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BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (seriously)

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This is the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe and the only basic cookie recipe you need, seriously. This ONE cookie recipe makes tons of other recipes and is SO GOOD.

(Well…except for this one. It’s pretty good too.)

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stack of chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies: when you find a good one, it’s the unicorn of dessert recipes. There are so many recipes out there and I’m not gonna lie: most of them are meh.

Some of them are okay.

Some of them are not very good at all.

Some of them a great…but not OMG!

And the rest are just…meh.

THIS chocolate chip cookie recipe is the only one (of two) that you need. It’s soft and chewy, full of chocolate, with depth of flavor. They’re easy to make with no weird ingredients and you can change up the recipe to make any kind of cookie recipe you want.

I know, I know. I already have a BOMB-DIGGITTY chocolate chip cookie recipe. I do. It’s a copycat of that Doubletree recipe everyone loves and believe me, that recipe is TOP NOTCH. But it’s not a…regular chocolate chip cookie.

HUH?

I put cookie recipes in three camps:

  1. Specialty and Holiday (like cutout sugar cookies or blueberry pie cookies)
  2. Unique or Single-Use Dough (aka BOM DOT COM) cookies (like the doubletree chocolate chip copycat or peanut butter snickerdoodles)
  3. Basic recipes that aren’t at all basic; these are the blueprint for a million other recipes.

These chocolate chip cookies are #3: they’re just a basic recipe. And that’s okay, because basic recipes taste amazing (ahem: soft AND chewy sugar cookies) but they can also be turned into SO MANY other recipes.

For years I’ve been making a version of this cookie recipe. I’ve changed it here and there, to make Kit Kat Cookies or Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars. I’ve added Reese’s Pieces to them and stuffed them with peanut butter cups.

I finally decided I needed to sit down and formalize my favorite (and most versatile) chocolate chip cookie recipe and post it for you. And this is it

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe that you’ll make over and over for years to come!

stack of chocolate chip cookies

How do you make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Let’s talk about cookie science and break down all the components of this recipe.

What kind of butter makes the best chocolate chip cookies?

I use unsalted butter in all my cookie recipes, unless otherwise specified. I like being able to control the amount of salt added. But you can also use salted butter, just cut down on the added salt. The rule of thumb is 1/2 cup salted butter = 1/4 teaspoon salt. So, in this recipe, if you’re using salted butter, reduce the salt by 1/4 teaspoon.

Here’s the most important thing: use MELTED butter in these cookies. Melted butter, when combined with the sugars, makes a toffee-like flavor. Plus, I think it adds a depth of flavor and also adds to the texture of the cookie.

What kind of flour do you use in a chocolate chip cookie?

This recipe uses all-purpose flour. For the best results, use that.

If you’re trying to substitute gluten-free flour, it will change the texture of the cookie. I’ve substituted that flour in many recipes with success, but not in cookies.

Do I have to chill the dough?

YES. YES YOU DO.

Chilling the dough does a few things to this cookie recipe:

  1. Allows the butter to solidify again, ensuring your cookies don’t spread too thin.
  2. Allows for a chewier outside AND soft inside.
  3. Allows the flavors to develop as they sit.

Don’t skip chilling. Just don’t.

Pro tip: scoop the cookie dough balls BEFORE chilling. The dough is easier to scoop that way!

What kind of chocolate makes the best chocolate chip cookies?

Whatever kind YOU like, of course. BUT…

Use a good chocolate chip, okay? Stop buying the store brand, unless it’s Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s chocolate chips are by far my favorite, with Guittard or Guiradelli being a close second and third.

Mini chocolate chips make every bite chocolatey.

You can also mix up the chips: use some white, some milk, some dark. Do what you like most!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

These cookies are perfect from the oven or perfect cooled to room temperature. They store easily, ship easily, and freeze well.

Good luck just eating one!

