1935 Chocolate Chip Cookies

For one of my Girl Scout Badges we had to bake something from the past. I was looking through a Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1950s for ideas when I found the most famous cookie of the late 1930’s, which to no surprise was the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie. So I decided to make that cookie, because who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?



2/3 cup shortening (1/3 of it should be margarine/butter)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 package (6 ounces) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts



  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the shortening (including margarine/butter), granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
  3. Measure the flour by sifting into another bowl. The book adds that you can add 1/4 cup more flour for a softer cookie. Then add the baking soda and salt to the flour. Then blend the dry ingredients mix into the other mix.
  4. Add the nuts and chocolate chips to the batter, and mix them in.
  5. Drop round teaspoonfuls of dough, about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until a little browned.

Things I Did Differently: 

  1. I added the sifted flour, baking soda, and salt to the original mix right away, instead of doing it separately, then adding it in.
  2. I didn’t use nuts in the batter.
  3. Instead of using a KitchenAid, I mixed everything by hand like they would’ve in the 1930’s.


The original recipe


Step 2


Step 2 once mixed


Step 3, sifting the flour


Step 3, once the dry ingredients are added.


Step 3, once the dry ingredients are mixed in


Step 4, adding the chocolate chips


Step 5


  1. If you use Gold Medal Self – Rising Flour then don’t add baking soda or salt.
  2. One batch makes around 4 – 5 dozen 2″ cookies.
  3. You can add crushed peppermint for a Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookie.


Thanks for reading! Check out Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, for more cookies like this!


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