Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

There's nothing more classic than a soft and gooey chocolate chip cookie. Coming in all shapes and sizes, chocolate chip cookies can be thick, thin, crispy, or chewy, but will always be sweet and filled with delicious chunks of chocolate. In this recipe, we share a bakery-style chewy chocolate chunk cookie, easy to make at home with just a few common ingredients. This recipe written for 2 dozen large cookies makes enough for a crowd but will go quickly, so you'll want to bake up the whole batch at once. And if not? Freeze the dough for a rainy day and bake from frozen in less than 20 minutes.

Below recipe developer and production baker Michelle McGlinn shares her technique for a perfectly chewy, chunky, and sweet chocolate chip cookie. The key is in mixing the simple ingredients in the right order so that the dough comes together smoothly and cleanly. If you don't own a mixer, you can make these by hand with a little extra elbow grease and a really trusty spoon.

Gather your chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Besides chunks of gooey chocolate, chocolate chip cookies require a good amount of flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter. With these ingredients accounted for, you'll just need a teaspoon of baking soda, baking powder, salt, a healthy dash of vanilla, and some eggs. We don't recommend deviating from the ingredients or the measurements in this recipe, or your cookies could end up dry, crumbly, or flat. The only thing you can have some freedom with is the star ingredient: you can use chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, M&M's, or even white chocolate to fill these cookies.

Sift the dry ingredients

Sifting the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt helps to ensure your flour is clump-free and the ingredients are evenly combined. This step is optional, but will help your batter to be light and fluffy. If you don't own a sifting tool, simply whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt, breaking up any clumps as you go. Set the fluffy sifted flour aside while you cream together the butter and sugars.

Mix the butter and sugars

Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the softened butter into the sugars until light and fluffy. Make sure your butter is fully softened for this; if needed, microwave the butter in 10-second increments to soften. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and add the vanilla. If you're an expert at cracking eggs, you can crack your eggs directly into the mixer, but cracking into a bowl first allows you to remove any unwanted shells before adding to the batter. Slip the cracked eggs into the batter while mixing, one by one, until fully combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure the ingredients are fully combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the batter

Because sifted flour is light and airy, turn off the mixer while adding the flour in order to prevent a kitchen mess. Add the flour all at once or in increments until fully combined into the dough, then scrape the sides again to ensure all the flour is accounted for. Pour in the chocolate chips and mix gently or by hand until just combined. Don't overmix the chocolate or the chips will melt into the dough.

Scoop and bake

Scoop the batter with a spoon or a cookie scoop and place 4 inches apart on a sheet tray. Use a 3 tablespoon scoop for large, 4-inch cookies, or use a smaller 1 ½ -inch scoop for small, 2 ½ -inch cookies. Batter can be frozen in ready-to-make scoops and stored flat in a freezer bag or on a parchment-lined sheet tray for up to 3 months. Once scooped, sprinkle with Maldon and bake the cookies in the preheated 325 F oven for about 18 minutes total, rotating the sheet pan halfway through for even cooking. Cookies will be slightly soft but brown around the edges.

Cool slightly and serve

Cool the cookies on a wire rack and serve while slightly warm. If needed, sprinkle extra salt on the cookies immediately after removing from the heat. These classic chocolate chip cookies pair best with a glass of milk, warm homemade apple cider, or vanilla ice cream. These cookies are best enjoyed within 3 days, but can be saved for up to a week in an airtight box or bag. If cookies start to stale, pop in the microwave for 15 seconds to soften.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
Impress your friends and family with these chocolate chip cookies that will go great with a cold glass of milk.
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Total time: 28 minutes
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Maldon sea salt, for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with a hand mixer or the paddle attachment on a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of the bowl.
  4. Crack eggs and vanilla into a small bowl and add slowly to the sugar mixture while the mixer is running. Mix until combined, then scrape sides again.
  5. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Add the chocolate chips to the dough and mix by hand with a spatula to incorporate.
  7. Scoop dough into 1 ½ -inch balls and place 4 inches apart on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and place in oven.
  8. Bake cookies for 18 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
Calories per Serving 359
Total Fat 16.7 g
Saturated Fat 10.3 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 42.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 48.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Total Sugars 33.3 g
Sodium 182.4 mg
Protein 3.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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