Grandma Gilberts Chocolate Chip Cookies (The long Lost Recipe)


When I was younger my Mom made the best chocolate chip cookies ever. The recipe had come from Grandma Gilbert and it was written on a lined piece of paper in her recipe drawer. As soon as I started baking I made these cookies and soon my brothers discovered that if no was willing to make the cookies they could make them for themselves. Both Dan and John learned to make them and they were delicious. John make this recipe hundreds of times just to keep himself stocked with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

When I got married 32 years ago I phoned my Mom and asked for the recipe. She looked for it and it was gone. I thought well how hard would it be to find a chocolate chip cookie recipe? I tried a few and none of them seemed right. They were either: tasteless, too hard, too soft, or just plain wrong. After a few years I asked Mom to look again and I looked when I was home. No luck, the recipe had disappeared. Last week I was visiting my mother in Edmonton and she was craving chocolate chip cookies, so I went on a search to find a recipe that reminded me of the one she used to make for us in the 60’s. I made it and they turned out hard and tasteless. John came over to visit and had a cookie and complained that they didn’t taste right. I agreed and told him how I had been looking for Grandma Gilbert’s recipe for 32 years and had given up finding it. He asked why he hadn’t asked him. He memorized it years ago. The recipe for the long lost cookie recipe was in my younger brothers head? Are you kidding! Here is the recipe.



1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat oven to 350 F

2) In a medium bowl, cream the butter then add the brown and white sugar and beat until blended.

3) Add the eggs and vanilla then beat again until blended.

4) Add the flour, soda and salt and mix until combined.

5) Stir in the chocolate chips.

6) Drop by spoonful onto to a parchment covered cookie sheet (leaving 2 inches between cookies) and bake for 14 minutes.

They are amazing.

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