Monday, January 23, 2012

A Sweet Tradition

My stepmom, Mare has a beautiful antique glass cruet in which she keeps all of her vanilla for baking.  She'd gotten it long before I was born, and we'd used it when baking sweet treats together ever since I was a little girl. I've always known that when I spot that bottle out on the counter nestled amongst sticks of butter, bags of brown sugar, and sacs of flour that something delicious about about to be made!
She had inherited her cruet from an old family friend and over the past few years it had become an antique that I was seriously coveting. Not only because I love the look of it, but also for the the memories it conjures up, and the association my brain makes to chocolate chip cookies every time I saw it. 
As you can imagine, I was beyond excited when I opened up one of my boxes on Christmas morning and found my very own antique crystal cruet! It was totally unexpected and such a heartwarming gift to receive.  The clear, thick, scalloped glass is lovely and I especially love the decorative stopper which fits perfectly. I now feel like I am part of a very elite grown-up baking club. 
Thank you Mare, I will treasure it always. I look forward to the day we can give my daughter her very own cruet and welcome her into the club!

Chocolate Chip cookies:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.)  Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips 

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. 

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 


Mare said...

Aaaahhh... Very sweet post, lovey! You are most welcome and I'm looking forward to tasting many yummy treats baked by you, now that you have your own vanilla cruet! Love you so....