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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479 comments on “My All-Time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Gave them a second try…THEY WERE DELICIOUS and exactly how I pictured it. One question is there a “good” type of chocolate chips that melt properly when they are in the oven?

  2. I just want to say I have made many different kids of chocolate chip cookies form so many different recipes and these are my favorite. I searched the internet to find the best cookie recipe and kept making mediocre cookies. Until I found this recipe. They are so yummy and soft and chocolatey. Why didn’t I think of shoving a bunch of chocolate chips in each cookie, I mean you can’t have enough chocolate. My friends and family and everyone who has tried one has loved it. So in conclusion thanks for making this awesome recipe public.

    • Thank you for your sweet comment, Sydney! We’re so happy to hear you, your friends, and your family love these! :)

    • Hi, I have a picture of the cookies I made. Is there a way I can post it?

      Rating: 5
  3. I’ve been searching for the best chocolate chip recipe for a while and finally found this one! I make 2 to 3 batches and freeze them all at once so whenever I want fresh cookies I can just pop them in the oven! It’s the best!

  4. I really love this recipe! Is it okay to chill the dough overnight? If it is, should I leave the dough out at room temperature for 10 minutes or so before baking? Thank you!

  5. Omg THESE cookies’!!! They are the best cookies ever…better than any store bought cookies! Thank you for this amazing recipe, actually all of your recipes! :)

  6. Can I use 4tps of baking powder instead of soda and can i use salted butter, removing the salt? would it be the same?

    • Hi Marilyn! Yes, you could definitely do 3-4 tsp baking powder instead of baking soda, and you could use salted butter and just leave out the salt that the recipe calls for. We hope you enjoy these!

  7. what type/kind/brand that make the chochlate chip melted? or it is because of the method of preparing the recipes>

    • Hi there! We’re not really sure what you mean. The chocolate chips just melt from the heat of the oven. :)

  8. I’m in the middle of making these and when I was done making the dough it was kinda sticky? Was this normal?

    • Hi Laura! Hmmm, it shouldn’t really be sticky. We wonder if one of the measurements might have been off? How did they turn out?

  9. The BEST choco chip cookies ever! I haven’t found a recipe that even come so close.

    • Wow, thank you so much, Elisa — we’re thrilled that you loved them!

  10. I made the cookies today and they are delicious. My only issue is that I have a weird oven and had to bake them at 325 degrees. They browned beautifully on the bottom and they were done and chewy. However, the tops didn’t brown. I will definitely give them another try and bump up the oven to 350 and watch them very closely.

    • Thanks for sharing, Sue, we’re glad you enjoyed them despite the oven issues — we hope they work out even better for you next time! :)

  11. Wow! These are so delicious!!!

    Rating: 5
  12. Best recipe ever! It’s REALLY GOOD! So chewy and moist. I’ve tried many different ones and this one never fails.

    Rating: 5
  13. My mixer is broken, can i cream this by hand using a whisk? Or can i use melted butter?

    • Hi Nicky! We think if your butter is soft enough, you can do this by hand (with a whisk and/or wooden spoon or thick spatula). It’ll just take some muscle! ;) We hope you enjoy them!

  14. This is the ONLY chocolate chip cookie recipe I use! I tried this recipe once, about a year ago, and since then I make it at least once a month!

    Rating: 5
  15. Hi, I followed the recipe exactly, but my cookies were not as flat as yours and they did not spread out as much. Do you know why this would happen?

    Rating: 3
    • Hi Sara! We’re sorry about that. :( It sounds like maybe the dough was too chilled? A little less of a chill time will help them spread out and flatten more. Also, if your butter is too cold, that could prevent them from spreading. We hope this helps for next time!

  16. No ty, cookies are best crispy. Unlike bacon which is good chewy, underdone, as well as crispy and overcooked.

    • You can always bake these a bit longer if you want them crispier. We hope you enjoy!

  17. I make these all the time and they are TRULY THE BEST chocolate chip cookies ever. Every person who tries them agrees. Seriously, you make these once and you fall in love with then and you’ll never go back to your old chocolate chip cookie recipe again.

  18. Love these! Made a chips-ahoy-sized army of them with mini chocolate chips and a heaping tsp scoop. Definitely would recommend to fellow tollhouse-lovers. One of the closest cookies to tollhouse I have found –post baking that is. Still on a search to find tollhouse cookie dough.

    Rating: 5
  19. This is seriously my go-to cookie recipe! I’ve gotten so many compliments and I make them all the time:) definitely recommend!!

    Rating: 5
  20. I just love these cookies. My husband always craves for these and the batch keeps running in my home. Now my friends have become a big fan of these cookies. I should say that the brown sugar really makes a lot a difference in the taste, you know that pinch of bitter taste. OMG my mouth is watering. I’m so glad that i found your site. Love most of your recipes. Been following your site from a long time. Thanks a ton for such wonderful recipes.

    Rating: 5
  21. Hayley,
    I Absolutely ❤️ Your Site, Fab Recipes, Great Pictures, Thank You!
    For a Few Years My Fav. Chocolate Chip Cookie has been The NY Times Recipe. Have You
    tried that Formula? If so, Do You rate This recipe as Good as The NY Times?
    I Appreciate Your Help!


