Local kids lucky enough to take a field trip to USS Midway come home with their original chocolate chip cookie recipe from 1945.

First, here’s a little backstory in case you’re not familiar with this unique San Diego attraction.

The USS Midway is the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, the only to serve the entire length of the Cold War. It’s decommissioned and now one of the most unique museums in the world. Visitors tour the ship including the sleeping quarters, engine room, post office, a deck full of aircraft (some you can climb aboard), and galley where these delicious cookies were made. 

This easy chocolate chip cookie recipe makes quite a few cookies. You can save a little bit of time and turn them into bars. It’s very flexible as long as you keep an eye on the baking time.

How to Make USS Midway Chocolate Chip Cookies or Bars

Cream 1 lb of butter well.

USS Midway chocolate cookie recipe calls for 1lb of butter

Add two cups of granulated sugar and two cups of brown sugar to the butter. Cream it all together.

Next, in go the eggs and vanilla.

USS Midway Chocolate Chip cookie recipe: Add vanilla

Mix well.

Mix baking soda, salt, and flour in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Add one bag of chocolate chips (more if you like).

Add chocolate chips to the USS Midway cookie recipe

Drop cookies by the spoonful onto a pan. Or, divide batter in two and spread the dough out on two greased or parchment-lined jelly roll pans. If you like thicker bars, you probably could just use one pan (just watch the baking time).

The dough will expand so if using two jelly roll pans, you can leave a little room on the edges if you’d like a more even bake (rather than having it smoosh on the edges).

Chocolate chip cookie recipe from USS Midway Museum in San Diego

Bake until the edges start to brown. Cut as you like.

USS Midway Chocolate Chip cookie bars

Place any extras in the freezer for later. They’re even tasty when frozen.

Chocolate Chip cookie recipe from the USS Midway in San Diego
Yield: 8 dozen cookies/7-8 dozen 1 3/4" bars

USS Midway Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from 1945

USS Midway chocolate chip cookies

Cooks onboard the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century often made these chocolate chip cookies in the galley. It's a flexible recipe that you can turn into bars as well.


  • 1 lb butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups and 8 tbsp. flour
  • 1 large bag of chocolate chips (more if you prefer)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream butter well.
  3. Add sugar and brown sugar to butter and cream together.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Combine baking soda, salt and flour in a separate bowl.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips
  8. Spoon on to baking sheet (or jelly roll pan if making bars)
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes (cookies) or 13-15 minutes (bars) or until the edges start to brown.


Make the cookies or bars as big or small as you like.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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