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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.

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knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 261789
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2017

"I have been making these cookies since the recipe was first printed way back in 1998. They are delicious."

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 256496
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2016

"What a nice addition to any cookie Tray. chocolate Chip Short bread cookie is the perfect description. The taste is as delicate and the texture. I added some chopped pecans to mine and I also used regular sized chocolate chips. Baked on parchment paper. bake time is right on. I especially enjoyed the crispy edges. I made up just 1/2 of the recipe. Perfect for just the hubby and myself. These are just Plain Good ! They are slightly crumbly but are great to work with. Had no problem using my small cookie scoop.

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mrs._white User ID: 7182927 255797
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Agree with the other posters, this is very much a shortbread cookie. But it is delicious! And very easy to make!"

Kayle84 User ID: 8889886 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 User ID: 2379383 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 User ID: 8651031 238875
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

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

dutchcook1949 User ID: 1986190 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 User ID: 1699403 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 User ID: 4272134 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 User ID: 3766053 27132
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

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


delowenstein User ID: 3766053 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 User ID: 939043 47008
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

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

supersportgirl User ID: 4980393 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 User ID: 29186 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 User ID: 5499632 80774
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

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

wolfpen User ID: 1792509 50291
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"serve often at church there great."

Operabuff User ID: 4715201 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 User ID: 4462192 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 User ID: 2516334 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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