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This recipe actually IS The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – it’s been the most popular chocolate chip cookie recipe on my entire website for almost a decade now! It made it into my first cookbook and has remained a reader favourite for years now thanks to it having ingredients that you have in your pantry, Just read all the hundreds of rave reviews that have been left over the years, this is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll ever need! If you don’t believe me – believe the tens of thousands of people that have baked these cookies over the years – they know their stuff!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Make Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies From Scratch

These are fast and easy chocolate chip cookies that turn out thick and chewy! Remember to under bake them slightly and they will turn out chewy. These thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the base for my Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies with Raisins, my Chocolate Mint Ritz Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and my personal favourite Walnut Loaded Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies. This chocolate chip cookie dough is perfect for making stuffed cookies of all types!  If you are looking for crispy chocolate chip cookies, try my Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, that one is MY all time favourite!

  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Cream together your butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Beat in the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • When that is done, fold in the two cups of chocolate chips by hand, and prepare to put them on some parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto the baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown and slightly underdone. Cool on the sheets completely.

What’s the Best Chocolate to Use in Chocolate Chip Cookies?

The best chocolate to use in chocolate chip cookies is real chocolate, not “baking morsels”. When you look on the package of chocolate chips,  IF it doesn’t say chocolate, then it’s not chocolate!  There are brands that make cheap fake chocolate morsels and these morsels or baking chips will not make the best cookies. I like most chocolate chips in my cookies but prefer Chipits Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Ghirardelli chocolate chips and I stock up on those when I go to the States!

Do I Have to Chill the Cookie Dough?

Chilling chocolate chip cookie dough allows the flavours to meld together somewhat but you don’t have to chill this recipe in order to get thick and chewy cookies like shown in the photos. This cookie recipe does not require chilling. The choice is a personal one if you feel that the flavours get deeper when you chill the dough.

How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

This chocolate chip cookie dough is perfect for making ahead of time and freezing! Freezing chocolate chip cookie dough is incredibly easy and is a great way to save time for busy families on the go, you can pre-make a ton of dough and keep it in the freezer for when you need to use it

  • Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe instructions.
  • Divide the cookie dough into two equal portions.
  • Place each portion of the cookie dough into a freezer safe bag, seal and freeze for up to 2 months. I dived the dough into two as they will make a solid dozen cookies each.
  • If you prefer, you can roll the cookie dough into pre-formed balls, BUT I find that this actually can dry out the dough and change the quality. When you freeze the dough in a large chunk, it helps preserve the moisture and prevents everything from getting freezer burnt.
  • To make cookie dough balls and freeze them, roll the dough into one inch balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and flash freeze for an hour so that they won’t stick together when you place in the freezer safe bag.
  • Place the balls into a sealed container or a bag. IF you make the dough balls they DO deteriorate in the freezer faster, I would only give them a month in there, tops.

How to Bake Cookies From Frozen Cookie Dough

Now that you have the cookie dough frozen, you can bake it up any time you want!

  • Remove your dough from the freezer and let defrost.
  • If you have made the cookie dough balls and frozen them, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the frozen dough on top, 2 inches apart and let them defrost.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. I find that you can still work with slightly frozen dough at this point and it’s easier to make the balls!
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown and slightly underdone.
  • Cool on baking racks.
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

How to Freeze Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies freeze exceptionally well and it’s easy to do! Bake them up and then store them in the freezer for snacks and school lunches.

  • You are going to freeze the already baked cookies on a cookie sheet in one layer until they are frozen solid.
  • Remove the frozen cookies from the cookie sheets and place into an airtight, freezer safe container.
  • Place the cookies layer by layer (putting parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to make sure that they don’t stick together) and then seal with the lid.
  • Freeze for up to 3-6 months.
  • Defrost on the counter-top and enjoy!

