My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie


A while back I posted THIS picture on Facebook and Instagram.

It was just a picture of some ‘Plain Jane’ chocolate chip cookies I was making on a random Saturday.


But people were interested…

I had no idea you guys still cared about a recipe for a chocolate chip cookie.  Here I am, in the kitchen day after day trying to come up with ridiculous combinations of candy and butter to wow you, and all I needed to do was make a stinking chocolate chip cookie.

I have a lot to learn.


So today I am going to give you MY favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  I will not label it “the best”, or “the greatest” or whatever.  But I will call it “My favorite”.   We make chocolate chip cookies a lot in my world, but there are so many versions available, with minor tweaks here and there, claiming to give it that edge.

Here’s the thing.  I like basically all chocolate chip cookies.  BUT after playing with lots of different recipes and doing loads of “research” on the taste testing end, I have  come up with my favorite recipe.  It’s nothing fancy, there’s no unusual ingredients, but I like it the best.

That is all.

So here you go…My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe and a little video I made from my own kitchen!



Honestly, it’s simple.  Cream the butter and the sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and add the dry ingredients.  Basic.

My slight variation is the addition of a little dark brown sugar…not too much, just a little to give it some extra depth, mini chocolate chips and also, I only use coarse sea salt.


I’ve been using coarse sea salt in my cookies for about 10 years now…it happened on mistake, honestly..long before I even knew what a baking blog was.

My mom was over and helping one of the boys to make chocolate chip cookies…she asked him to grab the salt, and he grabbed the coarse sea salt on accident…

She didn’t realize and baked them up, as usual.

When I ate the cookie I was amazed at how little coarse nuggets of salt made the cookie a whole new thing.

We’ve been making them that way ever since…


SO simply make your cookie dough.

And if you can, let your dough rest overnight…

If you can’t wait, it’s not the end of the world, but your cookie will turn out differently than mine did in these pictures.

Chilling the dough is an indulgent step.  You should try it.

You can even let it sit up to 2 days.


When you’re ready to get your baking on, measure your dough out in about 3 Tbsp sized dough balls.  I used my 3 Tbsp cookie scoop…I love that guy.

A bigger cookie’s always better.  Word.


Place them about 2 inches apart on your baking sheet.

Also, I normally use a parchment paper lined baking sheet, but I happened to run out on this day…


And the mini chips add more chocolate to every bite.  That’s really what this whole story is about, yes?


Bake them for about 9 minutes.

I like mine a little on the under-done side.

Let them cool on your baking sheet for a few minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.


They’re beautiful, aren’t they?


I know everyone loves their own recipe for chocolate chips cookies, so I’d love to hear if you have any special tricks to get yours perfect.

But really, you should try mine.  I mean, if we’re really friends and all…


5.0 from 2 reviews
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie
Makes 24 cookies
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 (12 oz) bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugars together in stand mixer for about 2 minutes on medium speed, until fluffy and light. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, baking powder and soda and coarse sea salt.
  3. Mix on low until evenly incorporated.
  4. Stir in all chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  5. Cover dough with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight, or up to 48 hours.
  6. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350°
  7. I used a 3 Tbsp cookie scoop and placed the dough 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Do this carefully, as the cookies might not be completely set in the center.
These cookies might seem a bit underdone in the center when you take them out of the oven, but once they cool, they will be perfect!
If you prefer a more "done" cookie, increase baking time 1-2 minutes.



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154 Comments on "My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie"


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Anna Bee
September 16, 2012 4:29 pm

Lovin’ the simple stuff!

Rachel Gravallese
Rachel Gravallese
November 27, 2013 4:11 pm

I was wondering if you can’t refrigerate the cookies overnight then can you freeze them? I’d love some feedback! Thank you

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
September 16, 2012 4:40 pm

I definitely still care about chocolate chip cookie recipes. My husband only wants the NYT ones but I mess around with him every now and then, just to see if he can tell. The mini chips make these look super cute!

September 16, 2012 4:47 pm

These are beautiful cookies, and I love the coarse sea salt addition. I definitely underbake my cookies too. I love seeing others’ “go-to” chocolate chip cookie recipes!

Back for Seconds
September 16, 2012 4:48 pm

These look perfect. I like mine a little under baked too. Wanna know the best thing about your favorite chocolate chip cookie? It looks like there is no chance of getting that dreaded chocolate chip-less bite.
Sometines simple is best. I will always love a basic chocolate chip cookie no matter how many “wow” desserts I see. Thanks for sharing!

