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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Missing: 1995 Del Mar Fair Cookbook

One of my favorite recipes is for a simple chocolate chip cookie.  I began my quest for the perfect recipe and I found it.  When I lived in San Diego I made a trip to the Del Mar Fair and purchased the prize winning recipes cookbook for that year.  I only made one recipe, blue ribbon chocolate chip cookies.  This was the single most amazing cookie I have ever tasted.  The recipe is simple.  There is a reason it won first place.

The recipe:
Del Mar Fair Cookies

2 sticks butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 ¼ c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
2 TBSP milk
1 (12oz) bag chocolate chips

Beat butter until smooth. Add sugars; beat. Add eggs and vanilla. Add all dry ingredients and milk. Stir until dough is dry. Add chocolate chips. Drop cookies onto sill pat or parchment on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Now for the missing part of the story.  I LOST the cookbook.  I have looked everywhere for it.  Tore the house a part.  A brief moment of panic hit me because I thought that I had lost the recipe for these cookies as well.  Okay take a deep breath, let it out, look some more, still no cookbook.  Okay, Becky don't panic.  Think, think, think.  Oh Yeah, I posted the recipe on facebook!  Yay cookies saved.  Relax, Bake cookies and relax again!  I am still very sad that the cookbook is MIA.  However the recipe is saved in cyber land forever!

This is the cookie's best friend is a nice glass of ice cold milk!


  1. Cyber land is wonderful in that it can provide us with so much "lost" or "missing" information. I'm glad you found your cookie recipe!

  2. Glad I found your blog. Look forward to following you here. 1995 great year!

  3. I think I have this same recipe, not sure it is out of that cookbook though. Sorry about your loss, good luck in finding.
    It is the best cookie recipe!

  4. Thanks for posting this !! Sorry to hear about the lost book. I wonder where it got to?

  5. omg the pictures..those cookies look heavenly.

  6. Lazaro: I am glad I found your blog too. Looking forward to sharing recipes!

    Medifast: Are you from San Diego? I truly miss it there!

    Nick My BFF, I am at a loss as to where it could be. I fear it may have found it's way into a bunch of books that I took to bookmans! HUMPH!

    Squeaky: You should make them! They are so good! :)

    Happy Baking everybody!

  7. Katie Phillips30/8/10 9:50 AM

    Hi There-

    I am the Exhibits Manager at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. We have a notification anytime anyone posts anything about the fairgrounds. Great story! I have a 1995 Cookbook that I would be happy to send you. You can e-mail me at kphillips@sdfair.com with your shipping address and I can send it to you. I am going to try that cookie recipe!

  8. Thank you for participating the Smackdown Battle. Best of luck to you. These chocolate chip cookies are so classic! Wonderful choice to submit these cookies for the contest.

    If you haven't done so, please sign up as a follower on my blog so you won't miss out on the winner announcement and new posts. Have a wonderful day!


  9. hi becky,

    it was nice meeting you tonight.....Love your blog and hope to get to this recipe soon! YUM!!