The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

05/02/2022
Six chocolate chip cookies with nuts piled on a round white plate with a red and white checked napkin in top left.

The best chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, full of melted chocolate in every delicious buttery bite! This ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe originated years ago from Betty Crocker. You know the big red and white cookbook with the page for the cookie recipe about to fall out – stained with a splash of vanilla!

This cookie dough is simple to mix up and bake in the oven. Enjoy homemade cookies from scratch from your oven today!

How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The full recipe is below but to give you an idea of how easy these are to make: You will need a small and large mixing bowl. Be sure to set your butter out for a little while beforehand to soften.

Begin by measuring the dry ingredients in the small bowl and set it aside. Next, mix the butter and sugars with a mixer or by hand until it is fluffy in the large mixing bowl. This should only take a minute. Stir in egg and vanilla. Last add the chocolate chips and nuts.

Stand mixer with butter and sugar. Other ingredients for best chocolate chip cookies in background.
Mix Butter and Sugars.
Cookie dough with chocolate chips and nuts.
Mixed Cookie Dough

Drop spoonfuls of dough about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes in a 375° oven. Remove from oven and cool for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool a little. Enjoy a warm, rich, melty chocolate chip cookie. Sharing is optional. Add a glass of cold milk to make the memory complete!

Baked chocolate chip cookies cooling on a wire rack.
Cooling Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Substitutions and Variations

Butter or Margarine are both fine to use and will result in a rich buttery flavor.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips or shaved chunks of chocolate work well.

Pecans or walnuts are both delicious in this recipe.

Butterscotch chips in place of chocolate chips for variety.

Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Snacks
  • Desserts
  • Birthday Parties
  • Shower or Tea
  • Thank you teacher gifts
  • Office Parties
  • Picnics, Potluck, Socials
  • BBQs
  • Cookie Swaps

FAQ’s

Is this cookie chewy?

No, it has a perfect crispness – not too hard and not too soft.

Can you freeze the cookie dough?

Yes, Prepare dough and put in a Ziploc in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw and bake as directed. I like to put the dough in the bottom of a large Ziploc and shape it into a tube shape. It is easy to slice off rounds to bake.

Can the cookie dough be refrigerated for make ahead?

Yes, Prepare dough and put in a Ziploc or storage container for up to 3 days. Bake as directed.

Pro Tips

Set butter out a couple of hours ahead to soften. In a rush, microwave on 50% power 10 seconds. Repeat until soft. Another method is run hot water over a bowl or glass and dry it. Set it on top of butter on a plate to soften.

Use a very thin spatula to lift cookies from cookie sheet.

If your cookie sheet needs updating, try using parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Cookies slide off easily.

Other Recipes to Try

Our Almond Butter cookies are a great change from traditional peanut butter cookies. They are melt in your mouth delicious!

Check out our Pecan Puffs recipe. Amazing delicate burst of flavor dusted with powdered sugar!

Six chocolate chip cookies with nuts piled on a round white plate with a red and white checked napkin in top left.
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5 from 9 votes

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies {Rich and Delicious}

The best chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, full of melted chocolate in every delicious buttery bite! This ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe originated years ago from Betty Crocker. You know the big red and white cookbook with the page for the cookie recipe about to fall out – stained with a splash of vanilla!
This cookie dough is simple to mix up and bake in the oven. Enjoy homemade cookies from scratch from your oven today!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 100kcal
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup)
  • ¾ cup sugar (granulated)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium for 1 minute until fluffy. (Optionally – mix by had until fluffy.) Scrape bowl as you are mixing.
  • Add vanilla and egg to the butter mixture. Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in flour mixture from small bowl. Mix until just blended. The batter will be very stiff.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and optional pecans.
  • On ungreased cookie sheet drop dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes until light brown. The centers will be soft.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. (Don't skip this step – it gives the cookies time to set.)
  • Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool. Takes about 30 minutes to cool completely.
  • Repeat putting dough on cookie sheets and baking until all dough is used. Let the cookie sheet cool between batches before putting dough on it. Alternately, use additional cookie sheets to prepare another batch as one is cooking.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Calorie values are approximate and dependent upon ingredients used.
Great to keep in the freezer for a quick homemade snack!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 100kcal

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Darlene
    08/26/2022 at 7:46 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing chocolate chip cookies! Easy to make and tastes rich and satisfying. Treat yourself to something special today!

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