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We were getting into something of a rut lately, the cookie jar that was typically empty by the end of the week has been ending up with about a dozen lonely cookies languishing at the bottom.

So this weekend I changed things up. These cookies are like tiny little vanilla cakes, with dark chocolate chips sprinkled through them. They are a variation of jumbles, a very old cookie recipe that often includes dried fruits and spices. They are undoubtedly homemade and they are amazing with a cold glass of milk.

This recipe is based on one from an old issue of Quick Cooking magazine.

Old-Fashioned Cake Cookies, Makes about 36

1/2 c. soft butter

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 t. vanilla

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

2-1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. buttermilk, or 1/2 c. regular milk with 1 t. vinegar mixed in

1 c. dark chocolate chips

I typically just stir these up by hand. Cream the butter and sugar together, cream in the egg and the vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients together, and stir in half of them. Stir in the milk, and then the second half of the dry ingredients.

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Preheat the oven to 375 and drop the batter by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned and the tops are dry.

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