1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag (24 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (4 cups)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed or with spoon until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips.
2. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by tablespoonfuls or #40 cookie/ice cream scoop 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
3. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
Today in 1973, the USS Jesse L. Brown frigate was commissioned by the U.S. Navy, named in honor of Jesse LeRoy Brown, an African American naval officer who was killed during the Korean War.
Born in 1926 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Brown became the first African American aviator in the Navy, earning his pilot’s wings in 1948. He served aboard the USS Leyte and played an active role in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in late 1950.
Tragically, his plane was shot down behind enemy lines during the fighting. Efforts were made to save Brown, who survived the initial crash, but he died of his injuries before he could be extracted from his plane. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Air Medal.
#BlackHistoryBooks 14: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
In case you hadn’t heard, Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming has won ALL OF THE AWARDS this year. Woodsoon has been writing amazing books for years, so we’re happy to see her getting the A-list attention. In beautiful poems, Woodson describes growing up in South Carolina in the 60s and 70s. It’s wonderful to step into someone else’s head!