Our Favorite Homemade Cookies

Valentine's Day is a special treat.
Like cookies or chocolate, I believe it’s a holiday meant to savor love in all forms. In my family, love is often expressed through food. And in all the places we visit on the tour, we share the love of the city through its food and historical past.
On our Harvard Square Chocolate Tour recently, guests grappled with the texture of stone ground chocolate from Taza Chocolate and how its cacao husks could be transformed into a creamy sweet tea. They learned about the first people to try chocolate in its most bitter form and considered how it came from bean to bar. When we open our minds to new cities, new ideas, new concepts, and new foods through our historical neighborhood food tours, we discover anew some old favorites. Just by allowing ourselves that lens of discovery and appreciation, we let in a preponderance of learnings.

With that in mind, I wanted to share our family’s favorite Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I’m sure it can be made healthier if you’re so inclined, but it’s also a fun treat to freeze once baked and cooled in your freezer and to take out and savor when you crave a special moment of love. #HappyValentinesDay

Lizzie’s Family’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup margarine/butter
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 3.5 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Add ingredients and mix in order, preferably in an electric mixing bowl.
  2. Drop by spoons onto cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes until barely brown.

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