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Old-Fashioned, Chocolate-Infused Cookies Recipe From My Grandma

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

My grandma's homemade, chocolate-infused cookie recipe contains no chocolate chips.

My grandma's homemade, chocolate-infused cookie recipe contains no chocolate chips.

What? No Chocolate Chips?

That is correct folks: This old-fashioned chocolate cookie recipe of my maternal grandmother's predates chocolate chips! Chocolate lovers take note. This will satisfy any kind of a chocolate craving you might be having, so keep reading.

I remember my mother telling me about the days following the Great Depression from her perspective as a child. Many things became great luxuries for homemakers who did the cooking for their families due to the gradual rebuilding of people's lives and fortunes after the stock market crash of 1929 and numerous bank failures. People who still had resources became very frugal in how they spent their money, since much of the world as they knew it had been turned upside down.

My mother told me that chocolate was a rare treat in their home during those times.

My grandmother would occasionally purchase a bar of chocolate and sneak it into the house and try to hide it. That was to keep my mother and her siblings from immediately begging for pieces of the chocolate, until the time was right to present small pieces of it to them as a treat, or use it in baking cookies such as the ones featured in this post.

My grandmother's efforts at subterfuge were often thwarted by their family dog Jiggs who could smell the chocolate from a mile away!

That might be a slight exaggeration but Jiggs would have his nose up in the air, tail wagging and always drew attention to the cabinet or closet where the rare treat of chocolate bar was hidden.

Note regarding giving chocolate to dogs: It is not recommended. The theobromine contained in chocolate if consumed in large enough quantities is toxic and in a worst case scenario can even cause death.

The Origin of Chocolate Chips

Did you know that Nestle and other competitors only started selling chocolate chips in 1941?

Prior to that time people like my grandmother and other cooks and bakers purchased their chocolate in bar form and broke or shaved off pieces of the chocolate to be utilized in whatever manner was best for the preparation desired.

A dietitian by the name of Ruth Wakefield actually invented what became known as Toll House chocolate chip cookies in 1937. She did it the same way as my grandmother using bits of chocolate off of a larger bar. Because her recipe became so popular this spurred the company of Nestle to go on and invent the chocolate chips widely available ever since that time.

When I first looked at this old recipe of my grandma's, I considered substituting chocolate chips in the same amount of ounces called for, but then decided to follow it exactly as she had done so many years ago.

I can almost imagine seeing my grandma now, with her hand sewn apron wrapped around her waist and the pleasant smile upon her face that seemed ever present in all the years that I saw her bustling around her kitchen preparing meals. She was an excellent cook!

Now that you have a little bit of trivia history regarding the origin of chocolate chips and Toll House Cookies, you may be able to dazzle your friends or co-workers with your increased knowledge of this subject.

Let's proceed with this recipe.

Cutting up the chocolate for this chocolate cookie.

Cutting up the chocolate for this chocolate cookie.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

5 dozen cookies ( 60 )

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces bar of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped ( I used walnuts )

Instructions

  1. Start by slicing the chocolate bar into pieces. (The recipe says to cut in large pieces, but since the directions also suggest dropping the batter by 1/2 teaspoons full onto the baking pan, I slivered the chocolate into smaller pieces as you can tell from the photo that I took.)
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and egg. Blend together well.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water.
  5. Alternate putting the flour mixture and dissolved baking soda into the creamed mixture and continue blending.
  6. Add the vanilla.
  7. End up by adding the ground nuts and slivered pieces of chocolate and stir with a spoon until well mixed.
  8. Drop by half teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. ( I used the spray Pam. )
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven until golden brown. ( If you happen to have a convection oven, you can cut the baking time to around 7 minutes and bake several cookie sheets at the same time. )
  10. When removed from the oven, place onto wire racks to cool. This makes a flat and delectable crisp cookie.

Ready to Do Some Baking?

These chocolate cookies with the nuts are buttery in flavor and delicious. They were quite crisp at first and would probably remain so in many parts of the country without high humidity such as we have in Houston, Texas. Let me know your results after you give them a try.

Hope that you enjoyed learning about this old fashioned chocolate cookie from my Grandma. It is sure to satisfy any chocolate lovers in your circle of family and friends.

Let me know what you think about my family's chocolate cookie recipe!

