The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Until a year ago, I was still pouring from mix from the bag and following the just-add-egg method for my “homemade” chocolate chip cookies. It wasn’t such a bad solution at the time. But, now that I’ve begun religiously making my own chocolate chip cookies, my past is downright shameful.

I will never, ever go back to just-add-egg after these babies. No, thank you.

Some people like to play around and add coffee, toffee, and all sorts of silliness to their chocolate chip cookies, but I find that this is one recipe that needn’t be messed with. It’s one of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, not because they’re unique, but because this is the way they tasted when I was a kid and snatching them hot off the cookie sheet.The edges are perfectly crisp, the center soft and chewy, and in each and every cookie you can taste the buttery medley of warm vanilla, brown sugar, gooey chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt. Best of all, since this recipe makes a lot of dough, you can portion some of it and store it in the freezer for up to three months, like I sometimes do.

Even if you’ve got your own tried-and-true method for this classic cookie, I highly recommend you try these. I know that if you don’t think these are THE best, you’ll definitely say they’re one of the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever taste.

And, hey, if you think you’ve got a strong contender, feel free to share!

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. sea or table salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups/16 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until very creamy (If using an electric mixer, beat 4 minutes on medium speed).

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until very creamy, about 2 minutes. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Cookie batter should be somewhat thick. Finally, add chocolate chips and mix well. If you want, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to harden it a little and make it easier to work with.

Drop about 2 tablespoons of dough two inches apart onto a baking sheet lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, or lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.

Transfer cookies to a wire rack or a cool surface. Wait about 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Adapted from The Savory Sweet Life

      

40 Responses to “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever”

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    Anonymous — December 15, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    My grandfather has cancer and is very sick.. He will not be with us much longer. He used to have such a sweet tooth but has lost most of his appetite.. However, when I showed up with a batch of this cookie dough and baked them then and there, he ate 4 of these delicious cookies in a row and now every wednesday when i go for my visit his only request is that I bring some of these cookies with me.

    Thank you.

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    Anonymous — December 21, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    My grandfather has cancer and is very sick.. He will not be with us much longer. He used to have such a sweet tooth but has lost most of his appetite.. However, when I showed up with a batch of this cookie dough and baked them then and there, he ate 4 of these delicious cookies in a row and now every wednesday when i go for my visit his only request is that I bring some of these cookies with me.

    Thank you.

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — December 21, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    These cookies should come with a warning….I could not stop eating them! And I now have a new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jihane Jeanty (Sinful Sundays) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    I stalked your blog today at work and saw this recipe. I made them about 30 minutes ago and they are THE BOMB! They’re so good! Crispy but soft, and the perfect amount of sweetness. :)

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Ha ha! I’m so glad you enjoyed these, Jihane. Thanks for letting me know how they turned out!

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    Sophia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Wow, what delicious-looking cookies. I love sweets and these cookies look mouth-watering! I usually stick to these Brownie Cookies. They’re pretty tasty too!

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    Heather — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Done and done–I will definitely try them. :)

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    Marla — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    I am sold! These look amazing & I am sure they taste as great as you tell us they do. Wish I had a batch sitting next to me while I type away!

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    Mark (Husband) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    These look really good! And I know they are good – to bad there are none left in our house!!!

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    I want a cookie right now! yum! These cookies look like they’d make great ice cream sandwiches too.

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    newlywed — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    They look great. I love a chewy center in a chocolate chip cookie. I will have to try these soon!

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    Janet Mazorie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    I just made these cookies (eating one now while typing) and they are very delicious! Mine only took 10 min to bake but that could just be a difference in ovens. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed these cookies! It’s tough… I’m curious to try other recipes, but I just keep going back to this one – I know you will, too. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how they turned out for you!

    Georgia

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    zach — January 10, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    stumbled upon your blog from tastespotting…..made these last night. truly fantastic. thank you.
    -zach

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Zach. Thanks for letting me know!

