Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are the world’s most popular cookie for a reason! Buttery, soft, and with the perfect amount of chocolate chips, in only 20 minutes!

There’s nothing better than the smell (or taste!) of a freshly baked Cookie Recipe, whether you’re making a classic like these Chocolate Chip Cookies or a holiday favorite like Ginger Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies in stack

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my all-time favorite classic cookie recipes. I almost always have these ingredients in my pantry, so it’s really easy to make a batch last minute.

Plus, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a warm, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven. Not to mention, a good chocolate chip cookie recipe is the ultimate kid-friendly activity on a rainy day!

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES CHEWY

This really depends on what recipe you’re using, but there’s a few tricks you can try to increase the chewiness in your chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  • Use a combo of brown sugar and granulated sugar in your chocolate chip cookie recipe. The brown sugar has more moisture in it naturally, which brings more moisture to the cookies, resulting in a more chewy texture.
  • Watch your cooking time and temperature. Set a timer for a minute or two less than you think you’ll need, so you don’t accidentally over-bake your chocolate chip cookies. Also, if your chocolate chip cookies consistently come out burnt and crispy on the bottom but perfect and chewy on the top, invest in a good oven-safer thermometer to check if your oven is cooking true to temperature.
  • Use butter, not shortening. Butter has more than just fat, it also has solids and moisture, which both make for a chewy cookie. Other chocolate chip cookie recipes may call for a combo of both, which is ok, too.
  • Make sure you refrigerate your cookie dough before baking. This one is really important, because a warm dough may spread too much, and flatter cookies are more likely to crisp up. You can have the perfect cookie recipe, but it goes wrong because of skipping this step.

HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Chocolate Chip Cookies should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They will stay good for about 2-3 weeks.

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VARIATIONS ON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • Switch up the chocolate chips: You don’t have to limit yourself to semi-sweet! You can substitute some or all of the chocolate chips with dark chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips.
  • Add nuts: Try adding peanuts, chopped almonds, or chopped walnuts to add another flavor and some crunchy texture to the cookies.
  • Dried fruit: Add in raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries for some extra fruit flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies on baking sheet with parchment paper

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WHY DID MY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES TURN OUT FLAT?

Your chocolate chip cookie recipe may be spreading too much for a few reasons, usually having to do with butter and granulated sugar, or too little all purpose flour. If you ended up with crispy cookies, try these tricks next time.

  • Make sure you’re refrigerating your dough before baking. Butter that’s already too warm in the dough will spread faster.
  • Use a mixture of butter and shortening to help the cookies spread less.
  • Make sure you’re measuring your ingredients accurately, with measuring cups and leveling out the cup with a butterknife. Also make sure you’re using fresh not expired ingredients.
  • Try increasing your all purpose flour or baking soda, the recipe you are using may call for too little of both.

TIPS FOR MAKING CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate chips for this cookie recipe. Instead of chocolate chips you can also try using butterscotch or caramel chips!
  • Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper. This keeps the cookies from sticking to the sheet and also helps them spread properly.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to ensure that the cookies will all be the same size, and also speed up the scooping process.
  • I always choose unsalted butter because I want to control the amount of salt in my cookie recipe. If you’re using salted butter, omit the salt in this recipe.

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HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • Serve: Save Chocolate Chip Cookies in a ziploc bag or other airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Store: Keep your cookies in the fridge in an airtight container and they’ll last for up to a week before getting stale. To get your cookies chewy again, microwave for about 15 seconds.
  • Freeze: Freeze prepared cookie dough or baked cookies for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Freeze cookie dough on a baking sheet for about an hour before transferring to a freezer bag.

Chocolate Chip Cookies in stack

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.81 from 41 votes
  • Yield: 24 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Chocolate Chip Cookies are the world's most popular cookie for a reason! Buttery, soft, and with the perfect amount of chocolate chips, in only 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add in the eggs one at a time along with the vanilla.
  4. Sift the flour and baking soda and add it to the stand mixer along with the salt on low speed until just combined and stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Using 1/4 cup scoops bake the cookies 6 to a sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 servings, Amount per serving: 285 calories, Calories: 285g, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 104mg, Potassium: 121mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 265g, Calcium: 24g, Iron: 1.8g

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  1. This was a great recipe. My cookies turned out amazing. I used 1 cup of chocolate chips though. And a mix one salted butter and one unsalted. I didn’t want to add the salt. And I used 2 1/2 cup of flour. Still a great recipe for someone’s first time! Appreciate it!

