Few treats can rival the simple perfection of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. The harmonious marriage of buttery dough, rich chocolate morsels, and warm, comforting spices has the power to instantly transport us to carefree childhood days, cozy family gatherings, and all the sweet moments in between.

While store-bought varieties have their place, there’s simply no substitute for the homemade version – a labor of love that allows you to control the quality of ingredients and customize the recipe to your personal preferences. And with just a few basic pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of these irresistible cookies right in your own kitchen.

1. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (165g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (340g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are set but the centers are still slightly soft. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips:

  • For best texture, use a combination of granulated and brown sugar.
  • Chill the dough for at least 24 hours for even chewier cookies.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to ensure uniform cookie sizes.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for even browning.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring – this helps them hold their shape.

This classic chocolate chip cookie recipe yields soft and chewy cookies with plenty of gooey chocolate chips in every bite. They’re perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth, snacking, or sharing with friends and family. Enjoy them warm from the oven or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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