Saturday, August 13, 2011

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

A good chocolate chip cookie is one of my favorite things ever.  It's classic, and incredibly comforting.  You can't go wrong when you have a delicious chocolate chip cookie.  They're just perfect.

Chocolate chip cookies seem simple enough, but everyone has their own distinct recipe, and finding one that is truly the best is much harder than it would seem. Believe me, I know.  I've made too many batches of chocolate chip cookies to count.  Some have been disappointing, some were alright, and others were really good, but were just shy of actually being perfect. Then, these came along...

These might actually be the best chocolate chip cookies ever...or at least I definitely think so.  They are hands down my favorite chocolate chip cookies that I've made to date.  They're oversized, and the edges are slightly crisp, while the centers remain perfectly chewy and moist.  What's not to love!?  Next time, I may want to add a couple chocolate chunks into the mix, and I'll probably make them a little bit smaller, in the hopes that more cookies will mean that they'll last longer!

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from Baking Illustrated

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled to warm
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (adjust to taste)


Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 325 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone liners, or spray with nonstick baking spray.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars until thoroughly combined.  Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, mixing until well incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients, and beat only until just combined. Stir in the desired amount of chocolate chips.

Measure 1/2 cup of the dough, and roll into a ball. Carefully split the ball of cookie dough in half with your fingers.  Place the dough halves on the prepared baking sheets, with the torn edges facing up.  Space the dough halves about 2 1/2 inches apart, to allow room for spreading during baking.

Bake the cookies in the oven until they are light brown and the edges begin to become just crisp, about 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time.  Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing.


  1. These cookies look so delicious, I love your photos as well! :)

  2. These look SO delicious! I'll have to give them a try!

  3. @ Kelly, thanks! I've been working a lot on my photography, I'm glad you like!

    @ Katie- definitely give them a try! :)

  4. I found this recipe on Pintrest and tried it yesterday...... these cookies are AMAZING!!! I can't stop eating them. I posted the recipe on my recipe blog and linked back to you. This recipe is a keeper for sure!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. @Lindsey Thanks Lindsey, I'm happy you like them! I'm thinking I'm going to have to bake myself up a batch of these soon!

  6. I just made a batch of these, and I'm so happy that mine look just like yours! These are aweeeesome :) Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Woo that's great! So happy you liked the results! :)

  7. I was planning on making a different chocolate chip cookie recipe but realized at the last minute I was missing an ingredient, so scrambled to find a different recipe. I liked your mocha cupcakes so much I figured I'd see if you had any chocolate chip cookies - I'm glad I did - these were fantastic. And you're right - most are either chewy or hard, but these were a great blend of both! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Love to hear that you enjoyed the recipe! I've made these several times since I posted them, and I love how they come out every time.


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