One day in the late 1970s, Arnold Parker, the former director of food services, decided to make a cookie the size of a dinner plate for a young boy who was leaving the inpatient program the next day. The food service staff presented the boy with the huge cookie that night at dinnertime; and seeing how special it was for him, decided to lovingly make each child their own special treat when they completed inpatient treatment at Clarity CGC.
Today, the children at Clarity CGC are still eager to receive their very own giant chocolate chip cookie. Their pride is unmistakable as they show their family their edible award for working hard to overcome the many challenges they face.
Each year at the holidays, Clarity CGC shares the recipe with our friends and supporters in a newsletter. Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy!
Mr. Parker's Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 cups oats, uncooked
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
Cream shortening, eggs, vanilla and sugar. Add flour, oats, salt and soda and blend well. Fold in chips and nuts.
Spoon 1 heaping tablespoonful of dough on ungreased pans; flatten slightly with fork. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until done.
Makes 2 dozen large cookies.