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The Frog Commissary Chocolate Chip Cookie

For those ‘in the chocolate chip cookie know,’ who visited Philadelphia in the 1970s, chances are you found your way to the Frog Commissary.

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This chocolate chip cookie is easily the best homemade cookie recipe you will try.

It’s entirely personal when somebody shares a recipe with you for a treat they made which you enjoyed. And a chocolate chip cookie recipe to boot. What makes this post so special is the age of this recipe I am sharing today.

It was given to me by our dear friend and neighbor, Mrs. Donna McMillan. Somebody close to Miss Donna shared it with her many decades ago. This recipe comes from The Frog Commissary.

What is the Frog Commissary?

For those who have not heard of the Frog Commissary, it was a restaurant and catering service located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you lived in or visited the Philadelphia area in the 1970s and 80s, chances are you found your way to Steve Poses’s Frog Commissary. Yes, this landmark was all that and a box of chocolates…

I was overjoyed to sneak a taste of a batch of this cookie when Donna brought some over. In fact I was THRILLED when she agreed to share the recipe. 

Upon receiving the recipe, I attempted several batches before getting it correct. I will never forget the first bake-off and the look on Miss Donna’s face before even tasting a cookie from that batch, as they were limp and flat and not at all similar to hers. But, I tried again…and then again. Finally, we reviewed what I was doing, and more importantly, what I was doing WRONG.

What are some tips for baking the Frog Commissary chocolate chip cookie?

Don’t substitute ingredients in this one guys and gals. Don’t be inaccurate with your measurements. Use sweet, round Elliot pecans in this recipe, and only old fashioned oats. It matters.

Let this cookie dough get happy with itself chilling in the refrigerator overnight before baking it off. In other words, treat this dough like a newborn and give it the love and attention and care it deserves. It will deliver one of the BEST tasting chocolate chip cookies I dare say you will have EVER EATEN. 

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A log of dough kept in the freezer also means they may be baked on demand, hint, hint…

These cookies are a classic oatmeal chocolate chip. It’s now among my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. Once I decided to actually follow the recipe as it’s written here, the cookies turned out perfect. They are chewy yet crunchy at the same time.

A perfect combination of sweet and healthy; I mean, oats equals healthy, right? Haha! These are a big hit in our house, with everyone gobbling up more than a few (Mom!). A log of dough kept in the freezer also means they may be baked on demand, hint, hint.

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Do You The Ingredients For The Frog Commissary Chocolate Chip Cookie? Check The List!

unsalted butter


light brown sugar


fat free milk

vanilla extract

all-purpose flour

baking soda

baking powder


old fashioned oats

dark chocolate chips 

milk chocolate chips 

Elliot Pecans

a bag of pecans

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The Frog Commissary Chocolate Chip Cookie

Jenny from Not Entirely Average
For those 'in the chocolate chip cookie know,' who lived in or visited Philadelphia in the 1970s, chances are you found your way to the Frog Commissary.
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Servings: 36 cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
chill time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 5649 kcal


  • baking sheet


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fat free milk
  • 2 teaspoons quality vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour unbleached
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 9 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 9 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Elliot Pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350 ºF.
  • Cream the butter. Add the sugars and mix until light.
  • Beat in the egg, then the milk and then the vanilla.
  • Stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and gradually stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture until it’s incorporated.
  • Stir in the oats and chocolate chips and the chopped Elliots pecans.
  • On a piece of plastic wrap or parchment, drop the dough and roll into a log. Wrap tightly and chill in the refrigerator minimally 12 hours or overnight.
  • Unroll dough and cut with a sharp knife into one inch thick rounds. Roll into balls. Arrange on a heavy cookie sheet, placing about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  • Bake on center rack for 10-13 minutes, until golden brown at the edges and light golden at the center. Cookies will puff in the center.
  • Cool on baking sheet for at least 1-2 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.


Calories: 5649kcalCarbohydrates: 684gProtein: 87gFat: 288gSaturated Fat: 196gTrans Fat: 7gCholesterol: 819mgSodium: 4329mgPotassium: 3000mgFiber: 37gSugar: 299gVitamin A: 6235IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1386mgIron: 26mg
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  1. Dear Jenny,
    I was so excited to see Frog/Commisary Chocolate Chip recipe. I lived in Philadelphia back in the sixties & seventies and The Frog Commissary was one of my most favorite restaurants. I would often stop in just to buy their chocolate chip cookies. I still dream of them as I think they are the best chocolate chip cookie in the world! Thanks for sharing this recipe and bringing back such wonderful memories. PS., I bought a used copy of the cookbook from Amazon.

    1. Maxine, your comment brings me joy and smiles! I never experienced The Frog Commissary. I too, purchased a copy of the cookbook used, from Amazon. Once discovering all of the recipes for dishes we grew up knowing and loving in PA and Jersey, I dove head first into a few of them. Many of the methods are better than mine, so I have also learned from it. Thank you for taking a minute to comment on the post – hearing from visitors to the site means more than you could possibly imagine!