The Best Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Add'l 5 mins
Total 30 mins

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: sharing my secret recipe for the best buttery chocolate chip cookies with thick, chewy centers and crispy cookie edges!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: sharing my secret recipe for the best buttery chocolate chip cookies with thick, chewy centers and crispy cookie edges!

I have been on the hunt for my perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie for over 5 years now. I say ‘my perfect’ chocolate chip cookie, because everyone wants something different!

I want a soft, thick and chewy cookie with the perfect chocolate chip to cookie ratio. I want it to be all butter (no shortening in my CCC please!) and I would really like it to be ready to bake without having to chill the dough.

Over the years, I have made many chocolate chip cookies. Some recipes that turned out crispier than I liked or spread a ton. Recipes that were crumbly and with little flavor.

Some recipes used dark chocolate chunks or had special secret ingredients that made no difference. And some dough that had to rest for 36 hours before you baked them!

All I have ever wanted was to be able to make the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie in under 30 minutes.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: sharing my secret recipe for the best buttery chocolate chip cookies with thick, chewy centers and crispy cookie edges!

The past month I did some research on what makes different cookies do different things. After a lot of searching (and looking at past notes about other cookie recipes I have developed) I finally came up with this recipe.

I made it a few more times and tweaked a few more elements and now it’s perfect…at least to me it is!! This cookie has no big secrets or hard to do tricks. It’s simple and classic, just the way I like it.

It has taken me many a try, but I finally found the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and I could not be happier. The hunt is officially over and my jeans are officially tight.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: sharing my secret recipe for the best buttery chocolate chip cookies with thick, chewy centers and crispy cookie edges!

The dough is divine (as always with chocolate chip cookies). Freshly baked — well, truth be told, just a tiny little bit under baked — they are pure heaven in your mouth.

There is absolutely no better way to eat a Chocolate Chip Cookie than warm out of the oven with a big glass of milk. I am drooling just thinking about them!


I know you were all very excited about these when I shared a photo last week (on facebook & instagram). So I want to put this recipe to the test!

Make these and come back and tell me what you think! They only take 30 minutes start to finish — so no excuses. Get baking!

Yield: 24 cookies

The Best Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies on a black rack

The Best Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - comfort food at its finest! Who doesn't love a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie, just out of the oven? Grab a glass of milk and treat yourself!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 stick plus 6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup chocolate chips (semi sweet or milk chocolate)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour mixture, mixing until completely combined. Stir in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  5. Roll two heaping tablespoons of dough into a ball. Tear the ball in half and place the torn side down on the cookie sheet. Take the second half and place it on top of the first half, leaving about two inches for spreading. (Watch video above to see what this looks like! It makes all the difference to the final cookie texture!)
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are very slightly browned. The cookies will not look cooked in the center, but they will finish cooking while cooling on cookie sheet!
  7. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. (Try not to burn your mouth on that cookie I know you are going to immediately eat as soon as it comes out of the oven.)
  8. Then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container, for up to 7 days, with a slice of bread to keep them soft.


Recipe Note: To get the look where the chocolate chips stay on top of the cookies, shape as shown in the video and then place a few chocolate chips directly on top of the dough before baking.This is only important if you care how the cookies look. 😉

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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**To prevent cookies form getting hard when stored, place completely cooled cookies in an airtight container along with a slice of bread. The moisture from the bread will let the cookies maintain their original softness for a longer period of time. Be sure to change the slice of bread every 2 or 3 days…if the cookies last that long. 😉 


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This post was updated on 01/22/2018 to include new photos and a video. The original recipe is still the same!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: sharing my secret recipe for the best buttery chocolate chip cookies with thick, chewy centers and crispy cookie edges!

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59 Responses
  1. Manolo

    Ive been making these perfect for about a year. but recently, my dough sometimes turns out wet/unformed. i have to add more flour to make the dough form. i thought it was the butter as i changed brands. but it started happening consistently even with the original butter i used (kroger). im thinking it might besomething in my technique. would over-beating the butter/egg cause this? any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Jessica

      That’s very strange and I don’t have an answer. I remade them tonight trying to think of what it might possibly be, but I can’t figure out what could be causing this issue. 🙁 So strange!

  2. Lance

    I tried the peanut butter cookie recipe. It’s like you know my taste buds. Exemplary flavor and texture.
    I want to try these chocolate chip because of the success of the other recipe, but I have a question. Can I use salted butter, or will it compromise the recipe. I usually do not have unsalted butter in my house.
    Thanks for the recipes that have given me hope that I can bake now.

  3. Brenda

    OHMYGOODNESS!  I made these cookies and they are fabulous.  In the recipe, I put in half chocolate chips and half peanut butter chips and created a chocolate/peanut butter chip cookie that was the best cookie that I have ever tasted.  I am now looking for an equally wonderful oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.  This was the first recipe that I tried from your blog…  needless to say, I have subscribed and will follow you!

  4. Jeanette Vivier

    I am a senior and I made your chocolate chip cookies, not only delicious, easy turned out so great looked just like a picture. Thank you

  5. Jessica

    Made these tonight and they are seriously SO GOOD!! My husband said they might be his favorite ever. Thank you!

  6. Katrina

    These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever!
    I made them for our SuperBowl party –  now I have to hide them!!
    They are nice and soft and a little chewy – so yummy. 
    Thank you for this recipe. 

  7. Alice

    Can you use salted butter instead of unsalted butter and is it the same measurement of butter and not use the salt?

  8. Holly

    I started making these cookies my sophomore year of college… Five years later and my college roommates STILL ask for them when we reunite. As far as I’m concerned, these cookies are LEGENDARY.

