It was 25 years ago that I entered Brigham Young University as a freshman. Ah, the halcyon days of youth! (What does “halcyon” mean? How do you even say that? Why would I use that word?) Before entering college, I had heard of the “freshman 15,” referring to the typical weight gain most people experienced their first year of college. I was determined not to let this happen to me. So I decided to only partake of dessert on Sundays. There was just one problem with this. On Sundays, the dorm cafeteria only served pie for dessert. I don’t get very excited by pie. I get excited by brownies and cookies, but pie just doesn’t do it for me. So I gave up on that plan and started eating dessert during the week when the good stuff was out. After a while, I completely abandoned my quest to avoid weight gain, and instead, started making boat-loads of cookies.
You see, my freshman roommate, Jen (who was SO AWESOME) had a sister who lived nearby. This sister had a Kitchen Aid mixer–a luxury I never had growing up. Jen’s family had a famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, and we often went to her sister’s house to make these cookies. We would laugh, talk, watch movies, and eat cookies. A lot of cookies. Because the cookies were fantastically delicious. Twenty-five years later, this recipe I wrote on the back of a receipt is still my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Here’s the thing. This recipe makes a TON of cookies. Below is a picture of me holding a bag of these cookies. It is also a picture of me wearing high-water pants. And yes, I really did think I was fooling everybody by pulling my socks up to meet the bottom of my absurdly short pants. (Also pictured is Amy, who accompanied us on most of our chocolate-chip-cookie-making excursions).
So I know you’re wondering if I gained 15 pounds my freshman year. The answer is no. Although I definitely should have based on the number of cookies that I ate. Maybe I held the pounds at bay because of all the exercise I did. Like running around campus blindfolded. But that’s another story for another day 🙂
What’s your favorite memory from your freshman year of college? Leave your answer in the comments!
P.S. Halcyon [hal-see-uhn]
Definition: happy; joyful; carefree
You’re welcome 🙂 If it makes you feel any better, Jen was always getting after me for my show-off-y vocabulary. “Oh Mel, you and your big words.”
This post first published on August 28, 2015.
- 4 cubes of butter (2 cups), softened. Use the real stuff, please!
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 cups flour
- 1 (12 oz.) bag of chocolate chips (or more, to taste)
- Cream butter and sugars together.
- Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add two cups of the flour, along with the salt and baking soda. Mix well.
- Add the remaining four cups of flour and mix well.
- Add the chocolate chips and blend.
- Using a cookie scoop, place balls of dough two inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. (I prefer to use stoneware or baking mats).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. You want the edges to just barely be browned, but the centers will still be soft. Note that it will take cookies longer to bake if you use stoneware--especially the first batch.