If you give an actor a cookie …

blog28_3When my kids were growing up, I loved it when they’d bring their friends to our house to hang out; and one way to make sure they did was to always have fresh-baked cookies. As usual for me, I found a recipe and added a little of this and changed a little of that to make it my own. The result is a pretty darn good chocolate chip cookie … if I do say so myself.  And if you don’t believe me, I’ve gotten a few testimonials from my Days of Our Lives co-workers – who have also enjoyed them over the years.

These are super easy to make, so I typically keep the ingredients on-hand so I can make them for my kids, friends or co-workers on a whim. Try these out and let me know what you think. And, if you have a cookie recipe you love – I’d love for you to share yours too!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter (I use a microwave to soften)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¼ Cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In an electric mixer beat brown sugar, white sugar and the butter. My mixer is free standing so I turn it on and work on the other ingredients…basically beating it to death!
  3. Add vanilla and eggs (one at a time) and continue beating until mixed thoroughly. Turn mixer off.
  4. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Turn mixer back on and slowly add to butter/sugar mixture.
  5. Add two bags of chocolate chips and beat until thoroughly combined.
  6. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (this makes a big difference). I use two tablespoons and drop out 12 to a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until dark golden brown and flat.
  8. Remove cookies promptly and cool on rack.


  1. Mary Beth,
    In 6 years of marriage, my husband has told me that the things I make were “good” or “fine”. However, when I made your cookies for him, I got the review of “excellent”. Thank you for sharing your fantastic and delicious recipe. XO

  2. I like how yours are thin and flat. Mine always come out lumpy looking.

  3. Hi Mary Beth – I have an awesome cookie recipe, but wonder if you
    are a flat cookie person or a puffy cookie person?

  4. MB, it looks like you’re using the wisk attachment, is that right? I have a Kitchen Aid, too, but I use the bread hook for creaming the butter and sugar, then I switch to the flat beater when adding the dry ingredients. Then I fold in the chocolate chips by hand, not really sure why, actually. But the thing that really caught my attn is that you seem to be using the wisk the whole time. Do you think it makes a difference?

    One more thing, I have always found that when I overmix they come out awful, big concentration of chips in the middle, and the edges are too thin. Not nice and uniform like yours. Now, I’m using the same ingredients as you, only a cup of brown sugar and half a cup of granulated sugar. Plus, I use vanilla. So, mine are perfect as long as I don’t overmix it. But yours are turning out so much more uniform when you mix them for a long period of time. Not sure what I’m doing wrong there.

    • Mary Beth

      Hi Hilary,

      I’m not sure what I used in the video, but I usually use the paddle. Either will work.

    • Hilary.. I refrigerate my cookie mixes a minimum of an hour to maximum overnight before I bake, it solidifies the ingredients, making then easier to scoop and bake evenly… and once baked they disappear before they have time to cool. LoL.

  5. Mary Beth…
    I have a super great receipe for you to try.

    Try this receipe…
    3/4 cup of cold hard Crisco
    1 1/4 light brown sugar
    2 Tbsp Milk
    1 tsp Vanilla
    1 egg ( beaten well )
    1 tsp Salt
    3/4 tsp Baking Soda
    1 3/4 cup of flour

    Mix well , then add 1 cup of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips , bake at 350 for 12 mins
    Yummy !!

  6. Stacey Griffith

    Thanks for doing all of the fun video blogs Mary Beth and for sharing recipes. I love to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies using dark chocolate chips….so good..and I can pretend they are healthy because of the fiber and dark chocolate.

  7. Very cute vlog this week. The cookies sound delicious & easy enough for even me to try! Haven’t had time to try the apple pie yet, but also planning on making that! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Donna Mackie

    LOVE your cookies ..on set of behind the scenes. Actors deserve TLC…and you and @JenLilly are sweeties to Bring the Love. COOKIES look scrumptious

  9. What a fun blog this week. Who doesn’t like cookies? Watching everyone enjoying your cookies made me smile. It’s always a treat when homemade goodies are brought in to work. I loved seeing the crew. Thank you for including them. I’m glad you did a step by step for us. It’ll be very helpful when I attempt to make these. 🙂
    Thank you again for another great blog.

  10. Your cookies look so easy to make, thank you I will be trying them soon!! Love you on Days!

  11. Terri Martin

    hahaha…..”have you ever had my cookies?” …..”what do you think of my cookies?”…….”are they good?” “what about you?” “and you?” This was great! I guess I need to make them so I can answer this question!! 🙂

  12. Susan Nolen

    Love this weeks blog Mary Beth!…I luv your chocolate chip cookies recipe! It’s so easy and the cookies are so good!…my hubby says Thank you!…I make them for him all the time! Really enjoyed hearing all your co workers & BTS people’s comments! As always MB..thanks for sharing!

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