My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my all-time FAVORITE chocolate chip cookies recipe!  They’re perfectly soft and chewy, loaded up with chocolate chips, and absolutely delicious.

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

I feel like everyone out there probably already has their own favorite recipe for how to make a killer batch of chocolate chip cookies.

But just in case you don’t…I have one for you to try.  :)

These cookies are soft, they’re nice-and-chewy, they’re deliciously-buttery, they’re ooey-gooey-chocolatey, they absolutely melt in your mouth when they’re fresh out of the oven, they are also strangely delicious when frozen (something my grandma taught me – who knew!), they are unfailingly always the hit of a party, they have been baked countless times in my kitchen, they will surely be baked countless times more, and…they are without a doubt…

my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies.

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

And I do mean favorite.

I have tried a lot of chocolate chip cookies in life, and have been baking up batches of my own ever since my dad taught me how to lick the beater — er, help stir in the chocolate chips — as a young pup.  And while I’ve tried out many a “healthier” recipe over the years, and random ingredients substitutions like with my coconut oil chocolate chip cookies, let’s be real.

There’s no comparison to classic cookies made with butter and good ol’ sugar.

Sure, these cookies aren’t going to win any healthy-eating awards.  But hey, when it comes to an indulgent treat every now and then, they’re not meant to.  And I do enjoy an indulgent treat every now and then.  :)

So let’s make some.

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

(Heads up — I made a double batch here, so this is some extra dough!)

We begin by whipping up the dough.  Now there are all sorts of opinions out there in the baking world about brown sugar vs. white, butter vs. shortening, what type of flour is best, how much vanilla to use, and on and on.

To each, her own.

Here’s what I have decided I like:

  • All butter, all the way: I grew up making ccc’s with half butter and half shortening.  And boy, while that shortening did help make them nice and chewy, it creeps me out and I much prefer the flavor of butter.
  • Go heavy on the brown sugar: A little extra brown sugar helps add extra chewyness (and that extra-delicious molasses flavor), so we’re good to go with the butter.
  • Use lots of vanilla, and good vanilla: If you can, I highly recommend splurging on good vanilla for baking.  (This organic vanilla is only about $11 on Amazon.)   It really makes a world of difference, especially when we use 2 full teaspoons for this recipe.
  • Excuse me, cornstarch?:  That’s right!  Baker’s secret — cornstarch is magic when it comes to making cookies nice and chewy.  (Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with “chewy”?)
  • Extra chocolate chips for the win: Food stylist’s secret — poke a few extra chips in your dough balls before baking, and that way you’ll be able to taste and see lots of chocolate chips in the final product.
  • Refrigerate that dough: A must with butter-based cookies.  Be sure to chill your dough after it has been whipped up (or after you have formed the dough into balls) for at least 10-20 minutes so that the butter can firm up again before baking.  This will help it melt a little less, thus making your cookies a little bit thicker and less spread-out.
  • And don’t forget to bake on parchment: Or a silicone baking mat.  I don’t fully understand why, but my cookies always bake so much more evenly when they’re not sitting directly on a baking sheet.

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

So, let’s get to it!  Roll those puppies up, place them on your parchment, poke some extra chips on the tops of each ball, pop the sheet in the fridge (they chill more quickly when already formed into balls)…

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

…and then bake them up until they’re lightly golden on top.

Just lightly.

The #1 crime of un-chewy cookies is overbaked cookies.  So resist the urge to leave them in an extra minute.  Pull them out when the tops are lightly golden, and after they sit on the tray for another minute, they will likely be cooked through to perfection.

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

Transfer them to a wire rack to rest for just a bit…

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

…but not for too long.  Because let’s be real, cookies are their absolute best when they are still warm and melt-in-your-mouth-delicious.  

