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These Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly soft and buttery and so easy to make! This is the quintessential classic chocolate chip cookie recipe!

stack of chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk in the background

I have been baking these chocolate chip cookies for the past 25 years. It all started when I was in the 5th grade. We were having a bake sale at school and my mom thought I should make the cookies myself. She gave me the recipe and I went to work. I watched the cookies bake in the oven and they grew larger and larger until they covered the entire pan. I took them out of the oven, let them cool a bit, and tasted them. Instead of putting 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in the cookies, I put 1/2 cup. Boy was that a learning lesson!  

And so it was that I developed an interest in cooking. Being the overachieving perfectionist that I was (and still am), I couldn’t stop until I mastered the chocolate chip cookie. My cookies became quite popular at bake sales as the years went by and I moved on to other culinary adventures. Every home cook needs their go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe and this one is mine. It is perfectly soft and sweet. It’s chocolate chip cookie perfection!

  • Parchment Paper versus Nonstick Cooking Spray

    When baking cookies, it is preferable to use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat because it not only prevents the cookies from sticking to the pan, but it does so without adding any extra grease. Nonstick cooking spray does leave a slightly greasy feel to the bottoms of your cookies.

  • What kind of chocolate chips should I use?

    The type of chocolate chips you use is a matter of personal preference. Both semi sweet and milk chocolate chips will work in this recipe, or you can use a combination of both. You can also use chocolate chunks.

  • How can I reheat these cookies? 

    Warm gooey cookies are a wonderful treat. For that fresh out of the oven heat, You can put these cookies in the microwave for 15-second intervals until warm. 

  • Freezer Instructions

    This cookie dough can easily be frozen. For best results, shape into balls and freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag for long term storage, up to 3 months. When ready to bake, place cookie dough onto baking sheet and let thaw while oven preheats. Bake approximately 12 to 15 minutes.

chocolate chip cookies on a counter, one of them broken in half with melted chocolate dripping
Chocolate Chip Cookies on baking sheet with chocolate chips sprinkled around them
These Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly soft and buttery and so easy to make! This is the quintessential classic chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup  brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Stir in baking soda, salt, and flour and mix until it forms a nice dough. Stir in chocolate chips with a spoon.
  • Take two tablespoons of dough and use your hands to quickly shape into a dough ball and place on the prepared cookie sheets, twelve cookies per pan. This recipe makes 24 cookies.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until just kissed with brown. Do not over bake.
  • Remove pan from oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for 3 to 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled store in an airtight container.
Notes

Freezer Instructions

This cookie dough can easily be frozen. For best results, shape into balls and freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag for long term storage, up to 3 months. When ready to bake, place cookie dough onto baking sheet and let thaw while oven preheats. Bake approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
 
Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container. Cookies stay fresh for 3 to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cathy

5 stars
I have been baking for 40 years and these are by far the best chocolate chip cookies I have made!
Thank you!

Sheri Goschy

5 stars
I have been baking several different chocolate chip recipes looking for a dough recipe that I do not need to chill. These cookies are a favorite! I used 1 XL egg accidentally instead of 2 large eggs and they turned out delicious. I also baked them at 325′ as I use dark pans. I will make these again…Thank you!!!

Carole

I have used this same recipe for over 25 years and is by far the best for soft chocolate chip cookies. I always get lots of compliments.

5 stars
Great recipe! Came out perfect.

Debbie Harrell

5 stars
Great recipe, so tasty. I added 1 more tsp vanilla n walnuts. .so tasty. Thank you

Susan

Best chocolate chip recipe I’ve found in years. Family requests these for every event. Love them and so easy to put together.

Robyn

5 stars
These really are the best choc chip cookies!! Thank you so much!!

Michele

5 stars
Perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe! And easy to make. Thank
You!

Chantal

5 stars
Easy and amazing!

Dara

5 stars
I love these cookies. Made them for the first time today and they were a huge hit! Definitely a keeper recipe ! ?

Tara Smith

5 stars
These cookies are so easy to make, and they are so delicious! I highly recommend them! This has become my new cookie recipe. My family loves them, and requests them often.

Janie Nicotre

5 stars
Awesome cookies they melt in your mouth

5 stars
My grandkids loves this chocolate chips.

Teresa

I have tried 3 different recipes of chocolate chip cookie and I made these chocolate chip cookie recipe of Rachel today and it tastes soo good except that I’m not that happy on how they look as a finish product. Im still giving it a 5 star coz I think the problem is with my oven. The cookie’s finish look is not the same as what she have in the picture, mine was a bit flat, I followed the recipe and baking time but still got the same flat result. Maybe next time I will try to bake it a… Read more »

Flat cookies are a bummer! Is your baking soda old/expired? That can cause flat cookies.

Teresa

Hi, thanks for the reply. It is not expired but I opened it 2 weeks ago then put it in a small container.

Angela

I just made these for the first time and my cookies came out flat too 🙁 but this has happened to me before with a diff recipe, so I’m not sure why?

Lindsay

Does unsalted butter work as well? I don’t have any salted butter on hand.

Yes, you can use unsalted butter in this recipe.

Jessica Presky

Hi there!! Am I to use light or dark brown sugar?

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