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By Kara Evenson

It’s safe to say most moms have a chocolate chip cookie recipe, but my mom’s is the best. She has yet to reveal the true origins of her recipe, but I have unconfirmed suspicions about the back of a chocolate chip package. Instead she likes to claim that it is a 200-year-old family secret. It’s not.

All throughout my life my mom has been making these cookies; from sporting events, hunting trips and work parties to whenever she just feels in the mood, chocolate chip cookies end up in the oven, and a recycled ice cream pail is ready to be filled with the most delicious cookies ever.

So I could tell all of you some sappy story from my childhood about coming home to the smell of chocolate chip cookies in my kitchen, I have a few. However, most of the time I wanted my mom to bake anything but chocolate chip cookies. We had them around a lot.

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Photos by Emily Buck

I am just now starting to appreciate exactly what these cookies mean. From elementary field trips and long bus rides for high school sports to moving away from home the first time and my first internship, my mom’s cookies have always made an appearance in everything I do.

That’s why, instead of a recipe that is more unconventional, I wanted to share my mom’s Very Good Chocolate Chip Cookies with all of you.

1 cup butter
½ cup olive oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
a dash of salt
3½ cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips

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Preheat oven at 350 °F.
Mix butter, olive oil, sugar, brown sugar and eggs in a large bowl until combined.
Add in vanilla, baking soda and salt and mix until fluffy. Add flour, mix until combined.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy!

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