Annie’s Firehouse Cookies

I started developing my favorite cookie recipe when I was twelve, baking cookies to sell for 25 cents. I tweaked the recipe around until I got it pretty much perfect, but I never wrote it down. It’s just ratios and measurements, mix and bake.

A couple years ago I baked a batch for my department. I ran out of vanilla so swapped it out for rum extract and accidentally made a superb cookie.

Recently my sister-in-law and I found vanilla bean paste in the grocery store so when I baked this most recent batch I used vanilla bean paste as well as the rum extract, and it was just amazing.

So, by popular request, here’s the recipe for what I am now calling firehouse cookies. They’re soft and a little chewy in the middle with a thin caramelized crust. A good dark chocolate and a little extra sea salt just layers the flavors together nicely.

Photo: Annie Louise Twitchell

Recipe: Annie’s Firehouse Cookies

1 cup softened butter
1 cup dark brown sugar OR maple sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup neutral oil (avocado, vegetable, etc)
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon rum extract

2 large eggs

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sea salt

2 cups chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add in oil, vanilla, and rum extract and beat until combined, then add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to combine. Add chocolate chips and mix until just blended.

Scoop into desired sizes and place on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden, 10-12 minutes depending on size.

4 Replies to “Annie’s Firehouse Cookies”

  1. Just read your post about the laundry; little lady coming and folding the laundry. It really touched my heart. I helped my mother with the laundry. I was oldest of five. I’m a great grandma now. I love doing Laundry., and we have nine kids so I did a lot of laundry. I remember helping my mother hang the all our clothes on the line and I remember frozen diapers in the winter time. I have good memories of laundry and nice clean clothes and time with my mother. I do laundry for people now; like my daughter, Danielle, who has cancer for a second time, and not even related to the first cancer she had seven years ago. The oncologist said she is unlucky. She is very much loved, so cancer is the only unlucky thing about her. Many people have been ‘folding her laundry’, so to speak, and it helps my mother’s heart.

    1. Thank you for sharing this. I pray your daughter beats her second bout of cancer. You have encouraged me. Thank you! ❤️

  2. I love chocolate chip cookies more than any other kind. I’m always looking for new and interesting recipes. Yours looks very good. I will let you know my thoughts after baking a batch . Thanks

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