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Cindy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband and two sons try other chocolate chip cookies and tell me there's no comparison with mine. And my husband doesn't even like chocolate! These cookies are nice and crisp, but be sure to not overbake them. —Cindy Utter, Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 11 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (dough will be sticky). Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 160 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • AllisonO
    Mar 18, 2020

    My kids and I made these and they turned out perfectly! I did not chill the dough and don't know that it made much difference in the end result. The cookies were delicious and this recipe makes a LOT of them!

  • Carrie
    Dec 21, 2018

    Thank you Cindy!!! This is hands down, the absolute best chocolate chip recipe on the planet! My Mom often gives me cookbooks for Christmas and one, was the Taste of Home which had your recipe in it. I've always made the back of the cookie chip bag recipe and the cookies are never very flavoral... too bready, not crispy or very flavorful. I think the secret to your DELICIOUS cookies is the addition of shortening. I used chocolate chips instead bc that's what I had on hand. Didn't chill the dough and just simply followed your recipe in the Taste of Home Cookbook!! Thank you.

  • Mamacheese2004
    Feb 11, 2017

    Yum! Nice chewy crispy cookies.

  • gallespalace
    Jun 1, 2015

    Will stick with my 'favorite' recipe of Choc. Chip Cookies. These were 'runny' (I chilled the dough overnight) and not nice looking. They tasted OK while warm.... I followed the recipe given to the nth degree as well!

  • catetal-1
    May 19, 2015

    I also added an extra cup of flour to a whole batch. Maybe even could have used more ?? Will see how they go over when eating. Good flavor overall. The first pan turned out like chocolate chip crispies....flat as a pancake and crisp rather than chewy (that was when I added the extra flour).

  • Ballerina1234
    Sep 26, 2014

    The batter tasted really good! But unfortunately the cookies did not bake well. The tops barely cooked and the bottoms burned up in 8 minutes. So be warned if you make Cindy's cookies don't cook for as long as it says!

  • Annika420
    Aug 29, 2014

    Have been baking these since I was a wee lass. My family thinks they're lovely, as do I.

  • danielleylee
    Jun 18, 2014

    Great all-round cookie; however, my husband is stuck on the chocolate chip cookie recipe you make with vanilla instant pudding (that is why it is a 4 out of 5). The cookie is soft and has a good overall texture. I did follow the directions exactly but did cut the recipe in half. The key to the soft cookie is refrigerating it for the hour. I recently made the "copy that" Mrs.Field's chocolate chip cooke and the refrigeration was the secret to her recipe as well.

  • ShadiaR
    Apr 15, 2014

    I didn't realize how much these actually made, luckily for me a few fire fighters were stealing them as they cooled down in the kitchen. They came out great and stayed moist, and were a big hit for the Bake event I gave them too.They were perfect, and I plan to bake them again tonight!I also added walnuts

  • sstetzel
    Feb 3, 2014

    Made these cookies last week for my family. They're a good, basic chocolate chip cookie. Tend to be on the crisper side. If they're too crispy for you, toss a slice of bread in your cookie jar. They'll soften right up!