Great Aunt Linnie's Chocolate Drop Cookies

My favorite little people came over for a visit on Sunday afternoon.  It was too hot to spend any time outdoors so after our nap we did the next best thing: bake chocolate cookies.  This is a recipe from their great, great aunt Linnie that their Aunt Kiki has perfected.  Someday they'll appreciate the story behind them, but today, just the taste of these morsels is enough. 



Cookie making is a tradition we have started in our home when they come over.  There is something magical to me about traditions. They make me feel rooted in place and somehow make time more meaningful.  Especially when using a recipe so dear to the heart of the family.  It looks a little different each time, but the act of baking is always the same.  As they get older they get a little more independent.


I like these cookies best with peanut butter chips, but the girls prefer them plain, so that is how they were made.  They are utterly delicious on their own and truly don't need anything added.


We've found that if you slightly under cook them and put them in the freezer they are just as good as fresh out of the oven.  A trick I didn't want to discover because this only means making more in order to freeze and that only leads to eating more. 


This is as far as I got with the photos.  Once they came out of the oven they were already in our bellies.  After we were stuffed with chocolate, we moved on to watercolor painting.  These are my favorite Sundays.  

Great Aunt Linnie's Chocolate Drop Cookies

1 cup crisco
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup cocoa
vanilla

Cream the crisco and sugars and then blend in 2 eggs.  Mix in the dry ingredients until blended.  Drop on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 6-9 minutes. 

Optional add ins: peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, toffee chips, butterscotch chips, marshmellows, carmel

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