Let me know what you think about my family's chocolate cookie recipe!

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

I remember my mother telling me that when my grandmother would bring home a chunk of chocolate it was very special. She would dole it out in small pieces for special occasions or use it as in this recipe to make cookies. Times were very different post-depression days and chocolate would have been a true luxury.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 08, 2018:

These cookies look so inviting. Thank you for sharing your grandma's recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

Most people today would probably rather use chocolate chips in place of shaving an actual chocolate bar for the chocolate ingredient but this is how they did it in the past. I think that the history of chocolate chips is interesting. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 08, 2018:

O yes ----please pass me one....I will walk extra miles to burn up the calories.....Pinning and saving to use later. Angels are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2015:

Hello Fox Music,

So glad that you enjoyed reading this. I thought that the history of chocolate chips was interesting! :)

Fox Music on June 13, 2015:

Thank you for sharing this delicious hub "Old Fashioned Cookies from My Grandma ~ Chocolate Cookies for Chocolate Lovers"

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

Not sure how they would turn out without the baking soda. Let me know if you decide to omit it and if it turns out OK. Thanks!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 31, 2015:

i must try this cookies for valentine's day, can i omit the baking soda?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2013:

Thanks Suzanne!

justmesuzanne from Texas on July 25, 2013:

Pinned your classic cookie recipes on my Good Eats board! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi Careermommy,

My dear grandma was like a second mother to me. I loved her dearly. It was fun finding this old recipe of hers and making it. Glad that you like the sound of it. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

I think that most interesting part of this chocolate cookie recipe is that it pre-dates chocolate chips! Those bars of chocolate that were occasionally brought into my mother's family home when she was a child were truly relished. :)) Thanks for the pin and share.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 2013:

Wow, these nostalgic cookies look scrumptious. What a great tribute to your maternal grandma! This is a cookie I would definitely try. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 2013:

Wow, these nostalgic cookies look scrumptious. What a great tribute to your maternal grandma! This is a cookie I would definitely try. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 15, 2013:

Pinning this fantastic and easy recipe to my desert board! Will also share again with my followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2013:

Hello daljitsingh881,

Enjoy these old fashioned chocolate cookies and thanks for your comment. Always fun trying new recipes! :)

daljit singh from mumbai on June 10, 2013:

i will try these cookies soon

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

I am sure that you will enjoy these old fashioned chocolate cookies. Thanks for your comment and the pin.

moonlake from America on April 26, 2013:

Have to add these to my cookie board so they will be pinned. They look so good.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

Oh dear...you poor thing! No chocolate in the house! I guess you might survive. Ha! Too bad that you could not reach into the screen and get one of these old fashioned chocolate cookies. Ah...but I guess we have not yet quite reached the Star Trec stage where those food simulators work. Perhaps in the future...... Sending angels back to you. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 17, 2013:

Ok, Peggy

It is eight forty five and not a piece of chocolate is in my house this evening. What's a girl to do?? I tried reaching in for one of those pictured and had no luck!!

I loved seeing the recipe and hearing about the days of long ago. Such fond memories for us, huh?

thanks for sharing sending Angels your way :) ps

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 17, 2013:

Ok, Peggy

It is eight forty five and not a piece of chocolate is in my house this evening. What's a girl to do?? I tried reaching in for one of those pictured and had no luck!!

I loved seeing the recipe and hearing about the days of long ago. Such fond memories for us, huh?

thanks for sharing sending Angels your way :) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2012:

Hi sweetie,

Yes...Jiggs was a special dog and a generation later we still talk about him though we never personally met him. Ha! As to the chocolate cookies...enjoy! It is definitely an old recipe! Thanks for the vote up and the share.

sweetie1 from India on December 06, 2012:

Beautiful story about Jiggs and chocolate. And thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe . Pictures of cookies make my mouth water. Voting it up and sharing with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2012:

Hello naula20,

Not only do these old fashioned chocolate cookies look good...they taste really good. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

Amanda from Indiana on November 22, 2012:

They look really yummy. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

So glad that you liked learning about making chocolate cookies long before chocolate chips were invented. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 02, 2012:

Peggy, wonderful learning another way to make chocolate cookies, the old fashioned way. Thanks for sharing this recipe treat. The cookies look awesome.

