Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, pillowy, chocolate studded Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies
The other day I returned from running errands to find my 23 year old son baking this batch of Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies, using  the recipe I used to make with him when he was growing up. That recipe is, in fact, one I have been making since I was a little girl. It’s an adaptation of a recipe from one of my very first cookbooks and dates back to the 1930’s, hence the ‘Old Fashioned’ in the title.

I hasten to point out that I myself do not date back to the 1930’s. However the Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, adapted from a very worn copy of The Betty Crocker Cookie Book, was first shared in 1939 at the height of the Toll House Cookie craze.

My Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies are great to make with your kids. I have such fond memories of baking and cooking with my son as he was growing up. As a result, he’s now really confident in the kitchen so he’s able to whip up just about anything and even invents recipes of his own. I tasted one of these cookies and they were amazing; the rest were a gift for his girlfriend and her family.

I also make an easy Slice and Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, great for making ahead and keeping on hand for last minute cookie emergencies, but this Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is the one I’m known for. In fact, my son’s girlfriend, who he has known since nursery school, actually remembers me making them way back when.

You can make these Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or any combination of these. My son likes to make them with milk and white chocolate chips. As a purist I like the idea of traditional semi-sweet chocolate chips, but there’s something about the milk/white chocolate combination I find quite irresistible.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

⅔ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated or caster sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 generous teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose (plain) flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 heaping cup chocolate chips (my son used a combination of white and milk chocolate chips this time)

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Heat the oven to 350°F (175°C). I set my fan oven at 165°C.
Cream together the butter and the sugars in an electric mixer.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat together.
Sift together the flour, soda and salt.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, a bit at a time, blending after each addition until no more flour is visible.
Remove the bowl from the electric mixer and stir in the chocolate chips gently but thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just beginning to turn golden. (Cookies will still be soft.)
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before carefully removing with an egg lifter.
Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Printable Recipe

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated or caster sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 generous teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose (plain) flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup chocolate chips (my son used a combination of white and milk chocolate chips this time)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F (175°C). I set my fan oven at 165°C.
  2. Cream together the butter and the sugars in an electric mixer.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat together.
  4. Sift together the flour, soda and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, a bit at a time, blending after each addition until no more flour is visible.
  6. Remove the bowl from the electric mixer and stir in the chocolate chips gently but thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  7. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just beginning to turn golden. (Cookies will still be soft.)
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before carefully removing with an egg lifter.
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container.

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Article by April Harris

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Comments

  1. So cool to see your son baking and to find an old recipe connecting you to an old memory!

  2. These look absolutely perfect! Nothing beats an old fashioned CCC!

  3. When a cookie recipe or recipe book dates back to the 30’s…… you know it’s just plain good! These look amazing!

  4. I’m always looking for good cookie recipes. I think I will try yours and see how it comes out.

  5. Nothing beats a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe! I love the idea of mixing milk and white chips, will definitely give it a try!

  6. I don’t bake much but my Mom still makes them just like this. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real Friday.

  7. Yvonne Lawson says:

    Yvonne Lawson……Old Fashioned Cookies are delicious and idiot proof, i.e I can make them and they taste delicious!

  8. These cookies look GREAT! Personally I always prefer old-fashion recipes. I can’t explain it but they always have something special…. a taste of home 🙂

  9. The cookies look so good, April. It is great to see your son baking your recipes. I guess it brings him back fond memories! The cookies look so good, April. Pinning and tweeting to try later. 🙂

  10. haha I love that you felt the need to ensure us you weren’t around in the 30s 😉 How wonderful though that your son was making these. It’s wonderful to have family recipes that you pass down to your kids. These look like just the sort of chocolate chip cookies I love.

  11. What a great experience and recipe! Our daughter always makes these cookies as birthday gifts in our family – a coveted treat to be sure. Thanks!

  12. For some reason, I’ve never really tried making cookies!! But I really should– it’s on my to-do list. These sound delish!

  13. Nothing better than a super simple = delicious CCC! YUM!

  14. Amanda Mason says:

    I LOVE a classic recipe – LOVE! Thanks for sharing this! I dont make these enough with my kids!

    • Thank you, Amanda! And definitely do make them with your kids 🙂 I wish I’d made them more often with my son when he was little – but at least he remembers the recipe 😉 I was thrilled when he made this batch!

  15. I’m always game to try out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe! These look terrific!!
    P.S. My 23 y/o son is the most likely one of my children to bake cookies 🙂 All 3 like to eat desserts, but I think they like me to do the baking.

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