Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe [real butter + sugar]

I think I told you guys Dave begged for requested some plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies.  I usually experiment with semi-healthy versions of cookies, so apparently he was tired of all of the almond flour, nuts and oats. I tried once to do a basic M+M cookie and ended up with my Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies. Oops. What can I say…I like getting creative.

Honestly, it’s hard for me to make plain cookies. Which is funny because I used to make them all the time as a kid with my mom. She would make her Susie’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and take them to work all the time. I even remember her having a baking competition with a coworker. I’m pretty sure Mama Sue is the reason I am obsessed with cookies.

classic chocolate chip cookies

I think I stopped making my mom’s chocolate chip cookies due to an incident in high school. My mom makes her cookies with Crisco. The Crisco gives it a certain color and texture; they always turn out very light in color (unless of course you burn them) chewy yet crisp. Well, I brought my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies to school and was telling a friend that my mom used Crisco in them and she belted out “She uses LARD in COOKIES!!”

My face turned beat red as I tried to laugh along with everyone else, not knowing that Crisco isn’t even the same thing as lard. Lard = animal fat. Crisco = vegetable product.

Anyhow, that event embarrassed me so much I don’t think I touched the stuff for years. Gotta love high school, right?

classic chocolate chip cookies via @semihealthnut on

Not to discredit my mom, but I did not use Crisco in these heavenly chocolate chip cookies. I do use it in my snickerdoodles (including my Whole Wheat Lemon Doodles), so fear not. My childhood incident has not completely scarred me for life.

I wanted to make my very own famous chocolate chip cookies. Plus, I like the taste of butter.

These classic chocolate chip cookies are soft, buttery, and just sugary enough with semi-sweet chocolate chips studded throughout. You will probably have to stop yourself from gobbling down the whole plate.

classic chocolate chip via @semihealthnut with real sugar and butter  on

I took them to a shindig a couple of weeks ago (trying to make some new friends here in the twin cities) and I saw more than one person go back for seconds. Like walk-across-a-crowded-room-pushing-through-people-who-were-in-the-middle-of-conversations going for seconds.

Oh yes. They are that good.

classic chocolate chip cookie in the hand 

Amanda's Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 30
Soft, buttery, classic cookies studded with chocolate chips. You won't be able to stop at just one!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
157 calories
19 g
29 g
9 g
2 g
5 g
35 g
66 g
12 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 29mg
Sodium 66mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter (I used organic)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 2 eggs (I used Egglands best)
dry ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose flour (I used unbleached)
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 3/4 tsp salt
  1. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  1. Beat together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat until fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together (or stir with a fork or whisk) dry ingredients.
  3. Add dry ingredients slowly in thirds to the batter, mixing until just wet each time.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Stick the dough in the fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
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[See nutrition information for Amanda’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies here.]

These classic cookies can now serve as a good base for other cookie creations. I even made some almond cookies with a few alterations (but I lost the photos…sigh). 

classic chocolate chip cookie via @semihealthnut on

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of these for yourself, a friend or your coworkers!


 use this one amanda



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  1. says

    Sometimes you just need a classic, real ingredient cookie! love the simplicity. Why don’t you stop on by and share this with us on Five Friday Finds? :)

  2. thechimes says

    Refreshing to see a recipe with classic ingredients amongst the frankenstiened healthified dessert recipes. Dessert is meant to be enjoyed. Yay cookies!

  3. says

    There really is nothing better then a classic cookie! Who can turn down a chocolate chip cookie!!!! I’ll bring you monster cookies if you bring me chocolate chip cookies :) PS I’m making monster cookies thursday!!

  4. says

    Who would have thought that the idea of a chocolate chip cookie could become boring! I think sometimes people try to get too fancy and the real beauty is in the simplicity. I love me a good chocolate chip cookie :) Brownies always remind me of my childhood!

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