When I first published a family cookbook 25 years ago, my dad, my grandma Mitchell, and I all claimed to have the best chocolate chip recipe. I suppose they each were the best according to the preferences of the reader. I do a couple things different from the standard recipe. I use half butter and half virgin coconut oil. The coconut oil gives the cookies a smoothness. I also add extra chocolate chips. My preferred brand of chocolate chips is Guitard.
My mother nearly always had a crock of these in the pantry. --Darlene Virtue Mitchell
Granola is more of an art than a science. You can mix it up however you like. Try different rolled grains. Use whatever type of nuts you like. Add seeds like pumpkin, sesame, or chia.
These are a Salm family tradition for Christmas. The remaining egg yolks can be used to make crème patisière to serve the cookies with.