Self Care and Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_1108A lot of the people I know online have been talking about some form of  self care lately. Some seem to desperately need it. Others are struggling to find better ways to fit it into their lives.

Me? I’m craving the chocolate chip cookies my mother and grandmother made when I was growing up. We almost never drank soda and only rarely had store-bought sweets, but cookies were okay on occasion.

The smell of them baking makes me feel like a kid again. I don’t usually connect food to emotions, but this is one food that makes me feel really happy.

This was the treat I brought to share on my birthday in my first year of public school. All of my classmates were thrilled! There had been so many cupcakes that year that a change of pace was nice.

One of my siblings – I’ll leave it up to him to identify himself – once asked for these cookies instead of a traditional birthday cake. He wanted them baked into one giant cookie bar thing, though, so that’s how we ate them.

This is the recipe that none of us realized had been found by my grandmother on a package of chocolate chips until many years later. We’d all assumed that she’d come up with it herself until she told us how she really found it. We still call it her recipe.  She’s the one that originally made it in our family, after all.

Since it isn’t a family secret, here’s the recipe. I hope my readers love it as much as I do:

1 1/3 cups margarine*
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
1 package chocolate chips


mix the margarine*, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs until fluffy
Add in the baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Mix well.
Add the flour one cup at a time, while mixing.
Stir in the choc chips.

bake at 350 F for 6-7 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

*Sometimes I’ll use crisco instead if I’m feeling decadent. 🙂

I’m going to make them today and think about my family. Later on I’ll update this post with a picture of the cookies. Keep your eyes peeled for that. The picture has been added!

In the meantime, what kinds of self care do you do?

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