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Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies Recipe

At the downtown Chicago law firm where I work, we often bring in goodies for special occasions. When co-workers hear I've baked these melt-in-your-mouth cookies, they make a special trip to my floor to sample them. Best of all, these crisp, buttery treats can be made in no time. —Janis Gruca, Mokena, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Melted semisweet and/or white chocolate, optional


  • 1. Melt butter in a microwave; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. In a large bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; stir in butter mixture and chocolate chips (mixture will be crumbly).
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks. Dip or drizzle with chocolate if desired. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 158 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies

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Kayle84 250183
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2016

"I made these but changed the recipe from one cup of sugar to a cup and a half and instead of using vanilla extract I used maple and they are so delicious I love this recipe because it is so versatile... I drizzled white chocolate and dark chocolate on them and my family is now addicted! :)"

khegeman 246407
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Disappointed. Very dry. I agree with the other reviewers that they are more like a shortbread with chocolate chips. Not like a butter cookies at all. Won't make again."

lindascott123 238875
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"can these cookies be frozen? if so, for how long?"

dutchcook1949 226170
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"I made the recipe as stated and it is very good. Nice buttery shortbread-like cookie! I dipped about half of the cookie in melted chocolate, then coated the bottoms as well. As one reviewer said, it is a very versatile recipe - and easy to put together. Thanks for sharing, Janis!"

zootercat 27369
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"These cookies are delicious & easy to make. It is a shortbread cookie with a very buttery taste. I haves used toffee bits instead of chocolate chips so this recipe has some flexibility. I have been making these for years. Five stars!"

butterfly91 47914
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"Awesome cookies! Easy and fast. Mixed in my big mixer, I baked them for only 11 minutes, as 12 minutes made them to dark on the bottom. I will definitely make these again and again! Thanks for the great reciepe!"

delowenstein 27132
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"My apologies! I meant to say: JANIS Gruca!


delowenstein 50298
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"I have used this recipe from time to time and I added vanilla extract: 1 tsp. OR substitute lemon or almond extract if you wish to have a MORE flavorful cookie! I used regular chocolate chips and I greased the baking sheets before placing dough on the baking sheets. Thank you for this recipe, Janice Gruca! DELowenstein"

braceletgirl 47008
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"I have made these several times and they are yummy! Lots of flavor!"

supersportgirl 27108
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"These are great cookies! I like to switch things up ar home and this cookie has a different taste than a normal chocolate chip cookie. It took me no time to whip up because I always have these ingredients at home. I did shorten the baking time a couple minutes though...Great with milk!!"

Sprowl 47913
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"My family and friends just love these cookies.

Cook just until the edges begin to brown.
They are a rich shortbread type cookie and unlike others, I found them to be very flavorful. I have made them many, many times."

Diane2007 80774
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"Good cookies that are quick to make and my family loves them."

wolfpen 50291
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"serve often at church there great."

Operabuff 21931
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I agree with the previous reviewer; these cookies had NO flavor. I was expecting something close to shortbread with chocolate chips. Here is another recipe that does not call for salt, and I believe it may be the undoing of this dough. Fortunately for me, my hubby will eat anything that resembles a cookie, otherwise, I would have completely wasted some fine ingredients."

mommytolili 47909
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"These have NO flavor. I came online to double-check to see if my print version had missed an ingredient! I made ONE tray of them, and decided to try and salvage the rest of the dough by adding it to some peanut butter cookie dough. I would never make these again."

Luv2Pits 21853
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008 Edited Jan. 11, 2009

"I love these little cookies!! The first time I made them the kids weren't too sure since they are a bit different from regular chocolate chippers but the 2nd go round they were a HIT! Thank you :)"

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