Milk, Red Wine and Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I’ve just started a two-day detox. No joke – I literally need to hit the reset button and try to salvage what’s left of my gastrointestinal tract. So, what better day than today to think about cookies. Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I ate cookies last night, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them today.

As I was pouring my milk last night, my eyes shifted to the bottle of Pinot on the counter and I had a moment where I had to decide if it were a wine or milk and cookies night. Little did I know, according to an article in The New Yorker, these yummy little cookies pair wonderfully with red wine. Who knew!?! wine and cookies 2

But, this morning, nostalgia set in and I found myself wondering if my mom had a tried and true chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’m sure she’s looking down on me from Heaven today thinking, “It would have been nice to show some interest in cooking when I was still alive, Erin!” But, better late than never … and, really Mom, baking is not the same as cooking!

I’ve been looking through her recipe boxes and books for hours and I’ve pulled a bunch of yummy items to share with you all over the holidays. Things my sweet mama made my whole life. But, it was this Hershey’s recipe booklet that caught my eye, mainly because it had her maiden name on it, which made me think she pulled this when she was dreaming of how she would feed her soon-to-be husband, my Dad. The recipes must have been good because she kept this little booklet her entire life.

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So, here’s the chocolate chip cookie recipe (from 1956) my mama found as a single gal and kept all the way through being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Hershey’s Chocolate Town Cookies


1/2 cup shortening

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 cup and 2 tablespoons flour, sifted

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 package Hershey’s semi-sweet dainties (nowadays, we call ’em chocolate chips)


CREAM … shortening, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy

FOLD … in well-beaten egg and beat entire mixture

SIFT … together sifted flour, soda and salt

ADD … sifted dry ingredients to creamed mixture and stir in nuts and dainties; mix thoroughly

DROP … by small spoonfuls on greased baking sheet

BAKE … in moderate oven (375 degrees F) about 10 minutes

YIELDS … 50 (yes 50, according to the booklet) cookies

Happy Baking!

xo – EM



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