Tradition – {Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Tradition would dictate that I’d be spending the evening before Thanksgiving baking a pumpkin pie. That I’d be standing in my kitchen, wrapped in an apron with pie crust making its way underneath my fingernails and drying over my knuckles.

But not this year. At my Grandma’s request, a red velvet cake will take the pie’s place on the Thanksgiving table, and it will fit in just fine, I’m sure. Tall and lacquered with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting, a thin slice would surely be difficult to resist with a steaming cup of coffee.

A few hours after dinner, of course, and just moments before the tryptophan sets in.

Initially I was distraught over the thought of not having pumpkin pie for dessert. I was so sure that the meal would seem incomplete without it, but that’s simply not the case. The only reason that I even associate pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving is the fact that it’s been shoved in my face each year.

Not that I’m complaining, or anything. I mean, seriously, if someone shoved a pumpkin pie in my face, I’d probably just help myself to a slice.

Unless they really shoved it in my face.

Then I’d probably be pretty angry.

There’d probably be a food fight.

You wouldn’t really expect me to restrain myself in a situation like that, would you?

Anyway, I’ve accepted the fact that we don’t need the pie to complete Thanksgiving. Sure, tradition is nice, but so is switching things up. Besides, it’s not the food that makes the holiday, it’s the people, right? It’s corny, but you can’t argue that it isn’t true. So, because of this, I’ll be happy even without the pumpkin pie. Because really, who cares? I’m just happy to be able to spend this holiday with the lovely people that I do.

… And also to eat lots and lots of stuffing. Because it’s kind of wonderful.

To my American readers, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

And to everyone else, HAPPY THURSDAY!

Be safe and eat responsibly!

What’s your favorite traditional holiday (Thanksgiving or otherwise) dish?

Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
You’re probably wondering why I’m not sharing a recipe for red velvet cake with you. Well, that’s because we’ll be eating it today, and I didn’t want to cut into it before the meal. So instead I’m sharing my Grandma’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies. They’re not soft and chewy, but I prefer my chocolate chip cookies to be crunchy. The coconut adds a lot to the texture, so don’t leave it out!
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 c (215g) flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c (78ml) shortening
1/3 c (78g) butter, room temp
1/2 c (100g) sugar
1/2 c (71g) brown sugar, packed
1 egg, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c (118ml) nuts, chopped
1/2 c (118ml) coconut
1 c (236ml) chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F (176C) and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until light. Add the egg and vanilla, then beat to combine. Add the dry ingredients in halves, then fold in the nuts, coconut and chocolate chips. Scoop onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2″ apart, and bake 12-15 minutes.

Let cool on pan for 3 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.


  1. Anonymous says

    You are a very brave and generous woman! My grandmother would absolutely KILL me if I ever posted one of her recipes online for the "world" to see – she has always guarded her recipes and as she passes them on to me, she instructs me not to give them to anyone except my daughters (something that is difficult to do when I make something soooo good, I want others to enjoy it too). I like

  2. says

    I think it's ok to buck tradition every once in a while. Since I wasn't able to go home for Thanksgiving this year, a local friend and I had poppyseed chicken casserole and come cookies very similar to these here. :) Everything was delicious, and it was just nice to not be alone.

  3. says

    These cookies look soooo good! My favorite holiday dish is my grandmother's filling balls. She makes a basic stuffing recipe and then forms it into orange-sized balls, then bakes them in the oven. They're crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and delicious, and they fit perfectly in the middle of the mash potato well, to be covered in gravy. I decided to make cornbread stuffing

  4. says

    Hey there!<br />We&#39;re buddies on deviantart (rachiepooh24) and I just now got a blog on here. So yay! :)<br /><br />I figured I&#39;d pop on here and start following yours not that I have one of my own.. so I&#39;m off now to discover just how to do that.. :P<br /><br />-Rachel<br /><br />P.S. Everything you bake is just so darn lovely. :)

  5. says

    You&#39;re right – holidays are all about spending it with loved ones… and we should all count our blessing if we can spend it with them. Beautiful cookies but I am sooo waiiting for the red velvet cake… HURRY! :)

  6. says

    These chocolate chip cookies look fantastic! They are among my favourite cookies. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Kaitlin. By the way, I&#39;ve given you the Beautiful Blogger award. :)

  7. says

    No fair. You talk about how you buck tradition and have red velvet cake for Thanksgiving, but no photos of red velvet. What gives!? ;)<br /><br />I&#39;m totally thrilled with your cookie pix of course, and I guess I would be sad without them, but I bet you&#39;d take a mean photo of that red velvet…

  8. says

    Thanks so much for all the lovely comments, everyone! <br /><br />It seems like I&#39;m going to have to disappoint a few people though… I didn&#39;t get any pictures of the red velvet! I hope you&#39;ll forgive me!

  9. says

    I Love your blog so much! It&#39;s so pretty and smart, your pictures are wonderfull! <br />Unfortunately, I&#39;m french and my english is so bad and sometimes I don&#39;t understand the text … :(<br />But I can understand the recipes! hahaha! :-)<br />Thank you for the chocolate chips cookies. My boyfriend lived in America for several months and I know he&#39;ll be the happier if he could eat

  10. MaydayCall says

    Hi!<br /><br />I was wondering…<br />Everytime I bake cookies, they get very flat and they don&#39;t really look like your cookies. How big should the batter be when you put it on the baking sheet?<br /><br />Thanks a lot !

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