Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your post brought back some terrific memories for me too. I remember baking cookies with my mother. But it wasn’t chocolate chip cookies because she didn’t like them (can you imagine that!!).

My mother made butter cookies and she would give me and my brothers raw dough to play with and I must say, she must not have had a rule to wash our hands first because I remember that after we played with the yellowish dough it was completely gray and disgusting. We made it into nondescript lumps and she would bake the lumps for us and we would each eat our own. We’re all still around so I guess the dirt didn’t hurt us.

Unlike my mom, I love chocolate chip cookies. I also like oatmeal raisin cookies. In my book, Hip Kosher, there’s a recipe for a chocolate-chip-oatmeal-raisin cookie I called The Grand Finale. I always have some in my freezer because my kids would hate it if I didn’t. Here’s the recipe:

Grand Finale Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup orange juice

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups quick cooking or rolled oats

1-1/4 cups chocolate chips

1 cup dried flaked coconut

1 cup chopped almonds

3/4 cup raisins


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a large bowl and beat them with an electric mixer set at medium speed for about 2 minutes or until creamy and well blended. Add the egg, orange juice, and vanilla extract and beat them in thoroughly. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, coconut, almonds, and raisins. Scoop blobs of dough about 2 inches in diameter and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15–18 minutes or until browned. Makes 3 dozen