Barbara Bush’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Barbara Bush was one of the most beloved first ladies in history. She was heavily involved in activism, dedicated much of her life to improving literacy, and was progressive in her views, especially for the time. The Houstonian Hotel, where Barbara and George lived for a period, has shared Barbara’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe as a sweet tribute to the late couple.

“She was having lunch here at our restaurant, Olivette,” recalled Catherine Rodriguez, head pastry chef at the Houstonian. “We asked her if we could use [her cookie recipe] at the hotel. She said she would be honored and she was flattered that we even asked. They’re great because they have a distinct taste, with the oats and specialty chocolate chips. But they’re not a soft, fluffy, cookie. They’re sweet and firm.”

To make Barbara Bush’s famous chocolate chip cookies, you will need:

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 cups of quick-cooking oats (not instant)

1 (12-ounce) bag of semisweet chocolate chips, preferably Valrhona


Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt onto waxed paper. Set aside.

Step 2: Beat together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until fluffy. Stir in flour mixture until well blended. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

Step 3: Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.