Grandma’s Chocolate Cookies

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by Heather Harris Brady

I like to always have something in our cookie jar but I tend to get stuck in a cookie rut. This weekend I was going through my recipe box looking for something different and I found this:

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my grandma’s chocolate cookie recipe. She didn’t make cookies very often but when she did she used this recipe a lot of the time. She wrote it out for me when I left for college. Keep handwriting those recipes people, you never know what it might mean to someone later.

That said, I made some changes to her recipe because I really don’t use shortening any more. These cookies are darker and richer than I remember, Gram would approve.

Grandma’s Chocolate Drop Cookies, Makes about 40

1/2 c. butter, at room temperature

1 c. granulated sugar

1 egg

3 oz. dark chocolate, melted or 1/2 c. cocoa

3/4 c. buttermilk

1 t. vanilla

2-1/3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 t. salt

6 oz. mini-chips

1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional (Salted pecans would be amazing.)

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the egg followed by the melted chocolate and vanilla.

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I used part of this bad boy left from Christmas for the melted chocolate:

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Beat in the buttermilk and flour alternately, one half of each at a time. You’ll have a fluffy, creamy batter.

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Preheat the oven to 400 and drop teaspoons of batter onto lightly greased cookie sheets.

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Bake for about 10 minutes, until the centers loose their shine.

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Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

One year ago: Coconut Cream Pie

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