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The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Lots of people who have tried these cookies have said that they were the best they'd ever had. These chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy with a little bit of crispiness at the edges and a not-too-sweet flavor. I don't know if they're the best in the world, but they're pretty darn good, and if you follow this recipe and my simple tips and tricks you can decide for yourself.

Chewy or crispy?

fresh eggs for chocolate chip cookie recipe

fresh eggs for chocolate chip cookie recipe

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips

Makes about 5 dozen.

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TIP: Use extra flour

This recipe uses a little extra flour to give the cookies that rounded, lumpy look. Try this trick with any other cookie recipes you have that taste good but turn out flatter than you'd like.

The extra flour also helps to give the dough a slightly salty, less sweet flavor that goes great with the chocolate chips.

chocolate chip cookie photo by superfloss at

chocolate chip cookie photo by superfloss at

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Mix the sugars, butter, vanilla, and egg until well blended and creamy.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt together. (You can do it right on top of the wet ingredients, mixing the soda and salt into the flour a little with a dry spoon before mixing the flour into the wet ingredients.)
  4. Stir wet and dry ingredients together until well blended. The dough is very dry and stiff, and it may seem as though it is too dry to combine, but it will come together.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Put rounded spoonfuls of dough on a cool cookie sheet a few inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are just beginning to brown. For best results, use one cookie sheet at a time in the center of the oven.
  8. Cool 2 to 3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

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Are these the world's best chocolate chip cookies, or what? - If you tried the recipe, give us your verdict.

Lots of people have commented in the guestbook below with their opinions on this recipe, with responses ranging from "These really are THE WORLD'S BEST." to "We ended up throwing them all out." (!) So, what do you think?

Is this the World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe?

The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

For lumpy, rounded cookies that are not too flat or too browned, allow the cookie sheet to cool completely between batches. If the cookies are still coming out too flat, try chilling the dough for a few minutes in the refrigerator.

Betty Crocker Cookbook chocolate chip cookie recipe

Betty Crocker Cookbook chocolate chip cookie recipe

The Betty Crocker Cookbook

This recipe started with a chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have made some adjustments and figured out some tricks to get consistently good results. I don't use the original Betty Crocker recipe anymore for chocolate chip cookies, but I do use the book for lots of other dishes and cooking basics.


To keep the cookies soft and chewy longer, put a piece of bread in the container you are storing them in. You can use any kind of bread, and it will become stale and dried out in a day or so, but the cookies will stay soft. If the bread gets completely dried out before the cookies are gone, you can replace the bread or pour a glass of milk and eat more cookies!

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The bread trick even works to bring past-their-prime cookies back around.

Are you drooling yet?

Sharon Berry from Michigan on April 08, 2013:

Chocolate Chip cookies are one of my all time favorites, especially with a big cold glass of milk.

Fox Music on March 01, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this delicious lens "The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe"

anonymous on February 17, 2013:

Just made these up and the doe is good.

Got some in the oven, look pretty good.


anonymous on January 26, 2013:

Yes. I really like the recipe. I hope that I do not put to much flour. Thank you. I will give this a try.

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on November 09, 2012:


Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on September 23, 2012:

baking time!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on August 27, 2012:

Just ate a few chocolate chip cookies from a mix. I love them.

Ashly Rain on July 29, 2012:

Yes! Yummy.

anonymous on July 13, 2012:

I made these today! And I'm only 14 :D They turned out to be one of the best cookies I've ever tasted!

mrsclaus411 on July 09, 2012:

I love chocolate chip cookies especially the chewy ones.

anonymous on July 09, 2012:

These cookies are the best!

chas65 on July 09, 2012:

Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute fav, can't wit to try out your recipe.

puppyprints on July 09, 2012:

LOVE chocolate chip cookies

anonymous on June 28, 2012:

drooling no...ok maybe alittle on the other hand im amazed

miauw99 on May 18, 2012:

Chocolate chip cookie is a must have cookie on holidays

anonymous on April 27, 2012:

so delicious, everyone who tried them thought so too. finally a successful cookie.thank you for sharing !

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 08, 2012:

Yum, I think I'm going to make these RIGHT NOW!

anonymous on March 06, 2012:

These look good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Shorebirdie from San Diego, CA on March 06, 2012:

Yes, I'm really hungry now!

