Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookie recipe guarantees crispy, chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies! One bite will have you hooked. Check out our recipe below with tips and a helpful video.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Video

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

This homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe is easy. We use a stand mixer, but you can make these cookies with a handheld mixer if that is all you have.

A stack of Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

We cannot get enough of these crispy, chewy cookies. There’s a good bet you’ll find a big bag of chocolate chip cookie dough in our freezer right now — this dough freezes like a dream; check below for our tips on freezing this cookie dough. If you love cookie dough, check out our recipe for edible cookie dough.

Making chocolate chip cookie batter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment

This recipe starts with creaming butter, sugar, and vanilla extract together. We use granulated sugar and brown sugar in this cookie recipe. The granulated sugar keeps the edges crispy, and the brown sugar makes the middles chewy. We do this a lot when making cookies. Using more than one type of sugar seems excessive, but it truly makes a difference. We do the same when making these homemade oatmeal cookies.

Creamed butter, sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer.

When the butter, sugars, and vanilla are light and fluffy, it’s time to add eggs.

When making this recipe, it’s best to use room-temperature ingredients, so if you forget to take out your butter and eggs in advance, here are two tips for you so you can still make fantastic cookies:

  1. If you forget to take the butter out in advance, remove it from the packaging and cut it into small pieces. Spread them out onto a plate. After 15 to 20 minutes, the butter will have softened.
  2. Room-temperature eggs incorporate better into the batter. To quickly get eggs to room temperature, fill a bowl with warm (not hot) water and submerge the eggs. After a few minutes, the eggs will be at the correct temperature.
Adding chocolate chips to the cookie batter

The dry ingredients come next: flour, baking soda, and salt. And finally, the chocolate chips. We love bittersweet chocolate chips, but semi-sweet, milk, or a combination are all delicious.

You can bake, chill, or freeze the cookie dough. The dough keeps in the refrigerator for up to three days (you can also freeze the batter; tips are below).

Even though you can bake immediately, chilling cookie dough makes better cookies. A night or two in the refrigerator helps the flour absorb moisture in the dough from the egg, making the cookies chewier, thicker, and taste even better.

How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Since it’s just the two of us, we freeze cookie dough all the time. Frozen cookie dough will last in the freezer up to 3 months. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scoop out cookie dough mounds onto the baking sheet. You can crowd the cookie mounds together, just do not let them touch.
  3. Freeze until hard.
  4. Transfer the frozen dough mounds to an airtight container or plastic bag. Store in the freezer up to 3 months.

Then, when a cookie craving hits, bake the frozen cookies without thawing. It will add an extra 3 to 5 minutes of bake time.

Chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges and chewy middles.

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These homemade chocolate chip cookies have crispy edges and chewy middles. We prefer our stand mixer, but you can use a handheld mixer if that is all you have. We love to use bittersweet chocolate chips since they are less sweet. Semi-sweet chips are also a great option.

Makes approximately 24 cookies

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

2 ½ cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour

1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

16 tablespoons (230 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)

1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar

1 cup (200 grams) packed brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 cups (340 grams or 12 ounces) chocolate chips


  • Make Batter
  • 1Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silicon baking mat.

    2Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.

    3Add the butter, sugars, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Or, in a mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer). Cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed (speed four on our mixer) until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.

    4Scrape the side and bottom of the bowl, then add the eggs. Mix on medium-low speed for 30 seconds. The eggs will not be completely incorporated.

    5Turn the speed down to the lowest setting and add the dry ingredients in thirds, beating until just combined; 1 to 2 minutes.

    6With the mixer on low, sprinkle the chocolate chips until just incorporated.

  • Bake Cookies
  • 1Drop 3 tablespoon-mounds or use a large cookie scoop onto baking sheets. Leave 2 inches between the cookies to allow for spreading.