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Servings: 24 cookies

BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Chill time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
30 mins
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is easy to make and a great base for so many other cookie recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (104g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (186g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (255g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

Instructions

  1. Note: This dough requires chilling.
  2. Place melted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Add granulated and brown sugars and mix on low speed until the mixture is smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed until combined.
  3. Mix in baking soda and salt, then slowly mix in flour and mix just until the batter is smooth and comes together. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing. Slowly mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Spacing doesn’t matter because you will be chilling the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. Remove the chilled cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and space them 2-inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake (2 tablespoon sized cookies) for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden and the tops are no longer glossy. Let cool on the cookie sheets at least 10 minutes before removing.

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Recipe Notes

Try using white chocolate chips or a combination of milk, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips instead of all one flavor. You can even substitute butterscotch or peanut butter chips, or add your favorite nuts. Just keep the amount of add-ins to 1 1/2 cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cookie) — Calories: 150, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 16mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 3.1%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 3.1%

Love chocolate chip cookies? Be sure to try Trish’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars, Cheryl’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Layered Delight, or Karen’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie is a good way to use up your cookies!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars take cookies to a whole new level!

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Gooey Bars have OREOS inside!

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52 comments

  1. The fact that after probably 7-8 years of blogging about hundreds of other cookies, that you are saying now that these are the best, that is a huge statement! They look beautiful and perfect!

  2. They look great! Wish I had one (or five) right now.

  3. hey girl- these cookies look amazing!

  4. I saw your recipe yesterday and had to make them. I have to say they don’t disappoint! My cookies looked as beautiful as the picture you posted. They are truly the best chocolate cookies I have ever made and I have made many chocolate chip cookies. This will be my go-to recipe from now on and I will be throwing away all those other imposter recipes claiming to be “the best”. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  5. I saw your recipe yesterday and had to make them. I have to say they don’t disappoint! My cookies turned out just like the ones you posted. They are truly the best chocolate cookies I have ever made and I have made many chocolate chip cookies. This will be my go-to recipe from now on and I will be throwing away all those other imposter recipes claiming to be “the best”. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  6. I made these yesterday and they were awesome! I made one change, since I was melting the butter, I took it a step further and browned the butter. I agree, they are one of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made or tasted. I really prefer a recipe that used melted butter because I am usually a spur of the moment baker, and all my butter is stored in the freezer! Thanks for sharing, I for sure be making these again and again.

  7. I made this today and really liked it- I love that the butter doesn’t have to be softened and the cookies turned out great. Dare I say maybe a little too much chocolate (strange since I love chocolate) but otherwise very good. Definitely a keeper for spur-of-the-moment cookies. 4 stars!

  8. Is your recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies better than nestle toll house?

  9. Hi! I made these awesome cookies yesterday, and chilled them over night, and cooked them just now. Totally delicious! I tried adding both milk chocolate and white chocolate chips to the mix and it cam out great. I never really made cookies until I had a craving for them yesterday. None of the other recipes stuck out to me, but I will definitely continue to make this one. It makes a lot of dough, enough for two big batches. The cookies were soft and chewy, so for a little more texture I added chopped walnuts. It added flavor and crunch to the cookies. I really enjoyed this recipe, it doesn’t lie about how good they are. Make these.

  10. Hi! I made these awesome cookies yesterday, and chilled them over night, and cooked them just now. Totally delicious! I tried adding both milk chocolate and white chocolate chips to the mix and it cam out great. I never really made cookies until I had a craving for them yesterday. None of the other recipes stuck out to me, but I will definitely continue to make this one. It makes a lot of dough, enough for two big batches. The cookies were soft and chewy, so for a little more texture I added chopped walnuts. It added flavor and crunch to the cookies. I really enjoyed this recipe, it doesn’t lie about how good they are.

  11. Yep, I totally agree, these are the BEST chocolate chip cookies…and I think I’ve made about 2 million different recipes.
    I put them into chill and planned on baking them in a couple of hours… and then life happened. So, I didn’t get to abke them till the next day. They are just as picture perfect as yours…soft but chewy with the perfect amount of chips.
    My go to chocolate chip cookie recipe for life : )
    Thank you !!!

  12. Is it okay if I use the some baking tray that I chilled the dough in to bake it? I’m afraid I don’t have many baking trays.

