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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Old Fashioned)
Soft. Chewy. Delicious.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Old Fashioned)

I use to call these lunchbox chocolate chip cookies when I was little because I can remember waking up to the smell of fresh baked homemade chocolate chip cookies which meant one thing, there would be five wrapped together in seran wrap in my lunchbox. Yeeeeeeah!!!

It would only take my mother about 10 minutes to whip up this dough and as soon as the preheated oven beeper went off those cookie dough balls were on the pans and ready to bake.

I use to think she was so awesome to make  homemade chocolate chip cookies that fast, now that I have the recipe, I see just how easy it really is (although I still think she’s pretty darn awesome).

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Soft. Chewy. Delicious.

This easy, old fashioned chocolate chip cookie recipe is my go to when I need a quick, homemade snack to pack in a lunchbox, picnic basket or when last minute company drops in. I usually have all of the ingredients in the house and I’ve even mixed everything in one bowl without using a mixer and they still come out great. Gotta love recipes like that!

They bake up slightly crisp and chewy on the outside and soft and chocolaty in the inside. It is definitely one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. (And yes, I plan on listing every one of my many favorite chocolate chip cookies recipes on this blog. I mean can ya really have too many  good chocolate chip cookie recipes???? NEVER!)

This easy chocolate chip cookie recipe freezes great. Just shape the cookie dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place into the freezer until the dough balls are partially frozen. Then transfer them into a freezer-safe bag or container. When you’re ready to bake them just let them thaw out and bake. They last 9-12 months in the freezer.

Store any leftovers in a super air-tight container.

Getting a Super Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie: The key to a chewy, soft cookie is removing them from the oven before they have had a chance to fully bake. This varies from oven to oven, but you want them to be golden around the edges but still a little gooey and puffy in the center. Remove from oven and let them sit in the pan for a few minutes. They will continue to cook on the pan. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish the cooling process. This may take some practice to know just when to take them out of the oven, but you’ll quickly learn that crucial timing.

Baking: These cookies always turn out the best in appearance when I bake them on a  baking stone. If using a baking stone you may need to cook it a little bit longer. Just keep an eye on it at the 8 minutes mark. Mine usually takes about 10-12 minutes on a baking stone and 7-10 minutes on a regular cookie sheet.

Cookies not spreading?  If you are having trouble getting this cookie recipe to spread for you here are some things that may help. The cookies do not spread as much on dark, nonstick pans.  Also the dough should be room temperature and don’t try to substitute the ingredients for lower fat versions. 


Watch me make these easy, old fashioned chocolate chip cookies from start to finish.


4.8 from 32 reviews
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Old Fashioned)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Gradually combine half of the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Use a rubber spatula to incorporate the other half of the flour mixture if the dough gets to thick for the mixer.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls.
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart
  8. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven when cookies are slightly golden around the edges and puffy and soft on the tops.
  10. Leave cookies in the pan for 2-3 minutes to continue cooking outside of the oven.
  11. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in an air-tight container.
Be careful not to over bake. (see recipe)
Jazz it up! Add oatmeal, m &m's, etc.
Freezes well.


  1. I just had to tell you how thankful I am of this recipe! So simple, enjoyable and fun to make on a lazy day!!! Very delicious and I used chocolate chunks which made them more fun and chocolate fulfilling. Thanks, thanks, thanks!!! I’m using this recipe over and over again.

  2. I am thrilled with this recipe, thank you so much. I had to substitute shortening for the same amount of butter and I added a hint of cinnamon, but they’re a real hit with my family and taste just amazing.

  3. If I wanted to use crisco butter sticks would I use 1/3 or 2/3 cup

  4. I have a little question. When using real Vanille Sticks/Pods, how much should I use? A teaspoon would be overdosing it I’d think. Otherwise, the Recipe sounds just like the cookies that I once loved a a kid, cant wait to try it out!

  5. Fantastic recipe! I am from Europe and am trying out many of your truly American baking recipes and am in love with all of them. I made these cookies with macadamia nuts and chopped up chocolate since I can’t get chocolate chips here and they were amazing. Am now going to try out the lemon ricotta cookies. My boyfriend and I thank you for all your incredible recipes. Your website is awesome! :)

  6. These cookies are very simple to make and delicious!!!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I didn’t have any shortening so I used a half cup of butter, only, and added in a quarter cup of oats and a quarter cup of coconut. The cookies were delicious and I’ll be making them again, soon!

  8. These cookies are AMAZING!! A girlfriend of mine made them at her house one time and my family and I were hooked INSTANTLY, I begged her for the recipe!! I refuse to use another recipe!! Can’t wait to try your other recipes!! :)

  9. The BEST !!!!!! Finally a cookie recipe that flattens beautifully ! Officially a strong believer in shortening!
    I added 1/8 tsp of cinnimon ( adds a warm flavor to the cookies, perfect for fall ) and I used a mix of semi sweet and milk chocolate , and thew in some SKOR bits in turned out great! Can’t wait to experiment with other flavor combos :)

    Thanks for sharing !

  10. LaCrisha Thomas

    Just made these babies today…and girl they are delicious!!! I was a little nervousness because I did have time. But they turned out great! Thanks Hun!

  11. These look so delicious they caught my eye…. SO excited to make these i know they’ll be good!!

  12. So this should have been my first recipe to try. I tried another and it was complete fail. Tried this and they were sooo good. Took a few to work and my co-worker insisted I print her out the recipe so she can make them also. This will be my new favorite cookie recipe.

  13. What is the approximate yield of this recipe?


  15. I just made this cookie for our Sunday dinner dessert. I let my husband taste test a cookie from the first batch and I had to hide the cookies until after dinner. Thanks for the recipe. This will be added to my favorite go to recipe.

  16. Made these cookies several times but each time I do something different. Today I tried them with butterscotch and peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips and they were soooooo good please try :)

  17. Just baked this. Absolutely fantastic! :)
    I have been searching for years for a beautiful, soft, crisp cookie, and this is it. Definitely a convert to the shortening camp.

  18. I made these chocolate chip cookies last night and they turned out DELICIOUS! Whenever I use a recipe for the first time, I always follow it exactly, then the next time I tweak it to my taste buds, if necessary. I read through all of the comments before I started baking and several people commented on their cookies not turning out right. If you follow the recipe, your cookies will be delicious too! The recipe calls for shortening AND butter….believe her when she says NO SUBSTITUTES! If you don’t like using shortening, then maybe you need to find another recipe! Follow her tips that she gives before the recipe…they really do work! To Monique I say, thank you for sharing with us!

  19. I absolutely love this recipe!! I made this on Tuesday, and I’m making this same recipe right now!! I love this website, its my favorite recipe website.

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