Annamadagan on March 04, 2012:

Mmm, good! Thanks for sharing! I am featuring this on my "Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie" lens.

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 13, 2012:

Yum, you really know your choc chip cookies and offered some great tips here. Thanks

Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 31, 2011:

Yum! Added to My Favorite Chocolate Desserts lens

aexwai on December 14, 2011:

yesss yesss i do!!:))))

patriciapeppy on December 13, 2011:

what a yummy lens

Buchamar on December 12, 2011:

Actually, I love cookie in general :-)

raychic200 on December 09, 2011:


privresearch on December 03, 2011:

This is one great lens! love the recipe

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 03, 2011:

It's been way too long since I have had a chocolate chip cookie... or two... or three. Thanks for the tip about the flour. Appreciated!

Julia Morais on November 30, 2011:

So yummy!!

miaponzo on November 29, 2011:

Yeah! I adore chocolate chip cookies! Blessed!

SofiaMann on November 28, 2011:

Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

ErHawkns7100 on November 15, 2011:

I thinking about baking these right now.

CuteNewt on October 20, 2011:

Great lens, I have been wondering if anyone else knew this recipe, other then my mom.

SummersSorbet on October 17, 2011:

Can't wait to try this recipe! Sounds fabulous, and great pics, too!!

javr from British Columbia, Canada on October 15, 2011:

I'll have to try these!

ThomasJ4 LM on September 07, 2011:

Warm and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the best

Jackie Block from SE Michigan on July 01, 2011:

My husbands family uses bread to keep the cookies moist when shipping them to relatives out of town. That was the first I had heard of it, but it works great! Nice lens.

blanckj on May 31, 2011:

Bread is a funny tip. I use it myself and people always pull the bread out and give me a puzzled look. Then it makes sense when I explain why.

anonymous on March 31, 2011:

it should say how many cookies it makes, PLEASE!

yourgoldenfuture on March 17, 2011:

i love choco-cookies:-)

AnnsHomeDecor on March 03, 2011:

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. Plan on trying your recipe soon.

Blackspaniel1 on February 06, 2011:

Getting ready to eat!

Susan300 on January 23, 2011:

Mmmm... I shouldn't have read this when was already hungry. :)

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on October 09, 2010:

I probably shouldn't but I will need to give this a try! Thumbs up!

glenbrook on September 28, 2010:

I'll have to try this.

Yourshowman LM on September 27, 2010:

Yummy lens

i will try this recipe

anonymous on September 26, 2010:

I tried a little variation, and i thought it came out pretty well. Try adding 3-4 table spoons of golden syrup. You'll also need to cook them on a slightly lower heat for 15-20 minutes. Still nice and chewy though. Thanks for the recipe, they are awesome.

blue22d on September 21, 2010:

I have put crackers in the cookie jar. Love you lens.

anonymous on September 16, 2010:

I made these one day for when my daughter came home, and when she took her first bite you could tell by the look on her face what she thought of them. She thought they were awful. I tried one, and they aren't what I was expecting at all. My husband tried one, and he had the exact same reaction as my daughter. We ended up throwing them all out. It calls for WAY too much flour. It might give them that lumpy look, but also makes them very dry.

anonymous on September 13, 2010:

Couldn't sleep, thought I'd do some baking. This looked like a good recipe. Just finished cooling, about to try one....Mmmm! Delicious!

VBright on September 08, 2010:

CC cookies are my absolute favorite. Thanks for the recipe and lens! Imma try it soon

anonymous on September 08, 2010:

I hacked this one because the flour was a little much for my taste. Here is how I hacked it. First of all, let me just say that Chipits are ok, but Baker's is where it's at. I am not scared to use Chipits though - they make a quality product. But that aside, here is how I hacked this recipe: A. I used 1 cup of the brownest brown sugar out there (Rogers), and 1/2 cup white instead of the 1:1 ratio you use. B. I also toned down the flour to 2 cups max, and used a completely level teaspoon of baking soda. C. I am cooking these at almost 4000 feet above sea level at 380 degrees for 10 minutes. I am not saying mine are any better, but given my preferences, these cookies come out slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. ALSO: Do not roll these into a perfect ball before baking. Just pinch off a bit and throw it down, trying to keep a consistent size. This gives you a nice lumpy cookie rather than something that looks like a freaking sugar cookie your great auntie would make. Save that rolling BS for when you replace the flour with whole wheat flour and use red currants instead of chocolate chips. I know this comment sounds intense, but I take my cookies seriously. If you really want to take your cookies to the next level, add 1/8th of one teaspoon of nutmeg to your flour before you combine it with the wet ingredients. DO NOT GO BEYOND 1/8th! You will not regret how it plays off the vanilla and then gets followed up by the chocolate. OMG I think I almost died when I did this.

