Angels are Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love is a plate full of chocolate chip cookies!

Chemical Attraction

Children can't wait to dive into a pile of them and adults are charmed with warm childhood memories in response to a room filled with the aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking in an oven. What makes them so special to us?

Memories

We are united by our common bond of love that began when we were children. Our parents and grandparents baked cookies with or for us just because it was a lovely way to spend time together. They wanted to make us smile, to hear us chuckle with delight. We ate them with a glass of milk and shared them with friends.

From the beginning, love and friendship have been associated with chocolate chip cookies, and such experiences stay with us throughout our lives. They are comforting and rise to the surface when we are in emotional or physical pain. These memories of warmth and caring connect us to others because they evoke similar memories that others have also stored in their hearts, and thus we are never alone with our memories around chocolate chip cookies.

My little angel loves to share her milk and cookies ~

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Page 1 of my daughter's journal entry about Chocolate Chip Cookies
Page 1 of my daughter's journal entry about Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source
Page 2 of my daughter's journal entry about Chocolate Chip Cookies
Page 2 of my daughter's journal entry about Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source
Page 3 of my daughter's journal entry about Chocolate Chip Cookies
Page 3 of my daughter's journal entry about Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source

Chocolate Chip Cookies in Literature and Entertainment ~

The evidence for our common bond around chocolate chip cookies can be witnessed as we read books and watch movies. Here are two specific examples that have impressed me most:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a half-blood son of a Greek Olympian father (Poseidon) and a human mother (Sally Jackson). At age eleven, he finds out who he is and is brought to Camp Half-Blood to stay safe from the attacks of mythical monsters. At Camp Half-Blood, the nectar of the Olympian gods is given to the campers as part of the healing process from injuries incurred during their battles with monsters. The nectar tastes like chocolate chip cookies.

Why does the nectar taste like chocolate chip cookies? Is this because the gods want to show their caring for their children? In Percy Jackson's world, the gods do not interact directly with their children very often, so this may be one way in which they show their caring for them. The nectar seems to quicken the healing process so that the campers are ready for action again soon after a fall.

Michael (1996 film), starring John Travolta

In the movie "Michael," starring John Travolta as the warrior archangel who has come to Earth with a mission to heal a heart or two, the main character stops for refreshment at a bar with the motley group in his care. He hides his wings, but there is another way that his love energy attracts the notice of many of the women in the room.

"He smells like chocolate chip cookies!" one of the woman observes with delight.

Those that notice this begin to dance toward and with Michael, much to their boyfriends' dismay. The aroma makes him feel "safe." It touches their "inner child," their memories of love and caring, and they dance with him for a while to bask in that feeling of safety. No doubt, they are in need of some healing, and that is what they find by dancing with Michael.

Michael smelled like chocolate chip cookies...

Michael (Snap Case)
Michael (Snap Case)

Michael is an angel who visits earth and manages to bring miracles into the lives of the people he meets. He charms with his playfulness and the scent of chocolate chip cookies.

 

Our Spiritual Connection to Chocolate Chip Cookies ~

Innocence
Love and Acceptance
Emotional Safety
A direct line to the simplicity of childhood
Our parents and grandparents baked them for and with us, just because they love us
We felt loved by the fact that someone made them just for us
Magjnifies feelings of warmth and happiness, and joy in simple pleasures
When we shared them with friends, the love and caring we felt was multiplied and expanded
We often enjoyed a cookie or two after we have shed tears ~ the endorphins they release make us feel better
Part of us loves to return to this magical time, as a way to let go of stress or/and as a way to bond with our own children
Sharing cookies with friends still multiplies the love we feel among friends, new and old
Eating them still heals hurts that cannot be soothed any other way
So what is the chemical attraction we have to chocolate chip cookies? Why are we so drawn to them? Above is a table that reflects my philosophy around this widely loved treat. Copyright © 2013 by Seafarer Mama/Karen Szklany Gault

A tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

Can't you just smell them?
Can't you just smell them? | Source

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The time it takes to bake them ~

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 36 to 48 cookies (3-4 dozen)

Cookie ingredients ~

  • 1 cup Quick-cooking oats
  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 12 ounces (1 1/4 C) Chocolate chips
  • 3 sticks Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Vanilla extract

Making the cookie batter ~

  1. Pour oats for a spin in a food processor so that they become powdery.
  2. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a food in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the butter to make it creamy.
  4. Add to the butter the sugars and vanilla. Then whip until they are all creamed together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the whipped butter mixture by the spoonful, and fold them in with an electric mixer until they are fully combined.
  6. Place the batter in the refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes
  7. While the batter is chilling, preheat the oven to 350° F and grease 2 or 3 cookie sheets with butter.
  8. Using a teaspoon, spoon the batter onto the cookie sheets. Five rows of 4 dollops make excellent spacing between them.
  9. Bake in the oven from 9 to 11 minutes. Electric ovens cook faster than gas ovens, so setting the timer for 10 minutes is usually the perfect amount.
  10. Let the cookies cool on a rack, then serve with tall cups of milk.

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The Cookie Monster is the child in all of us ~

How to be a "chick magnet"

Before or after this dance scene, a woman can be heard expressing her delight over the fact that this stranger in their midst smells like chocolate chip cookies. This encourages all the women to flock to him on the dance floor. This was evidence to me that this Michael visited Earth to heal more than just one heart.

Archangel Michael smells like Chocolate Chip Cookies ~

© 2013 Karen Szklany Gault

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Easily my favorite cookie and easily my favorite hub about my favorite cookie. How clever of you. I rarely completely read recipe hubs, but this one had me from the title to your "little angels" to the chick magnet reference at the end. What a thrill to read a completely original article today. Well done!