  13. I’ve been looking for an excellent chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this is it!  Delicious! Made exactly as recipe states except that I started late in the day do I chilled the dough in the frig all night. Baked them in the morning. Had to have one for breakfast. Yum!

  14. Oh my goodness! You have no idea how many “best” chocolate chip recipes I’ve tried! Countless! I’ve tried them w/ all brown sugar, no brown sugar, corn starch, baking soda & powders, bread flour, cake flour. You get the picture! Every single one claiming to be THE BEST, but….they’re not, until now, that is!!
    They are so good and so pretty! I also absolutely love it when recipes have gram measurements. Thank you for that 🙂
    Providing they’re just as yummy after they’ve sat around for a bit, I may just have to toss out all of my other recipes, delete from Pinterest, etc.

  15. Shoot! I chilled the dough balls two full hours, melted the butter… followed your tips like a devoted alcolyte but but..a) the dough balls barely spread out at all so I had thick little hills for cookies, b) the consistency is just not yummy. No chewyness just kinda dry. Did I over mix?? I would love some feedback.

    • I made these last night and follow the directions exactly and had the same results. Where did I go wrong? Help!

      • If they don’t spread it means they’re too cold. I have that happen in winter sometimes, or if I chill them too long. Just press them with the palm of your hand before baking and it should help.

  16. The cookies are amazing, just the right chewiness though a little sweet. Love this recipe. My choc chips melted a little because I forgot to put them in the fridge but I added it to the batter anyway so the color darkened.

  17. I followed this recipe to a tee and the cookies were just okay. Perhaps I missed something or did something wrong but I double-checked to make sure I did everything as written. They weren’t bad but not what I was looking for. They were more cake-like, and fluffy little mountains. They were perfect brownness so I didn’t overbake them. They tasted more like a chocolate chip muffin. My family liked them okay but I will stick to my old recipe.

    • i know i followed it to a T too. i make cookies with another recipe all the time and they always come out perfect. this recipe, not so much. they aren’t terrible, but also not very good. mine were like muffin tops too, and it was kinda bland. i won’t be using this recipe anymore thats for sure.

  18. i wanted to ask would it be ok to use nesle toll house chocolate chips in this recipe

  19. For the chocolate chip cookie recipe? How many cookies does a batch make? I have a social tomorrow evening for my daughters Theatre program, and will need to bring AT LEAST 5 dozen cookies. So, I just need to know how many cookies (approx), one batch makes. Hopefully you will get this in time. I am starting soon, so I can get them chilling the full amt of time! Thanks! P.S.- I have made several other of your recipes, all have been great, do I just know these will be delicious! 🙂

  20. The search is over! Just tried these this morning. Yup! These cookies are perfect! Might need to keep a batch of dough in the freezer so I can make them at a moment’s notice. The chilling is an must. Soooooooo delicious!

  21. I added some shredded cocoonut to these. Loved all around!

  22. I substituted the butter for coconut oil(vegan) and the egg with ant larvae. So delicious!

  23. best chocolate cookie recipe!

  24. Please Help !!!! I had dough chilling about 5-6 hrs and put them in 350 o oven about 13 min .  and they came out like little balls with no spreading !!! What did I do wrong ?? Maybe chilled too long …. please help !

    • Same thing happened to mine. They turned out like cookie muffins. I chilled the dough for the 2 hours specified. Bummed….

      • Is it possible that you used Baking Powder instead of Baking Soda? That is honestly the only thing I can think of, although, I am not an experienced baker so maybe someone else can weigh in.
        The recipe worked well for me, I just spaced them a bit too close so I ended with a chocolate chip slab haha.

  25. I was a little skeptical about using melted butter for a cookie recipe. I was worried they would be too buttery/greasy. But they did not disappoint! These cookies disappeared so fast, I didn’t even have time to put them away into the cookie jar. This one is going into the recipe book for sure!

  26. This recipe absolutely delivers! Thank you so much for posting. Just made them and the flavor is perfect. The process also made the house smell amazing!

  27. My children and I made these today. They really are the best!! I put this one in my recipe book. I have been looking for a recipe like this for so long. Don’t change anything!! 