anonymous on September 03, 2010:

These worked great! And tasted delicious! Mixture looked dry and I had concerns about it not working, but in the end it all worked out great (:

mto92 on August 21, 2010:

I just made these on a whim, mostly out of boredom and loving to bake at midnight, and they were great! I followed the recipe exactly except I replace 6 oz of chocolate chips with butterscotch chips. I'm definitely going to copy down this recipe to make for future occasions.

anonymous on August 15, 2010:

that's the toll house recipe!

anonymous on August 11, 2010:

@anonymous: you just suck at baking them that time cuz you got so excited with them the second time =]

anonymous on July 30, 2010:

These really are THE WORLD'S BEST. I went on the hunt for the best recipe and tried 5 different ones, same basic ingredients, just different proportions, and these are THE BEST. The key ingredient though is Ghiradelli bittersweet (60% chocolate) chocolate chips instead of semisweet chips. Tee-rrific!

anonymous on July 22, 2010:

wow they're good! nice and sweet an' chewy! if u don't add salt then the flavour is much worse! GOOD JOB ;)

anonymous on July 07, 2010:

@anonymous: Heba- First make sure you ae using butter not margarine... I grabbed it once by mistake and couldn't figure out what went wrong lol ... Second try mixing the butter (room temp) and sugar first till it is whipped the whole idea of mixing the sugar and the butter is when the sugar granules pass through the fat it creates a whole that will store the steap which in turn is a leavener, then add the eggs slowy along with the vanilla. Hope your cookies turn out better :)

anonymous on July 02, 2010:

i like em! instead of white sugar i used brown sugar !

anonymous on July 02, 2010:

@anonymous: well i usually add a bit of milk!

anonymous on February 25, 2010:

I tried this out. I didn't have brown sugar so i just used white- but it still came out fine! Thanks

anonymous on February 20, 2010:

First time I made these cookies they were a great success.. however the second time something went wrong with the dough.. Cookies were cracked and the sugar didn't melt in the oven.. do you have any idea what could have went wrong?

anonymous on February 11, 2010:

@anonymous: these were completely awesome. my cookie search is over & im sticking to this recipe. the cookies were chewy fluffy gooey in middle and crisp & goldish on the outside. so perfect. thank you to the person who gave this recipe! gina you must be a retarto baker. sorry but why the hellll would u leave cookies in the oven for 18 minutes! of course they turned out gross. you shouldve taken them out at 8 minutes. And don't give the "they didn't look done at 8 minutes" bull shiz. Trust me- they were done. cookies don't need to be brown or burnt to be done, they just need a tinge of golden. that's a commen mistake people make, they leave cookies in the oven way too long. FYI, they're supposed to be kinda doughey when u pull them out. they harden a lot more as they sit

freaknoodles1 (author) on December 31, 2009:

@anonymous: So glad they were good for you! I agree about the vanilla. I've never tripled it, but I do tend to let it overflow into the bowl when I measure it.

anonymous on December 31, 2009:

I made these this morning and they were the first truly successful completely yummy cookies I've made in 4 years. The extra flour works really well for the lumpy look. Also , try doubling or tripling the amount of vanilla. Cheers!

freaknoodles1 (author) on December 25, 2009:

@anonymous: 18 minutes is way too long! The cookies should take only 8 to 10 minutes, and they should be just beginning to brown at the edges and set but still soft in the middle.

Swagger1 on December 24, 2009:

I love chewy chocolate chip cookies and sometimes with nuts. The recipe looks delicious.

anonymous on December 23, 2009:

They took about 18 minutes to cook, and did not turn out good at all.

Criket1979 on December 16, 2009:

Here's a wonderful trick that I've learned through the years....instead of 1 tsp of vanilla, use a small package of instant french vanilla pudding. You've got to make sure you have your butter at room temp and spend the time to fluff it good with a blender before you get going. If you don't, they cookies will turn out real flat. Also...after blending the butter, add the sugar and pudding, mix that well before adding your eggs. Gradually adding the flour mixture will keep a mixer from burning up, seems to distribute better too.

