Cookies for our college visit road trip!

It is hard to believe that almost 18 years has gone by since our little girl came into the world.  The years have flown by with day care, Kindergarten, 6th grade graduation, ballet clases, choral concerts, basketball games, lacrosse games, school plays and softball games.  I am probably missing some major events and I stopped recording the miles back and forth to school and all of these activities.  I am sure that I will look back one day and forget the late night games, the freezing cold  afternoons sitting in the bleachers, the times we studied spelling words, proof read papers, numerous sleepovers, played taxi or chaperoned parties.  These days are quickly coming to an end and we have seen them slowly ticking away with each college visit we have made.   We are also watching all of her friends growing up right before our eyes.  High school graduation day will be a very emotional day.

This is the first day of Kindergarten September 2001.  My “peanut is bottom row on right, on left is her brother from another mother and sister too! Also known as. Giada and her hubby from across the streets kids.
So, we wrapped up our college visits this past Columbus Day at the University of Connecticut.  She wants to be a Registered Dietitian, preferable working with Sports Nutrition.  This visit is the farthest away we have been for colleges, so it was going to require a long car ride, an overnight stay and a car filled with good treats. So late Saturday afternoon I hit the pantry for supplies to make cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies that is!
This recipe is from my Mom and comes out of her 1970’s orange colored Betty Crocker Cookbook. They are a little different than what you see in today’s recipes.  This one calls for butter and shortening and adding 1/2 more cup of flour makes them softer. A classic in our family which recently had been our daughter’s specialty for basketball games a couple of years ago they can’t be missed. They are so good, soft and quite tasty, you can not stop at one.  

Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies – 1970’s recipe


2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2  cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
2 (6 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate pieces


Heat oven to 375° degrees.

Mix thoroughly shortening, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Blend in remaining ingredients. 

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.

NOTE: If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.
SPECIAL NOTE:  Too keep them soft, place a piece of bread in the container.  It works!

1 thought on “Cookies for our college visit road trip!”

  1. Thanks for the recipe, Joanne! I have a question about your blog 🙂 My name is Heather and if you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com that would be great!


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