You never know where you will find a good recipe. This time it was at the South Bay B&B on Lake Whatcom, near Bellingham, Washington. We were there with our youngest son, Erik, who was a high school senior at the time. These chocolate chip cookies kept magically reappearing as Erik cheerfully did his part to empty the cookie jar each time he passed. I had to agree, they were good. Fortunately our hostess easily parted with the recipe, which she readily admitted came off the enormous bag Ambrosia chocolate chips.
Now I have plenty of experience in failing to successfully replicate others’ recipes. But this one truly worked. My results were every bit as good as those at the B&B, and disappeared equally quickly. Over time, in different kitchens and any season, these cookies consistently turn out to my liking. That is no minor feat. Not only are they my family’s favorite, but my son-in-law and now my grandson both ask for them. What more evidence do I need? After all these years of testing cookie recipes, I think I can say with utmost confidence that I have finally found the formula for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie. It is moist, chewy, substantial and generously pocked with chocolate chips. Nothing better.
I can also attest to the durability of this recipe. It stands up to a 2-year-old’s manipulation and fascination with dough. Baking cookies has become a favorite activity of mine with my grandson. He has his own idea about how cookies should be formed. But the result is still always delicious. And he and his daddy are happy when they get to take a bunch home.
Sadly, the lovely B&B is no longer in operation. But it will be fondly remembered each time we bite into a chocolate chip cookie, because it is unlikely I will use any other recipe.
In the event that you have the same passion for home made chocolate chip cookies, I can save you a lot of research and trials. Here is the coveted recipe:
Here is a copy of the recipe you can print or save: Ambrosia Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Now I will have to start on a new recipe quest. I don’t think my family will mind.