Johanna Eisler on December 11, 2009:

Mmmm... I was without an oven for several months, and now I can't wait to bake up a storm!

Question: do you (or anyone reading this) know where I can buy a really thin, flexible spatula for removing cookies from the pan? My old faithful Ekco is about to bite the dust, and I need a good replacement. Any ideas?

anonymous on December 10, 2009:

mmmm these sound delicious i think i will try out this recipe very soon i need a good cookie recipe

Themiscorkscrew on December 04, 2009:

yes i'm a cookie fanatic and chocolate chip are my favorite so so delicious 5 stars

anonymous on November 16, 2009:

how much does it yeild.

anonymous on November 10, 2009:

what if you used extra large egss instead of large eggs? this recipe soundsd great can't wait!

anonymous on October 02, 2009:

i LOVE cookies!!!!!!!!

anonymous on September 25, 2009:

It turned out terrible. With all that butter it just flattened down to nothing. It was horrible

thewishpearl on September 07, 2009:

I tried your cookie recipe today and it was a huge hit in my household!

thewishpearl on August 29, 2009:

I am going to try your recipe.We love chocolate chip cookies!

anonymous on July 14, 2009:

I love these cookies!! My husband says they are the best he's ever had!

cookiefan on July 07, 2009:

I love all cookies, especially chocolate chip and yours sound great. Another great tip for making thicker, chewier cookies is to let the dough chill in the fridge for several hours before baking.

anonymous on June 25, 2009:

I love this recipe! just reading it makes my mouth water.

anonymous on June 07, 2009:

I make cookies all the time and have been throuhg 3 cookies recipes, this one being the third and I think this one might be the best one yet!Thnx

anonymous on May 31, 2009:

I also have to agree with Froggersue, your cookies WILL be burnt, we tried it for a school project, if you don't take them out before 20 minutes. Gosh, get your facts straight please!

anonymous on April 14, 2009:

No chewy chocolate chip cookie is complete without coconut and golden raisins!

anonymous on April 14, 2009:

Love the lens. Awesome recipe too! I love all the tips you give, very helpful, especially the additional flour. If you find a moment, check out my site Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

rewards4life info on April 07, 2009:

I love it. It is a real challenge to prepare really good chocolate chip cookies, and your recipe sounds delicious! Also, I would like to invite You to join our project at Please add this great recipe (or any other if you want)! See you there =)

anonymous on March 21, 2009:

[in reply to Becca] I would take your cookies out well before 20 minutes. You're cooking them to death.

anonymous on January 17, 2009:

they are very good but my cookies are bit fat balls

anonymous on January 17, 2009:

i hope they turn out really well fingers crossed

anonymous on January 17, 2009:

i don't know how they will turn out all of my cookies usually end up HARD after 20 minutes no matter what i do!!!!!! Let's hope that the extra flower helps!!!

unique freak77 on December 16, 2008:

Great lens and recipe! My first time making cookies from scratch, and I used your recipe, they turned out great! 5 stars!

greatspiderweb on December 03, 2008:

Great recipe ! You have an awesome lens, you have inspired me....can you check out my lens. I'm new at this and would love your advice.

Thanks, Pat

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Robin S from USA on November 11, 2008:

This delicious lens is being featured today at!

anonymous on July 21, 2008:

BEST COOKIES EVER!!!! I love all tips before my cookies didn't taste good but now they are amazing.

Janet2221 on May 24, 2008:

Great lens! I have lensrolled it to my Novelty Cookie Jars lens. :)

anonymous on March 06, 2008:

I love this recipe! But don't be fooled! The only change this cook made was to add a bit more flour. Otherwise it is verbatum Betty Crocker cookbook! There is no shame in that, as it's a great recipe!

Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on February 15, 2008:

I am a chocolate chip cookie NUT. I do the extra flour thing. (I've even increased the baking soda in a pinch) Anything for a "fluffier" cookie! Great lens!

newmania on November 21, 2007:

These are by far the best cookies I have ever had. EVERYONE I know that has tried them has agreed. I have made them severals times and they are always delicious. The only problem I have is that there is a lot of mixing involved, but it is well worth it.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 18, 2007:

Yes, I am drooling. I had never read that extra-flour tip. I'll have to try that. Thanks!

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