My Favorite Family Recipe



I love family recipes.


Old Joy of Cooking Book

Family recipes are the source of such fantastically complete memories; full of taste, smell, sights and sounds. I’m very fortunate to have many of these treasures. I have an old issue of The Joy of Cooking that has been passed down through the generations. Among it’s aged and sometimes food spotted pages is the handwriting of many of the wonderful people who make up my family history. My Great Grandmother’s ‘Favorite’ Chocolate Cake is simple, old-fashioned deliciousness. My Grandad’s recipe for stuffing made with pork sausage, sage and mushrooms is my go-to turkey stuffing. It’s savory goodness offers the perfect texture; not to wet, not to dry. Another of my favorite holiday classics is my Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie. Every time I make it I can vividly remember her showing me how to pinch the crust and  ‘fold’ rather than stir in the evaporated milk.

By far though, the recipe that first comes to mind when I think of family recipes is my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. I have probably eaten these cookies a 100 times in my life – at least. They are so good, especially eaten right out of the oven. They are crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle and I like them chock full of nuts.

I’m sure many of you will be baking cookies at some point during this holiday season so I’m sharing the recipe for my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies below. There’s an easy PRINT button so feel free to make your own copy and slip it between the splattered pages of your go-to cookbook.


Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies



Whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of the year, may it be a happy event with all the wonderful sights, smells and tastes of home.


Mom's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mom's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I grew up on these cookies and they are wonderfully tasty; crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle. Enjoy

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco Shortening (plain)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 1.5 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1.5 - 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a cookie tray with parchment paper.

  2. Cream together the two sugars and shortening until creamy

  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and hot water. Stir.

  4. Add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt. Stir.

  5. Add the oatmeal, chocolate chips and nuts. Stir.

  6. Drop rounded tablespoon sized dough onto the prepared cookie tray. The more dough you have the more it will spread out/flatten.

  7. Bake on the center rack for about 12 minutes. Remove from cookie tray when cool.


  1. Vikki | 16th Dec 17

    Love this post and your story. Cookies with memories—the best kind. Yum! I’ll be right over!

  2. Maria Conti | 16th Dec 17

    Yum, yum yum! I am wondering if this is anything like the recipe that my Mom made. I believe she got it off of the Quaker Oats box. Mom made some with chocolate chips and some with raisins for me!
    Thanks for the memories. I just made some Alfajores de Maicena con Dulce de Leche, which is an Argentinian recipe for a short bread type of cookie made with flour and cornstarch and then sandwiched with caramel sauce! More deliciousness! it was wonderful seeing you yesterday!

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