Chocolate Chip Cookies

filed under: Cookies on May 21, 2019

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever! These cookies are taste tested and kid-approved. Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chips in the perfect cookie dough batter. If you love cookies as much as I do, don’t miss my 50 Best Cookie Recipes!

Chocolate Chip Cookies being Picked up

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies! (Maybe?)

Year after year Chocolate Chip Cookies are rated the most popular by people all over the world. There is something magical about a rich and buttery dough packed with perfect chocolate morsels. Not only does it taste amazing, but it often takes us back to the wonderful memories of childhood.

But there is something that makes this recipe different. The chilling. And if you don’t chill the dough it will change the texture and consistency. I found out that folks often skip the chilling. It can dramatically change the final result I highly recommend that you do NOT SKIP CHILLING. If you can’t resist snacking or popping them in the oven right away, try making a double batch. It’s worth it.

So be sure you plan ahead. After assembling the dough, chill it for at least 24 hours before baking it, preferably up to 36. This allows the dry ingredients time to soak up the wet ones, which results in a firmer, richer dough.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Overhead
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

These cookies are good. Really, really good. There is a reason the New York Times picked them as their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! They have a crispy exterior and a soft, chewy interior. They are loaded with chocolate and it’s the perfect complement to the buttery cookie dough.

What makes these the world’s best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe?

It was originally created by Jacques Torres and shared in the New York Times. His attention to detail, to the use of flours and chilling time, make a big difference in the final result with this cookie. Folks who love cakey chocolate chip cookies love this cookie. Folks who love chewy chocolate chip cookies love this recipe. Everyone loves it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

How long do you cook Chocolate Chip Cookies? The cookies bake for 10-12 minutes at 350°F. Remove them when they are light golden brown on the edges.

Can I make bigger/smaller Chocolate Chip Cookies? You can! A giant chocolate chip cookie uses a 1/2 cup of batter per cookie and bakes for 16-20 minutes, but you can size them down to 1-2 tablespoons for smaller cookies.  (and keep an eye on them in the oven if you are making minis)

Can I customize my Chocolate Chip Cookies? Absolutely. Swap the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips for even more peanut butter flavor. Use all milk chocolate, or all dark chocolate, or even white chocolate chips. Add flaked sea salt to the top. Heck, you can even add some drizzled chocolate to really make these amazing!

Can Chocolate Chip Cookies be gluten-free? I believe they can, but I haven’t tested this recipe specifically. If you substitute the flour for 1:1 gluten-free flour, the recipe should work. This will change the texture slightly.

Can You Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookies? Yes! To freeze baked cookies just arrange them on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove and then place the cold cookies into an air-tight container in layers separated by parchment or a freezer-safe sealable plastic bag that you can get most of the air out of. Freeze for up to 3 months!

Can You Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? Absolutely! This is my favorite method. I scoop out the dough with an ice cream scoop and place very close together on a baking sheet. Freeze the cookie dough for about 30 minutes, or until very cold. Place the dough balls into a freezer-safe sealable plastic bag or an airtight container. When you are ready to bake just thaw overnight or feel free to bake them right from frozen, just add 3-5 minutes to your baking time.

Broken in Half Chocolate Chip Cookies

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5 from 5 votes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

One of the best Chocolate Chip Cookies you will ever try!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 2/3 cups (208 grams) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (208 grams) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (284g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup (10 ounces or 225g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces (about 3 cups) chocolate chips or chunks (I use a combination of both and reserve a few to place on top of the cookie before baking)
  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate dough for24-36 hours.


  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.

  8. Drop spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) of dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

  9. Cool on wire rack.

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I recently updated the images for this recipe 5/22/19. Thought I would leave the old pictures so you can laugh with me at how bad they are! 😂









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  • Ruthie says:

    Can you freeze the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as you would the Pecan Sandies?

  • Linda says:

    At what temperature?

  • TinaMarie says:

    The best cookies I’ve ever made and they are a HUGE hit with the family!

  • Debra says:

    Oh my stars! This recipe looks delicious. I’m dying to try it!

  • Bev says:

    Very nice cookies..will make again and again…

  • Fabiola says:


  • Anh Dao Nguyen says:

    This is my go to recipe for Choc chip cookies. These are so goo and so worth waiting for. They are chewy and have a nice crisp around the edges. I make the dough. Scoop into balls and line them all up on my tray, wrap it and fridge them. In a couple days when ready, I can pull out whatever I want and bake them straight from the fridge. I don’t have to fuss with letting the dough come to room temp to roll them. They don’t look done when I take them out cuz it continues to brown on the hot trays. If I don’t need to bake them all, I freeze the rolled dough and bake at a later time. I make with all different chips too and nuts. Thanks for sharing and everyone I’ve shared with loves them too!

  • Jeanne says:

    Hi, I have tried this recipe 3 times now and each time the dough just all melds together on the tray bubbling. I refrigerate for 24 hrs as stated. I also have a problem with the way the ingredients are set out e.g. is it one and a quarter teaspoons of baking soda and one and a half teaspoons of baking powder and one and a quarter pounds chocolate chips and one and a half teaspoons of coarse salt.??I’m fine with the flours – 8 1/2 ounces bread flour and 8 1/2 ounces cake flour and 10 ounces of light brown sugar. If someone could please explain the ingredient quantities for us because the way they are written is confusing and I’ve wasted 3 lots of dough. An answer would be greatly appreciated. I live in Australia.

  • Carrie says:

    Am I the only one who when I weigh the 8.5 ounces of bread flour it’s way more than 12/3 cups? So is it 8.5 ounces or 1 2/3 cups?

  • Joyce Porter says:

    I love all of your recipes that I have tried.

  • Keri says:

    Totally trying this tonight! Baking cookies is my favorite thing ever


  • Ineke says:

    How much cocoa would you recommend if I want to make the cookie as chocolate flavor cookie?


  • viren shah says:

    baking cookies is my favorite thing ever

  • Franciele Gassy says:

    finally found a nice normal looking perfectly chewy choc chip cookie

  • Diane says:

    Thank u🌹

  • Kim says:

    Sounds. Delicious. Wake flour add a type of goodness so it makes sense to. Chill the dough

  • CHARLOTTE says:

    Can you add nuts

  • Jennifer Sebay says:

    Can I just use regular all purpose flour instead

  • Geraldine says:

    Hello, at one time you had at recipe for “crunchy” chocolate chip cookies. Can you tell me which recipe that is, I can’t seem to find it. Thank you so much, love following you on Instagram!!

  • Stephanie Moore says:

    What do you mean by course salt? Can all purpose flour be used instead?

  • Connie Johnson says:

    We love these!

  • Laura says:

    5 Star cookies! Have made multiple times and they always turn out perfect. Has anyone ever frozen the dough before? I am trying to save some time getting Thanksgiving baking ready and want to make these ahead of time!
    Thanks 😁

  • Alanna says:

    This has been my go to a chocolate chip cookie recipe for the last few years and I will never try anything else. Today my brown sugar was hard as a rock so I used a coconut organic palm sugar/unrefined brown sugar and I think it actually improved the recipe if that’s even possible.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Awesome to know!!! I need to try that!

  • Vonnie says:


    You are now my “go to” site for cookie recipes. I have tried just about every chocolate chip cookie recipe over the last 50 years. This is my favorite recipe. Crisp on the edges and chewy in the center. They are beautifully golden brown. They definitely take first place!!!

  • Gail Meldrum says:

    Do you have to use the bread flour in thecookies?