This award winning chocolate chip cookie recipe makes cookies that are soft in the middle and a little crispy around the edges—with extra brown sugar and two kinds of chocolate!
These homemade chocolate chip cookies are full of rich chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla and they’re big and have just the right amount of crispiness around the edge and soft, gooey chocolate in the middle, like my Easy Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.
There are three secrets that helped make this an award winning chocolate chip cookie recipe:
- Resting the dough at least overnight
- Using more brown sugar than typical recipes
- Using semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips
Why rest the dough?
I didn’t always let the dough rest in the refrigerator when making these cookies. I used to bake them as soon as I made the dough and they were delicious. Fabulous, even.
But then I read David Leite’s New York Times article about the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. All of the famous bakers that he interviewed said they allow the chocolate chip cookie dough to rest at least overnight and a few for as long as 36 hours.
And, as it turns out, the original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe also chilled overnight, a fact that was never printed on the back of the bag.
I experimented with allowing the dough to sit in the fridge for 24-36 hours, and discovered that this one simple change made the texture and flavor of the cookies even better.
While you don’t need anything fancy for these homemade chocolate chip cookies, you will want to have good quality baking sheets like these, and cooling racks.
How to make chocolate chip cookies
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. See the tips below the printable recipe for information about the flour.
- Cream the butter and add sugars and beat until well-blended.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat until creamy and well-blended.
- Gradually stir in the flour mixture, either beating on low with the mixer or just stirring in gently by hand.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Then cover the bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough and place it in the fridge anywhere from 24 to 36 hours.
Cook’s Tip: You can bake the cookies immediately if you prefer, and they will be absolutely fine and delicious, but they are better if you have time to allow them to rest.
Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Once the dough has rested, scoop out large, heaping tablespoons of dough and roll slightly in your hands to make a ball, usually just a smidgen smaller than a golf ball.
Depending on how you like your chocolate chip cookies, there are a couple of temperature options.
Option 1: Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes, depending on how large your cookies are. If they are less than golf-ball size then probably around 10.5 minutes to get that perfect golden brown.
Option 2: Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes for slightly thinner, chewy cookies. This will result in a paler top but more gooey middle.
**Cook’s Tip: Ovens are calibrated differently so you should start checking early on the first batch so you’ll know what your cooking time should be.
Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 7 or 8 minutes and then transfer to cooling racks.
And grab one right off the hot pan and eat it, bouncing it from hand to hand and blowing just a little. You know you want to.
There’s nothing better than a perfect chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven!
And here’s a little secret: the next day when you want a cookie, pop it in the microwave for about 12 seconds. You’ll recapture that just baked soft, melted chocolate experience.
- Flour. The type of flour that you use may affect this recipe. I use White Lily, which has a low protein content. If you’re using King Arthur or Pillsbury, each has a high protein content. You may try substituting 2 cups cake flour and 1 cup of whatever all-purpose you have. I have not tried this but it makes sense to me that it would work because White Lily has a protein content almost as low as cake flour. Please let me know if you try this.
- Butter. You cannot substitute margarine or any type of butter substitute. And you shouldn’t use generic butter. Quality counts. I only use Land O’ Lakes Unsalted Butter.
- If your baking powder and/or baking soda is old, your cookies may flatten. Baking powder and baking soda should be replaced before it’s a year or so old. If older than a year and not kept in an airtight container then the rising properties may have diluted.
- Method. The butter needs to be creamed until it is light in color and texture, along with the sugar. The eggs should be well-mixed into the batter. This will all take several minutes.
- Store in an airtight container after all the cookies have cooled.
Award winning chocolate chip cookie recipe
A few years ago, a sweet lady named Sally emailed me to let me know that her son had used this homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe for his entry into a 4-H contest—and he won! Here is Sally’s comment:
This is the most wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. My ten-year-old son came home about six weeks ago and said he signed up to enter a baking contest through 4-H and had to make chocolate chip cookies. This was the first recipe that we tried, and we had no need to try anything else. Not only did he win his class competition, but he also won the county-wide competition, beating out 46 other entries. I have made this recipe a couple of other times for parties and for my co-workers… just made a double batch to send to my children’s classes tomorrow and to take to the kids in my classes at school. I’ll never need another recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and I will NEVER buy the break and bake refrigerated from the store EVER again. Simply AMAZING cookies, and a recipe so easy that even my son can do most of the work himself. Thanks SO much for sharing!
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- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (Do not use margarine or any butter substitute. I only use Land O Lakes unsalted butter.)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 12-ounce package milk chocolate chips
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl to blend.
- Using electric or stand mixer, beat butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add white sugar and brown sugar and beat until well blended. (You should be creaming the butter 5-7 minutes until the texture and color are both light.)
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat until mixture is creamy and well blended. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until blended.
- Pour half of chocolate chips into the bottom of a large bowl and then add half the dough on top of the chips. Stir dough and chips together, then add more chips and more dough until all is mixed together.
- For best results, cover and place dough in refrigerator for 24-36 hours. **You can bake these cookies immediately if you wish.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
- Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball and place on cookie sheet, giving each cookie plenty of room. Mine are usually big enough to get about 8 balls on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until light brown on top and slightly brown around the edges.
- Note: alternatively, you can bake at 325 for 13-15 minutes for a paler, more gooey cookie.
- Cool slightly on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to racks; cool completely.
Tips for the best chocolate chip cookies:
- Flour. The type of flour that you use may affect this recipe. I use White Lily, which has a low protein content. If you're using King Arthur or Pillsbury, each has a high protein content. You may try substituting 2 cups cake flour and 1 cup of whatever all-purpose you have. I have not tried this but it makes sense to me that it would work because White Lily has a protein content almost as low as cake flour. Please let me know if you try this.
- Butter. You cannot substitute margarine or any type of butter substitute. And you shouldn't use generic butter. Quality counts. I only use Land O' Lakes Unsalted Butter.
- Your baking powder and/or baking soda is old. Baking powder and baking soda should be replaced before it's a year or so old. If older than a year and not kept in an airtight container then the rising properties have diluted.
- Method. Steps 2, 3, and 4 are important. The butter needs to be creamed until it is light in color and texture, along with the sugar. The eggs should be well-mixed into the batter. This will all take several minutes.
- Use good quality chocolate chips for the best quality. I use Ghirardelli, which can be purchased at most grocery stores.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Saturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g
Update Notes: This post was originally published October 3, 2011, and on May 12, 2020, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.