Mommy, this one’s for you!
Chocolate drop cookies are my absolute favorite cookie on the face of the planet. My mom puts them in the cookie bags that she gives as holiday gifts every year, and because she gives so many gifts of cookies, our freezer at her house is usually stocked with them starting around Thanksgiving. (Also meaning that I get to sneak a few, and then a few more, out of the freezer to eat starting in late November!)
These cookies seem easy enough to make, but I have tried several times and they truly never come out as well as the ones my mom makes. I swear she has some sort of mom baking magic that she uses when she makes them!
I really don’t know where this recipe originated from, but I do know that these cookies hold a special place in my heart. They remind me of walking into my mother’s house after school and being hit with the smell of baking chocolate, walking through the living room and into the kitchen, finding her standing over the stove with piles of cookie sheets around her. These images comfort me.
When I am sitting in my living room in California missing my mom, I think of her generosity toward everyone (and every animal) she meets. My love of baking comes from her, learning how to find the calming moments and happy memories in the smells of the kitchen.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
12 oz pkg semisweet choc chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 Cup butter (2 sticks)
Melt these ingredients together over low heat stirring often.
Remove from heat and add:
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
chopped walnuts (if desired)
Stir until just mixed. Do not overmix.
Using a teaspoon drop onto a greased cookie sheet. (I usually use a heaping teaspoon for each cookie). Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges brown slightly.
NOTE: The dough/batter sets up as it sits in the pot and the cookies at the end don't look as good as the cookies in the beginning. Don't stir the dough/batter in the pot once it's all mixed. That makes it worse.
Bake directly on cookie sheets, not silicone mats. Cookies will not brown well if baked on silicone sheets.