Want to know the best hosting secret? Always keep a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookie dough in your freezer. That way when someone shows up, planned or unplanned, you can have your house smelling like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in less than thirty minutes. This trick is also great when my kids have friends over (or when they don’t), and they are looking for something sweet. The key to this secret is having the best homemade cookie dough recipe. My favorite recipe for these occasions comes from The Waldemar Cookbook.
I attended Camp Waldemar, an all girls sleep-away camp tucked deep in the Texas Hill Country, for seven straight summers. I had the time of my life at Waldemar, and it holds a special place in my heart. I hope to have my girls attend camp at Waldemar when they are old enough and make some of the same lasting memories and friendships that I did.
One of the most special pieces of camp life at Waldemar is the cuisine. Waldemar food is not your normal sloppy joe type fare. My friends from home always joked that going to Waldemar was like spending the summer at a country club, and they weren’t that far off. Every meal was served family style with assigned tables and fancy silverware. We were graded on table manners and were expected to sit up straight and follow the rules in order to get a perfect ten score. Some might think this was a little excessive for a girls summer camp, but it taught me life lessons that I still carry with me today.
Over the years, Waldemar received so many requests for recipes, Laura Pipkin Kramer compiled a cookbook in 2001. So, I get to keep those recipes with me and share them with my family (and now you). I could go on and on about the food, but once you try it, I won’t need to say anymore. The first recipe I’d like to share with you is the simple and easy chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Waldemar Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups flour (*originally 2 1/8 cup flour – but I’ve adjusted it for high altitude)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1.2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugars.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
Add the vanilla and mix to blend.
Beat in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until fully blended.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoons onto parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
Enjoy with a tall, cold glass of milk.
Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe? How does this one compare? Let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
For more information on Camp Waldemar, please visit their website. Also, the cookbook is a staple in my kitchen and contains amazing recipes for anyone! I would absolutely recommend picking up a copy.