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The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Knowing I wouldn’t be doing it this year, Joe said he wanted to try baking with Christmas cookies with Grace this year. I raised my eyebrows from the couch, but he didn’t see. It’s probably best that way. After a busy Saturday (visiting Santa at Hershey’s Chocolate World and at Bass Pro Shops, without every actually talking to him), Joe and Grace spent Sunday baking.

I, on the other hand, had a blissfully quiet and restful weekend.

Around noon on Sunday, I left the couch to take a nap in my bed. Life is all about variety, right? When I awoke (around 4), I could hear Joe and Grace in the kitchen, measuring and mixing and baking cookies. They chatted and giggled, music to my ears. Joe read the recipe and explained each step in detail. Grace asked questions, and he put things in terms she understood. I listened to the commotion with a happy heart. Eventually, the two of them agreed that they needed my help to determine the right scoop to drop their cookies onto the cookie sheet. Grace was elected to wake me up and solicit my help. After their cookies were cooked, they brought me a sample on the couch in the living room. They really were great cookies. I spent the evening working on a scrapbook page for my December Daily album, and I want to share it with you. (Both pages are clickable if you’d like to see them bigger.) best ever chocolate chip cookiesbest-ever-chocolate-chip-cookies

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The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
  5. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for about 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are nicely browned.
Recipe Notes

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

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