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Need a fun lunchbox cookie? These Famous Amos Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for after lunch, or anytime!

stack of copycat famous amos cookies on parchment

In college, I took night classes. For some reason computer science classes were required for a math major (um, I hate computers, thankyouverymuch) and most of the computer science classes were at night. So, I’d go to school in the morning, go to work, then come back to school at 6:00 for three fun hours of methods, CSS, and other things I’ll never remember.

Man, I should have paid more attention. Hindsight…

Since I was rushing from work, I never really had time for dinner. My dinner came out of a vending machine near the student lounge, and usually consisted of a Coke and a bag of Famous Amos Cookies.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved those cookies. Even in high school, whenever I brought money for lunch, I’d buy a bag of them. Or two, because there were only 5 cookies in a vending machine bag and 5 mini cookies is not a serving. 10 or 20 is a serving.

I still love those cookies. I don’t buy them anymore (you can only find large bags at the grocery store, and if I buy a large bag, I’ll eat it all in one sitting) and just mentioning the name makes my taste reflexes remember the flavor.

So, in honor of back to school week, I thought I’d make my own. A Famous Amos Copycat!

stack of copycat famous amos cookies on parchment

Now, normally I love big, gooey, soft chocolate chip cookies. As a general rule, I want my cookies almost raw in the middle. BUT…these cookies aren’t that.They’re small and crunchy.

But they’re supposed to be! It’s what makes them amazing.

Another note about this recipe, and someone I know will get a huge smile of satisfaction on her face for this next sentence (ahem):

They contain Crisco.

Normally I don’t use Crisco. I use butter, because butter is better. I like the flavor of butter, and even though I’ve always said there is nothing wrong with Crisco…it scares me a little. Like…what is it?

Anyway, the recipe I adapted these from used Crisco, and all the other recipes I researched used it too. So I bought a can. I’m sure you can sub butter for all the shortening in this recipe, if you prefer, but you’ll have to chill your dough. That’s one thing I now LOVE about shortening:

You don’t have to chill it!

You can whip up this dough and bake it right away. So if you want cookies NOW, not tomorrow, make this recipe.

These cookies are perfect for a lunchbox treat. I am a firm believer in a sweet treat after lunch, but it needs to be small. One Kiss or a couple M&Ms…or one little Famous Amos Copycat cookie!

Or, you know. You could eat these after lunch when you work from home. Not that I’d know about that.

These also taste sort of like those other mini chocolate chip cookies, the ones that come in the bag in the cookie aisle. Having just had those this past weekend, however, I can say that these are 100% better.

So, if you’re in the mood for a small, crunchy cookie, make these. And remember all those vending machine days!

I certainly did! Plus, this recipe makes a ton. Freeze them for all month!

stack of copycat famous amos cookies on parchment

Famous Amos Cookie Copycat

4.25 from 4 votes


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter softened (half a stick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  • Cream butter, shortening, and sugars together in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat in egg, vanilla, and milk. Beat in salt and baking soda. Stir in flour and mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough (I use a small cookie scoop for this) and place onto cookie sheets. Press the dough lightly with the palm of your hand to flatten just a bit (about half the thickness of the ball). Bake for about 13 minutes, until the cookies are slightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to rack to cool completely. They will get crunchier as they cool.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Other fun lunchbox cookies:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pudding Cookies

Oatmeal Pudding Cookies

Cookies from friends:
Dark Chocolate Butterfinger Cookies by Inside BruCrew Life
Ooey Gooey Butter S’mores Cookies by Something Swanky
Cool Whip Cookies by Yummy, Healthy Easy

Thanks for reading!

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

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  1. I took the liberty of adding 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and increasing the granulated sugar to 1/2 cup for a not-too-sweet, dark chocolate twist on the original recipe. My “Ccokie Monster” boss appreciated the homemade treats instead of our usual birthday cake from a local bakery. Will bake again soon for my own family. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi the recipe seems easy and yummy i wanted to ask if posdible can i add chocolte small pieaces instead of chocolate chips waiting for reply.

  3. Hi the recipe seems easy i cant wait to try them but can i use small pieaces of chocolates like very small bits instead of chocolate chip waiting for your reply.

  4. Hi!
    May I know what type of milk do you use or is there no difference? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!!!

  5. Sad that you only experienced his cookies from a vending machine because that’s after a company bought his name and produced cheaper cookies to be sold in stores and vending machines. Its like comparing hamburger to a steak. He sold his name and not his recipe. He later tried to to open another cookie company calling it something else but was sued because of legal agreements of him not being able fo use his name. Another corporation the Keebler company later bought out famous Amos cookies from the other company and hired Wally Amos to be representative for the cookies. This is why Famous Amos cookies tastes liks little Chips Ahoy. You could only buy original Famous Amos cookies from the famous amos cookie store in the early to mid 1980’s.

  6. I am thinking of trying these with only butter today as I am too lazy to go to the store to buy Crisco. I hope I don’t regret it! lol!

  7. HI there, is it possible to replace the egg with milk in this recipe. And if so, how much milk should i use? Thanksย 

  8. Omigosh! Made these for my dad’s company since its their 5th year anniversary and it turned out to be a big hit! Since i like my cookies crunchier, i baked them for 18 mins on the first rack and another 3 mins on the top rack so that both sides were a golden brown. Totally gonna make these again!