The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few tweaks to the classic Nestlé® Toll House® recipe make these the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

The simplest recipes are typically the hardest to get right, and classic chocolate chip cookies are a perfect example. The most popular recipe is found on the back of the Nestlé® Toll House® chocolate chip bag, but if you follow the recipe as is, the cookies often come out flat as pancakes. I’ve tried other recipes and finicky techniques in search of the best chocolate chip cookies – resting the dough for days to develop flavor, browning the butter, using bread flour or pastry flour, etc. – but to me, the difference in taste has never justified the extra time and effort. And honestly, who wants to go to all that trouble for cookies?

Here I’ve tweaked the classic and easy Toll House® recipe to make it more reliable (no more pancakes!) and tastier. The cookies are thick with a chewy, moist center and slightly crisp exterior – and they have the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and chocolaty. Before you start baking, be sure to read my best baking tips to ensure success.

What You’ll Need To Make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the butter and both sugars.

butter and sugars in bowl of electric mixer

Beat on medium speed (or high speed if using a hand mixer) for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary.

creamed butter and sugar

Add the vanilla and eggs.

adding eggs and vanilla

Beat for 2 minutes more, then scrape down the bowl.

beaten dough with eggs

Add the salt and baking soda and beat briefly until evenly combined, then add the flour.

adding dry ingredients

Mix on low speed until the dough is uniform.

cookie dough with dry ingredients mixed in

Add the chocolate chips.

adding chocolate chips

Mix until evenly combined.

chocolate chip cookie dough

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or scrape the dough into an airtight container and let rest in the refrigerator until firm, a few hours or overnight. (Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait, form the dough into balls as instructed below, arrange on the baking sheets, and chill in the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes.)

Drop the dough in firmly packed 1.5-tablespoon balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. (I use a #40/1.5-T cookie scoop with a wire trigger.) For thick cookies, it’s important to really pack the dough in the scooper or with your hands.

Pro Tip: If you’d like to see the chocolate chips on the surface of the cookies, hold back about 1/3 cup chocolate chips and dot them on the dough balls, pressing them in slightly, before baking.

chocolate chip cookie dough balls on baking sheet

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft and pale in the center.

chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven

Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

chocolate chip cookies cooling on rack

The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few tweaks to the classic Nestlé® Toll House® recipe make these the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar (fine to substitute light)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off (preferably King Arthur flour brand – see note)
  • 2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips, best quality such as Ghriardelli

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter and both sugars on medium speed (or high speed if using a hand mixer) for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat for 2 minutes more. Scrape down the bowl. Add the salt and baking soda and beat briefly until evenly combined. Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough is uniform. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or scrape the dough into an airtight container and let rest in the refrigerator until firm, a few hours or overnight. (Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait, form the dough into balls on the baking sheets as instructed below, and chill in the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes.)
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Line a 13 x 18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Drop the dough in firmly packed 1.5-tablespoon balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. (I use a #40/1.5-T cookie scoop with a wire trigger.) For thick cookies, it’s important to really pack the dough in the scooper or with your hands. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft and pale in the center. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough, refrigerating the dough between batches. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  5. Note: I highly recommend King Arthur All-Purpose Flour for this recipe – it’s higher in protein and gluten than other brands and helps the cookies hold their shape.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, roll the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer for about 1 hour, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) The baked cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (40 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 69
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 36 mg
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

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