  2. Omg this cookie recipe is the absolute best!!! I have tried tons of chocolate chip cookie recipes and this is the best recipe by far. The texture, thickness, chewiness was perfect. Thanks so much, this will be the only one I use from now on. I used milk chocolate chips as that’s all I had on hand.

  3. The cookies turned out awesome! Currently in the process of making a second batch, just this one has oats in it. I was disappointed at first Bc the shape was not like the picture, then realized I added too much baking soda – still tasted delicious just a bit fluffier and rose a bit more. I added the correct amount this time and they spread perfectly! New favorite cookie recipe!

  4. Did everything Exactly as recipe called and mine are hard and fluffy ?. No anything my family will eat. What in the world!

    1. The immediate question I’d have is regarding the baking soda. When there isn’t a chewy texture I’d question the ingredients and the only leavening here was baking soda. The other question is the butter. Was it softened and beaten until lightened in color? Did the batter stay out a long time before baking? You don’t want it to sit out for a long time at room temperature. It loses it’s aeration and the butter breaks down.

      This is a recipe we make often, I’ve never had it turn out hard. Would love to help troubleshoot. If you want to activate the gluten even more for an even chewier cookie you can refrigerate the batter overnight (covered), but that isn’t necessary for a delicious, chewy cookie.

  5. I made this recipe using dark brown sugar and butter that had a little bit of olive oil and salt but when baked the cookies do not spread. They taste yummy just look very different. I wonder if it was the use of dark brown sugar…

  6. The BEST cookies ever!!!
    I bake them together with my daughter during time off from school.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

  7. This are by far the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever tasted. Quick and easy recipe. Instead of regular salt I have added a sprinkle of sea salt, that extra kick for your mouth. Oh and I also used dark chocolate instead of sweet or semisweet ones. Absolutely in love. Thank you so much for sharing! xo

  8. These cookies are incredible. I’ve made them so many times – they’re definitely NOT just your average cookie. They taste almost exactly like Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies, especially the dough if you taste it before baking! 🙂

  9. These cookies are incredible. I’ve made them so many times – they’re definitely NOT just your average cookie. They taste almost exactly like Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies, especially if you taste the dough before baking! 🙂

    1. When combined with flour, it can soften hard proteins in the flour which results in a softer cookie. I hope you decided to give it a try.

    2. Hi Sabrina. These cookies look so good. I am looking at the chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. Question #1. Do I refrigerate the cookie mix? And if I do for how long? Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      1. To make a chewier cookie, I recommend refrigerating the dough before baking. You can keep it refrigerated for as little as 30 minutes up to 5 days. Enjoy!

  10. good cookie! i used this recipe to make a ‘kitchen sink’ cookie with butterscotch chips, pretzels, toffee pieces along with the chocolate chips. it didn’t stay soft, there’s something about me that can never get a chocolate chip cookie to stay soft, they all go crunchy. i follow the recipe exactly.

  11. Took a lot longer to bake than stated. Were great right out of the oven but after a couple of hours did not maintain chewy quality. Great for dunking though!

  12. These cookies are AMAZING!! I wanted to try a different chocolate cookie recipe and thought I’d try this one..it is now my favorite..and my husband loved them. I only added 2 1/2 cups of flour not 3 cups..perfect!!

    1. I must have done something wrong….but I also think these had too much flour, not sure why, but mine did not come out good, way too “cakey.”

  13. Made these cookies . They were ok . But definitely lack the “ I want more “ factor . Not horrible, just a little bland .

  14. I’m in high altitude so I was concerned with how the dough looked. Seems grainy. But hats not to say this recipe isn’t AWESOME! That’s the fun part about baking…you get to Tate and figure it out! I let them cool and just had one!!! They’re so yummy!!! So glad I found this recipe! ? thank you and Merry Christmas!

  15. The best chocolate chip cookies I ever tried and tasted! The kids love them so much as soon as they are cool they all are gone!!! This is a keeper for my family!! Thank u so much!!!

