Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

pccookI have an unnatural obsession with the Clinton’s. President Clinton is my favorite president and I was beyond thrilled when I found The Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook at a used bookstore for only $.75! 🙂 One of the best recipes in the cookbook is Hillary’s chocolate chip cookie recipes. The following is an excerpt from the book regarding the cookies:

Family Circle made headlines in 1992 when its editors decided to do a “Bipartisan Bake-Off” between the Presidential candidates’ wives. Barbara Bush and Senator Clinton were both asked by the magazine to submit cookie recipes. Once the recipes were published were then encouraged to bake the two cookies, put aside their partisan loyalties, and decide who had the better cookie. The response was overwhelming, and Senator Clinton won the bake-off with this recipe. Family Circle then ran a second “Cookie Cook-Off” in 1996 between Senator Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Dole. Senator Clinton’s cookies won again.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. In mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat together shortening, sugars, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture and rolled oats.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool on wire racks 2 minutes.
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