip cookies in the Amish Cookie Club books, you now know that I’m reliving those years, sometimes hiding in my room with my stolen stash of Jeannie B.’s cookies! Yes, even I can be a cookie monster…just like Edna’s husband who loves to steal a cookie or two when she’s baking them for church!
Unfortunately, I cannot bake chocolate chip cookies. It just doesn’t work out. I’m a cookie flunky when it comes to baking. Fortunately, my neighbor, Kacey, makes some amazing cookies and, whenever Marc is here, she bakes him chocolate chip cookies. They are, without doubt, superior cookies. Maybe just as good as Jeannie B.’s, although my childhood memory still holds Jeannie’s as the best on the planet.
What’s your favorite cookie?
You know, the one that makes you think about your childhood or makes you forget about moderation?
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.