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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for the best chocolate chip cookies EVER? you’re in the right place. These cookies are BIG, soft, chewy, and totally divine.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. If I were ever stranded on a deserted island, I could be happy with a steady supply of homemade chocolate chip cookies.

I swiped this recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies from my mom, and now I want to share it with all of you. You don’t want to keep going through life not knowing what’s in the best chocolate chip cookies EVER, do you?

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Well, these wonderful homemade cookies are loaded with some incredible ingredients.

Butter, sugar, vanilla and semisweet chocolate chips are among the usual suspects.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

But this isn’t your average chocolate chip cookies recipe! Y’all, this recipe produces some pretty perfect cookies.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the flour, baking soda, and the salt
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract, and the vinegar until smooth.
  • Beat in the egg just until combined.
  • Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture just until combined. Stir in the chips.
  • Drop cookies 2 inches apart onto your prepared cookie sheet (here’s my favorite one).
  • Bake and enjoy!

TIP: In the recipe, I make a note about “barely melted” butter. You want to melt it, but not over melt it, and be sure to let it COOL a bit before putting in with the other ingredients.

Here’s a picture of what your butter should look like!

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - Melted Butter in a Bowl

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

The debate on soft vs. crispy chocolate chip cookies is a no-brainer in my book.

I do favor soft and chewy, but these cookies give you the best of both worlds.

The middle of the cookie is nice and soft, and the outer edge has a little crispiness.

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

And that sea salt on top? Just, wow.

How to Store Chocolate Chip Cookies

A wonderful tip that I picked up a few years ago was to store cookies in an airtight container with one slice of white bread.

The cookies utilize the moisture in the bread and it helps prevent them from drying out. Give it a try, you’ll love the results.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

People always ask me if they can freeze my cookie recipes. In this case, yes, you can definitely freeze this chocolate chip cookie dough. Here’s how to do it.

  • Make the cookie dough as instructed below.
  • Scoop (I’m obsessed with this OXO cookie scoop) and place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Just make sure the sheet will fit in your freezer.
  • Freeze the balls until solid. Usually, 1-2 hours will suffice.
  • Remove the cookie balls to a large ziptop bag and carefully labeled with the date and baking instructions.
  • Freeze up to 6 weeks.

Big, Soft, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

How to Bake Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

To bake your amazing cookies, you can allow the dough to defrost overnight in the refrigerator or a couple hours at room temperature, then just bake as usual.

If you want to bake them from frozen, just let them sit out on a parchment-lined baking sheet while your oven preheats, and then bake as usual adding 1-3 minutes to the baking time.

You’ll just need to keep an eye on your oven to make sure you don’t let them go too long over the original bake time.

Don’t forget, as my instructions note below you don’t want to overbake these cookies. They will look a little underdone in the center but they will continue to cook once you take them out of the oven as you allow them to cool on the baking sheet an additional 10 minutes.

I think you’ll agree that these truly are the BEST chocolate chip cookies!

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies

These big soft chocolate chip cookies are truly perfect!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, barely melted but not too hot (see photo above)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used half chips and half chunks, but either is fine)
  • Coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and the salt: Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract and the vinegar until smooth. Beat in the egg just until combined.
  4. Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture just until combined. Stir in the chips.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 rounded tablespoons) drop about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they will look light brown around the edges and will look underdone in the center. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt. Allow to sit on the sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool.


You can use a medium cookie scoop for regular size cookies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 9.8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 33.7mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 22.1gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 12.4gProtein: 1.8g

    93 Comments on “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Oh my goodness what a recipe! These cookies are divine. Have made them multiple times and the same every time. Had to bake for a few extra minutes but perfect! The sea salt makes them extra special. Yum!!

  2. I just made these cookies. You are right, they are the best chocolate chip cookies. However I noted one thing. I set my stove to 350 degrees but at ten minutes they were not even remotely done yet. So I baked them for another 10 minutes. They came out perfect. The second batch I baked for 18 minutes. They are the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever made. Oh, I left out the apple cider vinegar also.

    • Mine also needed about 15 minutes to be gooey in the center but done on the outside! I did include the vinegar & it helped them raise nicely. Definitely will make again!

