There are so many cookie recipes out there but this Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe is one you’ll go back to again and again. It’s my “go-to” anytime I dream of Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are soft and chewy with light crusty edges. Crunchy and chewy with delectable chocolate in every bite, YUM!
After experimenting with many Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes I picked up many tips and tricks. Finding your favorite cookie recipe/s is a gift because you’ll always use them and others will want them!
So much chocolate so little time! Different chocolate intensities, sweet, semisweet, bittersweet, unsweetened, cocoa content, milk, dark, white chocolate, so many different chip sizes, blocks, and shavings.
You don’t need to settle on one chocolate chip, size, intensity, or brand for your cookies. Try a few combinations. The best chocolate chip cookies coming out of my kitchen have a few chocolate types, chip, and chocolate chunk sizes. Make sure to buy quality chocolate and you can’t go wrong.
After your cookie dough is made and the chocolate chips and chocolate chunks are added use a wooden spoon to combine. It’s time-efficient to premake the cookie balls, stack them on a plate and chill so they’re ready for baking.
To chill or not to chill cookie dough? That is the question. The answer is always: Chilling is better than not chilling and here’s why…Chilling cookie dough before baking prevents the dough from spreading out too much in the oven.
Chilling cools the fat in the cookie to keep its shape (especially if you have high fat) giving you beautiful full cookies that are soft and chewy versus flat and sad with no love in the center. No one wants that so please do not skip this step. Meh! – what a pain, right? I know but you’ll have better cookies for it so Chill baby Chill!
How long should you chill your cookie dough? A good 30 minutes to an hour is ok if you’re short on time but if you want all those flavors to develop several hours or even overnight will serve you well.
Cookie Baking Essentials
It’s important to invest in quality cookie baking essentials. Cookie sheets, Cooling racks, & a Cookie Scoop set are 3 main tools needed for making these Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies or any cookie for that matter.
Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe
Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Hand held or stand mixer
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Chopping knife for chocolate bars
- Wooden Spoon
- Cookie Scoop
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Drying rack
- 1 Cup Chilled & Cubed Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks)
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar Packed
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 3/4 Cup Flour
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 1/2-3 Cups Regular sized & Miniature Chocolate Chips, Chocolate bar chunks & shavings. Approx. 2 cups chocolate chips sizes, Approx. 1-2 dark chocolate bars chopped into chunks and shavings equaling 2.5-3 cups of chocolate.
- Measure all chocolate/chips, cut your chocolate bars (with proper knife) into chunks with shavings (now) so it's ready. You decide how much chocolate you like in your cookies.
- Preheat oven 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With mixer cream butter (first) then add both sugars to the butter until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time then add vanilla. You don't need to overmix-just fullu combine.
- In a separate smaller bowl combine all your dry ingredients – Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, & Baking Powder
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
- Gently fold in all your chocolate with your wooden spoon.
- With your cookie scoop make cookie balls and place or stack them on a plate or in a container.
- Now is the time to chill your cookie balls (covered) in the frig. If you're pressed for time chill a minimum of 30-45 min.
- Ready for baking – Place your cookies in a row (properly spaced apart depending on size) on your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- In a preheated oven – Bake 10-12 minutes until light to golden brown on the top and around the edges. Careful not to overcook as the cookies will still cook on the pan after being taken out of the oven.
- Let cookies sit on the pan for 30 sec. They will go down a bit. With your spatula transfer cookies to your drying rack to cool.
- Cool and enjoy and/or freeze extra to have for another time. See notes below.
For more creative recipes check out Easy Strawberry Cake Filling Recipe along with Need A Great Buttercream Filling Recipe? for buttercream filling and much more.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Happy Baking!