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Cindy's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Cindy's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:66 servings


  • 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 (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: about 11 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 261141
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"Yum! Nice chewy crispy cookies."

gallespalace User ID: 267717 227255
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1835917 226587
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8011377 16435
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7961300 16434
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

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

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 40047
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7225149 9781
Reviewed 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 User ID: 158954 42084
Reviewed 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!"

hungrymama5 User ID: 7003685 42082
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"Perfect cookies! Crunchy outside and soft centers. I used all butter and followed the directions exactly (including chilling for 1 hour!). My only complaint...the 5 lbs I am pretty sure I just gained. Thanks for a great recipe!"

warrenwoman58 User ID: 1188693 40046
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"I add another cup of flour as these are quite thin with only 4 1/2 cups of flour. Great recipe except for that."

jcmeduna User ID: 6782387 42081
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"This is the chocolate chip cookie recipe I have been looking for!! This truly is the best. I made the recipe as is but instead of butter I used Fleishmann's margarine. I also highly recommend using a silpat baking mat on top of your cookie sheet and under your cookies when baking any cookies, they slide right off! I told my husband that this is the recipe that will keep my 3 little boys coming back to their Mommy as they grow up!!"

Trp1118 User ID: 6339002 27612
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"I don't know what has gone wrong exactly with some of these reviewers but I have consistently made these cookies for the last 3-5 years and it is the ONLY chocolate chip recipe I will use. Everyone who has tried these has said they are the best chocolate chip cookies they've ever had. I follow the recipe exactly and make no adjustments. I use a kitchen aid and always chill the dough. I always have some of this in the freezer and it bakes well every time. The only thing I can think of is the other reviewers weren't chilling their dough long enough. I would give six stars if I could."

[email protected] User ID: 3492314 42080
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"We give these the highest recommendation. But how interesting that the reviews for this recipe are all over the spectrum... perhaps there are differences in ovens or humidity in different locations that affect the baking and therefore the results. I think the 2 tsp vanilla gives it great flavor. Tried it once with butterscotch chips when out of chocolate. Even better."

Fingland35 User ID: 2152940 16763
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"They weren't flavorful enough for us. They also did not flatten out themselves during baking so I had to flatten them onto the pan!"

bettyw551 User ID: 1483031 42077
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I first tried this recipe from my cookbook. I have used many different recipes for chocolate chip cookies, but this one is my favorite. I get rave reviews each time I make them and they don't last long in the cookie jar. They are excellent."

hcdearmore User ID: 1889567 9774
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"My husband & sons like this recipe very much. I halve the recipe, and try to take the cookies out of the oven when they are just barely a light brown, otherwise they do get too flat & hard. I also refrigerate the dough for a few minutes (15-20) before cooking it, which seems to keep the cookies from getting too flat. Additional flour, as suggested, sound like a good idea too. I've made this recipe 4 or 5 times now."

J-zel User ID: 4126703 12702
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"I found them too sweet, yet quite bland. Sorry..."

warrenwoman58 User ID: 1188693 9772
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"This has become my favorite choc chip cookie recipe. However, I add 3/4 cup of flour as 4 1/2 makes a very thin crispy cookie.

I also bake them at 325. They turn out much better with these modifications.It is really good, but if you make as is-not good at all."

crimsonkitten User ID: 4876400 15588
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"This was awful. Very crispy cookie with no flavor. You don't even want to eat the cookie dough. Unfortnately it makes a ton of cookies. My husband and kids requested that I don't make it again."

brooksjones7 User ID: 3308734 38338
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"Quite tasty--makes a softer cookie. Delicious!"

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