  3. I made these today and they turned out just like they should. I’m in Colorado so I always have to use an extra 1/2 cup of flour in recipes for the altitude. I’m picky about my chocolate chip cookies and already knew the tip about not melting the butter completely. I have to admit though that I can’t tell a difference between these and the Nestle tollhouse recipe except for the salt that goes on at the end. Great recipe though!

  4. I just made these cookies and they were perfect! I will be using this recipe every time!!
    My son has just had his second one! Don’t think they are going to last long!

  5. Been tryin for years to make the perfect cc cookie, tonight I have reached that goal!  I swore after trying this recipe if it didn’t turn out I would never make another homemade cc cookie!

  6. Love this recipe! I am super picky about chocolate chip cookies, I was hesitant in trying another recipe . It did not disappoint at all! I used mini chips instead of regular chips & chunks. They are perfect! They honestly remind me of the cookies at Panera Bread. So good! 

  7. Holy Toledo!!!! The Best cookies hands down 👏I just ate my first cookie out of the over still warm, yummy omg! I would hold back on some of the sugar next time just my preference but man sooo good! Can’t taste or smell the vinegar at all and believe me I was looking for it. Keeper!

  8. I’ve baked these multiple times and they never fail. They stay soft and chewy for days and do not disappoint. Can i remove the chocolate chips and and cinnamon and sugar to make this a snicker doodle cookie?

  9. I am sorry to say that I tried this recipe today and it did not turn out as expected. I have been an avid baker for years and one of the problems with chocolate chip cookies is that they spread out too much. That is exactly what this recipe did. The taste and flavor of the cookie is absolutely delicious. But for me, the cookie turned out broad, thin and crispy. I am willing to try it again and will let you know what happens. They are extremely good.

    • Made these today and I was disappointed. Followed directions exactly and they spread out a lot and are super this and just look greasy. So bummed! They look nothing like the picture.

    • Do you use a silicone baking liner? I’d been having the same problem, even with recipes I’d used before, then I read that they will make cookies spread like that.

  10. My search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie is over!!! Picture perfect and delicious!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!! LOVE THESE COOKIES

  11. Just made these cookies for our families Super Bowl party today and I know these will not disappoint! I followed the instructions Including cook time and rest time and they came out just as described! Gooey and delicious on the inside with the perfect crisp on the outside. The only suggestion I have to myself would be to make smaller balls next time. Mine were probably 2-3 tablespoons of dough so some of my cookies butted together. I can’t wait to add this to my go-to list of recipes! I love it, thank you!

  12. I’ve been baking cookies for decades and have used various chocolate chip recipes.  I made a batch of these today and was a bit skeptical, but am happy to report, they came out great.  On my last pan of cookies, I added in pecan pieces..delicious.  I will be making these again.

  13. What does the vinegar do? I loathe, detest, and despise the taste of vinegar. Does it show up at all?

    • Not sure what the vinegar does, but the cookies are delicious!!! Best recipe I have found yet!!!

    • When you use baking SODA vinegar causes a chemical reaction with the soda to make the cookies rise. Baking POWDER doesn’t need the extra help because it is made from two ingredients that react to each other in a similar way to the vinegar and soda.

  14. I am domestically challenged and baking impaired, and these cookies still came out delicious!  Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh!  These are the best cookies ever. Bless you for posting this recipe.  Absolutely perfect. Thank you!  I’ve never loved a cookie as much as I love these. 

  16. YUP! This is the end of the line for the world’s MOST PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE EVER!!!!
    I even made this recipe with butterscotch chips too……..drooool!!!

  17. I made these for the first time tonight and they were soooo good! The recipe was easy to understand. I will definitely be making them again. I noticed people’s comments regarding their cookies coming out flat. My batch did not do that whatsoever but came out just as described – soft and chewy in the center and crispy on the outside. The one question I do have is when the receipt calls for the 1/2 teaspoon “salt” in at the beginning (not the coarse sea salt at the end) what type of salt are you talking about? Is this also sea salt? I am just curious. Thank you!