  28. I have made these twice but screwed up each time, perhaps for the better. I would never take the time to make the dough balls and then cool them for two hours before cooking. Don’t have time for that.

    First time after I already melt the butter, I find I only have one egg. So I added it and a bit of milk instead. I put the dough in the freezer for 10 minutes then scooped out the cookies. They kept their mound shape pretty well, but were not cakey at all like some are complaining. But they were the best chocolate chip cookies I ever ate.

    Next time I made them the dough seemed kind of stiff already (it was chilly in the house), so did not chill the dough at all. They came out a bit flatter than the first ones, but were just as good.

    If you are having a problem with cakey cookies and if you are not doing it already, weigh the ingredients. These weights are perfect. Volume measurements vary way too much.

  29. when do i add the chocolate chips?

  30. These chocolate chip cookies were very, very good. I have been trying chocolate chip cookie recipes forever to find the perfect cookie and this one is very close. Thanks for your sharing.

  31. Thank the good Lord for the scrumptious cookies! My church loved each and every second of them, and next Sunday, I swear on my grave, I will bring them again even better! God Bless the USA and cookies!

  32. I’ve been looking for a good cookie recipe that a college student who doesn’t regularly bake can make, and I’ve finally found it! With the melted butter, this recipe doesn’t actually need a mixer, and can be made entirely by hand (it does take a bit longer, but when you don’t have access to a mixer, that’s a small detail). Everyone LOVES these cookies, and I have people asking me for the recipe! (Even my mother!) I’m excited to try some of the other recipes here, but for now, having a standard Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to fall back on has been a blessing around the holidays. 5/5, will continue making again and again.

  33. Why is it my cookies did not expand or flatten & the size remains same) .

  34. These chocolate chip cookies were amazing! I baked a batch of them for a Christmas party and they were a huge hit! I baked half of the cookies for 11 mins for a chewy bite and 15 mins for the perfect crispy chocolate chip cookie! Can’t wait to whip up another batch of these delicious cookies. Definitely saving this recipe for the future! Thanks so much Dorothy!

  35. Thank you came out awesome!!

  36. I made these last night, I’ve never baked cookies before. But as a single dad now my kiddo’s wanted some. And my favorite kind is thin, crispy, yet chewy and gooey on the inside. Let me tell you, IM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. Your instructions sure helped! I made the PERFECT batch of cookies. Every single one is perfect. Thank you so much!! I’ll be saving this for sure. 

  37. You mean the best taste, not the best appreance, right? xD Just kidding. I often enjoy myself to have a batch of chocolate chip cookies at weekend. It’s really a good treatment including both the easiness and tastiness 🙂
    – Natalie

  38. There DECENT!!!!!

  39. So I was reading the comments while chilling the cookie dough, and just realize I used baking powder instead of soda. Should I even bother baking them at this point? Is there anything I can do to remedy the situation? I hate to just throw it all out. 

    • Update: I added two more teaspoons of baking powder to the dough that had already been chilled just over two hours. I didn’t think there was anyway it could have blended well in the firm, chocolate chip filled dough. But at that point i had nothing to lose, so I baked them. They turned out amazingly perfect, even though they technically weren’t. I will be making this simple but delicious recipe again. 

  40. These were so easy to make and super delicious! The only thing is that mine didn’t flatten out as nicely as your pictures showed. I noticed some other people had the same issue. I wonder what that could be due to.

  41. These are awesome! I added pecans, and some with white chocolate – but stuck to the exact recipe, and they are great! They were my Christmas staple cookie and EVERYONE wants the recipe! Really really good. I doubled the batch every time; cause if you’re gonna chill the dough, might as well make a bunch!

  42. Thanks but the amount of chips should be cut in half. That amount of chocolate chips will never successfully amalgamate to those proportions of other ingredients.

  43. I am not a baker, but just had to try these. They are the best I have ever made. I used both white chips, milk chocolate chip and pecans. The cookies turned out awesome.

  44. my third time making them I put oatmeal instead of all flour 1 cup flour 1/2 cup oatmeal then I follow the recipe wonderful cookies… about 45 calories each so I have two for breakfast yummy

  45. What is the yield of this recipe?

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