Actually Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is the best recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft baked, very chocolatey, and nearly impossible to ruin. All chocolate chip cookies should be this good!

I am in love with these cookies. After googling and searching and researching and testing (yum!) I’ve figured out the perfect combination of ingredients and baking methods to get the softest, chewiest, best chocolate chip cookies. I hate making and eating crispy cookies. I think they should be illegal, plus, who wants to eat those? What a waste of calories. So, I’ve formulated this chocolate chip cookie recipe to be the exact opposite. Soft baked and extra sweet!

chocolate chip cookies recipe

Lets Chat Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I set out to find/make the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, I meant it! I started with some classic recipes, some very highly rated recipes, and other random recipes, like from my brother-in-law, or friend of a friend. It was delicious testing, and a lot of them came out decently well but I wanted ULTIMATE status, so that’s when I started testing and tweaking different recipes to see if I could make them better.

In full disclosure, this is based on a recipe I found from AllRecipes (linked in the recipe card) that I tweaked slightly and more importantly changed the method for making these. While it’s easy to think all chocolate cookie recipes are basically the same because they all use the same ingredients, its simply not true. Method plays a huge part. Don’t believe me? Try this recipe!

Ingredients needed

No special or secret ingredients here! Pretty sure the vast majority of us have these common culprits in our kitchen 24/7 so we can make chocolate chip cookies whenever the craving strikes! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter-I melt butter for this recipe, usually salted. I know salted butter is controversial because all the celebrity chefs say you should use unsalted, but I don’t care. I like salted better. But if you have unsalted, use what you have!
  • Brown Sugar and Granulated Sugar– obviously you need both to make these sweet. More brown sugar than white to keep these moist!
  • Egg and Egg yolk– you need an egg for the protein/structure and an egg yolk for a little extra creaminess.
  • Vanilla– if you can find real vanilla extract, use that. But again, if you only have artificial, by all means, use that.
  • All-Purpose Flour– of course, cookies need flour. I use unbleached all-purpose flour (but bleached is fine too). Be sure to read my flour section. Flour can make or break your chocolate chip cookie recipe.
  • Baking Soda– the leavening for our cookies.
  • Salt-to offset all the sweet going on.
  • Chocolate Chips my recipe calls for two kinds of chocolate chips and I highly *highly* recommend using both semi-sweet and milk chocolate. See my chocolate section below for more details and substitutions.

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How to make chocolate chip cookies:

So, if you read the recipe card through (see below), you’ll notice the differences listed above. I suppose there are a lot of similarities too, but the small and minor tweaks are what set this recipe apart! With every chocolate chip cookie recipe available on the internet, they are all basically the same ingredients used in different ways. All the more reason why directions are just as important as the ingredients list!

  1. Stir the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together.
  2. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until well mixed.
  3. Slowly incorporate the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Stir in the milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop chocolate chip cookie dough onto prepared pans and bake 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cookies rest on the hot baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and enjoying warm.

Why Flour is so Important

Have you ever made cookies before (any kind) and they don’t spread out after baking? OR have they spread too much and turned into very dark and crispy pancakes? Both problems happen because of the butter to flour ratios. Too much flour will give you baked lumps and not enough will give you a big, melty mess.

How can we all have the same recipe and get such vastly different results? Well, friends, it comes down to how you measure your flour. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Fluff your flour to get air into it. Take your measuring cup and scoop some flour into it, then dump it out back into the bag. Do this 5-6 times to fluff your flour.
  2. Spoon your flour into the measuring cup.
  3. Use the back of the spoon or a butter knife to level the top.
  4. That’s it! You have now correctly measured flour.

cooling cookies

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

After a lot of trial and error, here is what I’ve discovered whilst creating super soft cookies.

  • Use melted butter. (I never have time to let the butter come to room temperature! I don’t ever think of it. Problem solved with melted butter!)
  • Use two kinds of sugars. (For a little color and softness)
  • Use an egg and an egg yolk. (Extra creamy!)
  • Use two kinds of chocolate chips. (My husband loves milk, I love semi-sweet…this is our compromise)
  • Let the dough sit 20 minutes for the flour to absorb into the rest of the dough. (So they don’t spread all over)
  • Bake cookies at 325. (Helps keep them soft!)
  • Use light-colored baking sheets. (Helps the cookie edges stay soft and bake evenly)
  • Cool cookies on the hot baking sheet. (Finish baking on the hot cookie sheet outside of the oven!)

