Husbands & Cookies

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are a staple in our home, like milk and eggs and cereal.

Give me 45 minutes and I will give you a warm-from-the-oven, award-winning chocolate chip cookie. I bake them so often that I don’t need a recipe. Kind of like those two weird scientists who have memorized the Coca-Cola recipe…my killer cookie recipe is embedded in my brain.

Last Saturday night, my husband decided to bake a batch, ALL BY HIMSELF. Now, he is a very successful executive at a fortune 500 company…but I can only remember him making cookies one other time. The year was 1987. I was newly pregnant with our third child and couldn’t stand the thought of any food. He doubled the butter in the cookies and they ended up looking as flat as pancakes. Flatter than pancakes. More like crepes.

So, twenty years later, I was very encouraged to see him try again.

I only stopped him when he started to add three tablespoons of baking powder when the recipe called for three teaspoons of baking soda. Other than that, I didn’t interfere.

It took him two hours to make the batter. Then, he set the oven timer for 12 hours instead of 12 minutes. Somehow, even with an oven mitt, he burnt himself. He yelped like a coyote whose leg was caught in a trap.

But, three hours and sixteen dirty dishes later, Steve baked some cookies that were…pretty darn good!

And those sixteen dishes are still in the sink.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    That's too funny!

    But no recipe?! Now I'm hungry for some cookies!

    (Oh, and I thouht this post was going to be about how men can't ever resist the cute little Brownies & Girl Scouts selling their cookies!)

  2. Suzanne Stout says:

    Rememebr making little pizzas with tiny rolls, ragu and way too much mozzerella? Remember having to have them while watching the perils of Luke and Laura after school every day? Ha!
    Hi Suz! It’s Suz from Menlo Park!
    Saw David and his wife at Adobe Animal Hospital where I work full time. You are brilliant! I’m so proud of you!
    I have an adopted Golden named Bodhi…we can’t wait to read your book about dogs!
    I always new you would someday
    make a difference in so many peoples lives.
    Much Love,
    Suzanne Stout (and Bodhi too)