Best Chocolate Chip Cookies {Ever}.





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Here's just a plain-ole' nothing fancy chocolate chip cookie recipe for our tenth day of Christmas Baking, but I must say, these are the Best Chocolate Cookies ever.  


When I was pregnant with my first child (and absolutely determined to be the perfect housewife who baked cookies all the time. . . ), a friend shared this recipe.




After baking them at least once a month for the last 16 years, I've got the recipe down by memory and figure when I'm old and grey you'll find me in the nursing home baking up these cookies for all the staff. 


(Pretty sure I'll have forgotten everything else in the world, but these cookies are not to be forgotten. )


If you just need a simple recipe that goes a long way and makes everybody happy . . . this one's for you. 🙂


Best Chocolate Chip Cookes {Ever}.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookes {Ever}.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I use light brown sugar)
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teapoon vanilla
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and sugars together until well blended.
  3. Add eggs & vanilla, mix well. In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda & salt. Mix with spoon, then add to shortening mixture and mix until well blended.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in 375 oven for 7-9 minutes (I think the original recipe called for 8-10 minutes, but I bake a little closer to 7-8 because I like moist gooey cookies, you may want to cook them a little longer if you like them crispier!)
  6. When you pull them out of the oven lightly tap the pan on your counter top to “settle” your cookies. Let cool on wire rack (if you can stand to wait . . .) and enjoy!


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  1. I agree that you are right about these cookies! The BEST! I found them on your site. They are addicting. Everyone I have shared them with loves them! I know you have said this, but the key to making them so perfect is to NOT overcook them.

    • Sooooo glad you liked them Kelly ~ thanks so much for sharing! And yes, definitely don’t overcook them … I might just need to go put in a batch now. 🙂

  2. Can you substitute butter or margarine for the shortening? I really want to try these!

    • I really think they’re best with shortening, but butter works too- I’ve tried them with margarine and that doesn’t work at all for me. Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. I made these tonight! They were so delicious!!

  4. Tracey Pickard Patterson says

    will be making these today!!!

  5. Approximately how many does this recipe make? My husband loves chocolate chip cookies so looking forward to trying these!

  6. can you use shorting with butter or plain

  7. Merry Field says

    Just baked these! Can’t believe how great they turned out. I have tried SO MANY chocolate chip cookie recipes that just don’t end up they way I think they should. These are fantastic. I live in Florida so I have screwed up so many things thinking it was the humidity, but maybe I just had the wrong recipe. Thank you so much!!!!

  8. Delicious cookies!

  9. could you substitute canola oil for the shortening?

  10. I love this recipe! Never made them with chocolate chips though. I use white chips and macadamia nuts or heath chips.

  11. Dawn Arrowood says

    Curious, before I venture on baking these. Are these chewy or crunchy? Or is it like you said, under cook a little to let them be soft. And if that’s the case will these become crunchy over time or will they stay soft.?

  12. Have you tried to freeze the dough? I’d like to make the dough now, scoop into balls then freeze. Then I could have fresh baked cookies for Christmas Eve.

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