    2Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, and rotate once during cooking, for 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies should be golden brown around the edges but light in the middle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    3Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or a week in the refrigerator.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate unbaked cookie dough up to 3 days. Or, freeze cookie dough up to 3 months.
  • How to Freeze Cookies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and prepare the dough as usual. Scoop out cookie mounds onto the baking sheet. You can crowd the dough mounds together, just do not let them touch. Freeze until hard. Transfer the frozen dough mounds to an airtight container or plastic bag. Store in the freezer. Bake frozen cookies without thawing, it will add an extra 3 to 5 minutes of bake time.
  • Make Smaller Cookies: Drop 1 ½ tablespoon mounds or use a medium cookie scoop onto the baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 13 minutes.
  • Recipe adapted and inspired by The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook and the Nestle Original Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 cookie / Calories 243 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 33 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 22 g / Total Fat 12 g / Saturated Fat 7 g / Cholesterol 36 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Recipe updated, originally posted September 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

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69 comments… Leave a Review
  • Deepa April 25, 2021, 5:46 pm

    Hi Joanne and Adam – thanks so much for the great recipes. These cookies were a hit at home ! From the time I’ve started to bake with your recipes, I’ve stopped going to bakeries!! Thanks so much for your recipes and the instructions !! You’ve made novices like me feel like seasoned bakers! Much thanks!

  • Teresa May 3, 2020, 10:34 pm

    Best cookies I’ve ever made! Thanks for the recipe. I let my batter sit in the fridge for a few hours and boy oh boy was I happy.

  • Jackie April 30, 2020, 12:24 pm

    I made these cookies with less sugar, my own preference, 250 g total. I used slightly salted butter so would reduce salt ingredient a lot if did this next time. Oh and I used 2 100 g bars of chocolate – chopped – and just over 100 g pecans -also chopped. However, as with the double chocolate walnut cookies, this is a great recipe. Thank you.

  • Amanda April 5, 2018, 7:40 pm

    Hello Joanne, first off. These cookies look super amazing & delicious. I was just wondering… what if I only have a medium cookie scooper? Does it matter the time I leave them in?

    • Joanne May 2, 2018, 2:56 pm

      Hi Amanda, The cookies will be smaller and will likely need less time in the oven. Go by visual cues — the cookies should be light brown and look dry on top and golden around the edges.

  • Ann Meintjes March 10, 2018, 5:25 pm

    Hi i made these today for the first time and very pleased with the outcome. I did find them a bit sweet, could i cut both sugars to half a cup instead of the full cup.? Thank you for the extra tips..

    • Joanne May 4, 2018, 1:19 pm

      Hi Ann, You can cut the sugar, just keep in mind that this will not only reduce the sweetness of the cookies, they will spread less. The texture will be slightly different, too.

      • Ann Meintjes May 23, 2018, 4:30 pm

        Hi again, I have continued to make them your way and they are really the absolute best, also tried the double chocolate cookies, absolutely amazing.. thank you for sharing.

  • Perla Branzuela February 10, 2018, 2:34 am

    hi Joanne and Adam, I’m a great fan of your website and have tried a number of your recipes and made quite a success on most occasion. For this recipe , taste-wise i got it! however, i failed to achieve the same rough texture/look of the cookie. Mine is a bit smooth on top and the bottom part is almost toasty. I followed baking instruction to a T, including temp and bake time. Any tips or corrections i need to do? Thanks much!

    • Angeline November 19, 2018, 7:36 am

      Hi, I find that the colour of the cookie sheet makes tremendous difference. Dark coloured sheets will yield darker cookies with toasty bottoms while light coloured sheets will only yield pale cookies that are soft in the middle. I also find the cookies on the dark sheets also spread more. Not sure if this helps

  • Joanne February 8, 2018, 3:09 pm

    Hi Mimi, You will need to reduce the sugar or use a dark/bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla extract also makes baked goods taste a little sweeter. If you reduce the sugar, the cookies will not spread as much or have the crispy edges shown in our photos/video. I’s start by cutting back 1/4 cup of sugar and see if you get away with it as far as the texture goes.

  • Anne January 16, 2018, 8:44 am

    I love cookies and watching your video of the chocolate chip cookies, I would like very much to try.
    However, I am lactose intolerant, hence cannot take any diary product. Can I replace butter with corn or vegetable oil? If so, the measurement please.Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon.

    • Joanne February 8, 2018, 3:07 pm

      Hi Anna, You might be able to replace the butter with coconut oil, but since I have never personally done this, I cannot say it will work out as well as when butter is used.

    • Jennifer Henderson April 29, 2019, 11:27 am

      You could try blue bonnet light it doesn’t contain milk

  • Mila January 4, 2018, 2:50 am

    Hi, what is the brand of your cookie scooper?

    • Joanne February 8, 2018, 3:07 pm

      Hi Mila, I believe this one is from OXO.


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