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    enrolled agent cpe — January 10, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I was browsing on some old blog entries and these amazing chocolate chip cookies just have to show themselves to me. Now I’m badly craving to have some along with a glass of milk. I guess I have to add baking on my list of things to do this weekend.

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    Lauraclarkk — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Tried this recipe tonight and the cookies were wonderful. Very soft and fluffy:) YUMMY

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Laura. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! I hope you have a great rest of the weekend.

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    Rachel Aubry — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I made these cookies just last week and I have to say, they are the best I have ever had! I used one bar of milk chocolate and one of regular (I cut them into small cubes) and it turned out amazing.

    The cookie itself was exactly as described and that was what convinced me to try them out (your description was amazingly written). It was as she said, “The edges are perfectly crisp, the center soft and chewy, and in each and every cookie you can taste the buttery medley of warm vanilla, brown sugar, gooey chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt.”

    You definitely have given me the recipe to make whenever I make Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    You’re so right, Miranda, it’s the base of these cookies that counts. I never thought of using this recipe for other similar cookies, but I think I’ll give it a shot! I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

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    Miranda — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I remember reading this post thinking I would make these soon. Well, not more than 2 days later, my husband asked me to make chocolate chip cookies. It was the perfect excuse to revisit your blog! I didn’t want to go to the store though and we were out of chocolate chips, so I made white chocolate chip walnut. The base is what’s important here anyways and these were perfect! Thanks for such a great recipe!

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    Danielle — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I made really good chocolate chip cookies recently too! The recipe was very different though. These look very good!

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    Alice of Savory Sweet Life — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    We just made a batch yesterday!

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Janet! Thank you for letting me know. You’ll find yourself making these cookies again and again, I’m sure!

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    Olive — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I love chocolate chip cookies they’re my favorite…the way you describe your cookies makes me crave for it…I’m definitely making some this weekend and I’ll give your recipe a try :)

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    Baking Serendipity — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    There’s nothing better than a truly homemade chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven. Yours look fantastic! PS, I’ve got a giveaway going on that I think you might be interested in :) Stop by and check it out!

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    Deborah — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I have a favorite cc recipe, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t try another one! And if you say they are the best, then I definitely want to try them!

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    Cristina @TeenieCakes — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    This is my kinda cookie…the classique chocolate chip cookie. I must admit that every now and then I deter from the basics and try silliness (I’ll always add walnuts). These are some beautious cookies and the way you describe the texture, is exactly the way they’re supposed to be. ;)

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    Katrina — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I love chocolate chip cookies – best invention ever.

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Monet,

    That is without a doubt the sweetest compliment I’ve ever received! It makes me so happy that you look forward to my posts because I look forward to yours, too. Keep up your awesome baking, and if you end up making these cookies, please let me know your expert opinion! ;)

    Georgia

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Do you know how excited I get whenever I see that there is a new post here? I read a lot of blogs, but yours is one of my top favorites. You post such beautiful photographs, and your writing makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea. So comforting! These cookies look delicious, my dear. I trust you…and will be making these soon!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Is there really anything better then a chocolate chip cookie? Seriously, at least in the cookie realm, they are the Kings!

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    Pam — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Wish I had a couple of these beauties with some ice cold milk right now.

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    Stephanie — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Pretty sure your description of how awesome these cookies are made my mouth water.

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    Annalise — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Oh, you’ve got me drooling all over the keyboard!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    great pics… i am always up for a new cookie recipe

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    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    I love cookies, and choc-chip are my all-time favorite!! I am saving these for the holidays!

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    Roxan — January 10, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Beautiful photos and beautiful cookies! They look delicious, and I’m sure you’re right about them at LEAST being one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

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    Joy Calipes-Felizardo — May 31, 2011 @ 2:04 am

    My kids and I will definitely try this! We love baking and we’ll sure to have fun baking and munching on these. Tnx for sharing!

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    Kat — June 18, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    These are amazing!
    I’m just about to get them out of the oven and I’ve noticed that not only is the cookie dough delicious! They smell amazing too and I can’t wait to eat them! Thank you!

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