Made With Love (and Real Butter)

Way back in 2011, I put my family through the torture of trying to replicate my sister-in-law’s chocolate chip cookies (

7 years (and no kidnappings) later, I’m close enough for the big reveal… it’s what Aarin said:  “I just use the recipe on the back of the yellow (Nestle’s) package.”


WARNING! Be prepared to disregard almost all of the baking lessons you learned in home economics. Except for preheating the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. You’ll still need to do that.

  1. SALTY, sweet cream butter. Usually Land O’Lakes. Soften 2 sticks. Try not to use the microwave for this– it makes it too melty.
  2. Cream butter with 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar (DO NOT PACK THE BROWN SUGAR!!! Sorry, Mrs. Cheatwood). I use a Kitchen Aid hand mixer.
  3. In separate bowl, sift 2 and 1/4 cups of Gold Medal all-purpose flour (do not level these off, but don’t heap them up, either), 1 teaspoon iodized salt in the blue box, and 1 rounded teaspoon Arm & Hammer baking soda.
  4. Add 2 eggs, shells off, to the butter and sugar. I start the mixer slow, work up to about 3/4 max speed and beat until it’s the consistency of toddler snot.
  5. Add the vanilla. Mexican is best. I usually let a little extra overflow the teaspoon. Mostly because I’m not paying attention.

    I’m not sure what the chicken has to do with Danney Vainilla. But it’s labelled pure. Has a cinnamon taste to it. I’ll probably run out in 30 years and not be able to recreate my own cookies. 

  6.  Add the flour a heaping spoonful at a time, or until the oven is preheated, which is usually about 4 spoons in, then dump the rest of the flour in the bowl.
  7. Add 2 packages of chocolate chips and mix by hand.
  8. Pecans optional if your kid has braces. Or makes a 33 on her ACT– in the 9th grade. Then, and only then, can you skip the pecans.
  9. And finally, the piece de resistance, the ultimo techniquo, the secret technique for perfect cookies is … the COOKIE SCOOP!

    Uniform cookies bake uniformly, resulting in all cookies being the same level of doneness. You burn one, you burn ’em all.


  10. Cool cookies on wire racks.
  11. Makes about 4 dozen.
  12. Takes about an hour to make and 2 weeks in the gym to recover.

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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