Today is the day that I’m starting a new series here at Create & Babble. I’ll be getting out my pretty mixer and cookie sheets and start baking Christmas Cookies. Old family favorites! I haven’t baked cookies since the ones I made for the cookie table at my daughter’s wedding, so it’s time!
Today I’m sharing a recipe for Tollhouse Cupcakes. These were a lunch bag dessert staple at my house when I was growing up.
I remember my mom baking every Saturday morning. EVERY Saturday morning. That was part of her routine. She would bake enough cookies or cupcakes to last through a week of packing lunches for six kids (and my Dad, too!) I have memories of the kitchen table turned into an assembly line of bread, lunch meats, peanut butter, jelly, fruits and often times, these cupcakes! I remember a teacher walking by my table in the cafeteria (I think I was in first grade, so that was close to 50 years ago) stop and ask me what my cupcake was called. I have no idea why I remember that!
That shows you how long this recipe has been a part of my family. I don’t know where my mom got the recipe; maybe in a magazine or the back of the bag of chocolate chips. But I do know that this is the recipe that she used. I called sister #2 to get it! She also sent me a photo of my mom’s recipe box. Boy does that bring back memories:
(update: sister #1 has my mom’s original handwritten recipe card and she sent me a photo of it!)
Here is the recipe my mom used to make Tollhouse cupcakes:
- Cream together 1/2 cup shortening, 6 tablespoons sugar, 6 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Add: one egg, 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt
- spoon into cupcake pan (about 1/3 full)
- bake at 375 degrees 10-12 minutes
Now it’s time to make the filling.
- beat 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/8 teaspoon salt until thick
- stir in 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- spoon about a tablespoon of the filling over each cupcake and bake for 10-12 more minutes
Have you started baking cookies for Christmas? I’d love to know: what are your family favorites? Do you have any that have been passed down through generations?
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