Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Juanita Jones' Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon hot water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (6 oz.) package chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars. Stir in egg and vanilla. Place 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a large spoon. Add 1/4 teaspoon hot water to the spoon to dissolve the soda; then use the spoon to stir the soda into the sugar mixture. Add flour and salt and stir well. Fold in chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Drop from a tablespoon onto a cookie sheet; shape cookies slightly with a clean, damp fingertip. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for a moment; then remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

This is a recipe that Juanita Jones of Rose, Nebraska, placed in the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club's handwritten cookbook during the early 1960's. I have expanded the directions a little because all the recipes were greatly condensed to fit on one side of a 3x5" recipe card. I think Juanita was the wife of Seth Jones. (Please correct me if you know otherwise.) They were neighbors who lived to the southwest of our place.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)