My mother says this is the original chocolate chip cookie recipe passed down from my grandmother. For bars just press the dough into a jelly roll pan and bake. This recipe makes a very small batch. I triple the recipe and use 1/2 cup margarine and 1 cup shortening instead of all shortening. It seems to make a softer cookie.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
23 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 dozen
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter until moistened. Mix in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are light brown.

Nutrition Facts

549 calories; protein 6.2g 12% DV; carbohydrates 63.3g 20% DV; fat 32.9g 51% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 319.2mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2002
Excellent cookies! The original contributor is right; substitute some margarine for part of the shortening. Our family also thought it needed a lot more vanilla; I'd triple what it calls for. But the cookies were fantastic, and definitely a big hit! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2002
These cookies turned out a little less soft than I'd hoped- but the flavor is delicious!!! Read More
(8)
264 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 190
  • 4 star values: 47
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2002
Excellent cookies! The original contributor is right; substitute some margarine for part of the shortening. Our family also thought it needed a lot more vanilla; I'd triple what it calls for. But the cookies were fantastic, and definitely a big hit! Read More
(54)
Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2003
Tasted great. Yet cookie was flat. Any tips on how to remedy that? Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2002
This is without a doubt the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. I've been freezing the dough in cookie-size balls flash freezing them putting them in freezer bags and giving them as extra treats to my friends when they have new babies. I'm not sure if any of the dough has actually gotten baked or if it all got eaten straight out of the freezer. YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
Quick and easy recipe w/ excellent result! I substituted half of shortening w/ butter and added slightly more vanilla. My husband and son loves them. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2005
I made these for a group of teenage girls who all said that these were great. My friend who helped me make them even wanted this recipe to replace here usual recipe. I thought they were pretty good. But unfortunatly I really like a more buttery falvored cookie than these were. I did use butter flavored crisco but it didn't take the lack of butter away. These cookies are nice and soft. I do like having more brown sugar than white sugar I like the flavor better. When I make these again I will probably modify it a bit and add both shortening and butter (only a 1/3 or 1/4 of what it calls for will be butter until I find the right mix for me) this will hopefully give me the butter flavor I like and still keep them softness that I also like. I have now made it with regular crisco the flavor isn't all that. Plus make sure the crisco hasn't be sitting around the house too long that will make the flavor even worse!!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2002
I made these cookies a few weeks ago & used almonds instead of walnuts & a 1/4 tsp. of almond extract I added also & they were so awesome! I have never made such a easy & versatile cookie to make Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2002
These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies and very easy. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2003
Simple and delicious cookies. Very easy to make... used half chocolate chips and half peanut butter chips Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2003
This is by far the BEST chocolate chip recipe I have ever tried! My husband usually only eats cookies when they are fresh out of the oven but when I make these cookies I can't keep him out of the cookie jar! Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2002
These cookies turned out a little less soft than I'd hoped- but the flavor is delicious!!! Read More
(8)
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