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Welcome Home Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These chocolate chip cookies were a fun welcome to the neighborhood treat that came with an even more fun story. They quickly worked their way into our hearts as among the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve had! Luckily this recipe is for a big batch, so there are plenty to go around!

Stack of chocolate chip cookies in front of cooling rack of cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies are perfect. They are chewy, chocolaty and oh so delicious. 

The recipe and cookies were given to us by a neighbor and they instantly became a favorite for our family.  They are absolutely perfect with a glass of milk. 

Those of you who follow along regularly probably remember that things got a little nuts here in October.  We had a chili cook-off planned and invites had been sent almost two full months in advance so people could work out their prize winning recipes.

My sister, who was newly engaged (like the end of September newly) decided to go ahead and get married in December.

So there was a shower to plan and wedding details to work out.  I turned in my resignation at the lab I had worked in for over 10 years and started a new job.

  And my parents bought the farmstead and moved. All in October.  Since then it has been a whirlwind of showers, weddings, moving, remodels, holidays, going out of town for training, and baking up a storm for all of the above.

    Things have been are crazy! And fun! And a little bit crazy!

    I really should do a post on my parents’ new place sometime.  I mean, it’s not really new, but it is new to them.

    It is actually a giant brick farmhouse built in the 1860s along with a few barns and outbuildings, a few acres and a lot of pipe dream plans!  The first of which is turning a bedroom into a master bathroom and laundry room.

   My husband is leading the crew of craftsmen who are bringing it together.  It is really coming along, but it means we are chasing our tails a bit more than usual.

    A couple of weeks after they moved in, we were all visiting.  We still have family dinners most weekends and we had lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

    As we were milling about in the backyard, the new neighbors took the opportunity to walk over and introduce themselves.  They brought cookies and were instantly liked!

Stack of golden brown chocolate chip cookies ready to eat.

    It turns out the new neighbor, Amy, had grown up in the vicinity.  The cookies she brought were from Mrs. Wittler, the lady who had lived in my parents’s new house when she was growing up.

   Isn’t that cool?   You know what is even better?  They were delicious!

    Here is what MiMi had to say about them:

The recipe came from my new neighbor who brought it over as a welcome to the neighborhood gift.  As we were still introducing ourselves I put the tray of cookies on the picnic table where my kids were sitting and they started right in on them. 

I have a reputation for being a pretty good baker so imagine my surprise when Collin said ” hey mom, these cookies are even better than yours.” What? Seriously?  

 Luckily for us they brought the recipe along with the cookies.  She was excited to tell me that her recipe came from a lady who lived in our home a long time ago. That made the recipe even more enticing. 

      MiMi just had to compare the recipe to the family favorites in her recipe box.  They really weren’t that far off from one of our favorites, maybe enough for a bit of a texture change but she didn’t think it was enough to account for the reaction of my brothers.

platter filled with chocolate chip cookies.

    So she hypothesized that it had to be the chocolate chips.  She normally uses semi sweet and she figured Amy had to have used something else.

   She called Amy to confirm.  We neeeeeded to be able to recreate these cookies.  Just as she suspected, Amy had used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips.  

    So that is the story of how these cookies came into our family.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are many more batches in our future!

Storing your cookies

Chocolate chip cookies store well at room temperature. Keep them in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.

To keep you cookies softer, add a piece of sandwich bread to the container. It will act as a mini humidifier for the cookies.

For longer storage, freeze the cookies for up to a couple of months. You can also freeze unbaked cookie dough to bake later.

If you are a cookie lover, you may also like chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Or you could try a batch of perfect m&m cookies.

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Yield: 124 Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stack of chocolate chip cookies in front of cooling rack of cookies.

These cookies were a fun welcome to the neighborhood treat that came with an even more fun story. They quickly worked their way into our hearts as among the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve had!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 bags chocolate chips (use those milk chocolate ones!)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars for 5 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla and then eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.
  4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Chill dough for at least 1 hour, but up to a couple of days.
  7. Drop in large tablespoons full (or use a small cookie scoop) onto baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between cookies.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cookies were a fun welcome to the neighborhood treat that came with an even more fun story. They quickly worked their way into our hearts as among the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve had!

Thanks for sharing!


Monday 2nd of January 2017

Wow! It has been a crazy time for you! All that in such a short amount of time. All good things, but still stressful! I bet that it was time for a much needed cookie break! I love how the recipe came to be and it's so cool that you are sharing it so that it can live on! Can't wait to see the house, sounds like a really awesome place!


Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

It really is a cool place. I will definitely have to snap a few pictures and share some of what has been going on out there already. I just love that the neighbor brought the recipe along with the cookies. And hopefully things calm down a bit soon, but it seems unlikely ;-)


Monday 19th of December 2016

These look incredible, and the story behind them is lovely


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Thank you!

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Saturday 17th of December 2016

Oh you need to do a post on Mimi's new farm! I love that they moved into such a welcoming area. You know you have good neighbors when they bring cookies..... and the recipe!


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

I definitely will. Maybe when it's a little nicer out and I can get some pictures without losing an extremity ;-)


Friday 16th of December 2016

Holy moly I think I could eat every one of them! :)

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Saturday 17th of December 2016

Me too! Thanks!


Sunday 11th of December 2016

How dare they hint other cookies might be better?! :) Chocolate chip cookies are one most people love.


Monday 12th of December 2016

Ha! I was there and they didn't hint... they said it! And they love my mom's cookies, so that's really saying something!

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