My grandmother used to make these and what a favorite they are. As I type this recipe, I see her handwriting and remember those good ole days! These are a delicate, cake like cookie with chocolate frosting. The nuts are optional, if you like them add them. Pecans or peanuts taste just as great as walnuts do.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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).

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  • Cream brown sugar, shortening, melted chocolate, egg and buttermilk.

  • Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth.

  • Drop onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Ice with Chocolate Cookie Buttercream Frosting when still warm but not hot.

Nutrition Facts

309.8 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 35.3g 11% DV; fat 18.2g 28% DV; cholesterol 15.9mg 5% DV; sodium 146.5mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2006
If I could give these 10 stars I would. These are the absolute best chocolate cookie. I have made them a couple of times and used regular all purpose flour and they still turn out great. Definitely frost with the chocolate butter cream frosting. We love these so much!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/19/2006
This recipie isnt anything too special. It's not very sweet or chocolatey. Not only that but they look like they've been burnt which is not good. It feels spongy too. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2006
If I could give these 10 stars I would. These are the absolute best chocolate cookie. I have made them a couple of times and used regular all purpose flour and they still turn out great. Definitely frost with the chocolate butter cream frosting. We love these so much!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2006
Wow!These are amazing! I used all purpose flour instead of cake flour. I also had some whipping cream that needed to be used up so I used that instead of the buttermilk. These taste alot like brownies in a cookie form! If butter was used instead of the shortening they would really taste like brownies! These will become a family favorite for sure! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/19/2006
This recipie isnt anything too special. It's not very sweet or chocolatey. Not only that but they look like they've been burnt which is not good. It feels spongy too. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2006
It was OK definitely not too chocolatey. I added about a 1/4 cup of hershey's syrup and it made them better. My kids liked them but only because they were so bland. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/06/2011
turned out horrible had no shape and tasteless Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2012
Delicious! I was out of brown sugar so I used sucanat mixed with regular sugar and cut the total sugar down to 3/4 cup. I also used plain yogurt instead of buttermilk and oil instead of shortnening. Finally I was low on flour so I used 1 1/4 cups white and 1/4 cup whole wheat. The texture of the cookies was silky and thick and they baked beautifully into cakey cookies. Not too chocolatey which I liked a lot and the walnuts were a great addition. I will definitely make these again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2011
When i melted the chocolate it hardened right away. Dough was terrible consistancy. I couldnt even bake them Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2013
I just baked these and realized this recipe is the recipe (cut in half) that my mother got from her high school boyfriend's mother in the 50s only hers bakes them at 325 and uses 1/4 cup less flour (all purpose flour). I've loved them since I was a little girl and have been making them for my kids since they were born. People either love them or they don't care for them at all. I will say I never like them hot out of the oven. They are tasteless straight from the oven. They are much better the next day. Also don't overbake them. 12-15 minutes is way too long for this cookie and I don't make them small. (2 1/2 inches fully baked) Nine minutes is fully baked and that is at 325. We never add nuts or chocolate chips to this recipe and I can't imagine them made with cake flour. They are already fluffy enough. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/26/2012
Batter is too runny. Unusable as cookies. Putting it in a loaf pan instead hoping this runny mixture will somehow work as a cake. Read More
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