How to Keep Your Cookies Fresh

I learned this trick from a professional bakers daughter! To keep your  chocolate chip cookies fresh, seal them in a container with a piece of fresh bread (or at least not stale bread) The chocolate chip cookies will wick the moisture from the bread while they are sealed up in the container and you will have chocolate chip cookies that will last for 4-5 days on your counter top- and still be soft and chewy! I do NOT recommend anything else – I have seen apple slices and wet paper towels recommended – as flavors from the apple WILL wick into your cookies and paper towels are messier.

The Types of Ingredients to Use in Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are a few common questions that are asked when it comes to the ingredients used in chocolate chip cookies. Remember that this is just my opinion only and you are free to use products and brands that you like!

What type of flour do I use in chocolate chip cookies?

The best type of flour to use in chocolate chip cookies is unbleached, all purpose flour. The brand doesn’t really matter as long as it’s a brand that YOU like to use.

What type of butter do I use in chocolate chip cookies? Can I use salted butter?

The best butter to use in your baking is one that tastes good off the spoon – or you can taste test it on plain toast. You want to use a butter that is good quality and tastes delicious! This is what your cookies are going to taste like, so make sure it’s good! As for salted butter, I use salted butter all the time in my baking, just use a portion of the salt in the recipe if you are doing so. The rule of thumb is that you leave out 1/4 tsp of salt for every 1/2 cup of salted butter you use, so you would only use 3/4 tsp of salt in my recipe.

Do you need brown sugar for chocolate chip cookies? What kind?

You absolutely need brown sugar for chocolate chip cookies, or they will be too sweet and lack a depth of flavour. I use golden or light brown sugar in all of my cookie recipes, but I have a friend who uses dark in almost everything she bakes – and everything she makes turns out great as well! It will be a deeper, more molasses-ey flavor when you use a dark brown sugar. If you don’t have brown sugar, mix in 2 tbsp of molasses to every cup of white sugar that you are substituting.

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Troubleshooting

Here is a list of the common problems you might encounter when making chocolate chip cookies – or most cookies, for that matter.

Problem: My cookies spread out and are flat.

  • If it’s humid or hot, like with any other cookie recipe, you are going to have to adjust your methods. Chill the dough in the fridge before baking to combat heat, and with humidity add in a couple tbsp of flour until the dough firms up.
  • If you have neither heat nor humidity and you have a wet dough – I hate to break it to you but your butter is cheap and has a high water content. It happens, a LOT and is massively important AND always overlooked when it comes to baking. There are 2 1/4 CUPS of flour and only 1/2 cup of butter – this is one of the driest cookie doughs out there.
  • You also could have measured wrong, because there is no way 1/2 cup of butter mixed into that large amount of flour can be wet.
  • You aren’t measuring the flour correctly OR you are using sifted flour. A lot of people don’t realize that your flour can come pre-sifted, which means that when you are measuring out your flour it will NEVER match recipes on the internet! Never buy pre-sifted flour unless it’s for a recipe that specifies it. Most households buy unsifted and use un-sifted.
  • Your oven could be running at a different temperature, check it’s accuracy.

Problem: My cookies are tough and not chewy

  • Make sure to under bake the cookies. You only have to heat them up to 165 °F, to properly and safely cook the raw eggs in them. You can have ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies without adding honey or corn syrup, just simply under bake and enjoy!
  • You might have over-beaten the cookies. Don’t beat the dough as much next time.thick chewy chocolate chip cookies

Baking Supplies & Equipment Needed For Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

You don’t have to have the following items that I list below for baking, but I own most of them and they make baking a lot easier! Here are a few suggestions for your kitchen!

  1. Stand Mixer
  2. Hand Mixer
  3. Dry Measuring Cups
  4. Measuring Spoons
  5. Parchment Paper
  6. Baking Sheets
  7. Cookie Scoop
  8. Spatulas/Flippers

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

These chocolate chip cookies are very kid friendly, thick and delicious, strong enough to hold together in children’s lunches and small enough that you don’t feel too guilty sending them to school for a treat. This is a super delicious recipe and my go to for late night “Oh my god, I need a cookie” moments.

Happy baking!

Love,

Karlynn

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This recipe actually IS The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, tried and tested by tens of thousands of readers with simple easy delicious ingredients and yields thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies.

