Maggie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maggie's Chocolate Chip CookiesOne of my 40 Before 40 goals is to create a family recipe book.  I want to gather our most-loved recipes into a book that can be added to as time goes on, and printed for each of our children when they have a home of their own.

With this in mind, I’m photographing recipes as we make them, and I’ll be sharing them here too.

First up is Maggie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.  My husband has known Maggie for over 20 years, and he’s been making these cookies for almost as long.  

This is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever seen that uses oil instead of butter or margarine.  I think the oil gives them a unique texture, and – now this could be my imagination, BUT – I think the chocolate chips stay softer because of it.  I’ll take my chocolate in any form – hot, room temp, even frozen – but when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, melty is always good. 

Maggie's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maggie's Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  1. 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup canola oil
  5. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  6. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a larger bowl, combine oil, sugars, and vanilla.
  3. Beat in eggs until well blended.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Shana Norris

Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?


  1. I love the family recipe book idea! And I’m really excited that you’re going to share your recipes here, too.
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  2. Mmm, these look nice and chewy. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe uses coconut oil, and now I can’t imagine going back to using butter!
    (This is such a nice thing to create for your family!)
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    • Christy, can you believe I’ve never cooked with coconut oil? We live in a small town, and when I can find it, it’s outrageously expensive. I’d like to give it a try though. I skip over some great looking recipes because of it.

  3. My kids and husband are allergic to milk and I started substituting in oil for the butter too. I like how the cookies turn out. They are a little different but so good.
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  4. Mmm these look amazing, I am instantly hungry!
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  5. Oh my, these look mouth watering good!
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  6. Shana-
    I am humbled & honored that you chose my cookies to be your first entry! Jimmie always did love them…and I, in turn, always enjoyed making them for him. I am tickled pink that you have chosen to continue to make them as party of your family’s tradition!

    • Awwww, thanks Maggie! Any time I ask Jake what he wants to make for dessert, it’s your cookies. My mom had them for the first time about a month ago, promptly asked for the recipe, and made them two days later. She made a huge batch, froze them, and sent them with my daughter to college in Springfield since my parents were in Alaska when she left for college.

      • Shana- One small “tip” that I never gave Jimmie….if you make your scoop of dough larger than what it looks like you are in the photo (try doubling the size) and put fewer on the cookie sheet at a time leaving more room, your cookies will be even better! Trust me on this one! (You also may not need to bake them quite as long either!)

  7. LOVE chocolate chip cookies and can’t wait to give these a try!!!
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  8. Angela Seeburger says:

    Would these happen to be Maggie’s cookies from Conway?? I worked for Maggie when I was in high school. She worked with my father at Hendrix.

  9. Ummmm, chocolate! Thanks for linking up at My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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  10. Mouth….watering. Literally. Does anyone else do that? When you see something delicious, you start to salivate? I don’t even need to smell it.
    Anyway, I’m cheating on my diet in my head. Thanks a lot! ;)
    New visitor from the Show Off party!
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  11. I love the family recipe book idea! Might have to do one of those myself! Thanks for the great idea and the great recipe.
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    • I’m having fun deciding which old family recipe to make next. There are a few that are slightly decadent, so it’s nice to have an “excuse” to make them even when it’s not a special occasion.

  12. Thanks for linking up at the party. Swap N Share Sunday
    Hope to see you back each week. We start at 6 pm Saturday and run through midnight on Sunday
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  13. lol…I wanted to put together a cookbook for my kids, I ended up with a food blog! :) I have never seen chocolate chip cookies with oil, I am definitely intrigued. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board, and we hope to see you again on Friday.
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  14. Yum! Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe, I can’t wait to give it a go. :)
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  15. Gave this recipe a try last night. And I must say, amazing cookies! Probably by far the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever followed.

  16. I found your recipe via Pinterest and the cookies turned out absolutely fantastic! They are so pretty and they taste good too! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  17. These look amazing. I am not a big cookie eater but this just could be my weakness. I found your recipe via Pinterest and the cookies turned out absolutely fantastic!Thanks for the great idea and the great recipe.
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