I have the fondest memories of being in my grandmother’s bright kitchen, watching her turn ordinary ingredients into delectable treats. She had this special gift with food, and I am so grateful that I was able to grow up seeing and tasting the fruits of her labor. I learned so much from my grandmother, and there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t think about her and what she could turn out of those ceramic bowls and wooden spoons. It’s interesting because she didn’t measure, she didn’t have to. She just knew. I have noticed with my own baking, the more you do it over and over, the better you get at it. Today, when I walk into my grandmother’s kitchen, I can still see her and hear her laugh. I’m so grateful for those treasured moments in my childhood.
Learning people’s family traditions and special memories is part of the fun for Lindsay and I writing our blog. It connects us together and maybe even reminds us of those memories that have gotten forgotten in the shuffle of life. When I asked Susan Hollis for a special family recipe, she knew of the perfect one for their family. Susan said that Lily, her darling daughter, absolutely loves her grandmother Nona’s chocolate chip cookies. Y’all, as I tell my kids, I would never led you a stray when it comes to food, cause these cookies are scrumptious!
In my books, chocolate is the answer for everything. A chocolate chip cookie is one of my favorite treats out there, and after having Nona’s recipe, I think it will be yours as well. I had made these cookies thinking I would share them with friends and neighbors, but after I ate a few with every meal and in between, they tend to go fast. Sorry y’all, maybe next time!
Nona’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter/margarine*, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. package of chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 375. Cream together brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Whisk together flour, salt and baking soda in seperate bowl. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in slowly until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from pan.
Tip: For the 2/3 cup butter, it is equivalent to 10 tablespoons and 2 teaspoo
Enjoy! XO, Carrie