Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies are chewy, buttery and incredibly easy to make. You’ll be dunking them in milk in less than 30 minutes!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies with flaky sea salt on top on a plate and a wire rack with a blue and white striped towel underneath next to a glass of milk

Although chocolate chip cookies have only been around since the 1930s I think it’s safe to say they’re the superior cookie. There is truly nothing like eating warm chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.

Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the cookies structure. You can substitute some of the all-purpose flour with bread flour if you want them to be extra chewy.

Baking soda – helps the cookies spread. Do not use baking powder because it will make the cookies cakey.

Butter – provides flavor and structure. I always recommend using unsalted butter but salted butter works if that’s all you have on hand, just be sure to omit the 1 teaspoon of salt later on. Do not use cold or melted butter.

Granulated sugar and brown sugar – both sugars are necessary for sweetness and texture. I prefer using dark brown sugar for extra molasses flavor but light brown sugar also works fine!

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies with flaky sea salt on top on a plate and a wire rack with a blue and white striped towel underneath next to a glass of milk

How To Make Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. In a small bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt.

2. Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined (there should still be streaks of flour). Then add the chocolate chips and mix on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix the dough because it will make the cookies tough.

Chocolate chip cookie dough before and after mixing in chocolate chips

5. Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). If desired press extra chocolate chips onto the tops of each cookie dough ball and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

6. Bake cookies at 375°F for 11 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. The cookies will still look slightly raw when they come out but will continue to bake as they cool. Store Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies before and after being baked

Pro Tips For Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Don’t over mix the dough! There should still be streaks of flour in the dough when you add the chocolate chips. Over mixing = more gluten development which means tough cookies. We don’t want any tough cookies here!
  • Sprinkle with flaky sea salt before baking. I like this brand.
  • Press extra chocolate chips on top of scooped dough before baking to make them look pretty.
  • Bake one tray at a time on the middle oven rack. This ensures that there is even heat circulation.
  • Don’t over bake them! They will still look a little raw when they come out of the oven but will continue to bake as they cool on the baking sheet. This is the secret to crisp edges and chewy centers.

My Favorite Cookie Tools

Freezing Instructions:

Scoop dough onto a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer dough to a zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake straight from freezer for 12-14 minutes.

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies are chewy, buttery and incredibly easy to make. You'll be dunking them in milk in less than 30 minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 232kcal
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Stand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Cookie scoop (I use a 3 tablespoon scoop)

Ingredients

  • 330 g (2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 226 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 255 g (1 1/2 cups) chocolate chips
  • extra chocolate chips for topping optional
  • flaky sea salt for topping optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a small bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and vanilla until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined. Then add the chocolate chips and mix on low speed until just combined.
  • Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). If desired press extra chocolate chips onto the tops of each dough ball and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  • Bake for 11 minutes then cool on the baking sheet. The cookies will still look slightly raw when they come out but will continue to bake as they cool.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. You can use salted butter, just be sure to omit the 1 tsp salt.
 
  • Store Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.
 
  • Scooped cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months in a zip-top bag.
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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