September 16, 2012 5:00 pm

Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite cookie to fall back on! I am definitely adding sea salt to my next batch AND mini chocolate chips. More chocolate per bite is what I am all about!!! And underdone cookies are really the only way to make them:-)

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
September 16, 2012 5:28 pm

Yup, sometimes the most basic chocolate chip cookie is the most satisfying. I’ve eaten and made a ton of cookies in my day, but when I think of my “favorite” cookie, immediately my mom’s chocolate chip cookies come to mind.

*quick typo alert: you said to place the cookie dough on “you” baking sheet

Thanks Shelly. I believe it’s time for me to make some chocolate chip cookies 🙂

September 16, 2012 5:42 pm

I can see why they are your favorite, they look wonderful!

Katrina @ In Katrina
September 16, 2012 6:08 pm

I want a bazillion. Is that too greedy?

September 16, 2012 6:24 pm

Yes they are beautiful!! I’ll never turn away from a great chocolate chip cookie recipe and if this is your favourite then that’s all I need to get backing (oh, and some mini chocolate chips)

September 16, 2012 6:34 pm

Mmmmm even though these aren’t gluten free… I will sacrifice for one of these cookies. They look fantastic!

Cookie Sleuth
September 16, 2012 6:48 pm

These look fantastic- just like the ones I would get a local bakery when I was a kid. Do you think the two kinds of brown sugar really make a difference?

Cookbook Queen
September 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Gorgeous!! These look absolutely PERFECT 🙂

September 16, 2012 7:38 pm

I`m always down for more chocolate chip recipes!! 😀

Colleen @ What

These definitely look like they have a lot of potential to be my new fav chocolate chip cookie too! Gosh, they look PERFECT!

Carolyn Aebi
Carolyn Aebi
September 16, 2012 8:04 pm

Do u let the cookie dough come to room tempature before putting on cookie sheet

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
September 16, 2012 8:24 pm

I’m always interested in a new CCC recipe! And this one sounds awesome!

September 16, 2012 8:32 pm

These do look great. I always only use coarse salt in my ccc’s, too. Love seeing/trying all the different recipes out there. My favorite is called “my favorite”, too. Because really, is there a best? 😉

Averie @ Averie Cooks
September 16, 2012 8:35 pm

Thanks for sharing your trade secrets! Love the recipe, and that you use white, light AND dark brown sugar AND 1 tbsp of vanilla. I love vanilla, too. I am a huge believer in chilled overnight for cookie dough. Makes SUCH a huge difference in results.

And that you used mini chips. I only use them in small no-bake cookie-dough little balls b/c they work better but now that i see them in this recipe, I need to try that idea!

September 16, 2012 9:08 pm

LOVE chocolate chip cookies!!!!!
I have been making them for years with both brown sugar, and fruit sugar instead of granulated. Makes them soft and chewy, People keep asking for my secret, and I tell them.

sally @ sallys baking addiction
September 16, 2012 9:27 pm

I love the combination and ratios of sugars here Shelly! My favorite CCC recipe includes cornstarch to thicken them up a little bit. I am a firm believer in chilling the dough as well. It makes a world of a difference!

Glory/ Glorious Treats
September 16, 2012 9:34 pm

Yep, almost nothing beats a really good chocolate chip cookie! Wish I had one (or five) of these now!

September 16, 2012 9:36 pm

I have been on a huge chocolate chip cookie kick lately. I have tried several recipes but still can’t figure out wat I’m looking for. I am definetly going to put yours on my “to be tried” list. My biggest issue is that the first day or so they taste great and then they dry out really bad….. Maybe it’s my altitude? IDK. I love your website!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
September 16, 2012 9:45 pm

Done and done. But just so you know, “your favorite” = “the best.” It just comes with being awesome, Shelly; embrace it 🙂

September 17, 2012 1:49 am

Chocolate cookies are the best! Yes especially undercooked. We don’t like crispy cookies in or house. I would definitely leave the dough in the fridge over night but there might not be any left in the morning. Yousee my husband loves to eat raw cookie dough. Whats salmonella??

