Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is a recipe that has been in my family for years and years. These cookies are cake-like, light, fluffy and moist with zing from using sour milk. If you're looking for a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, I must enunciate (due to two reviewers' comments) that these cookies ARE NOTHING LIKE A CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE. They are not expected to be crisp or chewy, and the flavor is much lighter. I think this is due to reduced fat content (using 1/2 cup shortening rather than the amount of butter in a classic chocolate chip cookie). I use mini chocolate chips, since regular chocolate chips tend to be too heavy for this cookie batter (but feel free to use your preference). Also, I use homogenized/pasteurized whole milk, but my grandmother always used real sour milk when we lived on the dairy farm. She didn't need to spoil the milk using vinegar. I think the type of milk makes all the diffference. These cookies are great, but they don't quite taste the same as when Grandma made them using more conventional/natural methods.
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sour milk (Drop 1 tsp. white vinegar into measuring cup before adding milk)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 (8 ounce) package semisweet mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar, eggs and shortening.
- To make sour milk, add 1 teaspoons white vinegar to the measuring cup before adding milk. Allow vinegar and milk to sit for 3 minutes. Then add milk to mixing bowl along with baking soda, vanilla and salt.
- Stir in flour one cup at a time.
- Fold in nuts (optional) and chocolate chips.
- Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until tops of cookies are no longer shiny, and bottoms are lightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
Absolutely amazing! Loved the zing added by using soured milk. I probably ate at least 6 cookies-worth of batter before they made it into the oven. I opted to pour the batter onto a rimmed cookie sheet, and cut it into cookie bars when cool (faster and easier than dropping individual cookies). This is permanently on my dessert rotation: so good, so fast, so easy. Thanks for posting!
This recipe I thought was lost forever! The only thing is, we do NOT put chocolate chips in it! Instead, we sprinkle LIBERALLY cinnamon sugar on top BEFORE baking- it tastes delicious! It's one of our family favorites- especially at Christmastime. So good to find it!
I like to try different cookie recipes and have found that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the best food. I thought these were the blandest cookies I ever made. Mine came out like a yellow or white cake mix. I even double checked the ingredients and I did exactly what it called for. Very disappointed. Only thing, I am so glad I only made a half recipe and baked just a few to try out. Then I tried to salvage the batter by adding a few other ingredients. Nothing worked. Sorry I really wanted this to work as I had been looking for a chocolate chip cookie that was flaky.