Hello! I'm well aware that there are plenty of cookie tins out there that have been made to look old. I've picked up my share of such items in a thrift store, thinking a tin was vintage, only to turn it over to see the dreaded "Made In China" sticker, or the label left over from a commercial bakery, affixed to the bottom. Disappointing!
However, I spotted this the other day at a local Goodwill, priced at
I inspected it carefully for any signs of it being a newer tin made to look old and couldn't find any. And it certainly showed signs of being well-used, which led me to believe that it is, indeed, vintage and not a reproduction - the red finish is worn through in spots on the top edge of the tin, undoubtedly from countless times the lid had been pulled off, then put back on. I fondly imagined it as a well-used tin in some grandmother's home. Who knows how many times it had been filled, and how many varieties of cookies had been stored inside over the years?
I don't know how old the tin actually is, but the design looks old so I'm happy with that. It's good-sized, too - measures 10" in diameter and is 3 1/2" tall.
The purchase of this new-to-me cookie tin inspired me to make the following recipe:
The Flintoffs' Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Add these dry ingredients to butter/sugar/egg mixture.
12 ounces chocolate chips
4 ounces chopped candy (recipe specified a Hershey bar)
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 - length of time depends on how big you make the cookies. I use a vintage ice cream scoop that equals two tablespoons of cookie dough, so a baking time of about 12 minutes yielded these cookies:
A recipe like this can be made with various substitutions, like using other chip flavors and various candies instead of the Hershey bar. I had some Hershey's Special Dark miniature Easter eggs, bought on clearance after that holiday was over, so I chopped them up to use in this recipe. Come Halloween, any similar leftover candies could be used as well. The addition of candy bar-type chocolates makes these cookies extra good!
My husband doesn't like nuts in baked goods, so I left them out and added 1 cup of coconut instead.
I used white wheat flour in place of regular white flour - this swap, along the oatmeal, makes these more nutritious than the typical chocolate chip cookie. Thus, we can eat these with a clear conscience, right?
Well, not quite - but they're still really good!
I would like to thank the Flintoffs for the recipe, but I don't know who they are! I clipped the recipe from a church cookbook I'd gotten from a thrift store, but the recipe submitter had shed no light on the Flintoffs or their cookies.