Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My Gramma John was born and raised in South Eastern Minnesota. She lived most of her life on a farm, was widowed twice, and raised eight kids — six of them boys.

Besides being a very brave and somewhat ornery woman, she was a fantastic baker. Here we are in my mom’s 1970s kitchen making Christmas Cookies.

I loved to bake with Gramma John. She taught me, but more importantly, she was just fun to be with. I miss her terribly. She died just a few weeks after FishBoy10 was born. I cherish that uncharacteristic phone call that I received from her in the hospital just minutes after he was born.

There are a few recipes that are also precious to me — her donuts, her apple pie, and her cookies.

Legend tells that she was sly in sharing her recipes — and would often alter an ingredient in the list before passing it on. The recipe I have is the one she gave my mom, her daughter-in-law. Hopefully, they were on good terms that day!

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies are award winning — in my book as well as at many a county fair in Minnesota. We added them to our Christmas Cookie List this year. They freeze wonderfully, baked or as unbaked dough. So, make all you want — and then some more.

Don’t forget to check out The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    Yum! I am always looking for a great chocolate chip recipe- can’t wait to try this one!

  2. Gramma sounds like she was such a wonderful woman! Thanks for sharing her with us 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe…can’t wait for the other “secret” recipes for the donuts and pie!! Merry Christmas!!

  4. i’ve made these cookies before and they were great!

  5. centsability says:

    Thank you for being so generous with your family recipes!

  6. Every time that I make chocolate chip cookies, Ella asks if it’s Gramma John’s recipe, and it never is. One of these days I need to make her recipe.

  7. What precious memories!

  8. Cherie says:

    I love that picture – you have the same smile then as now 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Grandma John, and her cookies! Looking forward to trying them when I ever feel like baking againLOL!

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved this recipe! Chocolate chip is one of the only cookies my youngest enjoys and I was SO over the recipes on the back of the chip bags. These hold their shape and freeze so nicely – we just pulled some of the dough that we made over Christmas from the freezer last night and had some fresh baked. This is a keeper for us!

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