  18. I saw your recipe call for 2 cups of flour. I only had enough for 1 cup of flour and didn’t know if I could substitute the other cup for baking cocoa. Has anyone tried this before? Any tips? Thanks! 

  19. These are delicious cookies! No doubt about it! I was hired on a Friday so I used half almond extract and half vanilla extract to give it a bit of a different ooomph. Mine were not as flat as some mentioned, but the inside was also not cooked. I ended up putting them back after an initial 12 minute cook for another 5 minutes. I suspect it’s because I used my silpat instead of a metal pan. Either way, once cooked they are fantastic cookies! Saving the recipe!!

  20. Great delicious cookies I have tried many choc chip cookie recipes but this one is perfectly The Best, Thanks

  21. This recipe is so delicious. Made these last night and my bf loved them. How long can the dough be in the fridge? I do not want to freeze. 

  22. These are excellent cookies. I will be writing this out in my favourites book.
    Thank you

  23. Ok, sorry, just saw the vinegar reacts with the baking soda to create CO2 and produce more loft. That explains why mine did not look like yours. Still going to try them again though!  ;) 

  24. I’ve baked my share of chocolate chip cookies over the years, and mine didn’t turn out like yours pictured. The batter was really loose and I considered putting it in the fridge, but that defeats the purpose of the nearly-melted butter. Can’t imagine what I did wrong by following the recipe as written. Will try again another day though. Still curious why the addition of the AC vinegar. My apologies if you’ve already addressed that in the other comments.  

  25. Can’t wait to try! Did you use salted or unsalted butter? Thanks!!

  26. Best chocolate chip cookies I have ever  made.  Great job with recipe!  Thanks!! 

  27. Been making cookies my whole life. My family literally ate the entire batch in one day. These were the best cookies I’ve ever made. Hands down my new favorite. Thank you!! 
    Didn’t change a thing about the recipe. 

  28. Dear Crissy
    Sounds like a great recipe!  I know it will be great. I’m teaching my blind husband, Tom, to cook and because he’s such a cookie monster I know he’ll make these over and over again. Jesus gives great ideas and He helps us to find the very best ways to do things. All praise to Him. 

  29. So these have great flavor, but spread a bit too much for my taste. Mine came out very flat. So I made some subs. Instead of 1 tsp of baking soda I did 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder. I also subbed in an additional 1/3 cup of brown sugar for the white sugar. So, only 1/3 cup of white sugar, instead of 2/3 cup. That solved my flat cookie problem completely. Thanks for sharing this recipe it’s my new go to for choc chip! Happy New Year 😀

  30. Best cookie recipe I have found!! I have been looking for one for years! I like alot of my sweets cold. I put these in the fridge after baking and fell in love!! I had to use regular white vinegar as I was out of apple cider. But still PERFECT!! cant thankyou enough!!!! Wonderful recipe

  31. Hi, Is this recipe supposed to spread for pretty flat cookies? We made them and they were indeed delicious, with gooey centers and crisper edges, but they were super thin, liek the dough sunk below chip level, so they stick out. I prefer a bit more depth I think. Wanted to ask if it was something I could fix on my end, or if that’s what this recipe is expected to do. I wondered if I somehow used too much butter maybe?
    Thank you for the recipe and help. They really did taste great and we are enjoying them none the less.

  32. Made these yesterday – so good!  I am not a good “kitchen” person – but the instructions were great and easy!  Hubby keeps raving about them! So chocolatey and yummy! Thank you!

  33. I was a bit nervous after making batter. It seemed awfully buttery. Let it sit 15 minutes and it firmed up for scooping.
    Very good cookie.
    Has anyone else mentioned this?

  34. I thought my review went through but I didn’t see it so here I go again.
    These cookies are FANTASTIC!!! You cannot compare these to Mrs. Fields cookies at all!! Thank you for this fabulous recipe!!!

    • Better far the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever made or eaten. I added 1/3 cup more flour to the second batch to keep them from spreading and it was still fabulous!
      Will never use another recipe. I’m going to try adding chopped pretzels once😉. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  35. the only difference between this choc chip recipe and Toll House one that I recall is the
    tsp. of apple cider vinegar. Ive used the
    Toll House recipe my entire life…so what

    does the vinegar do?

