Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

old fashioned chocolate chip cookies

Guess what? I have an ACTUAL Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe to share with you…straight from Grandma Mary Jane’s recipe treasure trove. When I saw the recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies I immediately freaked out, because who doesn’t love a good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie?

These are no fuss chocolate chip cookies, there is no browning the butter or flakey sea salt (which I will share my Ultimate Chocolate Cookie recipe soon..because holy cow nobody should not have it) but this recipe is so delicious and comforting and feels like home. The ingredients are simple because time was simpler back then. It uses butter and shortening-which is col because both baking fats have their purpose and in this recipe you get the best of both worlds. 

I will say, follow the recipe closely because if you are heavy handed with the vanilla (like I am) you will have VERY soft dough. 

Also, refrigerate if needed. You will definitely know if you need too. They yield a thinner, chewy chocolate chip cookie that bursts with flavor!

Also, if you haven’t noticed this recipe is HUGE. As in it makes A LOT of cookie dough. Grandma had 3 older boys and my mom, so she baked in large quantities to feed her healthy-growing family (what Portuguese mother doesn’t?!) Either bake them all, or you can freeze the dough and pull it out and bake as needed. 

The recipe says 8-12 minutes, but in my over it was definitely closer to 12!


old fashioned chocolate chip cookies

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious take on a tried and true favorite! Using butter and shortening, the recipe gets the best of both fats making a truly yummy cookie!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Dozen


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp water optional. only if the dough needs it
  • 1 package chocolate chips maybe more. measure with your heart
  • 2 cups walnuts optional


  • 1-2 tbs flour add to the dough if it is too wet without the nuts. Grandma casually mentioned you may have to do this.


  • Cream butter and shortening with brown sugar and white sugar. make sure you get it nice and frothy and cream colored.
  • Add vanilla and eggs and mix.
  • Sift together dry ingredients.
  • Mix together until blended. Add water if dough is too dry OR the 1-2 TBS of flour if too wet
  • Add chips (and nuts if adding)
  • Use cookie scoop to drop on pan.
  • Press a few chocolate chips to the top of the dough balls to make them pretty when they come out.
  • Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes (my oven was 12)
Keyword Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookies
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  1. So incredibly excited to try this recipe!! I have to say, I’ve never met one of your family recipes that I didn’t like!!

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