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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I’ve 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.

My Favorite 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.

Why Are These the BEST Cookies?

These cookies 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?

If you make these cookies you’ll immediately see why these are my FAVORITE 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’ve 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 this Recipe Different?

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. 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.

So What’s in these Cookies?

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.

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 & 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.

How to Store

Let your cookies cool to room temperature, then transfer them to an airtight container and store them on the counter for up to 3 days. You can also store these cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.

Want to save some cookie dough for baking later? Check out my tutorial on how to freeze cookie dough.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie 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.

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is an easy cookie recipe

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 226
  • Sugar: 16.9 g
  • Sodium: 192.1 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.8 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.8 mg

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213 comments on “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe”

  1. 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!

    1. OH no!! And no sugar will ABSOLUTELY prevent spreading! Sugar melts when it bakes, and essentially becomes a liquid!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. Caitriona Poehler

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

    2. Same here. My cookies didn’t spread much at all. I think the next time I will only refrigerate the dough for an hour before baking. I followed the recipe to a T. They still were pretty tasty.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. Hi Shelly,
    Oh my gosh! I totally love this recipe. Chocolate chip cookies are a definite fave in our household so i decided to double this recipe because i know one wasnt enough. It lasted barely-2 days! We couldnt wait to chill for 48hrs so we opt for few hours and i only had brown sugar at the time. They were amazing. The kids took them to school and also gave to their teachers. My oldest has already requested for more!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  9. Shelly, I am an intermediate to sometimes advanced baker. I too have tried dozens of different chocolate chip cookies looking for the perfect texture, spread, taste, etc. These are wonderful. I got the rise I like and flavor was excellent. I would be very helpful though, if you added weight measurements to some of your recipes. 2 3/4 cups of flour not measured properly can make a huge difference. Been a follower of yours for years. Thank you.

  10. So I have been making the NYT recipe
    You posted just a couple months ago because you’d said it was so good and they are – my family LOVES them so I bake them
    Nearly weekly – think I’ve gained 20 pounds from them ??. are these actually better then them ?? Thanks so much for all your recipes – we enjoy them!

    1. hahaha! Love hearing this so much! Ok, so I can’t say they’re better, per se. They’re different and a little less fussy. I developed this recipe about 8 years ago and they have always been my go-to recipe, even though I love trying new ones! I LOVE the NYT recipe so much…but these are different. The mini chips, the thickness… totally try them and let me know what you think! My family actually prefers these…but maybe that’s because I have been making this recipe so long!

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