An easy recipe for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies made from scratch. The homemade cookie dough batter yields soft and chewy cookies loaded with chocolate chip morsels.

This recipe will result in the perfect batch of cookies every time!

Chocolate chip cookies laid out on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

There is nothing better than whipping up a batch of cookies like these classic Chocolate Chip Cookies. Our chewy coconut oatmeal cookies and the soft peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are just as amazing.

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES-

Chocolate chip cookies are such a classic cookie loved by kids and adults. With this easy recipe, you can get the perfect batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies! The cookie dough is just perfect and gives you soft, chewy, and gooey cookies bursting with chocolate chips.

Chocolate chip cookie cut in half being held showing the inside.

WHAT YOU NEED-

This recipe calls for basic ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. It is very important to have the proper measurements to get the perfect batch of cookies. You’ll need:

  • BUTTER– You want to make sure your butter is room temperature unsalted butter. If the butter isn’t softened you will have a hard time creaming the butter.
  • SUGAR–  The key to the best cookies is a mix of granulated sugar and brown sugar. The brown sugar will give you that softer and chewier cookie.
  • SALT– Salt is what balances out all the sweetness!
  • VANILLA– Vanilla is a must in homemade chocolate chip cookies.
  • EGGS– We need large eggs for this recipe.
  • FLOUR– You want to use an all-purpose flour that is measured then sifted. When measuring the flour, you want to spoon the flour into the measuring cup to get the most accurate amount of flour.
  • BAKING SODA– Helps leaven the batter.
  • CHOCOLATE– Chocolate is the most important ingredient to get the perfect batch of cookies!
Homemade cookie dough with chocolate chip morsels in a bowl with a mixing paddle.

WHAT KIND OF CHOCOLATE CAN I USE?

There are several different types of chocolate that you can use for these cookies.

  • Chocolate chunks– You can also use chopped chocolate if you don’t have any morsels on hand. If using chunks, you’ll get more chocolate in each bite.
  • Semi-sweet– This is the classic chocolate chips used in cookies. When looking for semi-sweet chocolate you want to look for a cocoa percentage between 40-70%, these chips tend to be on the sweeter side compared to bittersweet chips.
  • Milk chocolate– When using milk chocolate chips will result in a sweeter cookies as the morsels are a lot sweeter. These chips have a cocoa percentage of about 10%.
  • Bittersweet morsels– These chips have a very strong chocolate taste and are less sweeter than the other chips.
  • Mini morsels– Using mini chocolate chip morsels is also a great option!
  • M&M’s– These cookies are also great when adding some m&m’s along with the chocolate chips batter.
  • Peanut butter– For a kick of flavor, I love adding some peanut butter chips along with the classic chocolate chips morsels.
Step by step collage of how to make homemade chocolate chip cookies.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES-

  1. Dry ingredients– Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Wet ingredients– Cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add in one egg at a time and beat after each egg.
  3. Combine batter– Add the dry ingredients into the creamy mixture and beat on low until well combined.
  4. Chocolate– Add in the chocolate chip morsels and fold into the batter with a spatula.
  5. Divide batter– With a cookie scoop or spoon, divide the batter into 24 uniform cookies.
  6. Shape cookies- Roll and shape the divided dough into a round ball. Add to the baking sheet about an inch apart from each other.
  7. Bake cookies– Bake the cookies until slightly golden and remove from the oven.
  8. Cool cookies– Transfer to a cooling rack and let it slightly cool.
The key to achieving the perfect batch of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies that don’t turn hard after baking is the bake time. You do not want to overbake the cookies.
Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies laid out in rows stacked on top of each other.

How do I know that my cookies are done and ready?

The bake time for our chocolate chip cookies is 9-11 minutes and you do NOT want to bake for any longer. The secret is slightly under-bake the cookies because when you remove them they still continue to bake on the inside.

DO NOT be alarmed when the cookies look uncooked when removing them from the oven, as soon as the cookies turn golden that is your time to remove them.

We like our really soft and chewy so we remove ours at 9 minutes.

Chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.

HOW TO FREEZE HOMEMADE COOKIES-

This homemade cookie recipe freezes wonderfully whether baked or raw!

  • FREEZING THE COOKIE DOUGH– This cookie dough is PERFECT to freeze for a later time! Just make the batter, shape and then add onto the tray and freeze. Once the cookie balls are frozen transfer into a freezer bag. The batter can be in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  • HOW TO BAKE FROZEN COOKIE DOUGH– When ready to enjoy, remove the amount of cookies you want and allow the cookie dough to unthaw in the fridge for several hours or over night. Continue with the baking instructions and enjoy.
  • FREEZING BAKED COOKIES– You can also freeze the cookies after you bake them! Allow the baked cookies to completely cool and then add to a freezer bag or container and freeze. They can stay frozen for up to 2 months.
  • HOW TO WARM FROZEN COOKIES– When ready to enjoy, thaw the cookies at room temp and then reheat in the oven, microwave, or toaster until warm and enjoy.
Chocolate chip cookies laid out on a baking sheet.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Do I have to chill the cookie dough?

YES! This is an important step to achieving perfect cookies. When chilling the dough it allows the ingredients to settle so that the cookies don’t spread when it is baking.

How to store chocolate chip cookies?

Store the chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. If you want to keep the softness of the cookie adds a slice of white bread into the container, the beard will keep the cookies from drying out.

Can I eat this cookie dough?

No, you do not want to eat this cookie dough raw.

Why are my cookies hard after baking?

You overbaked the cookies! All ovens are different and the bake time will slightly vary. So, bake just until golden and remove.

Why are my cookies flat?

If your cookies come out flat you may have under-measured the flour. If the cookies are too thick then you added too much flour.

Can I prepare cookie dough batter ahead of time?

Yes, this cookie batter is better when the cookie dough rests for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days. If you are chilling for longer than 2 hours you want to allow the dough to sit at room temp for about 10 minutes before shaping.

Chocolate chips stacked on top of each other on a baking sheet.

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Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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5 from 8 votes
An easy recipe for the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies made from scratch. The homemade cookie dough batter yields soft and chewy cookies loaded with chocolate chip morsels.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Add one egg and mix, lightly beating after each egg.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the flour to the butter mixture. On low speed, beat until well incorporated.
  • Fold in chocolate chip morsels.
  • Shape 24 medium cookies (or 16 large balls).
  • Place cookies onto baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes (11 minutes for the large cookies).
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 287IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)