Gram’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Look at all those chocolate chips!

While I refer to these cookies as “Gram’s chocolate chip cookies” because my grandma (we call her “Gram”) used to make them for my cousins and I. I have great memories of sitting on her counter eating dough while she loaded up cookie sheets. She originally got the recipe from a trip on the Clipper Cruise Line; apparently they serve these awesome cookies on their ships.

What I love most about these cookies is that the dough to chocolate chips to nuts ratio is about 1:1:1. Which is a lot of chunk! Oh, and also that it has a little booze in it.
This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies, so be prepared to share (or fight everyone off). I’ve also posted a Word version at the end of the post.


Notice the most important ingredients – booze!


  • 1 c         unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c      sugar
  • 3/4 c      firmed packed light brown sugar
  • 1 T         vanilla extract
  • 1 T         Frangelico
  • 1 T         coffee liqueur
  • 2            eggs
  • 1 t          baking soda
  • 2-1/2 c  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t      salt
  • 24 oz    milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c    chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c    chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c    chopped macadamia nuts


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Beat first six ingredients (butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, frangelico, and coffee liqueur) in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
First six ingredients

The first six ingredients

  • Add eggs and beat well
Add eggs

Light and fluffy. Ready for eggs.

    • Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in with butter mixture
    • Mix in chocolate chips, and chopped nuts
Chips and nuts

Notice that you can’t see the dough… just as cookies should be!

    • Drop batter by 1/8 cup measure or soup spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Leave space between as these spread out a bit.
    • Bake until golden brown, about 13-16 minutes

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  • Cool on rack
  • Eat tons!

Yields approximately 3 dozen. Here’s the print-friendly file for this recipe: Grams Chocolate Chip Cookies



8 thoughts on “Gram’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of ‘stuff’ for a cookie! I bet the liqueur gives them a great edge. Adding them to my recipe file (formerly a wedding-planning binder)!

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