Chocolate Chip Cookies by Norma Jean

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Norma Jean, my mother, made the best Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe is pretty indulgent, but is full of memories for me. She loved freezing “cookie dough balls” and baking them fresh. So good!

Overhead shot of a bunch of chocolate chip cookies on white parchment paper, with a bite out of one of them.

There is ONE cookie recipe that immediately comes to mind when I remember Mom’s cookie baking. If you asked any one of my siblings (and their spouses), or any of Mom’s grandkids, they would know which was her favorite. Drum roll please….Chocolate Chip Cookies by Norma Jean!

Stay with me here. These chocolate chip cookies weren’t just ANY old chocolate chip cookies. They were special. Because of the special secret ingredients: 1) Butter-flavored Crisco, 2) Nestle white chocolate chips, and 3) Watkins Vanilla (this is a MUST-have for baking!)

Collage of 1) the ingredients, and 2) the cookie dough.

Mom used to keep bunches of cookie balls in her freezer. When we came home, she’d take a dozen or so (maybe more) and bake them fresh.

Collage of 1) the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet, and 2) the cookie balls in a freezer bag.

My boys LOVED it when they got to enjoy warm SPECIAL cookies at Grandma’s house. And Mom really loved to watch her grandkids eat her homemade cookies. Such a sweet exchange and an even sweeter memory. Pure cookie love between Grandma and her grandkids.

Because cookies are love in Norma Jean’s world.

Shot of baked cookies on a baking sheet, some stacked up.

Remember, my mom’s process of baking cookies was to bake one – all by it’s lonely self – to see if the batch needed more flour. I had the pan full and then remembered. So I quickly removed all but one. I determined that I needed a touch more flour.

Shot of baked cookies, with some stacked up.

The photo below was taken at Christmas of 2000 at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, when Zach was just one. He had been sick and finally felt like eating. So what did Grandma Norma give him? A COOKIE! (a sugar cookie, not a special chocolate chip cookie) Because only grandparents can get away with feeding their grandchildren a cookie for breakfast, after they are sick. He absolutely inhaled it.

I cannot tell a lie.

This wasn’t a secret recipe. Mom never had those. This recipe is printed on page 103 of the St. Joe Cookbook (the church cookbook she helped produce). She shared EVERYTHING, especially when it came to her recipes. She was, and still is, one of the most generous human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know and love.

Picture of my son eating one of Grandma Norma's cookies.
Overhead shot of a bunch of chocolate chip cookies on white parchment paper, with a bite out of one of them.

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Norma Jean

Norma Jean, my mother, made the best Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe is pretty indulgent, but is full of memories for me. She loved freezing "cookie dough balls" and baking them fresh. So good!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1 cup butter – Mom used one bar (one cup) of butter-flavored Crisco
  • 2 cup margarine – or butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons Watkins vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz. milk chocolate chips
  • 12 oz. white chocolate chips


  • Cream together the Crisco bar, margarine, and sugars. Add eggs and the vanilla and mix.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  • Roll one cookie in a ball and place on baking sheet. Bake on 350 degree oven for 12 – 13 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  • Determine if batter needs more flour. If the cookie got too flat, you may need more.
  • Adjust flour and bake remaining cookies.


These cookies freeze well after baking or you can make dough into cookie balls and freeze.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Isaac will be happy to see that you’ve “finally” posted this recipe. Cassie already commented about it, to me. Best EVER cookie recipe! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it, and for all the LOVE you are putting into your blog, SueBee. All those memories are mine too, and it feels good to share them again.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad that Isaac can finally make Grandma’s special cookies! Tell him that if he comes to visit me, I’ll make them fresh for him. 🙂 Mwah!

  2. Those look exactly like Mom’s, you are doing a remarkable job keeping our memories alive. It’s so vivid to me, brings tears to my eyes!! That pic of Z is precious!! Mom’s cookies could “fix” anything.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Shari! I’ll bake them for you when you come to visit next!! ?

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