This is the recipe for Hillary Clinton's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Brush baking sheets lightly with vegetable oil.

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  • Combine flour, salt and baking soda on waxed paper.

  • Beat together shortening, sugars and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

  • Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats and then chocolate chips.

  • Drop batter by rounded teaspoonsfuls onto baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till golden. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

145.2 calories; 1.6 g protein; 18.6 g carbohydrates; 8.9 mg cholesterol; 91.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (56)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2007
I used to bake all the cookies as a local bakery and found this to be a great recipe. I substituted butter for the shortening and baked them on a baking stone. I also throw in a handfull of chopped pecans. The Ghirardelli semi sweet chips have been the best to use so far. They also seem to have to bake about 12 minutes in my oven before they are "right" for me the first batch about 2 minutes longer. I thought my oven was off temp wise but the oven thermometer I put in agreed with the oven on the temp. I have made them over 30 times for various parties and that is all everyone wants me to bring. For those who said they turned out thin I am scratching my head in wonder since mine always turn out fairly thick. Maybe the baking stone is the difference there or even the butter or pecans. I would also chunk your baking soda and get a fresh box just in case. If none of that works It could be how you are mixing them. Usally people over mix cookie doughs. One other possibility is the type of oatmeal you are using. I use the quick oats. The old fashioned require longer to absorb the moisture to cook which could cause some thinning to occur. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2007
This cookie is missing the mark BIG time! I think of a chocolate chip cookie and I imagine somewhat of a mild buttery vanilla flavour...this is lacking in taste big time! Read More
(24)
66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2007
I used to bake all the cookies as a local bakery and found this to be a great recipe. I substituted butter for the shortening and baked them on a baking stone. I also throw in a handfull of chopped pecans. The Ghirardelli semi sweet chips have been the best to use so far. They also seem to have to bake about 12 minutes in my oven before they are "right" for me the first batch about 2 minutes longer. I thought my oven was off temp wise but the oven thermometer I put in agreed with the oven on the temp. I have made them over 30 times for various parties and that is all everyone wants me to bring. For those who said they turned out thin I am scratching my head in wonder since mine always turn out fairly thick. Maybe the baking stone is the difference there or even the butter or pecans. I would also chunk your baking soda and get a fresh box just in case. If none of that works It could be how you are mixing them. Usally people over mix cookie doughs. One other possibility is the type of oatmeal you are using. I use the quick oats. The old fashioned require longer to absorb the moisture to cook which could cause some thinning to occur. Read More
(50)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2012
I substituted two sticks of butter for the shortening and I ran the oatmeal through the food processor before adding them to the cookie batter. I did use Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips in this recipe. I really packed my small cookie scoop as I wanted a bigger sized cookie--they were done at eleven minutes. I let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for a minute before pulling them off and letting them cool on the countertop. These cookies turned out wonderfully. Very visually appealing cookie. My husband is not much for oatmeal or "extras" in his chocolate chip cookies but he told me that he thought these were VERY good--and that's saying something. No complaints here! I'll make these again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2007
This cookie is missing the mark BIG time! I think of a chocolate chip cookie and I imagine somewhat of a mild buttery vanilla flavour...this is lacking in taste big time! Read More
(24)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2003
I think this is a fool-proof crowd-pleasing cookie. The oatmeal makes the cookie nicely chewy but doesn't overpower the cookie with oatmeal taste. I use Ghiradelli Double Chocolate chips for a really sumptuous cookie. Sometimes I substitute 1 c. dried tart cherries for the chips to make a more sophisticated cookie. I think the shortening really makes the texture of this cookie sublime which is unfortunate because I wish I didn't have to use shortening as it contains unhealthy partially hydrogenated oils. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2005
Leave it to this politically savvy powerhouse to figure out how to make a fantastic chocolate chip cookie!:) I'm being completely bi-partisan when I say these were fantastic. Crispy flavorful and delicious!!! I followed directions to the letter except for greasing the cookie sheet before baking (thought it wasn't necessary). I would reccommend NOT skipping this step however because cookies stuck firmly to pan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
Great flavor. I cut the oatmeal down to 1.5 cups too but I think it could have used the extra "filler" because my cookies came out flat and delicate if undercooked even slightly (I usually prefer cookies undercooked but these were better with brown around the edges.) If you want a less flat cookie substitute some shortening for some of the butter. Too bad Hillary doesn't have a good recipe for politics. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2003
My kids and I made these cookies together. They are some of the best chocolate chip cookies we've made. We all highly recommend these to anyone who is a chocolate chip cookie lover!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2009
I have used this recipe since it was published nearly 20 years ago and it's the only chocolate chip cookie recipe that I use. I have made several variations including adding one or all of the following: shredded coconut chopped pecans and chopped walnuts. I typically use chopped Ghiradelli semi-sweet dark chocolate instead of chips and I typically use butter instead of any other kind of shortening. The recipe is very forgiving if you like to create variations and is an excellent base recipe to begin experimenting on your own. Several people have noted that the cookies come out flat. I have found that happens if you don't have a good cookie sheet. If you are serious about baking invest in a good cookie sheet and you shouldn't have a problem. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2005
this is the only chocolate chip cookie I make now. it is very good!!! I suggest the butter flavor shortening. Read More
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