Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mrs. Harper's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking is a hobby of mine - unfortunately it doesn't pay the bills. In my day job, I own a painting company, AJC Pro Painting. Let me know if you need your house painted! One day I got a call from "Mrs. Harper." She told me that I did some work for one of her friends and she wanted to get her house painted. Turns out "Mrs. Harper," was the mother of the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

Mrs. Harper is a lovely lady who treated us like kings. We were at her place every day for about 10 days. Every morning after we had been there for about 15 minutes, she would bring us coffee and cookies. In the mid afternoon, she would bring us tea and cookies. We ate these cookies everyday and they were delicious. She was kind enough to write out the recipe for me. I joked with her that I was going to sell it on Ebay. When I made the cookies, they came out pretty good and tasted quite similar to hers. She made them a little smaller than I did.

I figured that today being election day in Canada, it was the perfect time to post the recipe. Please go vote. I really don't care who you vote for, just exercise your right to do so.

I'm not endorsing Stephen Harper by posting this, but I am certainly endorsing his mom's cookies!

The actual recipe she wrote for me
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp hot water
1 1/2 cup flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 package chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Beat shortening, vanilla, sugars and eggs. Combine baking soda, salt & flour. Add to mixture. Add oatmeal, and then chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.


  1. haha, thats awesome! Looks like a classic Mom's recipe

  2. I LOVE her cookies too! Thanks for posting.

  3. Pretty neat, what about her marmalade?


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