Recipe: Cookies for Susie

Last week we lost an incredibly special person, someone who played an indescribable role in our lives. Susie was an amazing and inspiring artist, Jake's best friend, a confidant and a mentor. It's not often one meets a person like Susie, and we are so lucky have to had someone like her in our lives.

Susie would often join us for dinner in the Berkshires and bowl us over with her enormous appetite. Despite her thin frame, she would plow through the meal like a lumberjack. She was a professional cook
for years but never cooked for herself at home. The staple of her diet, and her favorite food, was the cookie. She would wake up at the crack of dawn, go to her kitchen, grab a couple cookies and get back in bed to read or listen to NPR until it was time to get up and paint.

This post is our way of remembering Susie’s beauty, wisdom, and joyful quirks. While we miss her terribly, we know her infectious laugh and unfailing warmth will be with us every day - and every time we reach for a cookie.

Classic Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

+ 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
+ 1 teaspoon baking soda
+ 1 teaspoon salt
+ 1 cup butter, softened
+ 3/4 cup granulated sugar
+ 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
+ 2 large eggs
+ 1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. 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 chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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