A Taste of My Best Cookie Recipes Ever

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe(123706)

A Taste of the Best Cookie Recipes Ever

Cookie Recipes That I Love

Recipes for cookies are quite common. However, these recipes that I will share with you today are special because they have been tried and loved by generations of people in my family. Not long after my grandmother passed away, I found her red recipe tin: a small hinge-top box made of metal which would sit devotedly on her kitchen cupboard for as long as I can remember. Inside are the recipes she would go to whenever the mood struck her to bake.

At Christmastime especially is when we would get to sample many of her favourites all at once. Each recipe is written on an index card that sits delicately organized inside her recipe tin. Each card is divided with a thin, pale, hand-drawn pen line down the center. One side shows the list of ingredients and the other, the directions for mixing and baking. Most are written in my grandmother's focused printing style that I would recognize anywhere. Some are written by others - my aunt, my mother. Some with a typewriter. All are stained with drips and smudges which I love to see as it brings the recipe card almost to life - Cherry Cobbler recipe stained with cherry juice? I love it!

The first  cookie recipe I will share with you is a little cookie with lots of yummy flavors and textures;

Kelly's Balls

1 cup butter

1/4 cup icing sugar

2 cups sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup ground almonds

1 teaspoon vanilla


Cream butter & sugar together. Add vanilla. Add flour & salt. Add ground almonds. Roll into balls and place cherry in middle of each ball. Bake on greased sheet in slow oven (325°F) for 30 minutes. Roll in confectioners sugar.

The second recipe for Best Cookies Ever is for a traditional chocolate chip cookie that nobody can resist warm from the oven;

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup shortening

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg well beaten

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup plus 2 level tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 package chocolate chips

Cream together shortening, vanilla, white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in egg and beat. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to first mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts and mix thoroughly. Drop by small spoonfuls on a greased baking sheet and bake in moderate oven (375°F) for about 10 minutes. Makes about 50 cookies.

The next recipe is a shortbread recipe. While there are many out there, this one is rolled very thin and cut into crisp shapes with a turned-over shot glass or elegant snowflake cutter.

Shortbread Cookies

1 cup soft butter

1/2 cup icing sugar or 1/3 cup fruit sugar

2 to 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour

Heat your oven to 275°F. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar slowly, beating well after each addition. Add flour gradually, kneading the last portion into dough by hand until mixture 'cracks'. Roll to about ¼ inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 20 minutes.

Enjoy a bite from my collection of the Best Cookie Recipes Ever.