I wasn’t really — what most people would label as — ‘popular,’ in high school.
Outside of the last high school I attended being my third new school in less than two years, in a new state, everyone and everything was pretty foreign to me. However friendly I was, I was still shy and quiet and naturally, opened up more genuinely to my teachers than I did my peers.
During both my junior and senior year, I was enrolled in two semesters of culinary/home economics classes taught by one of the most kindest souls you’ll meet in this lifetime.
I’m sure she doesn’t know it, but Mrs. Emmons inspired me to try my hand at baked goods.
Through her warmth of spirit and passion and drive to educate her students, I felt compelled to take the skills of which I learned inside her classroom, back home.
Thus, my chocolate recipe was born!
And for the first time ever, I am sharing it with everyone.
So, if you were one of the students who went to Archer High School with me and received a free cookie on the days I brought them, or even if you’d like a chocolate recipe of your own to try out, here you go!
I hope that you save the recipe and enjoy making it from your own kitchen.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Yields 4 dozen cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1 and 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet (or milk) chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
5. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
This article is dedicated to Mrs. Jackie Emmons.
Thank you for being such a light and inspiration in my journey as a humble-homemaking baker 🙂