Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted By on March 6, 2010

I found it!  I found the recipe for Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies.  If your desire is a soft, thin, melt in your mouth, buttery chocolate chip cookie, then Grandma’s recipe is the one for you.  I know she’d be happy to share it with you herself if she were here.  I know, because Grandma was German and there isn’t a person anywhere who ever stepped foot inside Grandma’s house who didn’t have a full course meal placed in front of them whether it was dinner time or not.  If you went to Grandma’s house, you were going to eat something.

Remember I’d found three different recipes in Grandma’s book?  Well, I got to talking to Mom and told her about my craving for Grandma’s cookies.  So, by reviewing each recipe with Mom, and Mom conjuring up memories of helping Grandma prepare the cookies when she was younger, we eliminated two of the recipes in pretty short order.  One called for Crisco; Mom knew it wasn’t that one.  The other called for Bisquick; Mom definitely knew it wasn’t that one.

So, with my hopes high that I might once again soon taste one of Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies, I told Mom I would call her back with the results.  I quickly set about mixing up the dough and became really hopeful this was the recipe when I saw the consistency ~ soft, very soft.  Then I spent what had to be the longest 8 minutes of my life so far this year waiting for the oven timer to beep.

Beep, beep, beep.  It was time!  I anxiously cracked the oven door and peered inside.  Flat, thin cookies with big milk chocolate chips protruding from the dough like mountains!  I couldn’t wait to call Mom back.

The cookies I made seemed extremely similar to Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I remembered Grandma’s cookies being lighter in color, almost white like a sugar cookie, and mine were a golden brown.  Mom assures me that Grandma’s were a golden brown, too.  Perhaps part of the magic in Grandma’s cookies was from Grandma herself, or the magic of a young girl’s [not so young anymore] treasured memories.  Whatever the magic may be, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve had in many, many years.

Now, I cannot divulge to you the number of cookies I’ve had this morning while writing this entry ~ but I can share with you Darling Husbie’s thoughts about Grandma’s magic cookies.  After taking a bite or two, he said, “These cookies are a little too good.”  I smiled really big and told him I’d found the recipe for Grandma’s magic cookies.  “I didn’t need you to find Grandma’s magic cookie recipe,” was muttered through a mouthful of cookie while reaching for another one…or two.

So!  If you’re in the mood for a fantastic cookie and in need of a little comfort ~ and if you can get past the calorie guilt ~ then this is the cookie for you.

Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Soften butter or margarine to almost liquid state.  Mix in sugars and beat until creamy.  Add vanilla and eggs and beat until well mixed.

Put flour, soda and salt in sifter (1); sift gently into creamed mixture.  Stir until well mixed.  Add chocolate chips and nuts, if desired, and mix well.  Place by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet; bake 8 – 10 minutes.  Makes approximately 4 dozen (2).


(1) I did not sift the flour, soda and salt ~ I just dumped it all in the mixing bowl and mixed.

(2) Of the 4 dozen cookies made yesterday, those on the plate in the picture above are all that remain.  I’m telling you, you can’t eat just one.  And, with teenagers in the house, you can count on a dozen disappearing before you can even say, “Not before dinner.”


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6 Hugs in response to “Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. That is very similar to the recipe I have, also from a German grandmother (just not MY German grandmother, she I am told could not cook)
    Enjoy them!
    I may have to make cookies myself soon…

  2. Are they magic because they disappear? Wouldn’t it be great if they were magic because they had no calories? They look really good. I’ll be trying this recipe one day soon!

  3. How does your recipe differ, Mel?

    I thought all German grandmothers could cook. I had two of them, and they were always ‘all about the food.’ Heehee!

  4. I laughed so hard at your post, Laura. That is precisely what I told Darling Husbie last night. He went to the container full of cookies ~ and I use the term ‘full’ very loosely ~ and asked if those were the only cookies left. There was about 6 or 7 of them. I said, “Yes, Lovie. That’s why they’re called magic cookies…because they disappear so quickly!” Heehee!

  5. I swear by the recipe on the flavoured crisco box, but should give this one a try as well. I like the background changes you have made.

    Gill in Canada

  6. Well, just for kicks and giggles, I may have to give the Crisco recipe a try. No chocolate chip cookie is bad ~ just some are better than others. Heehee!

    Thanks for the compliment on the colors. I figured I’d get in the spirit a little for St. Patrick’s Day. Next month, it will be something different.

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