  16. Very sweet and taste delightedly chocolate chip cookies! My nieces and nephews loves cookies also. They eat with drink a glass of lowfat, white milk.

    I’ll make these cookies on next Saturday!

    Thanks, Sabrina.

    1. That would depend on the gluten free flour brand. I’m not very well versed in it, so I couldn’t tell you brand by brand. Look for one with a 1 to 1 ratio on the bag, many of them list it.

  17. Wanted a soft and chewy cookie recipe and this one is just that! Like others said, it is more like a sugar cookie but it’s still really tasty. The cookie part of the chocolate chip cookie is my favorite anyway. So it got a 5 on my scale. Didn’t refrigerate the dough before baking either. Baked for 11 minutes. Perfect

  18. So I chilled the dough as suggested, not in the recipe but in the notes. Anyone who, like me, wants a flat cookie should not do this. My cookies not only were not flat but also undercooked, and I used a 2 Tbsp scoop rather than the 1/4 cup specified in the recipe. Will try these once more without chilling the dough, hope for more satisfying results.

  19. These taste more like a sugar cookie with chocolate chips in it. Good but not what I was hoping for. Followed the recipe exactly how it was stated in the blog. Don’t know what what happened

      1. So far so good . Very happy with the dough . This is my first time making homemade chocolate chip cookies so hopefully this works !

  20. My new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!!! These are so perfect! My entire family loved them. The best part is that I live in Colorado and the altitude can wreak havoc on cookie recipes, but not these. No adjustments needed!

  21. These were good, but mine turned out kind of cakey. I can’t seem to get any cookie to that chewy consistency, I wonder what I’m doing wrong. I let the dough chill for 3 hours…

    1. Baking is such a tricky science sometime and without being there it’s hard to know exactly what might have happened. I would suggest not to overmix your butter and sugar. Stick to the 2-3 minutes. Hope this helps for next time. So glad you still enjoyed them.

  22. Finally! A chocolate chip cookie recipe template that is perfect! ? The only change I made after my first batch was the amount of salt. 1 tsp gave me the salty butter flavor I was looking for. Love this though and it is definitely a keeper!

    1. Technically it’ll still work because the amount of salt is minimal. I just prefer knowing exactly how much salt is going into the recipe. Enjoy!

  23. Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite. These are easy to make and absolutely one of the most delicious ones I’ve ever had. I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect!

  24. I just finished making this and it’s all wrapped in the fridge overnight as recommended. I can’t wait for it to be tomorrow already! The dough looks perfect. I have to redeem myself for my kids, I had an epic fail from another recipe yesterday and felt like I let my kids down. Hopefully this will come out just perfect. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful easy to follow recipe.

  25. In the process of making these cookies right now! I just put the batter in the fridge, not sure how long I should keep it in there. Maybe an hour or so? I am very happy with the turn out of the batter though. I made sugar cookies the other day from scratch and although they were tasty, they were poofy and firm instead of flattened and chewy. Turns out I shouldn’t have packed the flour as it was too much flour and I over baked them by a couple of minutes. I’m not making that mistake this time with these cookies and I will keep you all updated with my progress!

    1. An hour is good, 24 hours is even better. Chocolate chip cookies made in bakeries rest for at least 24 hours and the jacques torres ones on my site rest for 36. Any rest in the fridge is a help, 1 hour should be good. Hope you love them!

  26. Just curious about something! In the lead up to the recipe you mentioned refrigerating the dough but in the recipe you never list it as a step. Are you just suggesting it if you have a problem with the cookies spreading too much?

    I have some in the oven now and was just curious. They look great!

    Thanks!!

    1. Sorry for the confusion. Yes, it was just a suggestion in case the cookies were spreading too much. I hope you enjoy them!

  27. Love your recipes. Thank you for always putting your name on a recipe when they are printed. I might not be able to find the printed copy (among reams of paper recipes) but can always remember the site.

  28. Love the delicious look of this Chocolate Chip cookie. Have to try them for my kids. My family to enjoy these.

  29. I love me a good chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie! I have a kiddo that asks me daily to make “chocolate chip cookies” so I’m happy to try a new recipe!

  30. An everyday classic with a great explanation as to why the delicious chocolate chip cookie can get to flat, too crispy….thank you I will be trying this cookie recipe for sure!