Basic Chocolate Chip Biscuits

    30 minutes

    This chocolate chip biscuit recipe originally comes from Hillary Clinton. They are simple to make, chewy and come in large quantities! What's not to like?

    57 people made this

    Makes: 84 biscuits

    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 250g margarine
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups rolled oats
    • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Brush baking trays lightly with vegetable oil.
    2. Combine flour, salt and bicarb soda.
    3. Beat together margarine, sugars and vanilla in large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
    4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats then chocolate chips.
    5. Drop batter by rounded teaspoonsfuls onto baking trays. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool biscuits on trays for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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    I used to bake all the cookies as a local bakery and found this to be a great recipe. I substituted butter for the shortening and baked them on a baking stone. I also throw in a handfull of chopped pecans. The Ghirardelli semi sweet chips have been the best to use so far. They also seem to have to bake about 12 minutes in my oven before they are "right" for me, the first batch about 2 minutes longer. I thought my oven was off temp wise but the oven thermometer I put in agreed with the oven on the temp. I have made them over 30 times for various parties and that is all everyone wants me to bring. For those who said they turned out thin, I am scratching my head in wonder since mine always turn out fairly thick. Maybe the baking stone is the difference there, or even the butter, or pecans. I would also chunk your baking soda and get a fresh box just in case. If none of that works, It could be how you are mixing them. Usally people over mix cookie doughs. One other possibility is the type of oatmeal you are using. I use the quick oats. The old fashioned require longer to absorb the moisture to cook which could cause some thinning to occur.  -  04 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I substituted two sticks of butter for the shortening and I ran the oatmeal through the food processor before adding them to the cookie batter. I did use Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips in this recipe. I really packed my small cookie scoop as I wanted a bigger sized cookie--they were done at eleven minutes. I let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for a minute before pulling them off and letting them cool on the countertop. These cookies turned out wonderfully. Very visually appealing cookie. My husband is not much for oatmeal or "extras" in his chocolate chip cookies but he told me that he thought these were VERY good--and that's saying something. No complaints here! I'll make these again.  -  10 May 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This cookie is missing the mark BIG time! I think of a chocolate chip cookie, and I imagine somewhat of a mild buttery vanilla flavour...this is lacking in taste big time!  -  17 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)