Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Chocolate chunk cookies

Tender, puffy, and fudgy with perfectly crisp edges — these chocolate chunk cookies taste better than Toll House and are more reliable.

chocolate chunk cookies

It may seem strange that I’ve been blogging for eight years but have never shared a single plain chocolate chip cookie recipe with you. The truth is that I’ve been baking chocolate chip cookies since the fifth grade, and have yet to come across a recipe that’s markedly better than the back-of-the-bag Nestlé Toll House version that everyone knows and loves.

It’s not for lack of trying — I’ve rested the dough overnight to develop flavor, browned the butter, experimented with different varieties of flour, and so on. But to me, the difference in taste never justifies the extra time or effort. That said, the Toll House recipe isn’t perfect (sorry Toll House!). If you follow the recipe as is, the cookies often come out disappointingly flat.

Over the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe to make it more reliable and just a little bit tastier. I use less sugar, more flour, two types of high-quality chocolate instead of ordinary chocolate chips, and I always chill the dough before baking. The result is a chocolate chunk cookie that’s tender, puffy, and fudgy with perfectly crisp edges.

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Chunk Cookies

ingredients for chocolate chunk cookies

How To Make Chocolate Chunk Cookies

To begin, combine the butter and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer.

butter and sugars in mixing bowl

Beat until light, fluffy, and cafe au lait-colored. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary.

creaming butter and sugar

Add the vanilla and eggs and beat for 2 minutes more. Scrape down the bowl.

adding eggs to butter and sugar mixture

Add the salt and baking soda and beat briefly until evenly combined.

beaten mixture with baking soda and salt

Add the flour and both chocolates.

adding flour and chocolate chunks to the mixing bowl

Mix on low speed until the flour is completely blended and the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the dough.

mixed cookie dough ready to scoop

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or scrape the dough into an airtight container and let rest in the refrigerator until firm, a few hours. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop the dough in 1.5-tablespoon balls onto prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. (I use a #40/1.5-T cookie scoop with a wire trigger.)

scooped chocolate chunk cookie dough ready to bake

Bake for 11-13 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft and pale in the center. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

baked chocolate chunk cookies on cooling rack

Enjoy! For more classic cookie recipes, check out my Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cookies with Raisins & Pecans and my Crave-Worthy Sugar Cookies.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies on serving platter

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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Tender, puffy, and fudgy with perfectly crisp edges — these chocolate chunk cookies taste better than Toll House and are more reliable.

Servings: About 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (fine to substitute light)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled (preferably King Arthur flour - see note)
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, best quality such as Ghriardelli, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz milk chocolate, best quality such as Ghirardelli, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars for 3 minutes, or until light, fluffy, and cafe au lait-colored (use high speed on a hand mixer and medium speed on a stand mixer). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat for 2 minutes more. Scrape down the bowl. Add the salt and baking soda and beat briefly until evenly combined. Add the flour and both chocolates, and mix on low speed until the flour is completely blended and the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or scrape the dough into an airtight container and let rest in the refrigerator until firm, a few hours. (The dough can be refrigerated, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.)
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Line a 13 x 18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Drop the dough in firmly packed 1.5-tablespoon balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. (I use a #40/1.5-T cookie scoop with a wire trigger.) Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft and pale in the center. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  5. Note: Some readers have had issues with the cookies being flat. This can happen as a result of using a "softer" flour. I highly recommend King Arthur All Purpose Flour for this recipe -- it's high in protein and gluten, and helps cookies hold their shape.
  6. Note: If time allows, let the dough rest in the fridge overnight - the flavor improves. If you're impatient to even wait a few hours for the dough to firm up in the fridge, you can form the dough into balls on the baking sheet and chill in the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The Cookie Dough can be Frozen for up to 3 Months: Roll the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) To Freeze After Baking: Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 143
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Sodium: 76mg
  • Cholesterol: 24mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • These cookies replaced my all time favorite cookie because they are so wonderful.

    • — Autumn on September 22, 2021
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  • My daughter and I have made these cookies several time and they always come out great! We are needing to make a chocolate chip cookie cake to bring to a birthday party. Would we need to change anything to bake this in a round pan as bars?

