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Guess how these cookies got their name?

First, I started making them at 10PM, only to realize that I was out of eggs and short on chocolate, thus requiring a run to the corner store.  Second, I’d forgotten to factor in the one-hour chilling time for the dough.  They were finally done around 12:30AM.  But hey, I’d waited six months to finally make these—what was a few hours?

Americans ex-pats typically crave strange, hard-to-find things like Kraft Blue Box, chipotle peppers, cream of mushroom soup, and Saltines. Chocolate chip cookies are another doozy. Good luck finding any of the essential ingredients in Germany: brown sugar, chocolate chips, or vanilla extract.  I hadn’t had much luck.

brown gold…

But then my friend, Liza, brought me back a bag of fancy chocolate chips from her last trip to the U.S.  A plan was hatched. My dad good-naturedly agreed to haul a 2-lb. bag of brown sugar in his luggage at Christmastime.  And the vanilla extract problem I solved by macerating a vanilla bean in a mini bottle of vodka:

Finally, it was cookie time! I started with a recipe billed as no less than “The Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Entire World.”  Although I might not go quite that far, if you like a chewy cookie…these were totally worth the wait!

(Makes 22-23 medium cookies)

-1 1/2 c. flour
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
-1/2  tsp. salt
-1/2 c.  (1 stick) unsalted butter, slightly colder than room temperature
-1/2 c. sugar
-3/4 c. tightly packed light brown sugar (I used dark but recommend light)
-1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 large egg, at room temperature, lightly beaten
-7 oz. bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips
-1/3 c. chopped walnuts, toasted (optional) (more…)

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bananasMy friend was raving about the banana cookies her colleague brought in to work this morning.  Luckily, she managed to get the recipe.  These cookies sound like a great treat, especially for kids.  Thanks, Chris!

-2 very ripe bananas
-2/3 c. shortening [Crisco]
-1 c. sugar
-2 eggs
-1/2 tsp. salt
-2 1/4 c. flour
-1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 tsp. baking soda
-2 tsp. baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Mix wet ingredients until well blended, then blend in dry.

3. Drop by teaspoonfulls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, approx 1″ apart.

4. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are golden.

Photo credit: ehow.com

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