Chocolate Chip Cookies - Betty Crocker's 1969 Recipe

"My mom has used this recipe for 40 years now and it is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever had. The cookie is crisp around the edges and yet chewy at the same time. I will occasionally omit the nuts due to food allergies for those I'm feeding. I get alot of people questioning how all my cookies are the same size, I'm old school and will still use a teaspoon or tablespoon and my fingers to slide the cookie dough off the spoon. No need for fancy ice cream scoops if you don't want to. :) This will surely become a favorite of yours once you give it a try...."
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Ready In:
7 Dozen




  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix thorougly shortening, butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown.
  • Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
  • *If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Amigo100
    Has anyone tried this recipe with gluten free flour?
  2. obeidnanette
    What kind of butter did you use for the recipe? Salted or unsalted?


  1. mrsmish
    I bought a Betty Crocker cookbook in the mid 70s before I got married. Still have it, although the front cover is gone! This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, better than the one on the toll house package. Sometimes I use a cup of butter and just 1/3 cup Crisco shortening because it’s easier to just use the 2 full butter sticks, but definitely don’t omit the shortening. It makes a difference. My husband is a coconut lover, so I sometimes use shredded coconut instead of nuts.
  2. NutMeag22
    In my family, we simply call these "Grandma cookies". My entire life, my Grandma has made these and they are incredible. I'm not sure what she does that makes hers that much better than mine (other than the fact that she's 84 and I'm 26, so experience is a factor) but these are gone in minutes at family gatherings. She even sends the grandkids off to college with them. The biggest thing I can say is DOUBLE THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS. It makes them spread a little less and who doesn't like extra chocolate!
  3. neudorfshots
    Like others here I purchased my Betty Crocker cookbook in the 70s. It was an excellent resource that taught me how to cook. It still contains the best meat loaf recipe in town, a rock star peanut butter cookie recipe, and this iconic chocolate chip cookie recipe. I made this recipe again after trying others that didn't come close. It stands the test of time and is excellent. I believe the magic ingredient is the shortening. BTW my book is now missing pages and cover, and is broken into 3. Wish I could find another!!
  4. Jennifer D.
    My mom opened the cookbook this came out in and she made them all the time.when we wear kids so much so the book came appart and then we lost it. Thes are the best cookie ever.and am so happy.
  5. Sarah G.
    Amazing cookies! These turned out really nice and delicious!


I'm always on the look out for new tried and true recipes and love to share the recipes that I enjoy making. Growing up as a child my mom taught me how to cook/bake and I later entered food competitions at our local fair. I hope to some day share my love of cooking with my children. I love to cook casseroles..I'm not a huge fan of meat but will toss it in casseroles for my meat and potato husband. :)
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