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Sometimes it is the simple things in life that are the most satisfying. The perfect chocolate chip cookie, for example. Just ask Haddy. She’s been researching them for years.
Crispy edges. A chewy centre. The correct ratio of chocolate chips to dough. Not thick – never thick! And once you’ve had the perfect bite? Well, you can’t forget it. Nothing else can compare. And this is the burden that Haddy has carried for over 30 years. For three decades she has been searching for the perfect bite with no reward. “It’s close,” she’d say, munching on a test subject, “but it’s no Carmichael Cookie.”
You see, Haddy knew without a doubt that the perfect cookie existed. She knew because she had experienced it: The Carmichael Family’s Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies. For years I have listened to her description of them. Her eyes glaze over. Her voice changes. She describes them in perfect detail. I, too, joined the search for that elusive combination of ingredients that would finally quiet her cravings. But with no success.
Now, I’m sure you know where this is headed, don’t you, Haddy?
I found Sandi Carmichael. I told her how you felt about her cookies. I told her that you remembered eating them as a child all those years ago, and I told her how much it would mean to get that recipe for you. And the very next morning, I received an email from Sandi and Martha with The Recipe. A recipe filled with so much love and tradition that my computer screen began to twinkle.
I immediately made a test batch. For once The Recipe was in my hands, I worried that your memory of the cookies may have been distorted over the years. That you would be, once again, disappointed with the results. But Haddy? When I bit into one I knew. Crisp, golden edges that melted on my tongue. Chocolate chips nestled in a perfectly sugared dough, with just a hint of chewiness as I worked my way toward the centre of the cookie.
It was exactly as you had described it.
A box of The Carmichael Family’s Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies will be arriving on your doorstep today. I have included a copy of the recipe. A recipe that I will not be sharing with my readers, for it is not mine to share. This recipe, little sister, is just for you. A gift from The Carmichael Family and your big sister.
May your cravings be satiated.