The heirloom recipe index: Grandma Carr's Chocolate Chip Cookies
June 29th, 2010
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The Heirloom Recipe Index exists to make your Grandma (or great uncle, or second cousin on your mother's side) a superstar and preserve their kitchen legacy.

It should come to no surprise that recipes tell a story - that's one of the main reasons the Heirloom Recipe Index came into fruition.

And just as there would be no recipe without a cook, there would be no story without someone to tell it.

When storyteller Cynthia Falardeau shared her Grandma Carr's chocolate chip cookie recipe, an outsider's words just wouldn't do.

She writes:

"It all began at in Montpelier, Ohio. My Grandma Carr was a teacher for more than 40 years. She was a dedicated to educating children. She also enjoyed baking cookies with my dad. While my Grandpa Carr minded the family ice cream and sandwich store, 'Carr’s on the Corner,' my Grandma Carr tended the home front. She especially enjoyed keeping the cookie jar full of chocolate chip cookies. My dad always reminisces fondly about those cookies and the time spent with his mother. You see this is where the fabric of my family’s culinary history begins.

My Grandma Carr taught me how to make the same chocolate chip cookies that my dad loved. The memory, to most, sounds like a passage of a Hallmark card. The reality is that she was giving me the most basic of life’s lessons. We covered counting, quality of contents and evaluation of outcomes. She also taught me that any adversity could be overcome by the simple gift of a cookie.

You see this family recipe has gotten me through all of life’s heart breaks and victories: confirming first loves, mending friendships, bribing my brothers, honoring celebrations, thanking teachers, sweet talking critics and providing gifts to friends who have it all but need to remember that I love them best. The simple gift of a cookie keeps on giving."

Grandma Carr's Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of sweet cream butter
3/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup of granular sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of real vanilla extract
1 bag of jumbo semi-sweet chunks or jumbo chips
1 cup of nuts, M&M’s, coconut or Heath chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, soda and salt; set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Mix dry and wet ingredients together. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minute until lightly brown. Cool for one minute on baking sheet and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Need a cooking demonstration? Watch Cynthia and her "little helper" make the cookies on iReport.

Want to celebrate your family's unique culinary heritage and honor your loved ones by sharing their best dishes with the world? Scan or photograph a handwritten, heirloom family recipe (the more stained and well-loved-looking, the better) and upload it via iReport, along with a story about the person who brought it into your life and a memory of enjoying it with relatives or friends. A picture of the finished dish is nice but not required.

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  1. Cynthia Falardeau

    Dear Jc Smith,
    I use two cups of chips and a cup of something else (M&M's, mint chips, ect). I always mix by hand! If you use the mixer it makes them flat. It's a great workout for a wonderful treat! I justify I am working off a few calories before I take them back in! Enjoy!

    July 4, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  2. JcSmith

    Two questions on Grandma Carr's Cookie recipe: What size bag of semi-sweet chocolate chunks do you use? and Do you mix everyhting by hand or do you use a mixer to blend the sugar and eggs and mix in the flour?????

    July 4, 2010 at 7:23 am |
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