Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
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A few tweaks to the classic Nestlé® Toll House® recipe make these the best chocolate chip cookies ever.
The simplest recipes are typically the hardest to get right, and classic chocolate chip cookies are a prime example. The most widely-used recipe is found on the back of the Nestlé® Toll House® chocolate chip bag, but if you follow it to the letter, the cookies often come out flat as pancakes. Over the years, I’ve experimented with various techniques in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie, from resting the dough for days to browning the butter to using different types of flour. However, I found that these methods didn’t produce a noticeable improvement in taste and texture — and, honestly, who wants to go to all that trouble for cookies? Instead, I tweaked the classic and easy Toll House® recipe to make it more reliable and tastier. These chocolate chip cookies are thick with a chewy, moist center and slightly crisp exterior, and they strike the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavor. Before you start baking, be sure to read my best baking tips to ensure success.
What You’ll Need To Make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the butter and both sugars.
Beat on medium speed (or high speed if using a hand mixer) for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary.
Add the vanilla and eggs.
Beat for 2 minutes more, then scrape down the bowl.
Add the salt and baking soda and beat briefly until evenly combined, then add the flour.
Mix on low speed until the dough is uniform.
Add the chocolate chips.
Mix until evenly combined.
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 or overnight. (Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait, form the dough into balls as instructed below, arrange on the baking sheets, and chill in the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes.)
Drop the dough in firmly packed 1.5-tablespoon balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. (I use a 1.5-tablespoon cookie scoop.) For thick cookies, it’s important to really pack the dough in the scooper or with your hands.
Pro Tip: If you’d like to see the chocolate chips on the surface of the cookies, hold back about 1/3 cup chocolate chips and dot them on the dough balls, pressing them in slightly, before baking.
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 will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
A few tweaks to the classic Nestlé® Toll House® recipe make these the best chocolate chip cookies ever.
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup (packed) dark brown sugar (fine to substitute light)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2½ cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off (see note)
- 2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips, best quality such as Ghriardelli
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter and both sugars on medium speed (or high speed if using a hand mixer) for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping 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 mix on low speed until the dough is uniform. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- 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 or overnight. (Alternatively, if you don't want to wait, form the dough into balls on the baking sheets as instructed below, and chill in the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes.)
- 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.
- 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.) For thick cookies, it's important to really pack the dough in the scooper or with your hands. 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 the remaining cookie dough, refrigerating the dough between batches. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Note: I highly recommend King Arthur All-Purpose Flour for this recipe – it's higher in protein and gluten than other brands and helps the cookies hold their shape.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, roll the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer for about 1 hour, 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.) The baked cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months. 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.
- Per serving (40 servings)
- Serving size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 69
- Fat: 4 g
- Saturated fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Sugar: 5 grams
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 1 g
- Sodium: 36 mg
- Cholesterol: 11 mg
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PERFECT COOKIE My family loved them. Thanks
I baked these today and they came out amazing! I followed Jenn’s instructions to the letter re: mixing time and what a textural difference it made. I did use pastel colored M&Ms in place of chocolate chips and so pretty! 🙂
These turned out perfectly. Chocolate chip cookies are not even my favorite but because they are crispy outside, soft centered, and not overly sweet, I found them delicious. Thanks for going to the trouble to answer every conceivable question within the recipe instructions. It’s like you read my mind! And it makes all the difference because I don’t always have every kitchen tool or ingredient on hand. The make-ahead and storage information is also invaluable. Thanks again for another great recipe.
I didn’t think the Tollhouse recipe could be improved on. Well, you proved me wrong! I used a smaller scoop to get more cookies out of this, and I cooked them for less time to compensate. Worked out great. Each cookie was perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.
I made these cookies for the first time, and I thought they were really good. For second opinion, I took a few over to my neighbor who had just gotten back from a cruise. He called me about an hour later and said these cookies were better than any cookie that he had while on the cruise ship. That’s quite a compliment!!!
This recipe was so easy to follow and the cookies came out great.
Made these cookies a couple of days ago and they are a wonderful cookie. There is a a little crunch on the edge while the middle is soft. Shared with my neighbors and they are in agreement.
Hi Jenn, just noticed that the recipe calls for two eggs, but the video shows three being put into the mixing bowl. Is two the correct number? Thanks.
Oops – that must be a mistake in the video! Yes, you just need 2 eggs. Hope you enjoy the cookies!
Thanks for the update. Off to make them now. 🙂
Upgraded chocolate chips, good butter but marginal vanilla- why not use a good vanilla extract? I use Nielsen Massey and it really improves the taste of my cookie.
If you use the medium gray colored cookie baking sheets, the cookies come out crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle, perfect! If you’re using aluminum baking sheets (the light silver ones) I would use the parchment paper.
I also use the Ghirardelli bitter sweet chocolate chips. Everyone raves about my cookies. The semi sweet chocolate chips seem too sweet for me.
If you use the medium gray colored cookie baking sheets, the cookies come out crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle, perfect! If you’re using aluminum baking sheets (the light silver ones). I also use the Ghirardelli bitter sweet chocolate chips. Everyone raves about my cookies. The semi sweet chocolate chips seem too sweet for me.
I like the recipe but I think it needs a kick from either pecans, or if you don’t want nuts, try Heath Bar bits which are in the same section as the Ghiradelli (or Hershey) chips. I think it’s worth the cost to up the quality of the chocolate and the extra flavor from the Heath bits 🙂
I like more golden cookies, if I bake them longer or at higher heat will I wind up with dry cookies?
Unfortunately, they’ll end up dry.
Wow! These cookies are a sublime! Thank you for leveling up my cookie game.
These really are the BEST chocolate chip cookies you will ever make! I’ve always used the Toll House recipe but this is sooooooo much better. Key is chilling the dough so when baked, they hold their shape. Another winner. Thanks, Jenn!
I would cut the salt by half, just my preference. Get the aftertaste too much
The best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever, omg! I added toasted pecans and they are ah-mazing. What I think I love most is prep one day, bake the next! Thanks for another fantastic recipe.
These cookies are nothing short of rapturous. Thank you @onceuponachef
Your recipes are just consistently magnificent!
Was wondering if you have used monkfruit sweetener instead of regular sugar in any of your recipes.
Hi Sara, No, I’ve never worked with sugar substitutes so I can’t say how it would impact recipes. (If it helps at all, I have read plenty of comments from readers who have said they’ve replaced some or all of the sugar in a recipe with sugar substitutes and have had good results.) Hope that helps at least a bit!
So Very simple and my favorite recipe! Thick, chewy and not too sweet. I added walnuts. Keeper!
I made this recipe with the only substitution was to change the chips chocolate chips from two cups to one and a half and added 1/2 a cup of butterscotch chips only change.
Just made these yesterday. This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. They don’t flatten out after baking and are very moist. I like my cookies a little underbaked so I pulled these out of the oven as soon as they browned slightly around the edges. Next time I won’t leave the dough in the frig as long as I did, will leave in just long enough to firm up and not sticky. Going to make tomorrow with milk choc. chips, my favorite. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this recipe.