September 17, 2012 2:23 am

I like using brown butter in mine. I also like to use big chunks of chocolate. I like the idea of using dark brown sugar. I usually just use light brown sugar with a little white.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
September 17, 2012 7:32 am

I’m always up for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. I love that they are loaded with chocolate chips.

September 17, 2012 8:13 am

My sister swears by using coconut extract instead of vanilla, but our family chocolate chip cookie growing up used peppermint extract! I play with that recipe a lot but I find that it really needs the mint… I’ll have to try yours for a non-minty cookie!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
September 17, 2012 8:45 am

I can think of nothing better than a chocolate chip cookie, honestly the simplest things are just the best some times.

Brian @ A Thought For Food
September 17, 2012 9:00 am

Ok… these look really really lovely. And since we’re adults, we can eat them for breakfast, right?

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
September 17, 2012 9:34 am

I’ve never heard of chilling the dough before–interesting! I don’t know if I’m patient enough to wait, but these look so good, they must be worth it. 🙂

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
September 17, 2012 10:26 am

Wow, thanks for sharing! I am *always* in the market for an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe. 🙂

September 17, 2012 3:36 pm

Quick question – convection or no? I am usually trying to max as many sheets in the oven at once so usually use convection, but am always curious if I’m affecting the outcome by making a slight temperature and time change…

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
September 17, 2012 3:49 pm

I need to put in mini chips – so much more chocolate per bite!

beth - slice of southern
September 17, 2012 4:14 pm

Love the use if corse sea salt and a bit of dark brown sugar! Can’t wait to make your version!!

September 17, 2012 4:32 pm

I am perpetually surprised by what does well on my blog! But who doesn’t love a really good chocolate chip cookie???

Cathy @ Noble Pig
September 17, 2012 7:11 pm

I always chill my dough too, otherwise they are too flat and saggy! Yours are beauties.

September 17, 2012 7:36 pm


October 8, 2012 12:37 pm

I made these this weekend and I stand behind my original comment.

Emily @ Life on Food
September 17, 2012 8:13 pm

Your favorite may just be my favorite. I always use mini chocolate chips. And I love them a bit on the under done side. I will have to check out the sea salt. You should check out Salt of the Earth Bakery. They are in NYC and add sea salt to all of their goodies. They are amazing!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
September 17, 2012 8:51 pm

They really are beautiful and I love the use of mini chocolate chips AND coarse sea salt. Bookmarking now 🙂

Lisa @hoopla palooza
September 17, 2012 9:24 pm

So Shelly. Is this all you got?…………………….HA! I’m sorry I had to get you back cuz these cookies are killing me! GAHHHHHH! Don’t think you can get any more simple goodness in a cookie!

Jen @ Savory Simple
September 17, 2012 10:17 pm

These look heavenly!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
September 17, 2012 11:22 pm

I always chill the dough! Helps them to keep their shape a little better and not go “splat”. i’m definitely trying our your recipe…always on the hunt for the perfect CC cookie recipe!

Kathy - Panini Happy
September 17, 2012 11:56 pm

These look pretty amazing to me! I’d love to give them a try soon. Even though I’m a big fan of the NYT recipe I still venture out to try other recipes just in case there’s another I should be enjoying too (I REALLY love chocolate chip cookies!).

Danielle Albert
September 18, 2012 8:46 am

I always buy the chocolate chip cookies from a cookie store. But with that recipe I will definitely try to make them.

September 18, 2012 9:19 am

These really are beautiful! Love how big they are, and the mini chocolate chips make them look even more amazing. I’ll definitely be trying these out (I can never get enough of chocolate chip cookies)! Thanks!

September 18, 2012 10:13 am

These look great! :DD I wish we were baking friends or something :B

September 18, 2012 5:21 pm

The chocolate chip cookie recipe I use, which is the one I grew up eating thanks to my mom, calls for regular sugar and brown sugar. I think it makes a huge difference by adding in that brown sugar. Yum yum!

And I’m going to have to start trying coarse sea salt in my cookies. I bet that is wonderful!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
September 19, 2012 3:36 am

Oh my those look good. I love the contrast of the salt with the buttery cookie and chocolate chips, so good!

September 20, 2012 11:42 pm

I found a recipe where you melt the butter rather than let it soften. This is GREAT when you find yourself in one of those “must have chocolate chip cookies NOW” moods. I tried softening the butter in the microwave with my old recipe, and they would turn out badly, flat, and hard to scoop off the baking sheet :/