When my children were young and I was catering small parties from my home, it seemed that our back yard was the gathering place for all of the neighborhood children. I’m not certain if it was because of the swing set that we set up for our kids or my chocolate chip cookies…. The fact was, we had an open yard policy and everyone was welcome to come and play. There were two little boys who were very rambunctious, to say the least. Everyone knew that if there was mischief to be found, it would be found with Eddie and Gerry. They got into everything ~ my flowers, my trees and our little shed housing our garden tools ~ nothing escaped them.
The little girls on the other side of our home were very prim and proper and played with dolls ~ not balls. My daughter was (and continues to be) the best ball player in the neighborhood. She could (still does) throw a football with the most perfect spiral and accuracy better than any boy. She not only kept up with Eddie and Gerry’s antics, she was able to top them on every level of the playing field. Poor little Lauren, from next door, wasn’t so lucky. One day, I heard someone or something crying and calling for help. I couldn’t find the source and I looked everywhere. Finally, it occurred to me that it was coming from our garage. The door was up ~ the garage was empty ~ yet the crying continued. It was only then that I realized, Lauren had been bungee tied to the garage door and was lying on the top in its raised position! Good old Eddie and Gerry scored again. Thank God they could run faster than I because I was out for blood. To this day, my grandchildren beg for Eddie and Gerry stories. I have made these two kids out to be villains ~ outlaws ~ enemies of the state ~ you name it! Their eyes grow wide and they clamor for more as I embellish (just a touch) and have them convinced that Eddie and Gerry are probably in jail. Well, don’t you know I sat at a red light today next to Eddie’s truck. He and Gerry are successful businessmen and married with children! They are model citizens and can’t keep up with the demand for their services! I guess the Eddie and Gerry story days are over and I don’t know how to break it to my grandchildren that those two little kids are all grown up and have children of their own…. To Eddie and Gerry ~ I dedicate my chocolate chip cookie recipe to you and to your success! Bravo :>)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2/3 cup Crisco shortening
2/3 cup butter ~ room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup chopped nuts
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate pieces
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a stand mixer, beat the shortening, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients and blend well. Drop by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for about 10 - 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
Yield: approximately 6 dozen cookies