Keeping chocolate chip cookies soft

Since I love a soft cookie and do everything I can to bake these and keep them soft, I like to store them a certain way to ensure that work doesn’t go to waste. If you have leftover chocolate chip cookies, store the cooled cookies in an airtight container with a slice of plain sandwich bread resting on top. Store-bought white or whole wheat is perfect!

Cookies should stay fresh for 2 days and are passable after 3 days, though, who still has chocolate chip cookies sitting on their counter 3 days after they have made them? They don’t last that long at my house.

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A note about Chocolate

In this recipe, I suggest using a combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips for maximum impact. The Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips are my go-to for both kinds. I love the combination of the two flavors and they work really well in this recipe. Can you substitute them with something else? Of course, you can! Chocolate is chocolate and it’s all delicious. Here are some other delicious choices:

  • dark chocolate chips
  • bittersweet chocolate chips (a great substitute for semi-sweet, Ghirardelli are my favorite)
  • white chocolate chips
  • chocolate chunks (any kind)
  • Any good quality bar of chocolate that you can chop up

How to freeze Chocolate chip cookies

You can essentially make and freeze this chocolate chip cookie recipe baked or unbaked. Here are the directions for both.

Storing baked

  • If you want to bake these in advance, follow the recipe instructions listed below and cool completely. Then store in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bags and freeze.
  • As long as they are in an airtight container, the baked cookies should last 1-2 months in the freezer.
  • To reheat, simply microwave one or two chocolate chip cookies 10-15 seconds each until warmed and melty.

Storing unbaked

  • To store unbaked cookie dough, simply scoop into cookies, place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and freeze.
  • After 3 hours, the dough should be hard enough to transfer to an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag. This cookie dough will last 1-2 months in the freezer.
  • To bake, simply remove your dough balls, defrost on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour and bake as listed in the recipe card below.
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4.73 from 55 votes

Actually Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe! Soft baked, very chocolatey and impossible to ruin. All chocolate chip cookies should be this good!
servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 39 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Stir melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined.
  • Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until lighter in color.
  • Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl and the bottom really well to ensure a smooth, well stirred batter.
  • Hand stir the chocolate chips into the batter and let it sit 20 minutes to let the flour soak into the rest of the batter. (The warm melted butter will help with this.)
  • Preheat oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and scoop cookie dough onto prepared pans, using a two tablespoon cookie scoop.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes, rotating sheets half way through baking. When you pull your cookies out of the oven, they will looked cooked around the edges and undercooked in the center.
  • Leave the cookies on the hot baking pans for 5-7 minutes or until you can remove them without falling apart. Place onto cooling racks and cool to room temperature before storing in air tight containers.

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Notes

Adapted from this recipe from All Recipes: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25037/best-big-fat-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookie/

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cookies, chocolate dessert
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179 Responses
  1. Brooke Townsend

    I was just contemplating making chocolate chip cookies and your recipe popped up. I love a yummy soft cookie. This recipe looks perfect.

  2. Lucy

    Hi Lauren! I have a question: when you measure the butter, you measure the 3/4 cup solid and then melt it or you melt the butter and then measure it to 3/4 cup?
    They look fantastic!
    Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

      1. Sudie B Gelok

        5 stars
        I have made them three times. It may be similar to “their” recipe, but the directions are what makes them so much better. I never had much luck with “theirs”. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. C

    This is the America’s Test Kitchen recipe… Which is very good. I guess you did use 2 cups flour instead of 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons though. Any chance it’s their recipe, not yours?

    1. Lauren

      Are you referring to their Perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe? I can see how you can think that…they are pretty similar! Mine has all the same ingredients but different increments (like all chocolate chip cookie recipes.) My recipe: uses less flour, less butter, more brown sugar, less salt and more chocolate chips.

      Also, I don’t brown my butter, I let the dough sit 20 minutes and I bake my cookies 50 degrees cooler. 🙂

  4. Kori

    I found a similar recipe in the ‘Americas Test Kitchen’ cookbook and they also swear by using melted and cooled butter. They are currently in my freezer!! I am a CCC fiend and very picky about the finished result.