Voted up, useful and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

Hope your cookie craving has been satisfied. Haha! Nice to know that you found this chocolate cookie recipe interesting. I found the history of the first chocolate chips especially interesting. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 11, 2012:

Ok, Peggy, you have me craving for dessert. Thanks for sharing your grandma's recipe! I'm saving it and sharing it here!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 19, 2012:

Hi Au fait,

So glad to hear that you liked this old fashioned chocolate cookie that pre-dates chocolate chips. I felt a closeness to my grandma when I found and baked this tasty cookie recipe. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 19, 2012:

These do look yummy! There's nothing like old fashioned recipes for great deserts.

Voted you up and across, gave you another star, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2012:

Hi Specialk3749,

Nice that you have treasured hand-written recipes from your mother-in-law. They are special! As to these chocolate cookies...it all depends if you want to bite into bigger pieces of chocolate or have more of an overall chocolate flavor as to which cookie you would prefer. Both are good for chocolate lovers obviously. You'll have to decide if and when you try these. Thanks for your comment.

Karen Metz from Michigan on July 05, 2012:

I loved seeing the old sheet of paper with your grandmother's handwriting! I have one with my mother in-law's and it is just like seeing/hearing her all over again. It is something to be treasured!

The recipe looks very good too. I have always used chocolate chips, but I think the real chocolate shaved would actually be better than the chips. Can't wait to try this recipe...thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Those wire racks get quite a workout when I am in my cookie baking mode. I purchased those black ones at the home of a friend who was hosting a Pampered Chef party. Of all the things I purchased that day, these are the most utilized. Thanks for your comment and vote.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2012:

Hello vespawoolf,

I also thought that the history of chocolate chips was interesting. This cookie recipe is older than that! Thanks for your comment and especially the share. Appreciate it!

moonlake from America on June 04, 2012:

Peggy, these sound really good and look great. Like your wire racks I need some like that. Voted on your hub.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 04, 2012:

I definitely qualify as a chocolate lover, and I'm really enjoying your series of nostalgic recipes from your grandmother! I love the photos and the history. I didn't realize Toll House didn't market chips until 1941. Here in Peru, I shave chocolate off a bar for chocolate chip cookies, but I've also been known to bring back from the States bags of Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips! Voted up and awesome and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2012:

Hi livingpah2004,

So glad that you liked learning about how chocolate cookies were made prior to chocolate chips being available. This old recipe certainly goes back to those early days. Thanks for your comment.

Milli from USA on June 02, 2012:

Wow! Delicious and historical. Love the story and recipe. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2012:

Hi bryanbaldwin,

If you meant these specific ones...thanks! They are good! Appreciate your comment.

bryanbaldwin from Los Angeles on May 31, 2012:

I LOVE Grandma's cookies!!!!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2012:

Hi Brett,

I thought the history (pre-dating chocolate chips) was interesting also! Glad that you liked this and thanks for the comment, votes and especially the share.

Brett C from Asia on May 30, 2012:

Historical and delicious ... perfect lol. I love choc chip cookies, but have to confess that it is a long time since I had home made cookies!!

Shared, up, tweeted and interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Hi ktrapp,

I only have a couple of them banked and ready to publish in June. I have been busy revamping older hubs and putting photos at the top. Guess I should do a few more recipes. Glad to know that you enjoy them! Thanks! Am sure that yours will be great!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on May 19, 2012:

Peggy - You read my mind. I have a few recipes in mind for the cooking contest. I have family coming in next week for graduation so I may be video taping or snapping photos as I cook. I hope you do a lot of recipes in June. You seem like you have quite an archive to select from and you always have such great stories - I recall the one with the ice truck.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Hello Tonipet,

My grandma who had these recipes died in 1963 long before the Internet. She would be dumbfounded that people from all over the world can now have access to these handwritten recipes and actually bake and get to taste them. Have fun with your cookie baking weekend and thanks for your comment.

