How to Make 10,000 Cookies


This recipe hangs in the galley in the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. It’s a World War II aircraft carrier that replaced the original Yorktown destroyed in the Battle of Midway.

It’s kept as a museum now, and you can walk around all through the ship (and up and down countless ladder-like stairwells) and look at everything.

We were mostly fascinated with the cookies. Or maybe that was just me. This display shows the pile of ingredients required to make that recipe, which is a batch of cookies big enough for 3500 people. I guess they were planning on three cookies each.

Did you notice that there’s no milk in the recipe? Just water. Maybe that was a way to save on ingredients that had to be stored onboard. Fresh water was made from their own distilling plant on the ship from seawater.

After touring around the Yorktown, we took the ferry to Fort Sumter (site of the first shots of the Civil War).

Now, who’s making those cookies? After all this walking around, we’re hungry!

P.S. In response to the comments–I believe that would be the giant mixer in the right corner of this photo. (Sorry, should have put this photo in to begin with.) It looks as if it would take attachments and a bowl would sit in there.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on April 26, 2011  

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  1. 4-26

    I’m sitting here trying to imagine cracking 500 eggs … maybe they just threw them in a giant bowl, crushed them, and strained out the shells?

  2. 4-26

    I’m trying to imagine how they mixed it all! Did you see a HUGE mixer anywhere???

  3. 4-26

    Courtney, My MIL worked in an Army hospital kitchen in WWII. When she described cracking hundreds of eggs, my husband asked her what she did if she cracked a bad egg into that huge bowl of eggs. Her reply?—“There are NO bad eggs in the Army”.

  4. 4-26

    Clover is waiting for you to test this recipe. She does not believe that it make 10,000 cookies

  5. 4-26

    :sun: Very Very Cool..I want some cookies now please..:)
    Granny Trace

  6. 4-26

    How cool! That is ALOT of cookies, and what a neat ship to see!!!!

  7. 4-26

    I have been there twice and also took the ferry ride to Fort Sumter. I LOVE Charleston!

  8. 4-26

    Hey, if you get the chance, go see the Angel Tree. Google it to get directions. It is beautiful!!!

  9. 4-26

    We went to Charleston last year and I took the same picture!!

  10. 4-26

    It’s funny…my culinary school had the same Hobart mixer, just in stainless steel, not military green!
    And yes, for that many eggs, you just throw them in the mixer, shells and all, and then strain out the shells after they are whipped.

  11. 4-26

    I went with my son when he was in Cub Scouts. We slept on that ship. They told us that the women got to sleep in the officers quarters. It was so not as glamorous as it sounded. It just meant that my bunk bed didn’t hang from a chain. Great seeing those pictures. Brought back a fun memory and my legs kind of ached from remembering all those ladders they climbed.

  12. 4-26

    My DH and I went there a couple of years ago and toured the Yorktown. We were absolutely fascinated.

    10,000 cookies would keep Clover and the gang happy for at least a week. :hungry: LOL

  13. 4-26

    LOL…not me. 1st off I don’t like choc. chip. 2nd, I’d have to use the hubbys boat motor to mix them up and I don’t think he’d like that.

  14. 4-26

    :purpleflower: Suzanne Dont forget :purpleflower: Get pictures of you with the “kids” too! We love seeing you all together too!!!!

  15. 4-26

    I was there!! Did you go in the old sub? Makes me want to go back to S.C….. in the fall though!! Have fun!

  16. 4-26

    Just read your Daily Farm…. you did go in the sub! A little tight in there isn’t it!?

  17. 4-26

    We visited that ship when we went to visit our son on the navy base out there. It was VERY cool! We watched a dolphin swimming around the ship!! Have fun!

  18. 4-26

    My dad was on the Yorktown in ww2 and I am a life time member .I have been on that ship a lot of times. My dads shop was below the water line(scarry). Did you get to the open air market?

  19. 4-26

    Wow what a trip…..

  20. 4-26

    Yes, that is a big Hobart commercial mixer; used one like it back in college when I worked at a bakery.

    Looks like a fascinating trip!

  21. 4-26

    That’s fascinating…I have a secret ingrediant and was trying to figure out how much of that I would have to add to that recipe.

  22. 4-26

    That looked like it must have been one awesome trip !!! 8)

  23. 4-26

    We visited Fort Sumter last summer. Really interesting. Glad you got to go!

  24. 4-26

    The cookie recipe brought back memories of my dad. In WWII men with children were the last to be taken to war. My dad came in after the war started as he had three little kids. He joined the Navy and was assigned as a baker/cook on one of the war ships. Those huge recipes were very easy for him. He could take a regular recipe and tell you on the spot just how much to incrase the ingredients for any number of people in the thousands or hundreds or whatever. He could also do this in reverse. The interesting part is he couldn’t tell how to do that, he just knew. A huge “thank you” to Ross and our military men and women for keeping us free.

  25. 4-26

    We been there. I have pics too. My son was in the Air Force, base in Charleston, SC. I certainly could not do what your son is dong it freaks me out being under water like that an being so confine. I want a chocolate chip cookie are you going to make them and send some to all your followers. you have a big recipe now. HEE HEE :lol:

  26. 4-26

    Wow what an interesting post. My husband and I were just talking the other day about making a trip to South Carolina pretty soon.This looks like a great thing to check out while we are there. So glad I found your blog!!

  27. 4-26

    When I visited my son after he graduated from Power School (yep, proud parent of a nuke), we also toured the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter. Charleston is a beautiful city, hope you enjoyed it.

  28. 4-27

    Great posting1!! Definitely going to put that area on my bucket list!! :-) You’re exactly right about the huge mixer in the corner. It does hold a huge bowl and hooks that can be changed just like your mixer at home. The huge kettle next to it is where LOTS of different things are cooked for soups, casseroles, etc. Does a great job brown
    ing lots of meat, onions, and all the other great ingredients – then tips to enable food to be scraped out of it. I don’t know about the service – but School Food service uses the same things. :-)

  29. 4-27

    don’t tell clover about the giant cookie mixer . She might get too excited and want one for your house :snoopy:

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