    I think people who over bake cookies should be shot LOL.

  5. Jennifer McBride

    5 stars
    Tried these out last night for my famil. I followed your recipe and tips exactly, (except for the 2 tbsp scooper, because I don’t have one, LOL). They came out perfect! I yielded a little less than 36 cookies because of size inconsistency on my end. But, the cookies were soft, chewy, and perfectly chocolatey! My 20yo, 18yo, 16yo, and 11yo all approved!

    Thank you for the perfect recipe!

  6. Lene

    I’ve been making this recipe for several years now. I got the recipe from food.com. They are called Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies. The only difference is my recipe calls for a full Tablespoon of vanilla extract and I bake them for 14-15 minutes. Yum!

  7. Debi

    C and I feel like these are Under done and that’s why they’re so soft if you gave them another couple of minutes they would not be that way just my opinion

  8. Anum Ahmed

    I’m going to make this now.. but I’m confuse in milk chocolate chip. Can i add plain milk or .. how to make chocolate chip milk.. please help. Waiting for reply with all other ingredients to mix.. air care

  9. Judy Kay

    5 stars
    Just made these cookies and they are amazing! I will not be making the toll house recipe anymore, this one is added to my recipe box.????

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  11. Grace

    I have a melted butter CCC recipe I use all the time, so I was excited to try these. These turned out great! I baked the second pan a minute or two longer and they were still so soft and delicious! Also shared some with a friend and she loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Allison Sell

    Hmmm I have never used melted butter. I always use two sugars. Never use egg white and never wait 20 min for dough to sit to meld flour. I always have amazing and soft cookies every time. Unless I forget to check the cookies that are in the oven. Everyone raves about them.

  13. Princess

    I love chocolate chip cookies,this one looks great.But I have to have a good peanut butter cookie recipe to go with it.My husband loves one and I the other.So do you have one, please.lol

  14. Elizabeth

    5 stars
    These are delicious. I didn’t have a cookie scoop but the shape and size are still just fine. Best CCC from any recipe I’ve tried !!!!

  15. Krysta Searcy

    Modifications for higher elevations? I am at 7200 feet! I am sooooo excited to try this!!
    -Anxiously waiting in Evergreen Colorado ????

  16. Jamie

    How do you keep them from spreading since they have melted butter and don’t have to chill? Any recipe I ever make with melted butter and no chilling time ALWAYS spreads and then I get thin crunchy cookies which are super sad. 🙁

  17. paul

    Sorry, but when you melt the butter and mix in with the sugar, you will get cookies that will not have a rise in them, and they will flatten out considerably. When you cream you are incorporating all the fat into the sugar evenly and then when you bake you get a nice rise as is spreads out a bit..still chewy, still light…..

    1. Lauren

      If you let the dough rest before baking, the flour absorbs the melted butter and the dough becomes less sticky, thus preventing the cookies from flattening out.

  18. Karma

    Goodness all these people saying this is someone elses recipe. Its similar to mine, but i use some corn syrup for a little extra chew. So this must be my recipe… anyway moving on. These cookies are delicious thank u for sharing!! I was neglecting to let mt dough rest, made a difference for sure!!

  19. Belle

    5 stars
    These cookies are fantastic! Except I found that baking them for only 9 mins left them soft and too underdone. I baked each sheet for 13 mins and they were perfect. Other than that, great recipe!

  20. kim

    Guess I’ll be making these again, because out of habit I just put the cookies on the sheet and baked them totally forgetting about the 20mins of rest…oops. Oh well there’s no such thing as too many cookies.

  21. Tam

    I just made these and they are really good just a little flat. If I refrigerated the dough for a few hours would the cookies rise better?

  22. DeeAnn

    I gave up chocolate for a month…I’m and idiot…and I cannot wait to make these. I have missed chocolate chip cookies the most. ???? 72 hours to go. ????????

  23. Amber Miller

    These look like my kind of cookie! I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. My little and I will have to bake these!

  24. Jessie Roberts

    Ok I made chocolate chip cookies just from a recipe from the back and tuck. They didn’t turn out very well and then I remembered this recipe! Will be my go to next time!

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