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This classic cookie is an updated version of the recipe that appeared in the 1941 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
8 mins
33 mins
about 48 cookies


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Stir in chocolate pieces and, if desired, nuts.

  • Drop dough by small spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (cookies may not appear set). Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 48 cookies.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Prepare as directed, except use a 1/4-cup dry measure or scoop to drop mounds of dough about 4 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes about 20 cookies.

Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Cookies:

Prepare as directed, except substitute chopped white baking bars or white chocolate baking squares for the semisweet chocolate pieces. Stir in one 3-1/2-ounce jar macadamia nuts, chopped, with the chopped white baking bars or squares.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:

Prepare as directed, except press dough into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; fat 6g; cholesterol 13mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 17g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 10g; protein 1g; vitamin a 10.3RE; sodium 83mg; iron 0.5mg.