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on May 18, 2012:

You have an excellent grandma Peggy. Her cookie recipes just journeyed me back to my mother's puddings, half-moons and leftover baked goods. It's so nice you have kept those hand-written recipes, your gran could've been so happy to know you've cherished her homemade cookbooks that much. Really lovely photos, so comforting... LOVED them all! I just handed a copy of this recipe to my niece. It's going to be another old-fashioned cookie weekend! :=) Thanks Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Hi ktrapp,

I am so happy to know that you like the stories as well as my grandma's recipes. Chocolate chips did not yet exist when this recipe was created! Have you shared your cookie recipe yet...perhaps for the upcoming contest? It sounds good! Thanks for your comment.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on May 18, 2012:

Peggy - I absolutely love reading your recipes from your Grandma. I love how you always includ a terrific story and photos. I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses both chocolate chips and candy bar; it's to die for if you love chocolate. It's hard to imagine a time without chocolate chips though!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2012:

Hello charlesxavier04,

I got a kick out of your response. While these may not be the all time prettiest cookies around, their crunchy, chocolaty and nutty goodness makes up for it. Can't "judge a book by its'cover"...as they say! If you prefer bigger pieces of chocolate, stick with eating chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for your comment. At least you liked my writing! :)

charlesxavier04 from London on May 11, 2012:

You write quite well Peggy, but I'm not sure I like the look of your cookies. No disrespect intended...

Still, great try, and I look forward ro reading more!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2012:

Hi Sherry,

After trying this recipe and memorializing it with a hub, the original hand written recipe has now been passed on to relatives that will hopefully treasure it and keep it for posterity reasons. Glad that you liked this. It is a really good cookie! Thanks for your comment.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 09, 2012:

What a family treasure you have here, and in your grandma's own handwriting. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2012:

Hello Ruchira,

If you like chocolate, you should really like these old fashioned chocolate cookies. Let me know when you give them a try. Thanks!

Ruchira from United States on April 20, 2012:

Wow PEggy. We all love chocolate chip cookies and yours looks delicious :)

Will give it a try...Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2012:

Hi Genna,

I'm so happy that reading this hub about my grandma's chocolate cookies whisked you back in memory to the kitchen of your own grandmother. Nice! Thanks for your comment. Wafting some of those delightful cookie aromas your way! :)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 20, 2012:

Once agin, I am whisked away into my grandmother's kitchen...I can smell the aroma of these wonderful cookies that tickles the nose and delights the senses.

Scrumptious, and much, much more! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa22,

I also found it interesting learning about the history of chocolate chips and the timeframe in which my grandmother would have been making these chocolate cookies. Glad to know that you liked learning about this. Thanks for your comment, votes and especially the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2012:

Hello TToombs08,

Am sure that any little "cookie monster" will love these old fashioned chocolate cookies. They are M-M-Good! Thanks for your comment and vote.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on April 19, 2012:

Another yummy cookie hub from you! I am a big chocolate lover and I am fond of chocolate chip cookies. The photos made my mouth water! Your family story, esp Jiggs added a nice personal touch to this enrapturing hub! The brief history concerning chocolate chips explained by you expanded my knowledge. This looks like the prospective hub of the day! I rated your recipe 5 stars!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on April 19, 2012:

Oh wow! I'm gonna have to bake these for my son, my little cookie monster. :) Thank you for sharing such a wonderful bit of family history. Voting up and everything. Very awesome! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Glad that you like the sound of these old fashioned chocolate cookies. Now...get busy and bake some for yourself! Ha! Appreciate the comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

Every time I test one of these old fashioned sweet recipes from my grandma, my calories for the day also go out the window. Ha! Glad that I am not addicted to sweets. We do share them with our friends and neighbors so it is not difficult to get rid of them. These chocolate cookies are great! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 19, 2012:

Count me in for this goody. I like that the walnuts add more crunch than the chocolate chip, and yet the semi-sweet chocolate adds the flavor. Voting this Up and Useful.

Eiddwen from Wales on April 19, 2012:

Oh dear that's my healthy eating plan out of the window again ha ha !!! I don't need much waylaying ha ha!!!

Each and everyone of your hubs are amazing Peggy and here's to so many more for us both to share on here for a long time to come.

Take care and have a great day.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2012:

Hi Shannon,

The little girl on the bike with Jiggs was my mother and the recipe came from her mother...my grandma. Glad that you liked this hub and are going to try these chocolate cookies. Hope you come back and let me know how you liked them. Thanks for your comment.

