Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are the world’s most popular cookie for a reason! Buttery, soft, and with the perfect amount of chocolate chips, in only 20 minutes!

There’s nothing better than the smell (or taste!) of a freshly baked Cookie Recipe, whether you’re making a classic like these Chocolate Chip Cookies or a holiday favorite like Ginger Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies in stack


Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my all-time favorite classic cookie recipes. I almost always have these ingredients in my pantry, so it’s really easy to make a batch last minute.

Plus, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a warm, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven. Not to mention, a good chocolate chip cookie recipe is the ultimate kid-friendly activity on a rainy day!


This really depends on what recipe you’re using, but there’s a few tricks you can try to increase the chewiness in your chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  • Use a combo of brown sugar and granulated sugar in your chocolate chip cookie recipe. The brown sugar has more moisture in it naturally, which brings more moisture to the cookies, resulting in a more chewy texture.
  • Watch your cooking time and temperature. Set a timer for a minute or two less than you think you’ll need, so you don’t accidentally over-bake your chocolate chip cookies. Also, if your chocolate chip cookies consistently come out burnt and crispy on the bottom but perfect and chewy on the top, invest in a good oven-safer thermometer to check if your oven is cooking true to temperature.
  • Use butter, not shortening. Butter has more than just fat, it also has solids and moisture, which both make for a chewy cookie. Other chocolate chip cookie recipes may call for a combo of both, which is ok, too.
  • Make sure you refrigerate your cookie dough before baking. This one is really important, because a warm dough may spread too much, and flatter cookies are more likely to crisp up. You can have the perfect cookie recipe, but it goes wrong because of skipping this step.


Chocolate Chip Cookies should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They will stay good for about 2-3 weeks.

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  • Switch up the chocolate chips: You don’t have to limit yourself to semi-sweet! You can substitute some or all of the chocolate chips with dark chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips.
  • Add nuts: Try adding peanuts, chopped almonds, or chopped walnuts to add another flavor and some crunchy texture to the cookies.
  • Dried fruit: Add in raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries for some extra fruit flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies on baking sheet with parchment paper


Your chocolate chip cookie recipe may be spreading too much for a few reasons, usually having to do with butter and granulated sugar, or too little all purpose flour. If you ended up with crispy cookies, try these tricks next time.

  • Make sure you’re refrigerating your dough before baking. Butter that’s already too warm in the dough will spread faster.
  • Use a mixture of butter and shortening to help the cookies spread less.
  • Make sure you’re measuring your ingredients accurately, with measuring cups and leveling out the cup with a butterknife. Also make sure you’re using fresh not expired ingredients.
  • Try increasing your all purpose flour or baking soda, the recipe you are using may call for too little of both.


  • You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate chips for this cookie recipe. Instead of chocolate chips you can also try using butterscotch or caramel chips!
  • Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper. This keeps the cookies from sticking to the sheet and also helps them spread properly.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to ensure that the cookies will all be the same size, and also speed up the scooping process.
  • I always choose unsalted butter because I want to control the amount of salt in my cookie recipe. If you’re using salted butter, omit the salt in this recipe.

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  • Serve: Save Chocolate Chip Cookies in a ziploc bag or other airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Store: Keep your cookies in the fridge in an airtight container and they’ll last for up to a week before getting stale. To get your cookies chewy again, microwave for about 15 seconds.
  • Freeze: Freeze prepared cookie dough or baked cookies for up to 2 months in an airtight container. Freeze cookie dough on a baking sheet for about an hour before transferring to a freezer bag.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are the world's most popular cookie for a reason! Buttery, soft, and with the perfect amount of chocolate chips, in only 20 minutes!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 285 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add in the eggs one at a time along with the vanilla.
  4. Sift the flour and baking soda and add it to the stand mixer along with the salt on low speed until just combined and stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Using 1/4 cup scoops bake the cookies 6 to a sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

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  1. I never ever leave comments but I have to for these. I suck at making cookies but with this recipe my cookies turn out amazing!!! I don’t think I will ever switch recipes. This one is amazing! Thank you!!

  2. This is the best chocolate chip recipe I have come across. It was an easy recipe to follow. The cookies were crunchy on the outside but still chewy on the inside. This will definitely be my go to Chocolate chip recipe!

  3. The flavor is amazing but mine turned out crumbly and cakes, like there is not enough liquid. Very careful about measuring and sifting. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Hmm, I’ve used this recipe so many times and have never had that issue. If you notice the dough crumbly next time, even with sifting, you could try and add a teaspoon of water or milt to mix it to help moisten it. Good luck!

    1. Hmm, baking can be tricky and usually people have the opposite issue of them being flat. It’s possible you may need to less the amount of baking soda or the flour might be measured incorrectly (too much). Make sure you’re not scooping it rather, spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off. Hopefully this helps for next time.

  4. Awesome recipe! However, the first try my cookies came out in ball forms and never really got that cookies shape. The second try I reduced the flour by 1 cup and they turned out perfect!

  5. My first time making chocolate chip cookies and these taste fantastic!! How to you get flat cookies? Mine have a roundish top to them

    1. How did you measure your flour? Was it by scooping and leveling or by dunking the cup in the flour? I usually find it has a harder time spreading if too much flour gets into it. Glad you enjoyed the cookies! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. We have tried five different chocolate chip recipes and so far this is our favorite. We have around 12 people that test our cookies a d they have all voted on this recipe. They have such a good flavor and they are so soft and chewy. Delicious!!

  7. These cookies came out delicious!! As a (very) novice baker, I really appreciate all the tips and explanations. I baked for 15 minutes, but I know that ovens are all different and you’re supposed to “know your oven” which in starting to do. ? Thank you for the great recipe!

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