Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our all-time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! These soft, chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any occasion and truly knock the socks off of anyone who tries them.

This is the recipe we get asked for more than any other! This classic chocolate chip cookie is soft, chewy and made with pantry staples. Be sure to check out some of our other classic cookie recipes, like snickerdoodles and sugar cookies.

Chocolate chip cookies on plate

all-time family favorite

Let’s begin by making a true statement: I have yet to meet someone who does love COOKIES! And more specifically, I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t fallen in love with today’s recipe for our CLASSIC chocolate chip cookies.

We got this recipe decades ago from a family friend, and it’s been loved and adored ever since. Any time I make these cookies, I am asked for the recipe right away.

It’s simple – it’s quick – and the result is out of this world!

I use this recipe as the base to almost every cookie recipe I make. It’s just good and soft! I know it works, and I have a feeling you’ll love this recipe because I’ve had hundreds (if not thousands) tell me the same thing. 😉

Chocolate chip cookie dough process pic

How to make

Like all the recipes on this site, these cookies are simple. They take about 10 minutes to make!

Ingredients include: white sugar, brown sugar, butter, oil, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla, flour and the most important ingredient of all – chocolate chips! Just gather your ingredients and these cookies will made in no time.

Preheat oven to 350. Begin, by creaming butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

Add the remaining ingredients – baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla, flour and chocolate chips. Mix until combined and then scoop onto a greased cookie sheet.

NOTE: The key to making the cookies look pretty is to add a few chocolate chips on top of the scooped or rolled cookie dough. 😉

Bake for 7-9 minutes and voila – the best chocolate chip cookies!!

Cookie dough in Kitchen-Aid

We all know everyone likes their cookies a certain way – whether it’s soft, crunchy, large, small, chewy, crunchy, etc. Here are some tips to change up some things to get them just how you like them.

  • FLAVOR – change it up by adding different chocolate chips. We love the white chocolate chip + butterscotch chip combo!!
  • CHEWINESS – Instead of 1 cup sugar + 1 cup brown sugar, try using ½ cup sugar + 1 ½ cups brown sugar. Makes them a bit more chewy!
  • CRISPY-NESS – If you prefer a crispier cookie you’ll need to reduce the moisture content. Try using one of these tips:
    • Bake the cookies for longer at a lower temperature. The cookies will have time to spread out more before they firm up. A thinner cookie will be drier and crispier.
    • Replace the shortening or oil with butter. Butter melts faster causing the cookies to spread more quickly before they firm up. It also contains water which will steam as it bakes causing a drier cookie.
    • Replace the brown sugar with white sugar or corn syrup. Without the moisture contained in brown sugar they will become more dry and crispy.
  • SIZE – Use a mini cookie scoop and bake for less or a larger cookie scoop and bake for longer to change up the size of these delicious cookies.
Cookie dough rolled in balls and topped with chocolate chips

What makes cookies soft + chewy?

High moisture content makes a soft chewy cookie. If you’re looking for ways to make your favorite recipe a little softer try some of these ideas to retain that moisture:

  1. Bake the cookies for a shorter period of time at a higher temperature.
  2. Replace with a 1-1 ratio the butter with shortening or vegetable oil. This will increase the fat content and cause a softer chewier cookie.
  3. Add 1 Tablespoon of molasses (which is 10% water) or honey to the recipe. Do not add more than 1 TBSP as you do not want to compromise the dough mixture.
  4. Replace with a 1-1 ratio the white sugar with brown sugar. Brown sugar contains molasses.
Chocolate chip cookies on cookie sheet

More Tips + Tricks

If you’ve whipped up a batch of dough but aren’t quite ready to make them all you can STORE the dough in an airtight container in REFRIGERATE for 3-4 days.

Chocolate chip cookies are also FREEZER FRIENDLY. Even if your recipe makes more than you eat at a time still make the entire batch. Roll the extra dough into balls and freeze them in an airtight container. When you want to use them simply pull out the desired amount, let thaw, and bake according to the recipe directions.

If you want your cookies to stay soft longer, try adding a piece of bread in your container or Ziploc bag. It helps absorb the air and will help keep the cookies nice and moist.

So Easy to Change Up!