Shannon Paigah from Irvine, CA on April 16, 2012:

Nice hub! Loved the dated photos of your mother and her recipes. Look forward to trying to it. Thank you ;)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2012:

Hello Victoria,

Nice seeing you here! It is nice to have handwritten recipes (or other things for that matter) in our relative's handwriting. It is almost becoming a thing of the past with how technology is impacting our lives today. Thanks for your comment.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 15, 2012:

Interesting about the history of choc chips. May have to try this one! I love the photos of your grandma's handwritten recipes. They remind me of recipes I have of my grandma's, written in cursive like that. I keep them just for that reason, even if I don't use the recipes! Neat hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

If my mother were still alive, she would LOVE the experimenting that I am doing with these old recipes. She would have undoubtedly remembered many of them. In the Mid-west where she grew up, a dinner or supper was not complete without some type of dessert. Things may or may not be changing in this day and time, but that was the way it used to be. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on April 14, 2012:

Another great treasure from your Grandma. You have great recipes handed down to you from your Mom, Grandma, and other family members. I am looking forward to making this delicious chocolate cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing your family treasures and your Mom's beautiful photo with Jiggs. Great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2012:

Hi peachpurple,

OK...I wish you luck! Am sure that you will have no problems in baking these chocolate cookies. Thanks for your comment.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 14, 2012:

My kids love cookies very much. Chocolate cookies are delicious and crunchy. Your grandma recipe looks easy. I'm gonna try it. Wish me luck!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

Glad that you liked the layout of this hub and also the chocolate cookie recipe from my Grandma. Jiggs kept my mother and her entire family entertained with his cute antics. His legacy lives on in photos and stories about him. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2012:

Hi Charlu,

Glad you liked this recipe from my grandma. I have many more! Will be testing some more in the future. Some are written by other people (relatives and friends) and one of them (that I won't be testing) is for dandelion wine. The top part is in English, and I am assuming the bottom part is in German. Whoever wrote it had the most beautiful handwriting! It is an interesting collection of recipes! Enjoy your baking of these chocolate cookies and thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2012:

Hi again DzyMsLizzy,

No WONDER Jiggs was a popular name! Thank you so much for including that link to the cartoon series. I was unfamiliar with it. Looks really cute and to know that it is still popular in Norway even today with an annual reprint of some of the cartoons is interesting. Your cookbook sounds interesting. Were there any favorite recipes out of it that your mother regularly made? I knew from reading about Ruth Wakefield that she ran the Toll House Inn. She was obviously a good cook. Thanks for coming back and adding that information about Jiggs and Maggie. It was fun to read. :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 14, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I love the layout and presentation of this hub and the photo of your mother and Jiggs is so lovely.

Thank you for sharing another of your Grandma's recipes, the cookies look delicious and it's another one I am looking forward to trying.

Voted up across the board.

Charlu from Florida on April 13, 2012:

Sounds absolutely scrumptious and I can't believe you still have the original sheet where she wrote it down. That is so awesome. You know I think I might just be able to make this happen with all the great photos and instructions. Plus I love love love CHOCOLATE. Great story and Jiggs just sounds so sweet. All the ups and thanks

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 13, 2012:

As you know, the Toll House Inn was a famous restaurant in Massachusetts. The Toll House Cookbook is a "full service," if you will, book with main dishes, and side dishes as well as desserts including the famous (or infamous, if you're a dieter) chocolate chunk cookies.

"Jiggs" was probably a popular name on account of a long-running comic strip called "Bringing Up Father," whose main characters were named Maggie and Jiggs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bringing_Up_Father

Enjoy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

The Great Depression certainly changed people's lives. Sorry to hear that your dad went to bed hungry often times during those days. The images of those long bread lines are powerful reminders of those terrible days. Hopefully they will never be repeated again.

