Thursday, February 25, 2016

There's Not Much that Can't Be Improved by Chocolate Chips

On the wall at Dad's is a platter that my Uncle the engineer brought back from a business trip to Iran back in the late 50's or 60's.   He had told my Dad that it was a serving plate, covered with olives and all sorts of tidbits and they gave him the platter as a gift.  I went to snap a photo and only after enlarging it, did I see someone in the kitchen pilfering a cookie.

When I arrived at Dad's on a recent trip out, Dad only had packaged cookies from the store, made out of special Keebler Kevlar, so I said I'd make up a batch from whatever was on hand, once I got a nap. He's sleeping a lot more now, but for being almost 96, I'm just astounded he still gets around, riding his exercise bike each morning and going for a walk on any day it's now snowing or pouring.

Dad was a little low on chips, sugar and real butter. so I added in some sour cream for moistness, and a hint of cardamom and orange zest to accent the reduced dark chocolate.  It made a soft, almost cake-like cookie that Dad raved about.

2 cups flour
1 and 1/2  tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 cup butter, gently melted so it's mostly  liquid but not hot
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (NOT light or non -fat)
1 cup dark chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease it well, even if non stick).

In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, cream together the melted butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in eggs and sour cream until well blended.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cardamom, stir into the butter mixture. Mix in the orange zest and dark chocolate chips.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons 3 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown.. These will be a soft, lightly colored cookie so do NOT over bake. Let cool on wire rack

Dad didn't get a fancy platter, but after his late afternoon snack of cookies, he did get a small martini and both remotes so he was a happy man.


  1. Why wouldn't he be happy? Home-made cookies, and you, visiting. Perfect!

  2. Thank you for sharing this and other stories about your Dad. These stories remind me of my Dad and those are always pleasant thoughts.

  3. Would a large martini make him happier, or is that a medical issue?


    1. Medical - and even the small one is seriously watered down, just enough for a little taste and he likes the olive.

  4. Love it! (And a thank you is on the way.)


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