My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I’ve talked my mom’s chocolate chip cookies up… a lot. I’ve put them on up on pedestal and created expectations that no cookie can ever live up to. But I promise, they are good!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
This cookie recipe actually came from a Betty Crocker cookbook from long, long ago. It’s that old 70’s orange with vintage flowers, if I am remembering correctly. The cookie page was easy to find because it was by far the stickiest. Then we didn’t even need the cookbook anymore because we all memorized it. I had this recipe completely memorized by the time I was 8 and I could make it in 10 minutes flat. My point is, it has been the go-to recipe since before I was born and this is the only chocolate chip recipe I need in my recipe book. Its a little crispy on the outside and completely chewy on the inside.

And the dough, that’s pretty good too.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Be sure to scroll down past the recipe! I’ve created a quick guide to cookie faults and solutions.

My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, or as many as you'd like


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix together the butter and shortening until creamy.
  3. Add in sugar and brown sugar and mix again until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until combine.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.
  8. Measure into 1 inch balls and place on a UNgreased cookie sheet, two inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes until edges are JUST golden brown. Take the cookies out, even if they look a little soft. Let the cookies stand on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes until they have begun to harden and can be easily moved. Move cookies to a cooling rack until they are completely cool. Or start devouring them while they're still warm.

Common Cookie Faults and Solutions

Cookies seem easy enough to make, but dang it they can be tough to get “just” right sometimes. Here are some common cookie faults and solutions.

Cookies are too hard/too dry

  1. The cookies have been baked too long, or the oven temperature is too low. Try boosting the oven temperature up a few degrees and baking a few minutes less.
  2. Add a little extra shortening. Nothing like a little fat to soften a cookie up. Remember, cookie calories don’t count!
  3. Too much flour can make tough cookies. Decrease the amount of flour you use.

Cookies spread out like a pancake

You may not need to use ALL of these solutions at once. Experiment and find what will work for your cookies. The easist and probably most effective action you can take is solution number 1.

  1. Turn up the oven temperature 25 degrees.
  2.  Add two tablespoons flour.
  3. Decrease the amount of sugar, liquid, or baking soda.
  4. Be sure your pans are NOT greased!

Cookies don’t spread out enough

The opposite solutions for the opposite problem of pancake cookies.

  1. Baking temperature too high.
  2. Too much flour.
  3. Add more sugar or liquid.
  4. Add a little grease to the cookie sheet. Just a little.

Good luck with your cookie experimenting. Keep going and keep trying until you have found your perfect recipe!


  1. Rebekah says:

    I’m always on the hunt for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe! I’ll definitely be trying this one out since crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside is like cookie perfection! Also, I love that you posted the solutions to frequent cookie issues!

  2. Beth says:

    Those cookies look amazing! My husband has always used butter and Crisco and I think that is the key. My all butter/margarine version aren’t as soft and chewy as his. Neither of us have chilled the dough before baking. Maybe I’ll challenge him to a bake off now that I have a better recipe!

  3. Shann says:

    Yum! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, so I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for all the tips too…I always need all the help I can get in the kitchen.

  4. Bud says:

    I would be interested to hear your reaction to adding 1T orange zest to the cookie dough. I started adding it to my chocolate chip cookies and have never gone back.

    “Best cookie I’ve ever tasted”
    – my son’s chess teacher

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