My all-time favorite cookies are chocolate chip, and we cannot get brown sugar or chocolate chips here in Ukraine to make them. There are several things that we Americans consider to be "basics" that we do not have here. Usually I will bring some of these things with me, but packing for two years at a time makes it impossible to bring very much. Shipping is very expensive, so we choose not to go that route either. Anyway, please don't feel sorry for us... that is not what this blog post is all about. Besides, I remind myself often that it is better for our health and waistlines not to have some of these things!
Not long ago David's sister Sarah (Knabb), also a missionary's wife in Vera Cruz, Mexico was in America and decided to ship us a "goodie box." One of the things she sent us was a package of Chocolate Chip cookie mix! We can't get any type of mixes here either (pancake, biscuit, corn bread, cake, cookie, etc...), so I am used to making everything from scratch. So, this little package was a blessing to us in more ways than one!
We do have M&M's and chocolate candy bars here, so we can use those as a substitution for chocolate chips. However, my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies are the "real deal" - made from brown sugar (not regular white) and chocolate chips. But, even better than that were these "packaged" ones that we were eating 20 minutes after we opened the package! Here are some pictures of my kids enjoying the cookies (and, yes, I DID share!):