4.91 from 214 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Total Time
17 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
24
Calories
220
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp salt ( use 1/2 tsp if you are using salted butter)
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1.  Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Get out your baking sheets and line with parchment paper.

  2. Cream together your butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. .
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients ,then beat them into the butter mixture until combined completely.

  4. When that is done, fold in the two cups of chocolate chips by hand, and prepare to put them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

  5. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto the baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown and slightly underdone. Cool on the sheets completely. Store in closed containers 

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Recipe Notes

You can substitute in any type of chocolate chips that you want in this recipe.

Make sure to read my troubleshooting tips above to solve any problems you might encounter.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 220kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 192mg, Potassium: 114mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 2.9%, Calcium: 2.2%, Iron: 9%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Deb says

    Best chocolate chip cookie ever!! Cutting the butter by half really makes a huge difference, and you don’t sacrifice flavor one bit! This is my only recipe from now on!

  2. Melissa says

    I swear to god I make this recipe once or twice a month, it is absolutely my go-to cookie for whenever I need to bring a treat for my friends or when I need a pick me up after a bad day. Comes out great every time, thanks for such a great cookie!

  3. Wayne R says

    These cookies ROCK!

    Hi Karen, thank you for sharing your recipe. My lady loved them.

    She has been so busy at work these days and hasn’t had the time to bake. So, I surprised her, and I baked them tonight. These are the kind of cookies she loves. Nice and chewy.

    This was the very first time that I have baked cookies, the last time was home-ec-class, which was many, many moons ago! I had no clue what I was doing. To be honest, I never really bake. Not even a Betty Crocker cake. However, I’m the main chef around here. So I improvised.

    Another thing, we don’t have a mixer. What I did, I pressed the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until it was creamy. Then added one egg at a time. Then the vanilla. Then used the wooden spoon to stir slightly. Then I thought, hey, let’s try a whisk. Then I read your directions, then noticed that I was to whisk the dry ingredients, but I ended using a fork to whisk the dry ingredients because I dirtied the whisk. The whisk really didn’t work with the sugar butter mixture anyway. I ended up kneading it with my clean hands and then slowly added the dry ingredients in with the butter, eggs and vanilla. Then I added the chocolate chips. All this, while I was pre-heating the oven.

    When it was time to put the cookie dough on the cookie sheet, like your directions read, I used the measuring teaspoon and scooped the cookie dough with it, put the teaspoon ball on the cookie sheet. They looked so small. However, I believed in your recipe and followed the instructions. It was so exciting to be baking. I had a bit of a rush going on here! Actually I still do. Sorry for the long comment by the way!

    I set the timer for 12 mins. After the timer went off, I pulled them out, it didn’t look brown, I added another 2 mins because when I pressed down on one of the cookies, it felt too soft still. It could be my oven. Your cookies looked brilliant coming out of the oven in the end. The aroma was fantastic! The cookies looked like they belonged on a cover of a cooking magazine.

    After I took out the first batch, I took some photos and sent them to my dad, he is a retired baker, he was impressed.

    And I sent a photos to my mother. She told me they looked perfect. She told me to press down on the cookie, and if the puff back out after pressing down on them, they are ready.

    Karen, I’m so happy that I followed your recipe to a “T” you made this guy look like a rockstar!

    I will keep your recipe in my back pocket and bring this to potlucks etc.

    These are the best tasting cookies I’ve ever had. My girl agrees. Way better then any supermarket or bakery.

    Thanks again Karen, you rock!!!

    Cheers,
    Wayne R

    • Wayne R says

      Karlynn, sorry I called you Karen and your name is Karlynn.

    • Karlynn says

      Wayne thank you SO much for the amazing comment, you made my day! Your cookie baking experience is why I love doing what I do! Thanks for letting me know, I love reading comments!

  4. Karla says

    I just made these cookies and they are delicious!! Came out perfect! My hubby can’t stop eating them. I did add walnuts to the recipe. Love them! Definitely a 5 star. Thanks

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