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A Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

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I started my holiday baking yesterday. Yes, I know it’s less than a week until Christmas…..This is the first chance I’ve had! I wanted to make some of my favorite┬áBasic Cookie Dough. But. I couldn’t find the recipe. So, I started searching.

Needless to say, I finally found the recipe card tucked into one of my recipe books (who knows why it was in there instead of the recipe box). In order to make sure I don’t lose the recipe again, I decided I should share it on the blog (I could find it here pretty easily!).

I want to figure out how to add a pdf document for this recipe, but right now my computer doesn’t want to co-operate. I’ll have to edit this post later. For now, here’s the recipe:

Basic Cookie Dough:


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1-1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Cream sugars, shortening, butter and eggs together. Add vanilla and orange juice. Beat. Mix dry ingredients together and add to the sugar/butter mixture.
  2. Add: M&Ms, raisins, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips or almost anything to the basic mix. Mix will store in the refrigerator for several weeks.
  3. Drop by level teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly and remove to cool completely.

Yield: Tons!


Here’s a version of plain dough, topped with a dollop of strawberry jam and flaked coconut.



Here’s┬áM&Ms and crushed peppermints added to the mix.