Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies & Lost & Found

Aug 2, 2011

Have I mentioned that I love a good yard sale?  That flea markets are second only to food and farmer’s markets for me? History, humor, treasures all in one place.  This spring my son Daniel and I went to a flea market fundraiser at his school.  He sorted through albums (“I mean, what would you do with this, anyway?) and I considered a juicer in its original box (didn’t buy it), a disturbing collection of clown and acrobat figurines, and a vintage mirror in need of rescuing (now repainted, hanging in my entryway). I adore the idea that what once cluttered someone’s life, what was unused and discarded is now useful again and on a wall or on a dresser or in a child’s hands.

And we bought some books.  Daniel likes to cook on his own and I bought him a baking book just for him – he was thrilled until he found a note inside.  “Uh oh, this book used to be someone’s,” he said.  “I know,” I told him, “That’s what yard sales are, a place where people sell their old things or items they don’t use anymore.”

But his book came with a note.  “I do not know how to say thank you for all of the support you’ve given me…” and so on.  A nice note.  A kind letter.  But what sets it apart?  At the top is a recipe for “Katherine’s Cookies” and, at the bottom of the recipe “PS DON’T SHARE”.

People get private with recipes sometimes, don’t they?  Secretive, as though the magic will dissipate.  Well, I’m sorry, Katherine, whoever you are, but I am sharing because to me, recipes are stories and stories are to be shared.  Like love or sorrow, cookies are best when enjoyed not alone but with friends or family.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka Katherine's Cookies)

I have nudged this recipe a little...feel free to do the same. Hopefully Katherine won't mind.

slightly more than 3/4 cup brown sugar

slightly less than 3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp salt

dark chocolate chips or chunks to taste

Oven to 375. Mix the first 6 ingredients. Add flour, salt, and chips. Spoon onto sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Share.