    • — Becky on September 19, 2021
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    • Hi Becky, so glad you like this! I’m not sure how these would work baked as bars. If you have my 2nd cookbook, I would recommend the skillet chocolate chip cookie which is on page 178. If you don’t have the book and would like the recipe, please email me at [email protected]. The blondie recipe would also be a good option. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2021
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  • Foolproof Recipe! If I don’t make chocolate chip cookies, I use this cookie recipe as base and add in crushed cadbury mini eggs – to make a mini egg cookie! Everyone loves! I’m sure you can do this with other forms of flavors and combos! Amazing recipe!

    • — Sarah on September 2, 2021
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  • Well these were amazing! Another hit! One trick I use after ice cream scooping the dough is I go back and give each cookie dough ball a little hat of extra dough – gives them a nice little height and makes them all a little different looking! Thanks Jen

    • — Lauren G on August 28, 2021
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  • These cookies came out perfect, not flat like all my previous attempts over many years. They’re puffy, full of flavor, and beautiful. I followed the recipe precisely. The only comment other than absolutely delicious, is that the refrigerated dough is tough to scoop up into those balls since it’s dense and cold, but I got a good upper arm workout in the process. I will always use this recipe. My boyfriend is going to love me even more when I give him a box of these beautiful babies!
    Thanks so much Jenn❤️

    • — Susan on July 21, 2021
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  • I made them exactly as written except I added a few chopped pecans. I only ever use KA flour as well. Put the dough in the fridge Sunday afternoon and made them Monday morning. I got 35 cookies using my #40. I always rotate my baked goods 1/2 way through time. They puffed up beautifully and held their shape. Texture is soft, not cakey, just soft. That’s how we like them. I used 2 bars (8oz) of Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate for chunks.

    Would give them 100 stars if I could. I’ll never use another recipe again. I’ve printed it out and have it bookmarked.

    • — Sapat on July 21, 2021
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  • Jen – Thank you so much for all your amazing and delicious recipes as I have been a long time fan of your site as well as cookbook. My question is after making the cookie dough, can I scoop it out and freeze each of the individual uncooked cookie dough balls and then bake at a later date? If so, could you let me know would I need to thaw them first or could they go straight to the freezer into the over? Could they bake at the same temperature and if so, for how long. I always love having fresh homemade coookies on hand and this would be an awesome way also for portion control too. Thank you so much and keep all the recipes coming!

    • — Celeste on July 18, 2021
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    • Hi Celeste, So glad you like the recipes! Yes, you can freeze the dough balls. Here’s a post I wrote that will answer all your questions. 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 18, 2021
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  • This is another keeper! Jenn, have you experimented with adding malted milk powder to this recipe? I have not and I’m wondering what your thoughts are.

    • — Evelyn on May 13, 2021
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    • Glad you like them! No, I’ve never added malted milk powder to these. If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2021
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    • Hi Evelyn, what a great idea! Joy Wilson from Joy the Baker adds Ovaltine to her chocolate buttercream frosting. It is delicious!

      • — Noreen on June 7, 2021
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  • I just made these and they came out AMAZING— so chocolatey, so full of flavor! (I did add the extra 2 tblspns of flour like some of the comments suggested) Thank you Jenn for this recipe!!

    • — Grace on April 23, 2021
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  • Even with using Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One gluten free flour mix, these turned out fabulous. I can’t say they were as tall as if I had used regular flour, but they were good enough. I kept them at just the right time to make them squishy inside, a little crispy outside.

    • — Terri Hall on February 1, 2021
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  • For the few years this has been my “go-to” chocolate chip cookie recipe. The dough is easy to prepare, one bowl, got to love that! Everyone who has tasted these cookies has exclaimed “These are the best chocolate chip cookies ever!” My boys will sit down with a glass of milk and devour a whole sheet pan of them right out of the oven. We can’t keep them in the house!

    • — Cynthia S. on January 28, 2021
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  • These cookies in cookie dough form are absolutely addicting! So yummy! But for some reason, once baked, the flavor falls flat. Kind of like how pop tarts are better straight out of the package rather than toasted. I don’t get it. If you’re looking for yummy cookie dough, this is definitely the recipe, just be aware that flavor doesn’t translate through baking.

    • — Cassie on January 28, 2021
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  • Until I found this recipe, my chocolate chip cookies were flat and inconsistent. These cookies are consistently great! Not greasy, cake-like in the middle, crispy on the outside and great flavor.

