The Magic of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Magic of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

The chocolate chip cookie has always held great meaning for me from my first bite. It was the first time that I had travelled to the United States. A little girl was eating one in the playground and shared a piece with me. This act of sharing was the beginning of a budding friendship, which has lasted over decades. 

Throughout the years, this seemingly simple golden gem of a disc- has has become a symbol of home: of connection: of unity and love. 

It is no surprise that the very first recipe that I ever tackled without the help of y mother was the  Chocolate Chip Cookie when I was a 7 year old little girl. My mother had given me the Fannie Farmers cookbook, which became my bible.  I always kept it underneath my bed and would flip through the pages each night visualizing and tasting in my mind just how each recipe would turn out. 

I was fascinated by the combination of a few basic ingredients and their ability to create such magical goodness.  I made a batch about every weekend and invited friends to come over and eat them with me along with a glass of milk. The friends who really stuck with me throughout the years were those who were also just as obsessed about cooking and baking and we often spent our time sharing and comparing recipes of all sorts. The chocolate chip cookie recipe always stood out as one of our favorites.

When I moved to Germany as a teenager, I immediately dived into the German baking-culture, and learned how to make German cakes, pies, cookies and everything in between. 

On days that my spirit felt that it needed an additional uplift, I automatically turned to the chocolate chip cookie to provide it. My German roommate and colleagues became addicted. The cookies had become such a novelty and people began to refer to me as the Keksfrau, asking me to bake them for their gatherings or to just give them tiny moments of pleasure, and I happily provided. 

This was the first recipe that I used from my Fannie Farmer cookbook and a picture that I took over 20 years ago when I  started taking pictures of everything that I baked and cooked. That was before foodie photos were even a thing! 

My first Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

November 3, 2021
: 24 medium sized cookies
: Easy

A classic recipe to the classic cookie


  • 1 cups of unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar,
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 eggs Egg, room temperature
  • 1.5 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1.5 cups of Bittersweet Chocolate Chip
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 375*F
  • Step 2 Line two baking pans with baking paper
  • Step 3 Cream the butter.
  • Step 4 Add in the sugars, and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Step 5 Add in the egg and the vanilla.
  • Step 6 Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl
  • Step 7 Add this flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture
  • Step 8 Mix well.
  • Step 9 Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Step 10 Drop one inch tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart
  • Step 11 Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned
  • Step 12 Dare to try to refrain from eating them all up immediately
  • Step 13 Enjoy the blissful moment


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