    • Hi Patricia! Thank you for your sweet words, but I wanted to let you know this is actually Ali’s blog, pics, recipes, etc.. :) I just help out with stuff around here. We have not tried that recipe, so it’s hard to say how they compare, but we love this one! We are a little biased though. :P

  22. Made these with my toddler boys this morning, great recipe for them to help with and turned out delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  23. Thanks for this recipe which is great especially cooked on silicon! Now for the chicken recipe!
    Hope you are all in the pink.

  24. This is infact the best home-made choc chip cookie recipe I’ve found! After the first batch, my husband said that I could only make these from now on. I agree – they’re great and so simple!

    Rating: 5
  25. These are the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was wondering what I was going to give for Christmas to the helpers at my kids school and I think this is it on a pretty plate.

    Rating: 5
  26. OMG. These are absolutely the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. They are not flat but are nicely puffed up and have a great shape. I do believe it is the corn starch that has made the difference. I also reduced the sugar by one tbsp because I live at 5000′ and that really work too.Thanks for a great recipe!!

  27. These cookies are amazing and our now my go to recipie for chocolate chip cookies. They are soft, chewy and delicious. I find I need to bake them for 14 min to get the doneness that I like. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  28. Hi Ali, these are amazing! II really like how the chocolate melts inside and the shape and the close up shots! This recipe is one of a kind – cheers!

  29. Amazing ! The only failure was on my part & not reading the recipe only makes 12 cookies! That’s how many I eat the first night! ;)

    • I just read your review & I also didn’t read the recipe closely enough to see that the recipe makes only 12 cookies. I can’t even imagine how big they must turn out??? I got 4 1/2 dozen cookies out of the recipe. Actually, I think I got 5 dozen, but I ate at least 6 of them because they were so good!

  30. Thank you for sharing. These Chocolate Chip Cookies turn out perfect!

  31. My go-to recipe. I grew up with a recipe on the back of a toll house bag that produced cake like cookies. This recipe, however, produces cookies that only appear in dreams and expensive bakeries. They never, ever disappoint!!!

    Rating: 5
  32. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It is now my go-to recipe when I need a ccc fix!

    Rating: 5
  33. One of the best recipes I’ve ever made for cookies and they are always a hit no matter where I go!

    Rating: 5
  34. Do you suppose you can replace the sugar with stevia for backing? If so, what is the replacement value?

    Wife and i are trying to be more proactive about avoiding the possibility of diabetes as we age. (-;

  35. These cookies are AMAZING!! I doubled the recipe, and the only thing different I did was use half chocolate, half butterscotch chips. Thank you. 😋

    Rating: 5
  36. My kids definitely love this! Even the neighbourhood kids can’t get enough :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe and the tips to making the perfect choco chip cookies!

    Rating: 5
  37. These came out amazing! I followed your exact instructions and even before cooking them the dough was velvety in texture…and after cooking the cookies smelled heavenly. I think it’s the addition of the cornstarch that differentiates these from other ccc….definitely a go to recipe 👍🏼

    Rating: 5
  38. Do you have a tripled version of this recipe?? I have a stand mixer and would like to make a triple batch :) I am not a baker so I don’t want to covert and get something wrong! Let me know.

  39. I make this recipe all the time – my very favorite!!! Thank you for such awesome recipes!! Happy New Year!

    Rating: 5
  40. I made these cookies. Quadrupled the recipe. Amazing! Have you tried them with nuts?

    Rating: 5
  41. Best recipe ever. I always had trouble making cookies, they always came out like cake. I added some chunky nuts and Heath brickle, they came out excellent. Thank you for this awesome recipe.

    Rating: 5
  42. I have used this recipe endlessly for two years now … and I plan to use it for years to come. They’re so fast and so easy, and it is true, they are perfectly chewy! They are forgiving for substitutions (like gluten free, or add walnuts, even dried cranberries and white chicolate, you name it). So wonderful.

    Rating: 5
  43. Made these amazing cookies with my twins over break, now want to make a double batch to send off to them at school. Can I double recipe without a change in outcome. These truly are the best cc cookies!

    Rating: 4
  44. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  45. These were just the chocolate chip cookie I was looking for. I didn’t add anything or take anything away and they turned out just right. I doubled the batch and they were gone in no time. This one is a keeper! Thanks!!!!

    Rating: 5
  46. These are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. I made them a few weeks ago, and can’t remember if I used light or dark brown sugar. I was wondering which you use. I am making a batch for this weekend, and thinking about making dough and keeping it in fridge until I’m ready to bake. Thanks for a great recipe.

  47. These cookies where a hit with my husband and our best friends! They said they are the best they ever had. Thank You

    Rating: 5
  48. This may seem ridiculous, but do you use salted or unsalted butter.
    Asking for a friend ;)

  49. Oh man, do yourself a favor and MAKE THESE. By far the best chocolate chip cookies I have tried. I make them quite often for my friends and family, and tripling the recipe is the new normal! I bake them for 13 minutes and they turn out perfect. I always end up adding more chocolate than the recipe calls for, lightly press the cookies down just before I bake them, and I chill the dough in the bowl for about an hour or so since I don’t have room in my fridge for all those baking sheets. Huge hit.

    Rating: 5
  50. These cookies were great! A little time consuming with having to refrigerate the dough before it’s baked. And, I know that everyone’s oven is different, but I found either 11 or 12 minutes is good for the baking time. I added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts because I love nuts in practically everything & that was fine as well. I would definitely make them again!

    Rating: 5