Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Remembering Rodents

Anytime I see a chocolate chip cookie it brings to mind my favorite childhood book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. I can remember asking my older siblings and my mom to read this book to me over and over again. The book outlines a string of events kicked off my feeding a mouse a chocolate chip cookie and I recall finding it very funny. It teaches cause and effect relationships and the illustrations are very entertaining. It is really cute and quirky and I highly recommend it to anyone with small children.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Southern Living April 2005


Makes about 5 dozen

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate morsels

Beat butter with white sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended then add brown sugar

and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla,

beating until blended.

Combine flour, soda, and salt in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in morsels.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 8 to 14 minutes (I baked them 12 minutes) or until desired degree of doneness. They will harden after removing from oven so don't bake too long. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.


Gabriela (Gabi With An Eye) said...

That's all fine and well, but have you considered....if you give a pig a pancake? or perhaps if you give a moose a muffin?

The Cooking Photographer said...

I saw this post and just had to stop by. My daughter still loves that book, and your cookies look fabulous!

teresa said...

I think I'm going to have to make these today, and then i'm going to read that adorable book to my kids! These look SO good!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

My daughter's 1st grade class has been reading all those books, I love reading them too!

My favorite is when you give a moose a muffin!

Your cookies look AMAZING!

If I make cookies, I have to either bring them to work or give them away, can't resist them!

Marian said...

Okay, these look scrumptious. I have a definite WEAKNESS for chocolate chip cookies. I also have a fave recipe for them; I'll have to see if these are a contender.
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I am supposed to be the baker! Those are the best looking cookies I have ever seen. You are SO making them when I get there next week.

Your Sister,


Woody said...

I love cookies so much! But how can you make so many when you have a sweet toothed diabetic living in your house. It seems like I am in heaven when I see the cookies but I always get in trouble because I can't control myself and I eat too many. You are a an incredible wife but a little cruel when making some many cookies.

gaga said...

I loved that book as a kid! It's such a classic.

AJ said...

This is now my go to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. And it you double it and bake it in a half sheet pan, it makes an incredible cookie bar. Will be using this as a base recipe for some twists and tweaks. Thanks, Neighbor!

Patrice @ Shrimp and Grits said...

I JUST made these cookies and they are wonderful! Thank you for posting the recipe!

Patrice @ Shrimp and Grits said...

I JUST made these cookies and they are wonderful! Thank you for posting the recipe!