Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are simply delicious.

Joan was a sweet lady from our church who used to bring the most yummy snacks on Sunday. She would bring a container full of cookies, or a loaf or two of quick bread, or a cake, and she always served them with the sweetest smile. Oftentimes a hug. After our church service, we would all crowd around the snack table wanting to be sure to get one of her cookies or a piece of her cake. She was such a wonderful baker, and so very humble. Sadly, Joan passed away a year ago to be with her Creator. We miss our dear friend and her sweet smile.

When I Make These Cookies I Remember Joan

I rarely have the orange flavored extract on hand, so if you don’t use that, it won’t effect the flavor too much. They just won’t have a light citrus flavor.

Joan’s cookies were always big, thick, and chewy. When I think of walnut-sized balls, I imagine the green walnuts that fall from the tree. Of course, the bigger your cookies are, the longer they will need to bake. Mine might bake for 12-14 minutes, on average.

This recipe for Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies makes a large batch. So bake some up and give some to a friend or neighbor. Or take some to church with you on Sunday. You can freeze them, too. Just place them in a Ziplock bag and take them out of the freezer when you have company. Serve them with a large glass of milk. 

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Joan's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Joan's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's a recipe from a sweet lady who always brought yummy snacks to church on Sunday. I think you might like it! (It makes a large batch)
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chips, Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 6 dozen


KitchenAid Mixer
Baking Sheet
Silicone Baking Mat
Cooling Rack


  • 2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops orange flavoring extract optional
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and extracts and beat well.
  • In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Roll dough into large walnut-sized balls and space 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6-8 dozen.
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