Introduction: How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

I love cookie dough. Love it — I mean, I like a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven as much as the next guy, but more often than not I will make these cookies just for the dough.

I have tried a ton of different recipes, always looking for the very best version, and so far, I have not found a better recipe than the one I am going to share with you.

Click through to see the recipe and a step by step guide with pictures.


Step 1: The Recipe

Preheat oven to 375℉

Wet ingredients:

Add to mixing bowl

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup real butter (softened, but not melted)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 eggs - add one at a time and mix

Dry ingredients:

Mix in separate bowl

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • .5 tsp baking powder
  • Chocolate chips (I like to use regular chips and mini chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉
  2. Add wet ingredients to mixing bowl and mix in order
  3. Add dry ingredients in separate bowl and mix well
  4. Slowly add dry mix into wet mix and mix until incorporated
  5. Hand stir in chocolate chips
  6. I like to use a medium cookie scoop to keep the cookies the same size
  7. Add these to a cookie sheet - I usually sprinkle a very small amount of course salt on top before I place them in the oven, and push a couple of chocolate chips into the top of the dough
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes
  9. Enjoy

*If you are going to bake the cookies, and have enough self-control, then it is good to cover these and put the dough in the fridge for an hour or so before baking

As I mentioned, I am all about the cookie dough, so I typically only bake a dozen of these and then use my cookie scooper to scoop out the rest of the dough and put them in a gallon ziplock bag and throw them in the freezer. That way I can pull out a little treat whenever I want - you also can do this and bake the cookies whenever you get a craving.

Step 2: Gather Your Ingredients

Get your ingredients together.

I forgot to put the chocolate chips in the picture, but believe me, they are in the cookies.

Step 3: Mixing the Wet Ingredients

Add the shortening, butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and water. Mix in stand mixer.

Add your eggs one at a time, mixing in between.

Step 4: Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Add your flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Step 5: Mixing the Wet & Dry Ingredients

Slowly add the dry mix into the wet mix and blend until combined.

Step 6: Adding Your Chips

I don't believe in measuring out chocolate chips, pour them in and mix in by hand. If you feel like you don't have enough, then add more.

Step 7: Scooping Out Your Dough

I like to use my cookie scoop to get all the cookies the same size. I typically only bake about a dozen cookies at a time and save the rest for later. This recipe makes about 3.5 dozen cookies.

Step 8: Bake & Enjoy

Bake these cookies for 9-11 minutes.


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