Our 3 Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE my chocolate chip cookies. I’m also SUPER picky about my cookies. I’m not a fan of sugar cookies, Oreos, or pretty much any store-bought cookies…if it isn’t perfect, it isn’t worth the calories in my opinion!

I have three different cookie recipes that I make and keep in the freezer: my original most delicious (and most unhealthy) ones, Seth’s favorite oatmeal ones, and my recently discovered brown butter chocolate chip cookies!

Top: Oatmeal (#2), Bottom left: Brown Butter (#3), Bottom Right: Original (#1)

Recipe #1: The Original

I don’t have a source for this recipe – my mom makes them, my grandma makes them. I think it was maybe from the Toll House chocolate chip bag years and years ago?? The secret of these is the Crisco AND Margarine. Not healthy, but SO good. I make myself feel slightly better about making these by knowing that all the store-bought cookies have at least this or worse in them…probably.

  • 1 Stick Margarine (1/2 C), softened
  • 1 Cup Crisco
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Mix with hand mixer or stand mixer then add and stir by hand:

  • 3 Cups Flour (minus about 1 tablespoon for a less cakey cookie)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes until golden brown around the edges

Recipe #2: Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Seth didn’t love seeing all the margarine and Crisco going in to the cookies in our lunches and requested something slightly healthier. I modified my original chocolate chip cookie recipe to make Seth’s favorite oatmeal cookies!

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Mix with hand mixer or stand mixer then add by hand:

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats (I prefer not instant)
  • 1.5 Cups Chocolate Chips

Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes until golden brown around the edges

Recipe #3: Everyday Chocolate Chip Cookie

This recipe isn’t mine but I linked it right here! I have never made a Baker By Nature recipe that I didn’t love. This one is a little more work because you have to boil the butter ahead of time to give them a browned-butter flavor but they are delicious and do not go stale too fast!

I always freeze the cookies I bake within 2 hours of baking them. They are great to grab for lunches or when you last-minute need to bring a dessert somewhere!

I would love to know if you try any of these recipes! Happy Baking!

Step 1: Prepped for electric mixing
Electric mixing done!
Dry ingredients added!
Left to right: Brown Butter, Oatmeal, Original
Left to right: Original, Oatmeal, Brown Butter


  1. Leona "Nona" Groesbeck · May 26, 2020

    Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anna · May 27, 2020

    My mom used to make chocolate chip cookies with Crisco too! I’m excited to try these recipes. Do you have any pro tips for freezing them? Do you just toss them in a big ziploc bag?


    • karalswanson · May 27, 2020

      Crisco makes them taste soooo good haha! I let them cool for about an hour or two so they don’t steam up the bag and stick together but other than that I just toss them in a 1 gallon ziploc bag! I use the same ziploc over and over until it is worn out 🙂 I put them in our lunches frozen in the morning and they are totally thawed and delicious by lunch time!


      • Anna · May 27, 2020

        Thank you! What a great idea for a yummy homemade treat at lunch.


  3. Carla Vk · May 27, 2020

    I always use your original recipe after I got it from your mom when we made what seemed like dozens of batches in Mexcio. Lol. However, I’ve always used butter not margarine. Maybe I’ll switch. …? These are also Kevin absolute favorite. Whenever I make them he brings his work buddy some, who also loves and requests them! Can’t wait to try the other recipes!


    • karalswanson · May 27, 2020

      Butter works great too! I think maybe margarine makes them slightly less dry? Margarine is just cheaper than butter too haha


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