Glad that you liked this hub about my grandma's chocolate cookies and a bit of history as well. Thanks for your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on April 13, 2012:

This so much more than just a recipe hub. Wonderful with your mother and grans Peggy, oh and the pic with Jiggs too! I'll have to check-out that story soon for sure. The Great Depression was a mother of invention time for most people. My dad was a young boy and told me he went to bed hungry almost every night. Awesome with the hand written recipe and grandmother's cookies will be passed on to the resident cookie maker for a go round!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2012:

Hello CassyLu1981,

Nice to know that you enjoyed this old fashioned chocolate cookie hub enough to not only comment but share with others as well. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2012:

Hello Loi-Renee,

Glad to know that you liked this chocolate cookie recipe. I also love that picture of my mother as a youngster with Jiggs on the back of her bike. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2012:

Hi DzyMsLizzy,

An original Toll House cookbook! I did not even know that one existed. What other type recipes are in it besides (most probably) toll house cookies? If you clicked on the link I left in this hub regarding Ruth Wakefield, she received FREE CHOCOLATE the rest of her life because of her influence regarding chocolate being made into bits. I thought that was interesting.

Thanks for your interesting comment, votes and the share. Jiggs must have been a fairly common name back then?

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on April 13, 2012:

YUM! I'll have to try these for sure :) Thanks for sharing!!! Voted up and shared!

Loi-Renee from Jamaica on April 13, 2012:

Another amazing cookie recipe that I can't wait to try out. I love love love chocolate. Jiggs is adorable. Thanks for sharing Peggy.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 12, 2012:

Sounds yummy! I actually have a copy of the original "Toll House Cookbook" that was my mother's.

I think SOMETHING has changed in either the recipe from then, to what is printed on the package of chocolate chips these days, or something in the ingredients, or the way they are processed has. For they cookies used to be soft and chewy, with some body to them. Now, they melt down flat, almost like a "lace" cookie, and come out crispy. I'll have to give YOUR recipe a whirl.

(By the way--agreat aunt of mine used to have a Cairn Terrier by the name of Jiggs! I'd not thought about him in many years!)

And aprons--ugh! Additional laundry! LOL

Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared!

P.S. I'm with David Warren--you can never have enough chocolate! ;-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

From what I heard about Jiggs when I was growing up, he did everything with the kids and adults in the family including riding down the hill on sleds in the winter and pulling the sleds back up the snow covered hills (as an example). He was quite the guy...and long remembered. I still have a picture of him on our walls today! Thanks for your comment and glad to hear you enjoyed this hub regarding chocolate cookies and other things.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

Hi Gail,

Glad that you enjoyed the personal bits of history worked into this hub regarding this chocolate cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing this hub with others.

Dianna Mendez on April 12, 2012:

However did you mom get that dog to ride on the bike? That is so cute! The cookies look so yummy. I remember my mom used to wear apron, brings back memories of her baking in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing from your life and the recipe.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on April 12, 2012:

What an interesting hub and yummy looking cookies. Gave the recipe 5 stars and love the way you organinzed this hub and sprinkled fun bits of family history into it.

The part about Jiggs made me chuckle.

Voted up across the board and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

Yes, this chocolate cookie recipe is old, but it is good. If you ever make it to Houston, let me know. I'll happily show you around and give you some of these cookies to sample. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Yes, this chocolate cookie recipe definitely goes back many years...even before the time when chocolate chips were invented. Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

Hi Lisa,

I loved dining at Tiny Boxwoods but did not order dessert...so will take your word for it that the cookies there are like these old fashioned chocolate cookies that my grandma used to bake. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

Hi mollymeadows,

Glad that you enjoyed the picture of my mother with Jiggs the dog riding on the back of her tricycle. I loved hearing stories of how she grew up in her day and time. These chocolate cookies are from that same era. Thanks for your comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 12, 2012:

Though it old fashioned, but I love your cookies very much. You have original recipe from your Grandma. From the beautiful presentation here, I believe this cookies very delicious. Peggy, do you have some more for me? Sorry, just kidding. Vote up (useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting). Take care and have a lovely day :-)

Blessing and hugs,

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 12, 2012:

I love chocolate cookies, chocolate cakes, chocolate ice cream - the list of my favourite chocolate desserts goes on and on! Thank you for this recipe, Peggy. It will be interesting to bake cookies using a recipe that was created many years ago.

Lisa H. on April 12, 2012:

These look awesome!!I just love chocolate, so these are right up my alley. With the chocolate pieces, rather than chips, they remind me of the cookies at Tiny Boxwoods, one of our favorite places!

Mary Strain from The Shire on April 12, 2012:

Peggy, this is a cruel, cruel hub lol! BTW, I love the photo of your Mom and Jiggs the dog. It looks like something from the Little Rascals. I think Darla had a little cap like that.