Jane’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookbooks are a passion of mine. I love the stories they tell me, the photos or drawings inside that inspire me, and the subtle cooking tips that are hidden between the lines of a truly great recipe. I cherish late afternoons spent lounging on the sofa with a stack of cookbooks, a pencil and several post-it notes. Being a Planner with a capital P means that I over-organize my life in many ways, like tabbing my cookbooks and date when I want to prepare them. My crazy has clearly found a home in the kitchen.
You will understand why I was so excited to receive a cookbook from my dearest friends after taking the bar exam. I promised this lovely couple that I would post about the first recipe that I made out of my new ”A Taste of Georgia” Cookbook. Written by the Junior Service League of Georgia in 1977, this cookbook has won countless awards over the decades and is hailed as a popular present for Georgia brides. The recipes within A Taste of Georgia are true southern recipes. You might think about stocking up on your cream of celery soup, jars of pimentos, and tins of cornmeal before cooking anything out of this cookbook!
The first recipe that caught my eye in this cookbook was “Jane’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.” My new years resolution for 2012 is to cook every chocolate chip cookie recipe that I get my hands on, so this was quite a fitting introduction to the cookbook.
Who is Jane, you ask? She is the wife of William Donald Tomlinson, according to the recipe. It is so interesting that each recipe is signed by the woman as “Mrs. [Husband's Name]” instead of using her own name. Way to steal the credit, guys! I think that Jane Tomlinson must have been a pretty good cook to devise a recipe for chocolate chip cookies out of pancake mix. Here is dear ‘ol Mrs. Tomlinson’s recipe for you readers – they will not disappoint.
Jane’s cookies are slightly crumbly and taste like a mix between shortbread and chewy cocolate chip cookies. You will notice that they are bittersweet from the buttermilk pancake mix, but have just the right amount of sugariness to make you reach for another, and then another. This recipe took me about 20 minutes to prepare and used only one bowl and a spoon. You won’t regret the time and effort spent making these easy little cookies.
Thank you, Worth and Medley!