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Patriots Point Recreates USS Yorktown Cookie Recipe from World War II

Mayci Rechner Apr 14, 2022

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum visitors can now take a bite out of history with a treat enjoyed by sailors during World War II. The museum will begin selling cookies made from the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier’s original 1940s recipe on Friday, April 15, 2022, the day the ship celebrates its 79th birthday.

“Captain Jocko’s Chocos,” named for the USS Yorktown’s first captain, are based on the recipe for 10,000 chocolate chip cookies that is displayed in the bakery exhibit. The original recipe was made to serve the more than 3,000 sailors aboard the ship and used 112 pounds of chocolate chips, 500 eggs, and 165 pounds of flour in a single batch. Patriots Point enlisted the help of local Marine Corps veteran and Mount Pleasant business owner, Webb Cheshire, to reproduce this recipe in a manageable batch.

“It’s an honor to recreate the Yorktown’s cookie recipe for Patriots Point,” said Cheshire, owner of Charleston Pops and Front Porch Coffeehouse and Creamery. “Chocolate chip cookies are a universal joy and I am excited for people to taste this historic recipe.”

The 10,000 cookie recipe is a conversation starter in the museum. Guests consistently wonder aloud what those cookies may have tasted like and now they can find out for themselves.

“We hardly ever get to experience history first-hand in this way,” said Museum Curator Melissa Buchanan. “These cookies were a taste of home for the sailors and a moment of respite in the midst of war. Veterans consistently tell us the food aboard the ship was top notch, and after tasting these cookies, I agree!”

Patriots Point gave USS Yorktown veterans some of the first samples of Captain Jocko’s Chocos during their annual reunion. They all agreed the recipe is spot-on and it transported them back to their days eating in the ship’s mess hall. World War II veteran, Jack MacDade said, “They are very good. And I should know, I ate a lot of these.”

The cookies will be available in the Ship Store and at Front Porch Coffeehouse and Creamery. Cookies are $5 each and sales support the USS Yorktown Foundation.

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4 thoughts on “Patriots Point Recreates USS Yorktown Cookie Recipe from World War II

  1. Susan Smith says:

    Hello, I am the daughter of William Francis Chaires, a former Commanding Officer of the Yorktown.
    I plan to tour her in mid May, and am wondering whether you would be interested in permanently displaying my fathers memorabilia, photos and such.
    Thank you
    Susan Smith

    1. Mayci Rechner says:

      Hello Susan, We look forward to having you aboard. Please email any information about items you are interested in donating to the museum to [email protected] and we will connect you with our curatorial staff.

  2. MaryAnn Miller says:

    Can you ship the cookies to other States? My Dad served on the Yorktown 1943-1945 and would have eaten tons of those delicious cookies. I would love to taste them.

    1. Mayci Rechner says:

      Hi MaryAnn,
      Not at this time, but it is something we are currently working on. We will definitely spread the word when the cookies are available to be shipped.

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