My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I have made many, many chocolate cookies in my time but this is my BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. Like, ever. Mini Chocolate Chips, three kinds of sugar and coarse sea salt are easy tricks that make these homemade chocolate chip cookies stand out.

Chocolate chip cookies on a dark surface.

My Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

So these chocolate chip cookies. You guys. These cookies are everything. I have been making this same exact recipe for 8-ish years? I mean, I try ALL sorts of chocolate chip cookie recipes, trust me. I’ve posted a lot of different recipes here on my site as well – 83 and counting! BUTTTT these are my all time, most favorite, tried and true, SHELLY chocolate chip cookies.

What I Love About These Cookies

They’re thick, but not too thick, they’re soft but still have buttery, crisp edges, they have the perfect balance of salty/sweet, they have the perfect chocolate to cookie ratio…should I keep going?

I’m going to explain WHY these are the best and all the tips you need to make sure your cookies are the best too. You’ll see why these are my FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies and we’ll be best friends forever because of it. AND if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know I posted this recipe WAY back in 2012. I decided the pictures needed a little facelift, and I wanted to include a few how-tos that I have learned over the years.

This recipe was also included in my book because so many of you guys have made them and loved them as much as I do.

Ok, let’s talk all things chocolate chip cookies!!

Stack of homemade chocolate chip cookies with the top cookie broken in half.

What Makes these the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Honestly, it’s simple. I am not reinventing the wheel here. I just found there are a few small changes you can make to a cookie recipe that can take it from here to HERE.

  • I use three kinds of sugar in my recipe: granulated, light brown, and dark brown sugars. The combo of the three give it the perfect depth of flavor without adding too much moisture.
  • I use coarse sea salt along with salted butter in my recipe. Now stay with me. If you are sensitive to salt you can use unsalted butter. But the coarse sea salt is really important here. You get these little tiny pockets or salt in the cookie that is LIFE CHANGING. Now, I went the extra mile in the pictures and added a little flaked sea salt as a garnish. This is TOTALLY optional. I’m just a salty girl.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips. I stole this trick from Panera. They make amazing chocolate chip cookies, and they also use mini chips. I decided to really prefer the smaller, more even distribution of chocolate via the mini chip vs regular sized chips. Try it, I swear it’s better.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these cookies. See the recipe card below for specific amounts.

  • Salted butter – You can use unsalted if you prefer, but the hint of saltiness really makes the sweetness of these cookies pop!
  • 3 Kinds of Sugar – I use light brown, dark brown and white sugar.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder
  • Coarse Sea Salt – This adds little hints of saltiness mixed in with the sweetness of every bite. It tastes amazing!
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – These let you distribute the chocolate more evenly through your cookies.
  • Flaked Sea Salt – This one is optional for a garnish on top of the cookies.
Cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though these cookies taste like they came from the most fancy artisanal bakery ever, they are very easy to make. Here’s how to do it:

  • Beat butter and sugars. Combine the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Continue mixing until the dough is well incorporated, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add flour. Turn your mixer to low and add the flour.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Mix until they are just evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Chill. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 48 hours.
  • Prep tools. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Bake. Use a 3-tablespoon cookie scoop to form dough into balls. Place on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.

Why Do I Have to Chill the Cookie Dough?

Well, long story short, you don’t HAVE to…you just should. I talked about why you should chill the dough when I made the NY Times, Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe…but I’ll do it again here, because same rules apply.

  • Chilling cookie dough develops the flavor. Think of soup. NOW think of leftover soup. We all know leftover soup is better than same day soup. Why? Let’s say it together, the flavors develop, Same concept with cookies.
  • Also, chilling the dough dries out ever so slightly concentrating the flavor, and giving you crispier, chewier edges.
  • And chilling the dough gives the gluten in the dough a chance to relax, adding to the crispier texture of the edges, which is the goal…a softer center, with crispy, buttery edges.
  • When you chill the dough, the color deepens as well, so you have a beautiful deep colored cookie, as opposed to a pale one.
Scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Tips for Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Bake while the dough is still chilled. I like to bake these cookies with the dough still chilled. This does make it a little harder to scoop out, so I allow it to sit out, after being chilled for 15-ish minutes to make it a little easier to scoop! I have broken many a cookie scoop trying to pry out rock hard cookie dough, so let it sit out for a few minutes to make it scoop-able!
  • OR pre-scoop your dough. You can also scoop the dough into portions as soon as you make it and then chill it in scoops on a large baking sheet. You can also freeze the dough in portions, which is a great trick! I have a whole post about how to freeze cookie dough.
  • Don’t skimp on the chocolate chips!
  • Measure your flour accurately. Whether you use the scoop and shake method, or the scoop and level method, be sure you use the right amount of flour in this recipe.
  • Don’t over bake. Chocolate chip cookies won’t look “done” when you pull them out of the oven. As long as the edges are golden, they are ready to be pulled. The centers will firm up as the cookies cool.
Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies with sea salt.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes to Try:

I know you guys love cookies as much as I do and hope you LOVE this chocolate chip cookie recipe! BUT if you’re looking for more chocolate chip cookie recipes, I have so many! Here are a few:


Note: The recipe I make in the video is the recipe from my book, which is slightly different from this recipe, using a bit more baking soda and baking powder. I like both versions, but have found that adding a little, as I’ve written the recipe here, produces a thicker, chewier cookie, which I prefer. Also note I used the convection setting in the video, which bakes a bit faster than non-convection. The recipe as written below is for a non-convection oven.