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thank you so much, Bill! Glad you enjoyed reading this hub...it was so much fun to put together. My main goal in doing so was to bring lots of joy to my readers, and it's so good to know that it has already fulfilled that goal. I do encourage you to try the recipe. It's a hit with my neighbors! ~ :0)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is definitely the most creative and sweet hub on chocolate chip cookies that I have ever read! Your "little angel" is so adorable, and I love that you shared her diary entry on chocolate chip cookies. Seeing those pages alone bring back memories, because I was an avid journal writer when I was a kid, and I also liked to help my mother bake.

I have never really put much thought into what makes chocolate chip cookies so special, but you are spot-on about it! I's not just the taste, it's the memories, and the feelings we associate with eating them. Very clever of you to add that concept in. And on top of that, writing about a book and a movie that include references to the cookies is a nice touch. I watched the movie "Michael" years ago, but forgot about that scene. I adore most movies with Travolta in it (especially years ago).

I don't make cookies often, but I also like to use oats in them, ground up to a floury consistency. I do that for pancakes, as well (which reminds me, I think I'll make pancakes for breakfast tomorrow. Andy has a long weekend from today through Sunday, and I may as well make something special).

Voted up and across, and sharing. This hub warms my heart. Thank you for sharing it with us!

If you don't mind, I would like to put a link of this on my morsel cookies hub. I think anyone who looks at my article would be very interested in seeing yours.

~ Kathryn


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

This is not your average recipe hub. I thought this was fantastic! You included so many wonderful elements to your hub before arriving to your recipe......brilliant! The recipe looks delicious and I love your images, she is absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose. p.s. Happy 4th of July from your friends to the north!


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Very original hub. I have a lot of fond memories of my mom baking homemade chocolate chip cookies. I can still remember the smell and the anticipation of delving into one of them. Thank you for making me conjure up some of my fondest memories!


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Hi Kathryn,

Thank you so much for such a warm review of my hub, and please do go ahead and put a link to my hub on yours about chewy oatmeal and morsel cookies. Will have to stop by that hub and give it a try.

I think I'll add oatmeal to my pancakes next time I make them, too. I usually use half-and-half white and wheat. Will do thirds next time and add the oatmeal. :0)

Hope you're having a lovely long weekend with Andy. :0)


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Hi Rose,

Thank you very much for stopping by to read my hub, and for your sweet review. So glad you enjoyed it...and thank you for the Independence Day wishes. We had a mellow day, reading and gardening. At night, some of our neighbors lit sparklers and we enjoyed watching them.


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

You are sooooo welcome Careermommy. Glad you enjoyed the hum and that it brought back your fondest memories. Don't forget eating them with Cookie Monsters "om nom nom nom nom." :0)


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Just noticed that I wrote "hum" instead of "hub" in my last comment response. Chocolate chip cookies do make one hum. ~:0)


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Great and wonderful hub about a great cookie. Thanks for putting this together in such a creative way.


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Nice hub about one of my favorite cookies. I can never resist a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie and can never stop at eating just one though, more like half a dozen! Voted up.


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thanks, Gypsy48! They sure do get those endorphins flowing, don't they?...and we need more of those in the mix of all our gatherings!

Hope you have a chance to bake and eat some more soon! :0)

Nom, nom, nom, nom nom! :0)


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

toknowinfo ~ Thanks so much for your kind words....so glad you enjoyed the hub! Hope you have a chance to bake and eat some chocolate chip cookies, soon!

Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

righteous and right on. If food is not happy it is not food but a toxin. Why get fat just to cram food down your throat. But show me a happy eater who is "overweight" and I will show you health.


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Yes, Eric...it is so important to eat good food that makes us happy.. and only what we love....savoring every morsel with gratitude. I think that makes a difference.

I love to eat healthy foods from our garden...but I also love to bake... I sure won't ever be skinny, because I love to eat...and 2nds if it's pizza! :0) But I'm happy, and find joy in making others happy by sharing my food with them, too. :0)

Nom, nom, nom nom nom!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

More than a recipe, a fabulous hub with so many elements. Love the pics and that you added pages from your daughter's journal.

Will be using your recipe at the weekend with my granddaughter thanks


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thank you, Rosemay ~ So glad to hear that you will be using the recipe in this hub to bake cc cookies with your granddaughter. Remember to say "om nom nom nom nom" while you eat them! ~:0)


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

For sure one of the finest hubs ever written. I smelled them the whole way through as though your writing triggered a smell sense --- that is good.. nay Great!!!

But I came by in order to say how wonderful your comment was on http://hubpages.com/literature/Were-All-Composers My heart is lifted by your description and your actions. (although I have a bit of dad and have anger toward the neighbors) Thank you for sharing that piece of life.

Now I must leave to dance with John Travolta


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for reaching out with your encouraging words, Eric. Glad you smelled the cookies baking while you read this hub. Today is rainy and cool in New England, a good day to bake chocolate chip cookies.

Om, nom, nom nom nom!

...and enjoy your dance with Travolta. ~:0)


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

One that will lighten I hope: My son is Amerasian and at 3.7 fairly bilingual. While it might be strange to some I am a Christian Preacher that practices deep meditation using "Om" because the resonance is perfect. Well my son started calling out "Om" which was strange. ----- turns out in Vietnamese Om means pick me up. Life is good and so are you.


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for stopping by with your lovely story, Eric! ~:0)


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

XOXOXO SWAK

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