Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Introduction: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

About: Hello and Welcome to In the Kitchen With Matt. I am your host Matt Taylor. My goal for the show is to teach you how to cook really good food at home for cheap. Eating out everyday can get expensive, but it doe…

In this Instructable, I show you how to make the best chocolate chip cookies from scratch. This classic homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe is my all-time favorite cookie to make and eat. They are super easy to make, soft and chewy, if I can do it, you can do it. Let's get baking!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools/Equipment


  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (300g)
  • 1 cup of unsalted softened butter (225 g)
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar (200 g)
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar (100 g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract (10ml)
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt (2 g)
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda (5 g)
  • 1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark, white, or milk chocolate (about 2 cups or 350g)

Helpful tools:

  • Silicone Baking Mat or parchment paper
  • Whisk or Sifter
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Spoons or ice cream scoop
  • Spatula
  • Mixing bowls

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies depending on the size.

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Step 2: Cream Butter and Sugars

Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C.

Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl as well as the brown sugar and the white sugar. Then mix until well combined with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Or if you don't have a mixer you can just use a wooden spoon.

TIP:If you forget to set your butter out at room temperature to soften, you can soften it in your oven or microwave.

Step 3: Eggsellent Ingredients

Now add the vanilla extract and the eggs and mix those in until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed to make sure all the ingredients get mixed in properly.

NOTE: While you can leave the vanilla extract out, I don't recommend it. The vanilla adds so much flavor as well as enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.

Step 4: Finish That Cookie Dough

In a separate medium bowl whisk or sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

Then add it about a third at a time mixing it into the main bowl. Before adding the last bit of flour, add your chocolate chips, the star of the dish.

The cookie dough will be nice and thick.

Step 5: Bake Those Cookies

Using two tablespoons scoop out a bit of dough and roughly shape it into a ball and place it on a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

NOTE: I definitely recommend picking up a silicone baking mat if you bake a lot of cookies. It makes the cookies bake that much better.

You should be able to get about 12 of them on one standard cookie sheet or baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 16 minutes until slightly golden brown on the edges. If you want them more crunchy/crispy bake them until they are browner. If you want them more soft and gooey, bake them less time. In my oven 14 to 15 minutes for 12 large cookies does the trick.

Step 6: Cool and Serve

Once they come out of the oven allow the cookies to cool for just a few minutes on the cookie sheet. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notice the nice color on the bottom of the cookies.

**Print this chocolate chip cookie recipe here if you like.

Step 7: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial.

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    5 weeks ago

    These look yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love a fat, soft chocolate chip cookie. Normally I add oatmeal to mine to get the soft texture, but I look forward to trying your version :) Again, thank you :)

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    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Hi!! That is awesome! It is the same one with updated pictures and updated video. The previous one was several years old. :)


    5 weeks ago on Step 7

    I haven't made these cookies, but this recipe is similar to the Joy of Cooking "chocolate chip drop cookie" recipe, which I consider the best. So I have no doubt that this recipe makes an excellent chocolate chip cookie, but I think it could only be improved by adding about a cup of chopped nuts, preferably pecans.

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    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks! Yeah you can always add chopped nuts if desired.


    5 weeks ago

    Add a teaspoon (5 ml) of almond extract to make them taste even better.
    Another variation is to use butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. It's hard to say which my family likes better.

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    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Almond extract is pretty awesome! Not a fan of butterscotch as much as chocolate.