    • — Lisa on January 28, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn!
    I would like to make these cookies for serving Friday late afternoon. I am restricted time wise to either making them Sunday or Monday and freezing them until I want to serve them, or maybe making them Wednesday and leaving them on the kitchen counter.
    Which would yield a better result? If I freeze them, how early should I take them out to come to room temp? How long do you think it would take to come to room temperature-want to make sure I don’t get fooled and they are still cold in the center!
    Thanks so much!
    Elise

    • — Elise on December 26, 2020
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    • Hi Elise, I would make them on Sunday or Monday and freeze them, and then take them out of the freezer on Thursday afternoon. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on December 26, 2020
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  • Cookies turned out great, even added a few walnuts. As always another great recipe, Thank you Jenn. From reading some of the posts, some have had difficulty with this and other recipes. I’ve been baking for years, but always appreciate professional tips.

    I learned a huge lesson from Jenn when she sent out her email entitled, “How To Make Baked Goods From Scratch That Aren’t Dry,” and her post – Chef Secret #5: How To Make Moist & Tender Baked Goods. I’ll quote one of her tips -“Use Room Temperature Ingredients – When a recipe calls for room temperature ingredients, it’s important to comply. Cold butter cannot be creamed, and cold eggs can curdle a batter. When room temperature ingredients are called for, it’s best to leave ingredients on the countertop for a few hours before baking.” I’ve been following her advice and have noticed a huge improvement in the outcome of my bakes.

    If you haven’t signed up for her “5 Secrets of a Classically Trained Chef,” Plus free email series – I’d encourage you to do it. Thanks again!

    • — Susan Grondin on December 20, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,
    My batch of cookies was very tasty, but I also experienced the flattening-to the point that the cookies ran into each other, destroying the round shape. Also, I left the dough wrapped and refrigerated for two days, and my scoop broke trying to scoop it. So I found the King Arthur flour, bought another scoop, and will try again, but thought it would be more accurately sized if I could scoop and “pack” the dough balls tight while soft and then chill them that way. However, my refrigerator is a bit too narrow for the baking sheet, so I was wondering if I could layer the balls of dough between parchment paper in an air tight container and transfer them to the proper baking sheet when I get ready to put them in the oven? Also, the King Arthur flour indicates “unbleached” in a red and white package—is that correct? Hoping the recommended flour and scooping proper sized balls will solve my issues? And how about layering the dough balls in the fridge?
    Thanks for your help!
    Elise

    • — Elise denoff on December 20, 2020
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    • Sounds like you’re fully prepared this time around with the King Arthur flour and a new scoop. And, yes, it’s fine for you to layer the balls between parchment before baking them. Hope you have a good result!

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2020
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  • I made these with perfect results. After reading the other reviews on the brand of flour, I actually used 3/4 cup of bread flour (which I had only because I accidentally bought it, but after googling I learned it had extra gluten) which I mixed in with my Pillsbury basic white. There was no science to the 3/4 cup, it’s just what I felt like doing. I also did 1/2 the dough with dark chocolate and half with milk chocolate (for my husband) and I sprinkled some fancy Maldon sea salt on them. I’ve never made a cookie like these. They’re fantastic. I’m making a new batch today because the first batch won’t make it to Christmas….

    • — Jody on December 20, 2020
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  • The best chocolate chip cookies ever! Easy to make, delicious hot and cold. One batch only lasted one day. Thanks for the great recipe (again) 🙂

    • — Danute on December 14, 2020
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  • Could you please provide the weight equivalents for the sugars and the flour? Thank you so much!

    • — Patty on December 3, 2020
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    • Hi Patty, The great majority of my recipes (including this one) include conversions to metric/weight measurements. To view them, scroll down to the recipe, and immediately under the recipe title on the right side, you’ll see a little toggle. If you move it from “cup measures” to metric, you’ll see measurements that will work for you. Hope that helps and that you enjoy the cookies!

      • — Jenn on December 4, 2020
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  • What should I add instead of egg

    • — Diya on October 21, 2020
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    • Two of the best substitutes I’ve heard about (I haven’t personally tried either of them) are a combination of water, oil, and baking powder and carbonated water. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for more information about both. I would assume many baking recipes would also work with some kind of store-bought egg substitute.

      • — Jenn on October 21, 2020
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