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Chocolate Chip Cookies // 1950s

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Here's another great everyday/every occasion recipe from our 1950s cookbook, this time for the children's favourite: Chocolate Chip Cookies. Soft and sweet (but not too sweet) - these will bring out the kid in you!
Original Recipe: 'Chocolate Chip Cookies' (Book 7, 1959)
Speed: 20 minutes | Makes: 18


  • 170g plain flour

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • 85g butter

  • 85g granulated sugar

  • 28g brown sugar (we used demerara sugar)

  • 1 egg

  • Vanilla essence

  • 113g block chocolate (chopped roughly into chips)



1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C fan (350°F/Gas Mark 4).

2. Sift the flour together with the salt.

3. Cream together the butter with the two sugars and then mix in the egg.

4. Mix in the flour, then the vanilla essence, and then the chocolate.

5. Taking about 1 tsp. of the cookie dough at a time, shape with your hands into little rounds and place onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.

6. Bake for about 10 minutes until they are very lightly coloured.

Note: We think that these are best enjoyed while still warm and the larger chocolate chips are still goo-ey. Mmmmmm!


Original Recipe for 'Chocolate Chip Cookies'

'BOOK 7': Good Housekeeping’s Cookery Compendium (1959)

Authors: The Good Housekeeping Institute

Publisher: The National Magazine Co. Ltd. And printed by Letterpress by Sun Printers Ltd. (Watford, England, U.K.)

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