The very best chocolate chip cookie

Chocolate chip cookies

These are, hands down, the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten. And, judging by the number of requests I’ve had for the recipe, I get the feeling I’m not alone.

I started baking at a young age…. my earliest memories of baking begin when I was about age 10. It was one of the many things my mother taught me to do. I found I could almost never go wrong if I brought freshly baked goodies to a gathering. And, freshly baked cookies and cinnamon rolls are how I snagged the world’s best husband! True story.

My mom actually deserves most of the credit for this recipe since it is the one she baked for us kids when we grew up.

I have made one modification to her original recipe: I add a lot more vanilla. But, the 2-tablespoon amount is really a guesstimate…. I’m really bad about measuring. I always just dump from the bottle.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

4½ c all purpose flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 c shortening (i.e. Crisco® or palm shortening; leaf lard will also work, if you have access to the unprocessed stuff. Aside from that, no substitutes!)
1½ c sugar
1½ c brown sugar
4 eggs
2 T vanilla
2 c (12-oz. bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until well blended and smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Stir until well blended and no flour is visible.

Mix in chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoons full onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350°F for 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven when cookies are only BARELY browned around the edges. Cool for 1-2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to clean counter top (not cooling racks) to finish cooling.

(Click here for a PDF version of this recipe.)

Enjoy warm from the oven, room temp up to two days OR freeze for longer term freshness. They are very yummy to eat straight from the freezer. And when they are thawed, they taste as good as fresh.


Click here for a gluten-free version of this recipe that tastes just as good!

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“We Sing” Wednesday – He Owns the Cattle on a Thousand Hills

This is another song I learned in the Good News Club my parents taught. My mom made large graphic song books to teach the songs to the children who attended the weekly club hosted in our home. Volunteers were selected from the group of gathered kids. They were invited to the front to hold the books and turn the pages to lead the remaining children  through the songs.

I can still picture these illustrated songbooks. I asked my mom recently if she still had any of these songs so I could share photos. She couldn’t find them. 🙁

He Owns The Cattle On A Thousand Hills
by John W. Peterson

He owns the cattle on a thousand hills
The wealth in every mine.
He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills,
The sun and the starts that shine.

Wonderful riches more than tongue can tell,
He is my father so they’re mine as well.
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills
And I know that He will care for me!
© 1948. Renewed 1976 John W. Peterson Music Company

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“We Sing” Wednesday – Fishers of Men

This is a fun, active song for little people. As kids we would “cast” and reel in as if fishing. Make motions to “follow” Christ. Put hand to ear as if listening and head down as if to sleep for rest.

The words and tune are simple and repetitive, making it an excellent song to teach to preschoolers. Enjoy!

There are some crafty fun ideas here: (link).

And more ideas here: (link).

I Will Make You Fishers Of Men
by Harry D. Clarke

I will make you fishers of men,
Fishers of men, fishers of men.
I will make you fishers of men,
If you follow Me.
If you follow Me,
If you follow Me.
I will make you fishers of men,
If you follow Me.

Hear Christ calling, Come unto Me
Come unto Me, Come unto Me.
Hear Christ calling, Come unto Me
I will give you rest.
I will give you rest,
I will give you rest.
Hear Christ calling
Come unto Me,
I will give you rest.
© 1927. Renewed 1955 Hope Publishing Company


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“We Sing” Wednesday – The Smile Song

This week’s song has a special place in my heart. I learned it from my grandpa. He was a happy, joyful man who LOVED the Lord.

Walt and Erva Coffman, September 3, 2001

Walt and Erva Coffman,
September 3, 2001

He was very friendly and would strike up a conversation with anyone he encountered.This song reminds me of him and the excellent example he set of joy and a positive outlook on life.

For a special treat today, I’m including audio of Grandpa Walt singing this song. It was recorded in my dad’s recording studio (Rolltop Music), in the beginning of 2002, only months before he died in June of the same year.

I still miss him.


The Smile Song

There are many troubles that will burst like bubbles
There are many shadows that will disappear.
When you learn to meet them
With a smile to greet them,
For a smile is better than a frown or tear.
You can smile when you can’t say a word,
You can smile when you cannot be heard;
You can smile when it’s cloudy or fair,
You can smile anytime, anywhere.

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“We Sing” Wednesday – Daniel Was A Man Of Prayer

This is another favorite from the “mom sing” play list. I do some hand motions with this song, but mostly I try to roar the word “lions”. No matter that I do it every time, and they should expect it, the little ones still jump and laugh when we get to that part of the song.

Keep on singing….

Daniel was a man of prayer

Daniel was a man of prayer
Daily prayed he three times
Till one day they had him cast
In the den of lions

Even then in the den
Fears could not alarm him
God had shut the lions’ mouths
So they could not harm him.

Click here for the sheet music.

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