The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Today, because it’s Thursday and I love ya, I’m sharing the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. I feel obligated to tell you that these chocolate chip cookies are the only thing that I can truly bake. Everything else comes out okay, but these chocolate chip cookies will have you going back for another. And another.

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Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect treat to have on hand for an after school snack, movie night treat, or just because it is Thursday. When I make my cookies, I always use a scoop to ensure they are uniform in size – this helps with consistent baking. Be sure to level off your scoop, too!

What you’ll need

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup softened butter {not margarine, not a substitue. The real deal.}
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract {not the imitation stuff. The real deal.}
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 package of your favorite chocolate chips {mini chips are fun, too!}
1 cup chopped nuts {optional. I opt not to use nuts in my cookies}

What you’ll do

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the sugars, butter and vanilla extract.
Add eggs and beat well. Make sure to thoroughly combine the eggs.
Add dry ingredients, slowly. You don’t want a big mess.
Fold in chocolate chips {and nuts, if that’s how you roll}. Scrape the sides of your bowl down to avoid waste.

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Using a one-inch scoop, drop mixture onto ungreased baking sheets.

Reduce oven temperature to 375, this is important. Your cookies will burn if you bake them at a higher temperature. Bake chocolate chip cookies 9-11 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheet before moving to cooling rack.

This recipe will make approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies, if using a one-inch scoop.

Emily from shares the #bestchocolatechipcookie recipe

I typically bake half of the dough and freeze the other half for another day. If you want to do this, be sure to portion your dough and freeze on a baking sheet lined with freezer paper. Once your “cookies” are frozen, remove them from the baking pan and store in a zip top bag. Write the baking instructions on the bag, adding two minutes to the baking time. Frozen chocolate chip cookie dough is nice to have on hand if a babysitter is coming over or guests unexpectedly join you for dinner.

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Do you make your chocolate chip cookies with nuts or are you a purist like me?

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About Emily

Emily is a rugby wife and modern mom to one active Kindergarten son. A former restaurant industry professional, she transferred the brand marketing and relationship building skills she learned working for a Fortune500 Company into building a successful social media business. Launched in 2010, her blog focuses on parenting tips, recipes and easy crafts. When not online, you can find her running, taking photographs, or sipping a Margarita while enjoying the beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.


  1. Love the idea of freezing half the dough for another day!
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  2. Noooooo – nuts don’t belong in chocolate chip cookies 🙂 I like them plain – that way I can taste the choclate better!
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  3. OH. Now I’m hungry! I do love a good classic chocolate chip cookie!
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  4. I love chocolate chip cookies, probably my favorite sweet! Freezing the dough is a great idea. I did this recently with the peanut butter cookies I made. It’s perfect because my husband doesn’t really like sweets.
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    • How did the peanut butter cookies turn out after freezing them? I’ve been tempted to try doing that as well.

  5. These look great. I sometimes put nuts in my chocolate chip cookies but mostly, I’m here for the chocolate.
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  6. Recipes with chocolate chip is an instant hit in my family! And chocolate chip and cookie is a match made in heaven! Enough said 🙂 Thanks for the this recipe 🙂
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  7. I will have to try this out! I have been in search of a new chocolate chip recipe so I am going to have to bookmark this recipe.
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  8. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It is so nice to make things homemade and not out of a box. I like to use non gmo ingredients, and heirloom or ancient wheat, or spelt flour. Nice post!

  9. There really is no better kind of cookie. I like walnuts in my cookies, but I don’t bake them that way now because my kids don’t like the nuts.
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  10. I have tried a couple of chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I haven’t found a perfect one ye
    t. So I will ad your recipe to my list and will try this recipe.
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  11. That does look like the best. Your pictures are making me really hungry.

  12. I never thought to freeze half the dough for another day. Of course! That’s a great idea!
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  13. These look so good! My mom uses an ice cream scoop when she makes cookies to get the perfect balls, too.
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  14. MM those sound so good – I would never have thought of freezing the dough but what a good idea! x
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  15. I love that – the real deal not the fake stuff. These sound so good, I will have to try to make up a batch and see if it passes with my boys — kids and chocolate chip cookies I bet they will love them.
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  16. I am obsessed with chocolate cookies and have tried so many different recipes. Thank you for sharing this one I will surely try it!

  17. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us! I love cookies and chocolate chips are my favorite ones too!
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  18. Yummy! I love chocolate chip cookies! Homemade are even better!
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  19. These look amazing and i will have to try your recipe. I have to leave nuts out because a family member is allergic to nuts. But I love nuts in my cookies.
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  20. I rarely bake at all mainly because not only am I diabetic but I would eat them all up right away! I’m still a cookie for each hand type of person. I never thought to use a scoop so the cookies come out the same size–thank you I will remember that one.
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  21. lol on ‘Or just because it’s Thursday.’ High Five for that one too. 🙂 The recipe sounds good!
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    • Sometimes you have to treat yourself just because, right? Thursday – or any day that ends in ‘y’ – is good for me!

  22. Wow, an amazing reciepe for upcoming valentine day, freezing is the perfect way to save the cookies and keep them fresh for long time.
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  23. Great recipe. Personally, I put a little bit of Nougat in there as well and usually eat warm from the oven. I guess you could take some of the set aside dough and use it with your icecream maker to emulate the Ben and Jerry stuff also

    Thanks for the recipe


    • I wouldn’t recommend eating this dough raw as it contains eggs. If you want to make a cookie dough ice cream, omit the eggs from the recipe!

  24. Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite! I used to freeze them like you, but I found myself noshing on the raw cookie dough far too often, so I quit.
    Also, I lOVE nuts in my cookies. 🙂

  25. how yummy i wander can you freeze this dough if you made a large batch
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    • You could freeze the dough in a large circle (I think that is the question you’re asking), but then you’d need to wait for it to defrost before baking. I’m not sure how long that would take.

      Freezing them as individual “cookies” allows you the freedom to bake as many as you need (or want) at a time.

  26. Those look so fluffy and delicious! I never knew that chilling the dough made such a difference. I’ll have to try that!
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  27. Eliz Frank says:

    Definitely an awesome recipe to have a nd your photos are terrific. We love cookies in my home so I’ll try your recipe.

  28. This looks like a delicious recipe. As you can tell from my name, I love cookies.
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  29. I think this is the exact recipe I use, except I bake at 350 for 7 minutes, then take out of the oven and let them finish cooking on the sheet. Super soft and tasty!
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  30. I am not a fan of nuts in my cookies, but these do look pretty amazing.
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  31. Yummy… these look delicious and sooo simple… and love the freezer tip.. thanks for sharing
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  32. Oh my goodness, I bet these are the best chocolate chip cookies! I love how you say use the real thing when it comes to butter – that definitely is the way to go when it comes to butter! 🙂

    By the way, I love the font your comment form is in! So pretty!
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  33. The photograph of the cookies itself is enough to convince me that these must be the best chocolate chip cookies. As for the recipe, while baking I always use butter.
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  34. Your chocolate chip cookies look very tasty! I think my husband would eat the whole batch himself.
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  35. Love the idea of freezing half the dough. You can’t put the nuts in cho chip cookies though!! lol
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