Chocolate Drop Cookies

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

These were cookies my aunt made all the time when I was little--worth the wait and very good! I have never made them with nuts, but I'm sure they are good with them also.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 34 cup sour milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 34 cups sifted flour
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup cocoa
  • 12 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Mix shortening, sugar and egg.
  2. Stir in sour milk and vanilla.
  3. Sift together flour, soda, salt and cocoa; stir.
  4. Add nuts.
  5. Chill 1 hour.
  6. Heat oven to 375°F.
  7. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes.
  9. • Note: You can use plain milk with 1 tbsp vinegar to sour it. Works as well as the sour milk.


Most Helpful

These cookies are superb! My family loved how chocolatey and soft they were. I mixed 3/4 cup chopped walnuts into the batter, which tasted great. I dropped them by teaspoonfuls, which made 4 dozen cookies. I will definitely make these again, and plan to try mixing other things in for a different taste. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

McBeanbean August 18, 2011

Looking at the ingrdients I thought these cookies sounded good, but they were GREAT! The dough is very, very soft even after refrigeration, so I lined my cookie sheets with parchment paper and dropped them by teaspoonfuls on to the paper. I baked the cookies for about 12 minutes as mine were a bit larger. I did get 2 dozen. They are light and cakelike, without being overly sweet. I also added the nuts and loved them. This recipe is one of Zaar's hidden gems. Thanks for sharing a definite keeper! *Made for Fall PAC 2008*

Brenda. October 05, 2008

My mother used to make these at Christmas time. They were my favorite. Mom passed on years ago, and I have been searching for this recipe. Thank you for sharing it. They taste the same as they did when I was a child.

Carol A. December 21, 2014

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