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

You know, like that.  ;)

My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -- soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious! |

So if you’re looking for a solid new chocolate chip cookie recipe, I recommend that you bust out that mixing bowl immediately and enjoy the ooey-gooey mess out of these.  Please.  :)

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My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookies recipe is my all-time FAVORITE! They’re soft and chewy, perfectly buttery, and full of gooey chocolate chips. Perfection!!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the softened butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined, about 1 minute.
  2. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium-low speed until combined.  (I break the rules and usually just sprinkle these dry ingredients evenly over the top of the dough and then mix them in.  But if you’d like to make sure they’re super evenly mixed, just whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl before adding them to the dough.)
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips by hand until just combined.
  4. Shape the dough into balls that are about 1-inch in diameter, and place them on a parchment-covered baking sheet.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 10-20 minutes, or until the dough is chilled through.  (This will help prevent the cookies from spreading out too flat when they bake.)
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just set. The centers may look slightly undercooked. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 3-4 months.


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  1. Currently making the recipe right now! I always add more brown sugar and vanilla so it’s nice to now I’m not alone haha The batter looks great and I can’t wait till I can share them with my family. I added semi sweet chocolate chip, Reese’s chips and white chocolate chips… way excited for the extra goodness!!

    Rating: 5
  2. Wonderful! My kids ate it all, so next time I will have to make a double portion. Though it would be nice if measurements were for both US (cups, Fahrenheit) and Europe (grams, Celsius) … (I had to convert everything, so that was annoying).

    Rating: 4
  3. These are so amazing!!!!! Best recipe ever!

    Rating: 5
  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! These cookies are so good!! My husband thought I bought them at the store! I just wish this recipe had the nutritional information!!

  5. This is by far the best chocolate cookie recipe I’ve ever made thanks to you. My friends love them as I do love to spread the joy.

    Thank you for all your great recipe’s

    Ann C

  6. Hands down the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve come across yet! SO GOOD!!

    Rating: 5
  7. I have tried a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes over the years, but this one is the best. Ali’s instructions are very easy to follow and her tips are all much appreciated (such as using cornstarch to make the cookies chewy, baking on parchment, taking care to use good vanilla, etc.) I also like that this recipe is not fussy (no browning the butter, no 24-hour chilling, etc.) This recipe came out perfectly the first time I made them and appeal to both the adults and children in my family. We used to disagree about which cc cookie recipe was best — but now we’ve settled on this one. Thank you, Ali, for the thoughtfulness and care that goes into each of your recipes!

    Rating: 5
  8. These cookies were delicious! I made a batch and put them in the fridge before dinner. Then baked them when we were eating…..yum….warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies for dessert! I’m making another batch tonight! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  9. Thank you so much for posting this! I have tried so many cookie recipes and never found one that was quite right until this one. It’s so nice and chewy and perfect. I have come back to make this many times. Just want you to know I really appreciate you making it available for everyone.

    Rating: 5
  10. This was the best choc chip cookie recipe i ever made. I changed some ingredients to make it vegan and it worked. Will it work without white sugar?

    Rating: 4
  11. Turned out perfect will absolutely make them again.

    Rating: 5
  12. My go to recipe for cookies every time. We love them!

    Rating: 5
  13. I finally found the only CCC recipe I’ll ever need again :) I make mine gluten free and the gluten eaters can’t tell any difference. I’ve used both Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour and Krusteaz Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.. perfect results every time! Thank you for this recipe

    Rating: 5
  14. When I make these I can’t roll them up into balls it’s too gooey what am I doing wrong?

  15. I have a ton of recipes for chocolate chip cookies…always searching for “the” cookie. This is definitely among the very best, if not “the” best! Fabulous taste and loved that they held their shape (cornstarch and refrigerating before cooking, I assume?). Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  16. These turned out great! A little flat even though I cooled the dough as recommended, but I really didn’t mind because they were cooked perfectly at 10 minutes and super soft. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    Rating: 5
  17. I can say WITHOUT A DOUBT. This is *THE* chocolate chip cookie recipe to beat. I literally deleted all of my other chocolate chip cookie recipes on Pinterest after making this. They are perfect! Crispy outside, chewy inside. They are like Pillsbury but way better. Thank you thank you!

    Rating: 5