Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dad's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies a few years ago and my Dad, after having several, encouraged my sisters-in-law to get the recipe (they live closer!) explaining, "they are really good AND easy to make." That gave us all a laugh, since he could only honestly vouch for their easiness to eat. I think back on that story when making any kind of cookies, but especially these.

This recipe is different than the "standard" toll house recipe. It calls for both shortening and butter which results in a "puffier" cookie with a slightly more cake-like texture. It also has more brown sugar than white, and less salt. In the end, they're just good cookies. And my Dad WAS right, they ARE easy to make.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shortening, butter, brown sugar and white sugar.

Cream together until smooth, then add the eggs and vanilla.

Beat this together then gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls on cookie sheets

and bake for 8-10 minutes or until starting to get golden. Cool on wire racks.


One year ago: cook wild rice in the crock pot!
Two years ago: chicken pot pie, cranberry salad

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Dad's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Let rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 3 dozen.


  1. yummm, these are just begging for a glass of milk! sure my dad would love them too, ha. thanks so much for sharing, looks lovely! as per usual ;)

  2. These look yummy! There's nothing more satisfying than a good chocolate chip cookie!

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  3. Those chocolate chip cookies are very cute!

  4. Hi Sara,
    I can sure see why these cookies would have been your Dad's favorite, they really look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  5. My husband has become the chocolate chip cookie guru at our house. He started by making them each week for our daughter when she was in college. He always sent a batch of "girl" cookies and "boy" cookies. The boy cookies always had either pecans or walnuts:) Thanks so much for linking up to What's On the Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie. I hope you will visit often and link up whenever your can.

  6. Chocolate chip cookies are sooooo very delicious! These look super yummy. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

  7. Hi! I have a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday where this weeks theme is Chocolate! I'd love for you to either link this recipe or another chocolatey deliciousness!! Hope to see you there!


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