Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chocolate chip cookies from scratch are my favorite dessert. Easy to make, they're slightly crispy around the edge, soft and chewy in the middle.

chocolate chip cookies stacked on brown paper bag with chocolate chips and blue mug of milk

Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch are the one dessert I love to make the most. Partly because this is such an easy recipe, but also, there's just something so delicious about a batch of homemade chewy chocolate chip cookies.

The following recipe is adapted from an old cookbook we received as a wedding gift from Dan's Gram, one of the best gifts we've ever received. It's the 1st printing 1972 Pennsylvania State Grange Cookbook, and in it are recipes from women and families all over the state of PA, over 1500 recipes to be exact.

Just about every recipe I can remember making from this cookbook has been amazingly delicious. This particular chocolate chip cookie recipe has been our absolute favorite.

chewy chocolate chip cookies on brown paper bag with chocolate chips and cold milk

If you love oatmeal cookies AND soft chocolate chip cookies, combine them together to make the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

More cookie recipes you may enjoy: Soft and Chewy Monster Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE?

If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important baking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the deliciously easy chocolate chip cookies recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

MAKE A FEW TWEAKS TO YOUR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE…

  • I substitute unsalted butter (NOT margarine) for shortening. If you use margarine, your cookies will not be the same.
  • You can use light brown or dark brown sugar, but here's a tip… I highly recommend light brown because it makes a more raised cookie with a slightly crispy edge and soft, chewy middle. Dark brown makes a flatter cookie with a crunchier, chewier texture.
creaming butter and brown sugar for chocolate chip cookies from scratch, in large white mixer
  • I use a heaping teaspoon of salt.
  • As for chocolate chips… I use a full 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips. The more chocolate, the merrier.
  • Lastly, while it's not required, I prefer to chill the cookie dough for about 2 hours before baking. This makes a very chewy cookie.
soft chocolate chip cookies stacked with melted chocolate chips and bite taken out of cookie

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Before you get started, gather your ingredients… You’ll need unsalted butter, light brown sugar, pure cane sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, unbleached all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Nuts are optional.

WHAT KIND OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS SHOULD I USE?

While you can use any kind of chocolate chips you prefer, including milk chocolate chips, I highly recommend semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In fact, this is one recipe where I am brand loyal because I prefer to use Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. They're don't have that fake sweet taste that some chocolate chips do, and they make the best chocolate chip cookies ever.



Mixing chocolate chip cookie dough with large white mixer

MAKING EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Cream together (or mix together) the unsalted butter, brown sugar, and pure cane sugar. Again, I highly recommend light brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to your creamed mixture, mixing well.

In a separate mixing bowl, you'll need to sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Mix the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.

sift dry ingredients into white mixing bowl for chocolate chip cookie recipe

Add the chocolate chips, thoroughly mixing the chocolate chips into the dough.

At this point, nuts are an optional add-in. We've used walnuts, but pecans would be delicious too.

Chill the cookie dough for about 2 hours or more.

scooping chocolate chip cookie dough onto cookie sheet

Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies onto your cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden and done.

When you remove each batch from the oven, remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

Serve with a nice tall glass of ice cold milk; or make into ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream.

HOW TO KEEP COOKIES SOFT IN THE COOKIE JAR

When you store cookies, place a piece of bread in the cookie jar with them. This will keep your cookies soft and chewy, especially if they browned a little too much while baking.



homemade soft chocolate chip cookies on brown paper bag and cookie sheet, served with blue mug of cold milk

LOOKING FOR MORE SCRUMPTIOUS COOKIE RECIPES?

Grab a cookie and enjoy when you bake up a batch of chewy peanut butter cookies. And one of my family's favoritte recipes are my grandma's famous chocolate sandwich cookies.

If you prefer white chocolate in your cookies, Sugar Dish Me has a scrumptious recipe for Marry Me Cookies with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. And if you're trying to stay on the wagon, Moscato Mom has you covered with these yummy keto chocolate chip cookies.

chewy chocolate chip cookies from scratch

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU'LL NEED TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Mixer or Hand Mixer – Your mixer will be your best friend if you love to bake.

Measuring Spoons and Cups – for measuring out your ingredients.

Large Mixing Bowl – You’ll need a bowl if you’re mixing by hand or with a hand mixer. It also comes in handy when sifting.

Sifter – for sifting the dry ingredients together.

stack of the best chocolate chip cookies ever on a brown paper bag

Cookie Scoop – I wasn’t sold on my cookie scoop at first; Dan wanted me to use it, but I was used to just using a spoon and my fingers. But he was right… It saves dough, makes a smaller cookie, and lends to a rounder cookie.

Cookie Sheet – Mine comes in handy for so many things, including baking cookies.

Cookie Spatula – for removing the hot cookies from the cookie sheet.

Wire Rack – This allows the cookies to rest and cool before you put them in the cookie jar.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE



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Yield: 36 servings

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Chocolate chip cookies from scratch are my favorite dessert. Easy to make, they're slightly crispy around the edge, soft and chewy in the middle.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, *
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt, heaping
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream together (or mix together) the unsalted butter, brown sugar, and pure cane sugar. 
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to your creamed mixture, mixing well.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. Mix the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
  6. Add the chocolate chips, thoroughly mixing the chocolate chips into the dough.
  7. Chill the cookie dough for about 2 hours or more (this step is totally optional, per explanation in the post above).
  8. Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies onto your cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 375° for 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden and done.
  10. When you remove each batch from the oven, remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
  11. Serve with a nice tall glass of ice cold milk.

Notes

*Measure the flour before sifting.

Nuts are an optional add-in. We've used walnuts, but pecans would be delicious too.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 83mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
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