My Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies


After I send this recipe out into the world, I'm afraid my life as a food blogger will be over.  You will have no use for me anymore.  You'll have seen the best I have to offer, and it's all downhill from here.

Before you leave, let me at first sing the praises of my mom.  She is by far my most faithful and engaged reader, so I can be sure she will see this and blush.  For years, both my mom and I were on separate journeys to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  Neither of us thought it could be all that hard, but it WAS, and it eluded us for a long time. They were too airy, too cakey, too crisp, had too big a crumb.  Maybe some of you share this frustration.  My mom figured it out before I did, and these are the result.  They are the only chocolate chip cookies I've made for the last seven years.  They are quick (just one bowl) and have at least four secrets:  1) One egg and one egg yolk instead of two eggs 2) More brown sugar than white sugar 3) Melted butter so they don't require a mixer (which beats too much air into the batter) and 4) More oatmeal than flour.  I'm sure you've heard this sort of "perfect cookie--your search has ended!" claim before.  Please consider all other claims completely misleading.

In addition to her cookie creation prowess, here are some other things I like about my mom:

  • She's always scheming about how to eat outside even in the most miserable weather
  • Her closet is the most stylish 57 year-old closet you'll ever see
  • She expertly mixes her metaphors (to hilarious effect)
  • She is constantly helping people--making meals, volunteering at her local food bank, sponsoring refugees
  • She innately knows how to be a stellar grandmother
  • She insists she's an introvert and we laugh harder each time

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.  Thanks for giving me so much love and good food and for always being in my corner.  I love you.

P.S. I made these last night for our Mother's Day BBQ, which my parents couldn't be at because of my dad's back surgery.  He pulled through great, but we missed them.  My sister Naomi and her family were over, and we talked about how crazy it is that we're both mothers now.  I'm thankful for her this Mother's Day, too.

Margaret Murphy's Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 c. flour
2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 ts. baking soda
pinch salt
2 cubes (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg and 1 egg yolk
1 ts. vanilla
1/2 bag chocolate chips (Can add more if you want.  This is how I get two batches out of one bag)
1 c. coarsely chopped pecans (I toast mine)
1 c. dried cherries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  In medium bowl, combine flour, oatmeal,sugars, salt, and baking soda.  Add egg, egg yolk, melted butter, and vanilla, stir once or twice, then add chocolate chips and nuts and dried cherries (if using).  Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes to firm it up.  Place balls of cookie dough on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 9 minutes.  Take them out while they still a little underdone.  Once they sit for 15 minutes, they'll be just right.

platter of cookies