Can you tell how much we love this recipe?! It’s the best! We love to change it up, so be sure to check out these other variations of cookies using this recipe as the base. 😉

  • M&M COOKIES – add crushed M&Ms in the dough and whole M&Ms on top! Kids go nuts over these.
  • ROLO COOKIES – add chopped Rolos & Toffee Bits to this dough to add crunch and caramel to these cookies.
  • REESE’S PIECES COOKIES – crushed Reese’s Pieces through out with chocolate chips and more Reese’s Pieces on top.
  • COOKIES N CREAM COOKIES – filled with white chocolate chips + Herhsey’s Cookies N Cream pieces through out!
  • MINT M&M and OREO COOKIES – crushed OREOS and mint M&Ms fill this delicious cookie.
Homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe picture

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

4.99 from 176 votes
Our all-time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! These soft, chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any occasion and truly knock the socks off of anyone who tries them.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 185 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter unsalted
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour all-purpose
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Cream butter, oil and sugars in stand mixer (or with hand mixer in a bowl). Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Add baking soda, salt, baking powder, vanilla and flour and mix until incorporated.
  • Fold in chocolate chips, and scoop onto lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I already have a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have made for years. Everyone always raves about them and they say that they are the best chocolate chip cookies. Why on earth would I try this recipe???? … or so I thought!! Just do it. These are on a whole different level. They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I ripped my other recipe into tiny pieces and threw it in the trash.

    1. I am so glad you liked the recipe so much! That makes me so happy to hear. Thanks so much for your kind words and for trying it out! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Truly the BEST!!! I pride myself in being a “cookie maker” and trying new flavors and combinations. My daughter started making these and the REST was history! THIS IS A GO TO base for all cookies!

    1. Awe, that makes me so happy to hear! I love a good go-to base for cookies as well. I’m so glad you liked this one!

  3. 5 stars
    I have followed you for years and just love everything you post. I decided to make your Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, let me tell you, they were the bomb. Surprised how many cookies I was able to get out of just one batch. Once again thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. Oh you are so welcome! I am pretty partial to this recipe too ;), so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed them so much!

  4. 5 stars
    I have tried for years to make the Toll House Chocolate cookies and every attempt has a bust. Your recipe is FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you for the recipe. Now if only I could keep my fingers out of the cookie jar, lol. Thank you

    1. Oh you’re welcome! I’m so glad you love the recipe. I know, it’s almost impossible to eat just one. 😉

  5. When you scoop up the cookies in step 3 of your instructions do you use a tablespoon of the dough? Can’t wait to try this recipe out🍪😋

    1. It depends on how big we want the cookies. 😉 1 tablespoon will yield a smaller cookie, but that’s a great size still …. I typically use a cookie scoop, either the small or the medium depending on what size I am wanting to make them. Just watch the cookies and adjust the bake time slightly depending on how big you make them. Hope you enjoy the cookies!!

  6. 5 stars
    I first made these a few years ago and they are still my favorite, my youngest son has always been so picky, yes, even about chocolate chip cookies, he loves this recipe. I have 3 grandbabies now, A grandson and granddaughter who are both two and a granddaughter that is a year old and I can’t wait to make these using Halloween m&ms! Thank you for this wonderful recipe 😊

    1. Oh this makes my heart so happy to hear! Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, we love switching out or adding in M&M’s into these cookies. Halloween ones will be SO fun!

  7. 5 stars
    I have been making these cookies on a weekly basis for several years and know the recipe by heart! I portion the batch into balls of dough then freeze them. Every night the toaster oven gets turned on and 3 cookies are baked so everyone gets a freshly baked cookie in their lunch the next day. These cookies come out chewy, a bit crispy on the edges with a nice bit of height to them. It feels so good to have ended the hunt for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thank you so much for this!

    1. Ok, that is amazing!! I think I need to start doing that too so I can have a fresh, warm cookie every night! 🙂 I’m so happy that you love the cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe,i just successfully baked today. Just wondering if I can reduce the white sugar?😁 Thinking if it’s safe to make the white sugar 1/2cup and 1cup for brown sugar? The recipe is perfect for me but I find it too sweet, hoping I can possible reduce the sugar and keeping it still yummy.. hoping you’ll notice my comment 🙏 thank you 💕

    1. Hi Ann! Congrats on successfully baking! Way to go! I haven’t tried this recipe with reducing the amount of sugar. You can certainly give it a try and see how it turns out. I’d maybe start with just 1/4 cup less and see how that turns out. And go from there…. again, I haven’t actually tried reducing the sugar. You’ll have to let us know how they turn out if you do make them that way.

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