  9. Brooke

    These were moist but had too strong of a butter taste. Not my cup of tea. So if you like more a butter taste in your cookie these are perfect for you

  10. Kimberly

    So far the dough is AH-mazing! Who needs to bake them when they taste this good straight out of the bowl. 7 more minutes, tick-tock, tick-tock. I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing! I never would have thought of adding corn starch.

  11. ErinsFoodFiles

    I wondered when I saw the photo if these had cornstarch in them. I think I’ve made a cookie or two with that in them, and there’s something about it’s look I can tell. Anyway, they look delicious!!

  12. Lauren

    Made these last night and have never had a better chocolate chip cookie (and I’ve eaten numerous…). This is our new official (and lifelong) chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thanks!

  13. Shelby

    I made these last night and my husband and I loved them! I love how big they are but I think next time I’ll make a double batch so we got more 🙂 My husband can never have too many chocolate chip cookies waiting for him in the kitchen. I love how soft these are — soft but not too soft that they are falling apart. Great recipe, all of your trial and errors were worth it!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Jean H

    I’m going to try these in just a few minutes, but I saw that you had posted that someone else beat you to making this recipe and that is just fine being as how we found you first and that’s all that really matters anyway isn’t it. YES it is 🙂

  15. Ann GG

    You are amazing! I wish I could just give you the biggest hug right now. I have been trying so many different ways to get the ‘perfect cookie’ and you nailed it! I just took the first batch off the cookie sheet – and gobbled up two of them! I don’t know if there will be any left when the kiddos get home.. haha Thank you for sharing all your scrumptious recipes. I get so excited when I see a new one posted.

  16. Louise

    I don’t know what people are talking about “too pale”. They are already way more brown sugar than white!

    Anyways, I’m commenting because I made these with my daughter last night and they are PERFECT. Exactly what I have been looking for in a CCC for years. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I followed your directions exactly and they were so good.

  17. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I’ ma sucker for a good CCC!! And totally agreed – Shortening DOES NOT belong in cookies. Butter all the way!

  18. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    CANNOT wait to try these! I’m a sucker for a soft cookie… i ALWAYS pull my cookies out early – crispy cookies are no bueno in my book! 😉 Gorgeous work girl!

  19. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I love that this is no a fuss recipe! I’ve been meaning to make the new york times cookies that takes 72 hours but hey – I’d much rather make your version!

  20. Lauren iversen

    Hi! I made these exactly as your recipe states and my first batch yielded huge thin cookies. My second batch were smaller but didn’t quite look the same. What would cause them to do this? I used two tablespoons per cookie, split in two as you said. I wanted them to be perfect 🙁

  21. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I always love trying different chocolate chip cookie recipes. Thanks for sharing, they look perfect!

  22. Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    I love the looks of these chocolate chip cookies! Diana’s comment above proves that everyone has different preferences for their perfect CCC. Some like them crunchy, some like them soft. And, evidently some like them dark and some like them pale. 🙂 Well, I like them in my belly!

  23. Diana Hipsley

    as far as i’m concerned the best ccc recipe is from my kitchen aid cookbook. these cookies are too pale. I have made these since 1992 and alway gets requests for them. I like to try new recilpes but these are just too good to change. It’s a good basic dough and can be changed for m&m, nuts, no nuts, etc.

  24. Larissa

    This is a little different from the recipe I usually use. I may have to try adding cornstarch to mine. Or maybe I’ll just try yours and see if I like it better!
    That bread tip is wonderful! I learned it from Martha Stewart years ago. The ONE thing I’ve learned from her and actually do consistently. LOL
    Thanks for figuring out the perfect recipe for us all!

  25. Beth @ bethcakes

    I’m going to have to try this out because my chocolate chip cookies never turn out right. Always hard and crispy and very few people like that, haha. 🙂

  26. December

    Don’t say someone else did it already because their recipe is different than yours and so is the technique! This one is all yours baby and it’s awesome! That you for taking the legwork out of my own search. It’s frustrating when you aren’t that handy in a kitchen and you just want a perfect chocolate chip cookie that pretty much anyone can agree on. Love your site! 🙂

  27. Annabelle

    Don’t understand your comment about not putting them on a cookie sheet because they spread too much. What do you put them on then?

    1. Jessica

      Hey Annabelle –

      Meaning, I do not put my cookies directly onto the metal of a cookie sheet. I like to use a silpat (or parchment paper). Silpat is a silicone mat that you can use to keep cookies from sticking (like parchment paper), except it’s reusable. It’s my favorite kitchen item for great cookies!

  28. Tieghan

    Oh my gosh!! Girl you rule!! No chilling!! Yes, please!! These look perfect and I will be making them and soon!!

  29. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    They look incredible! This is the exact recipe I use, except mine has 12 tbsp butter rather than 14 like yours does. Everything else – same! It’s my favorite dough base and I’ve relayed and parlayed it so.many.times. Glad you found your perfect recipe! I may try bumping up the butter by 2 tbsp next time. Pinned!

  30. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    Well, hello! These are stunning. I’ve never used cornstarch in a cookie recipe. Does it add a different texture? I’ll have to try!

  31. Emily

    I have been searching for the perfect recipe for ages too and these sound like it! And I had no idea about the whole piece of bread thing – cookies have a short life span in our house!!

  32. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I’ve been waiting for these since the FB post!! They look amazing and I can’t wait to try.

  33. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    OH my goodness, where have these been all my life?! I LOVE that they’re so easy. Pinning to try soon! Thanks Jess!

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