over50feeling40: Not Your Average Chocolate Chip Cookie...A Life Lesson!
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Oct 21, 2013

Not Your Average Chocolate Chip Cookie...A Life Lesson!

I love to cook more during cooler months than any other time of year.  It just seems right that our home should be filled with spicy fragrances.  But, actually any season is right for magic cookies. Yes, I am convinced these are magic cookies.  They have healed so many wounds…scraped knees, broken hearts, mean girl comments, lost football games, math tests, fender benders, and just overall bad days.  They also celebrated victories…went on road trips…appeared at camp grounds…and joined my children on school retreats.  They bring smiles…they are magic.

In fact, I think they mesmerized my husband into marrying me in the first place once I began to bake and deliver cookies to his doorstep.  To this day, there are adult friends of my children who stop by looking for these cookies.
I know there is nothing really magical about a Chocolate Chip Cookie…but I tweaked and worked with this recipe to get it just right....to bring on the power.  Maybe the magic comes from the specific shortening details…or the dash of real vanilla…or the abundance of chips…but wherever it hails from…there is definitely a warm fuzzy feeling with each bite.

Let's begin...You will need one stick of real butter, and one stick of PARKAY, softened.  Do not change this!  There is something in the Parkay which makes a difference in taste and texture.  I have tried many combinations of shortenings and butter and this is by far the best one!

I am just happy they still sell Parkay!  

Next , mix together in a bowl, 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour; one teaspoon of soda; and one teaspoon of salt! And set aside.

Cream the butter combination and add 3/4 cup of sugar and one cup of packed brown sugar...pack it to the top of the measuring cup!
Add, 2 eggs (1 egg if you want a thicker cookie) and one teaspoon of vanilla.

Add the flour mixture a little at a time until mixed well together.  Then add a small, 2 oz. package of chopped pecans (no nuts is fine)...Texas pecans are the best!  Mix well.

Another important difference...Add 18 ounces of NESTLE Chocolate Chips.  It just is not the same with another chocolate..Nestle is the best and make sure it is 18 ounces of chips!!  

Stir well, and then....

Watch the refrigerator carefully...dough seems to disappear easily.  Do not let girlfriends know it is there!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spoon cookies on to a cookie sheet.
Cook for about 10 minutes...we like our Magic Cookies slightly undercooked and chewy!

Viola!  They are ready...I quickly prepared them to go to my daughter's house...not good to have them around on a diet!
If you think about it, a chocolate chip cookie represents our life....that's what I've taught my children...

Look at the individual ingredients which taste awful on their own…
Raw Egg
Vanilla (smells so good, tastes kind of raunchy)
Then mix with individual ingredients which taste wonderful alone…
Chocolate Chips
Brown Sugar

Think of it as mixing the bad days with the good days, baking in some fire, and coming out with one wonderful life.  We are all one big chocolate chip cookie!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone...this is part of a blog hop with my midlife friends...hop on over to see more family tested recipes!  Just click HERE!!  Also, linking up with KATIE'S FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP!!...you will find a lot of recipes in both places....YUM!


  1. I love how you decorate your home with the seasons.I bet your house smells of all things delicious, just like you.
    My daughter is due today, but this boy is very happy inside, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    How did you manage the wait?

  2. My husband is crazy about chocolate chip cookies. I will have to make him a batch of these...they sound SO good. I haven't bought margarine in many years but I want to stay true to your recipe. I hope I can find Parkay in the store!
    I love what you said about the ingredients not being so great on their own but mixed together they are wonderful!

  3. What a fantastic analogy you have made with life and your magic cookies - mixing in the bad days with the good days but coming out as a delicious chocolate chip cookie. YOur photos are so well done, too, which we are finding very difficult to accomplish. Thanks!

  4. This is sweet - think of all the cookies you have baked over the years and all the smiles. Sometimes it is more than just a cookie when made with love :-)

  5. I bet you are one appreciated baker by your family and friends. Baking really says love to me. Although I am not a fabulous baker, it is what I turn to when I'd like to show that I care.

  6. LOL at needing to guard the refrigerator while the dough settles. I love how much you've experimented to make this cookie just right.

  7. Oh my, Pam, the finger in the dough just about did it for me! That is a mouth-watering picture for sure! Sounds and looks delicious!

  8. There is nothing so lovely as a chocolate chip cookie, and I love the meaning these Magic Cookies hold. Assuming I can find Parkay margarine, I will definitely be making these in the near future!

  9. Why would anyone ever cook a chocolate chip cookie all the way until done???!!!
    Seriously, I am usually so sick off of the raw dough that I don't want to eat the baked cookies. LOL

  10. I love chocolate chip cookies. They are my favorite thing to bake. Can't wait to try your recipe.

  11. OK Now I can justify my chocolate habit. LOL

  12. Yes! We are all one big chocolate chip cookie.

  13. These look amazing! I had no idea parkay was stll around, can't wait to try this. Pinterest Worthy too!

  14. Beautiful -- and I am now salivating!

  15. I love this Pam, I also have a chocolate chip recipe that needs to be followed down to the detail of use the cheap "off" brand (not Crisco) shortening. People will ask me for the recipe and then say "mine didn't turn out like yours" ... it sounds as finicky yet rewarding as yours! Have a great day! pippa

  16. I made these, but my oven runs hotter than usual. I bought an inexpensive, used oven after purchasing my house. I had my oven set to 325 but the thermometer said 400. Huge difference. Needless to say, I burnt the entire batch of cookies. I can't wait to try this recipe again with the oven thermometer I recently bought.


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