Last evening I rectified a sorry situation: the last time I baked cookies was back on Saturday Feb 5th! Wow, time flies when you’re
sitting on the beach having fun! Given that I have made it an UNofficial goal to make 41 choco chip cookie recipes this year, I decided to get crackin’!
I turned to this trusty resource book:
Conrad Grebel College is affiliated with my alma mater, the University of Waterloo. The cooks at Grebel are all of Mennonite background – you cannot beat the Mennonites when it comes to cooking and baking, let me tell you (I know of what I speak as I grew up in the Mennonite faith – but “modern,” not Old Order).
In university, I had supper once a week at Grebel, and consumed many a cookie back in those days.
This Grebel cookbook was one of those community fundraiser types, where people submit their favourite tried-n-true recipes. My favourite chapter is the one that contains Grebel-famous goodies:
Last night, I made a recipe that I have previously made:
And yes, I had NOT made these cookies since 1996! I have to laugh: see how the recipe states you could get seven dozen cookies? Like, how?!!! Your cookies would have to be the size of thumbtacks! Grebel always made their cookies the size of small dinner plates, hence the “Grebel-sized” option, as noted.
I think the recipe is clear enough to read if you’d like to try these – I do recommend them. They are buttery and rich, just as a chocolate chip cookie should be. I was not 100% happy with my version, though…
As you know, I loathe and detest a cookie that bakes up in a “splat” – which is exactly what these did. It was completely my fault: see in the recipe that they say 1 cup shortening OR 3/4 cup butter or margarine? Well, I used 1 cup of butter because I had 2 x 1/2 cup butter sticks at the ready. Error! The result definitely indicates the mis-matched ratio of butter:dry ingredients. Thank goodness the taste is still superb!
I got 24 cookies out of this batch – I am laughing at my notation that I made 12 cookies back in ’96! They must have been the size of flying saucers!
To my mind, there is no better smell to have wafting around the home than fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. I need one of those automatic poofers that disperses blasts of air throughout a room, like in a conference centre! Barring that, I guess I need to make cookies daily!
Have a great day! I am off to Toronto to see the little ones!