The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


This recipe makes my all time favorite chocolate chip cookies! Mini chips and coarse sea salt make them the best!


  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (12 oz) bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • optional – flaked sea salt to garnish


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugars together for 2 minutes on medium speed, until fluffy and light.
  2. Add in the eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and continue mixing until incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined.
  4. Stir in all chocolate chips until evenly distributed. 
  5. Cover dough plastic wrap and and refrigerate overnight, or up to 48 hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  7. Using a large (3- tablespoon) cookie scoop drop the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. 
  8. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Store the airtight for up to 3 days.

You can use regular sized chocolate chips if you prefer

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March 29, 2021 12:11 pm

Please straighten me out on the baking powder/baking soda measurements because I truly want to try to make these and to follow the recipe to a “T”. Should it be one teaspoon or powder/soda or a 1/2 teaspoon of each? Thanks for posting your recipes

March 20, 2021 10:55 pm

The recipe says 1/2 tsp. baking soda and baking powder but the video says 1 tsp. each??? Also the time in the recipe is 12 minutes and in the video is 9 to 10 min. So which is correct???

February 13, 2021 9:02 pm

heavenly! So I messed up the recipe by actually mixing In the levelling with the sugar and the butter.. do’h!

Fast forward…. the cookie turned out amazing! It was so fluffy and tender and it had are softer texture inside. They really are the prefect ratio of chocolate to cookie batter..but what won me was the sea salt it is a must it truly sets this cookie apart from most recipes I’ve tried bravo thanks for sharing!!

December 23, 2020 12:02 am

I’ve been searching for a chocolate chip recipe for what seems like forever! These are delicious!! So glad we found these. Trying the salted caramel pretzels cookies next!

November 28, 2020 5:38 am

Those are now our favorite cookies ! I’ve made them a couple of time already and we just love the result !
Not to sweet, just perfect !

July 13, 2020 11:01 am

I love how chewy these cookies are. I’ll definitely have to buy salted butter to use next time I make them. Great recipe!

May 4, 2020 11:12 pm

Made these and yummmmy, sooo good! Then I decided to make the second batch a bit smaller so I could smoosh two together with a Reese’s peanut butter thin between them, creating the perfect cookie sandwich because basically, I’m a huge pig disguised as a normal woman ? yum. Perfection!

April 28, 2020 9:58 pm

These might be the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. My husband can’t get enough of them.

April 11, 2020 9:57 pm

So…. I couldn’t figure out why my cookies didn’t spread at all. First thought the dough was too cold so let the second cookie sheet sit out about 30 minutes before baking. Still didn’t spread. Hmmm…reread the recipe and finally realized I had forgotten the granulated sugar! Not sure why that would prevent them from spreading but it’s the only goof I can spot. On the plus side, they were still cooked through and still delicious! Slightly less sweet, but fantastic anyway. Very forgiving recipe!

March 24, 2020 12:34 am

For the past few years I’ve been trying all of Pinterest’s “best” chocolate chip cookie recipes. This recipe is my absolute favorite by far. I use the full teaspoon of baking powder & soda like your book says and bake them for 12 minutes and they are PERFECT. (Even without chilling!) My family loves them, my office loves them… they’re everything a chocolate chip cookie should be!

January 26, 2020 10:18 pm

I wanted to love this recipe. I followed it to a T, but my cookies didn’t have much spread and ended up pretty puffy ?? I don’t know what I did wrong.

Caitriona Poehler
April 2, 2020 9:13 pm
Reply to  Julia

This is how mine turned out too! Not trying to leave a bad review just wanting to know how to improve them!!

November 11, 2019 9:20 pm

I’ve been saving this one and finally got around to making it. My 3-year old says “This is the best cookie I ever had!” My husband says nothing because his mouth is too full with his 3rd one.

October 22, 2019 5:02 pm

This has become my go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I’m constantly told I make the best cookies, The sea salt makes a difference. This recipe is the reason I purchased your cookbook.

October 22, 2019 1:42 pm

Wouldn’t it be easier to scoop the dough right away then chill the cookie balls overnight, then bake?

February 15, 2019 7:32 pm

Good thing i only baked 6 cookies and froze the rest of the dough. These are soooooooo good!!! I’m going to have to restrain myself.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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