Chocolate Chip Cookies


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

Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
33 mins
48 cookies


  • ½ cup shortening

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces (2 cups)

  • 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts (optional)


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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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 (per serving)

125 Calories
6g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Iron 0.5mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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