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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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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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
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:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop out cookie dough mounds onto the baking sheet. You can crowd the cookie 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 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.
More Easy Cookie Recipes
- Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies — Oatmeal raisin cookies that are soft in the middle, a little chewy on the outside and full of warm flavors like cinnamon and vanilla.
- Easy Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies — We love these easy double chocolate cookies with butter, cocoa powder and extra chocolate chunks.
- Ridiculously Easy Peanut Butter Cookies — Delicious peanut butter cookies that are naturally free of flour, butter, and dairy.
- Snickerdoodle Cookies — Our favorite recipe for snickerdoodles that makes cookies with crispy edges and soft, chewy centers.
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
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.
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.
Recipe updated, originally posted September 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne