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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies are decadent, tender and chewy with melt in mouth flavor. Our Ultimate Chocolate Cookies are great for bake sales, fundraisers, lemonade stands, or just to have as the perfect year round treat!

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We love making Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies year round and these freshly baked homemade chocolate cookies are our go-to favorite sweet treats. These delectable soft baked cookies melt in your mouth and are highly addictive. 

Made with super easy ingredients from your pantry and with our easy step by step guide, you’ll be enjoying ultimate chocolate chip cookies in no time. 

These chocolate cookies can also be made in small batches for a quick treat.  

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Bursting with Amazing Rich flavor.
  • Quick Recipe that takes little time to put together.
  • Can be made Gluten free and vegan.
  • Kids Friendly.
  • Perfect for Bake Sales, Fundraisers, and Lemonade Stands!
  • Easily available Ingredients.
  • Make-Ahead Chocolate Cookies.
  • The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever!!

Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be obtained from a local store if you don’t already have them in your pantry. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • All Purpose flour We have used all purpose flour to make these thick and flavorful chocolate cookies. You may use almond flour to make them gluten free. For making a healthy version, you may also use whole wheat flour. 
  • Unsalted Butter Since we add a little salt, we prefer using unsalted butter as too much salt would make an imbalance in the flavors. Use any soft butter and make sure to use it at room temperature.
  • Brown Sugar Baking sweets means addition of brown sugar. We use a local brand (Wegmans) and you can also skip it and instead add granulated sugar only. Brown sugar helps retain the moisture within the baked items. If you wish to have low carb chocolate cookies, you may use stevia.
  • Granulated Sugar is added in addition to the brown sugar. The combination of both the sugars make a perfect chocolate cookie. 
  • Eggs The soft and pillowy touch is added by the eggs. Eggs enhance the volume of the baked cookie and help create a thick one. If you are planning to make a vegan cookie, you may skip eggs and add flax egg or curd instead. 
  • Chocolate Chips are the star ingredient of these amazing cookies. Both semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips work for this recipe. You may use chocolate chunks as well.
  • Vanilla Extract adds wonderful flavor and aroma to these chocolate cookies. You can use maple syrup or lemon juice in place of vanilla extract.
  • Baking Soda is used as a leavening agent to get light and fluffy texture for these cookies.
  • Salt Little bit of salt is added to make a better dough. If you are using salted butter, you may skip it totally.
ultimate chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Equipment 

Variations 

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies without Brown Sugar: You may make these chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar as well. One can use white granulated sugar and the cookies turn out moist and yummy!
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: This recipe is made without milk but uses butter. To make it dairy free, you may use any vegan butter.
  • Oats Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies: Replace all purpose flour with oats flour and the recipe needs no additional major changes. You might need a little more butter or milk to make a smooth cookie dough as oats flour is denser than the all purpose flour though.
  • Make Ahead Chocolate Cookies: These chocolate chip cookies can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer in aluminum foil packaged tightly.
  • Add another butter: If you are a fan of peanut butter, add a mix of unsalted butter and peanut butter in the ratio 1:1, this would also add some protein to these chocolate cookies.
  • Add another ingredient: Add pumpkin puree, ripe banana, apple sauce, orange zest to experiment with flavors in this amazing recipe of chocolate cookies.
  • Add Nuts: Adding nuts to the cookies make them crunchy. Feel free to add finely chopped pecans, almonds or walnuts in the cookie dough.

Serving Suggestions

Dunking these brown beauties in a warm or cold glass of milk is something our kids love! For adults, they are great with coffee or tea!

How To Store Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Prepared in Advance?

You are able to make these Chocolate Cookies ahead of time and they can be kept in the freezer until you are ready to bake them.  Simply wrap them tightly in aluminum foil and keep them in the freezer, then take them out and let them come to room temperature before baking.

How To Make Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Step 1: Prep

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Next, Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Whisk Dry

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
whisk the dry ingredients

Step 3: Mix Wet and Combine

  • In the bowl of a standard electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy; about 4 minutes. 
  • Scraping down the sides of the bowl as you are mixing. A stand mixer is not necessary for this task, you can also use a hand mixer instead.
mix the wet ingredients and combine
  • Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Don’t forget to keep scraping down the sides of the bowl. 
  • Then, add the flour mixture; mix until just combined. Last, add the chocolate chips.
  • Mix in chocolate chips well. At this point we like to pop the bowl into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up the cookie dough for easier scooping and handling. But if you’re eager to get these cookies into the oven (who could blame you), you can skip this step. If you are refrigerating your dough, start preheating the oven during the last 10 minutes of the dough in the refrigerator.
more mixing

Step 4: Scoop

  • Using a medium ice cream scooper (1 1/2 tablespoon size), form balls of dough at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • We like using an ice cream scooper because it gives us the uniformed shaped cookies (no more fighting for the bigger one).
scoop out the cookies

Step 5: Bake

  • Once the oven is ready, bake cookies until they are slightly golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  • The secret is to not over bake them. Remove cookies from the oven and let sit on a baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes. They will continue to bake while on the sheet for those few minutes-so don’t skip this step. When the cookies come out of the oven they will look slightly puffy (left image). After a few minutes, they will flatten slightly (right image).
bake the cookies
  • The bottom of the cookie should be a light golden color. 
  • After resting on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
cookies when done

Expert Tips

  • The secret is to not over bake them. Remove cookies from the oven and let sit on a baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes. They will continue to bake while on the sheet for those few minutes – so don’t skip this step. When the cookies come out of the oven they will look slightly puffy. After a few minutes, they will flatten slightly.
  • Butter should be soft to touch and not melted. The best way is to use room temperature butter.
  • Make sure to beat together sugar and butter first. The more you mix them, the fluffier the cookies will be.
  • No over mixing once the baking soda is added as the air would be gone and you would have flat cookies. Just gently fold and mix. 
  • Chilling the dough is recommended for getting the firm texture of the cookie dough.
  • Don’t stuff the cookies on the baking tray and place them evenly with space as they will expand when baked. 
  • Let the cookies cool off completely before packing them in a container.
What is the secret to making soft cookies?

Bake cookies in a preheated oven so that they get baked quickly. This ensures that they come out soft.

What happens if you make cookies without baking soda?

Baking Soda is a leavening agent and helps to create soft cookies. If you don’t use baking soda or baking powder, the cookie dough won’t have much air to rise and it will result in dense cookies.

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 3 1/2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

These  Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies are decadent, tender and chewy with melt in mouth flavor. These Ultimate Chocolate Cookies are great for bake sales, fundraisers, lemonade stands, or just to have as the perfect year round treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, prepare baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy; about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    3. Mix in chocolate chips well. Pop the bowl into the refrigerator for 30 mins to firm up the cookie dough for easier scooping and handling. (note: if you are eager to get these cookies into the oven, you can skip this step) If you are refrigerating the dough, start preheating the oven during the last 10 minutes of the dough in the refrigerator.
    4. Using a medium ice cream scooper (1 1/2 tablespoon size), form balls of dough at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. The ice cream scooper provides consistent cookies sizes, but you can use a spoon as well.
    5. Once the oven is ready, bake until cookies are slightly golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. The secret is to not over bake them. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet 2 to 3 minutes. When the cookies come out of the oven they will look slightly puffy. After a few minutes, they will flatten slightly.
    6. The bottom of the cookie should be a light golden color. After resting on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Notes

  • The secret is to not over bake them. Remove cookies from the oven and let sit on a baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes. They will continue to bake while on the sheet for those few minutes - so don’t skip this step. When the cookies come out of the oven they will look slightly puffy. After a few minutes, they will flatten slightly.
  • Butter should be soft to touch and not melted. The best way is to use room temperature butter.
  • Make sure to beat together sugar and butter first. The more you mix them, the fluffier the cookies will be.
  • Chilling the dough is recommended for getting the firm texture of the cookie dough.
  • No over mixing once the baking soda is added as the air would be gone and you would have flat cookies. Just gently fold and mix. 
  • Don’t stuff the cookies on the baking tray and place them evenly with space as they would expand when baked. 
  • Let the cookies cool off completely before packing them in a container or else they would break soon.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 42 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Nutritionix.com. We do our best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only.

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