TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 124 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Dad's Chocolate Chip Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p47

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amsm User ID: 8302234 249576
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"As I read through the reviews before I made these, I saw one that mentioned a misprint in this recipe. According to the other reviewer, there should be 2/3 cup butter, not 1/3. Thanks for the heads up! I made this with 2/3 cup butter. I thought they turned out great. They have that nice classic chocolate chip cookie flavor and a great texture. I will add this to my cookie recipe collection to try again. This recipe does make quite a few cookies. We used some of the cookies that were left to make ice cream sandwiches!"

dhickok User ID: 4301129 245785
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

"These cookies were as hard as rocks not chewy. When I compare this recipe to other cookie recipes, the 1/3 cup butter. 2/3 cup shortning. seems to be half of what would be needed."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 32349
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and I've been on the search for a great recipe. This is it! Soft and gooey just like the family likes it. I left out the walnuts bc we don't like them in cookie recipes. A must try!"

svcluck User ID: 7582656 202972
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I have used this recipe hundreds of times. I use it for events or just to give my husbands crew on the submarine something sweet. They have always been something that has gotten everyones attention and I always leave people begging for more (or the recipe)."

vtmommabear05654 User ID: 7530875 23879
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"This is the most amazing cookie dough recipe that I have found. I have made so many different varieties of this cookie that it keeps my family on their toes!"

nd_mom User ID: 670627 32348
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"There is a MISPRINT in the online post of this recipe versus the cookbook. It calls for only 1/3 cup butter which makes the dough dry and hard. The cookbook version calls for 2/3 cup butter. I only noticed the discrepancy after preparing a large batch of dough!Make it with 2/3 cup butter, and you will have a tasty cookie!"

Carrie4ya User ID: 4895738 52115
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"These are the best chocolate chip cookies. I have made them at different elevations and they have never failed me- they turn out perfect every time! I love that they look like they could be on the cover of a magazine. I replaced the shortening with coconut oil and it worked great :)"

lds_mama User ID: 6961443 25087
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"Someone Pinned these as the best cookies. I felt they had too much flour. The dough was crumbly and they did not spread well. Back to TollHouse for me."

melfeicht User ID: 4921436 61556
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"My favorite recipe. I use it every time"

winnafrog3 User ID: 3392341 70273
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"This is an excellent recipe. My daughter and I made them and they turned out delicious. We used half white chocolate chips and half mini chocolate chips. We also sprayed the pans even though it says "ungreased". A++++++"

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