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Chocolate Chip Cookies for Gertie

December 22, 2015

On August 20, 2015 my friend Gertie emailed me a blog post about the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The post actually included links for FIVE different chocolate chip cookie recipes, and Gertie was planning to test bake all five.

I wished her good luck on the massive undertaking, saying that I’d tried the NYTimes recipe. And, honestly for all the extra work, I hadn’t found them any better than the cookies I’d been baking since I was kid.

Then I offered to send Gertie my recipe for comparison and proceeded to not follow through for four months.


Sorry, Gertie!!

Unfortunately, I still don’t have the time to devote to typing the recipe up with all my notes. So last night, before the year got completely away on me, I decided to quickly bake a batch to make sure I was still happy with the recipe. Then I completely cheated by sending a photo of it to Gertie.

The following recipe is from my venerable, well-used copy of Cookies for Kids [apparently you can buy a used copy on Amazon].

Cookies for Kids cookbook

The inscription speaks volumes. And thus it all began …


[And yep, really dating myself here, Gertie. I hope you appreciate it!! 😀 ].


I suggest you ignore my note about the whole wheat flour unless you like that rustic taste, as I do. Try unbleached? Remember I seriously overpour my vanilla. Also I swapped the semisweet for bittersweet chocolate [of course and always]. For this test batch, I used Mi-Amere, a 58% chocolate from Cacao Barry. Also I omitted the nuts. No one likes nuts in their cookies. And by ‘no one’ I mean me, of course.


So there you go, Gertie! I hope that counts. Merry Christmas.

Now, I seriously hope I don’t get charged with copyright violation from Better Homes and Gardens. 😛

Do you have a favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail Lewis permalink
    December 22, 2015 8:28 AM

    My husband Terry made the very best chocolate chip cookies! Seriously, everyone of our friends and family knew that. He used the Nestle Toll House recipe on the back of the bag of chips. Always using butter flavor Crisco. Soft, perfect cookies.

    • December 22, 2015 8:41 AM

      I way prefer soft over crispy when it comes to cookies. Sometimes it’s about the baker, not just the recipe. <3

  2. December 22, 2015 10:16 AM

    Yay! Thanks for this! And now I simply MUST make these. I mean, it’s only right, right? They look deliiiicious. Do you use the ice scream scoop method? I’ve never done that, but am thinking it might be nice to try. (Just got to buy the scoop.)

    • December 22, 2015 10:34 AM

      Gertie – I haven’t done the ice cream scoop version. Michael already eats the cookies way too quickly!! LOL

  3. Laura permalink
    December 28, 2015 5:20 PM

    I like the one on the Nestle’s bag.

  4. January 3, 2016 6:31 AM

    I have a recipe where I use brown sugar white sugar mini chocolate chips regular chocolate chips and white chocolate chips this is a recipe that I created after not finding a good enough chocolate chip cookie recipe

  5. February 3, 2016 1:06 PM

    Not sure I ever would have thought of whole wheat flour in cookies… going to have to try them 🙂 thanks

    • February 3, 2016 1:26 PM

      I bake all my cookies with whole wheat. It works for some but not so much for others. I have a difficult time digesting white, or even unbleached, flour.

  6. Linda R permalink
    February 18, 2016 2:33 PM

    Late to the party :), but I have a chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe that has a touch (a generous touch) of cinnamon in it. Delicious!

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