  36. Hi Crissy, these look amazing. I can’t wait to try them. I wanted to ask about the Apple cider vinegar. Should I use Bragg organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, with the mother, or just regular light brown apple cider vinegar, like Heinz? We have Bragg’s on hand but I want to use what you think is best. Thank you! Also what brand of salt do you sprinkle on top? I never see fancy sea salt at my grocery store. Thanks! :-)

  37. The batter tasted so good but mine ended up being one giant goopy mess! I don’t know what could have gone wrong. 

  38. Wow…I’m not that good making cookies but this recipe made it posible. Love how easy it was, thank you!!!!

  39. These were amazing!  I made them gluten free and turned out so soft and delicious. I couldn’t tell they were GF.  I will be throwing out all other chocolate chip cookie recipes, even the one I grew up on. 

  40. Hands down delicious flavors crunchy and soft all in one ❤💚🍪

  41. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect! I was hesitant about the apple cider vinegar but it was fine. I got lots of compliments on how good they are. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  42. Do you think I can use the recipe as is, but double it and get similar results, or would I have to do two separate batches?

  43. I’ve read many recipes that discuss chilling the dough at least 30 minutes or even overnight before baking. It’s supposed to help distribute and meld flavors and result in a chewy crispy cookie. Have you sone this? Thoughts?

  44. Can I use white  vinegar in this recipe.

  45. Made these with my  daughter this weekend. Her family loved them as did mine. They are almost all gone. We will be making more ASAP!

  46. I have been baking cookies since I was a kid. These are hands down the BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. My family went crazy over them and I am starting my second batch right now. I will definitely pass this recipe on to others. Sheila

  47. Is this one stick of butter, that’s what I used the time I made them, which actually equals a half cup I guess I wasn’t paying any attention, but they came out perfect. Just wanted clarification I guess! Thanks

  48. Crissy – These cookies are amazing. I just made them. I’m a baker and of course, like many, I’ve been making Chocolate Chip Cookies for “centuries” it seems. I often default to the recipe on the bag but sometimes use others that claim to be “THE BEST EVER” and they’re not really. I don’t know why your recipe is so good when not too different than others except maybe the apple cider vinegar and sea salt in the end? The texture, taste, and balance are just perfect. Sitting for an extra 10 minutes works and they don’t get over baked. The only thing I did differently was add some chopped pecans and a teaspoon of corn starch which I add to all my cookie recipes. I love how you talk about melting butter but not really. I did that too. Anyway, thank you. I’m sold. These really are the “best chocolate chip cookies EVER … and totally divine.”

    • Hi Jeani, I like how you add 1 teaspoon cornstarch to each batch. Since each recipe makes a different amount of cookies, how do you know how much to add per recipe, and may I ask if you do that to make the cookies rise more? Thanks!

  49. Can I use regular white vinegar instead.

  50. Just came across this recipe on Pinterest. They look amazing and very interesting with the added apple cider vinegar. I can’t wait to try them! One question, what size cookie scoop do you use?

  51. Can milk chocolate chips be used instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips?

  52. Can it be plain vinegar or
    Should it be ACV ?

  53. Mmm ,thanks for the recipe very delicious I made them my kids loved them 

  54. I’m definitely trying this recipe out this weekend, you’ll comments are more appealing than a better Crocker commercial😂 I’ll be getting back on with my review of what seems like an amazing cookie recipe. Thank you ladies! 

  55.   I am always trying a new chocolate chip cookie recipe to try and find the forever one and I have found it. This recipe makes the perfect cookie and will be my go to always recipe!!! Thank you for this recipe, my search is over……..

  56. How come my cookie didn’t flat out after baking? It remains a ball shape…….

  57. Hello!   Have you ever tried Arby’s chocolate chip cookie dough recipe?  They add Caramell, they are out of this world I haven’t made yours yet.

  58. the cookies look delicious. Can’t make was diabetic not now.

  59. These cookies were, in fact, The Best. I can only guess that the vinegar, which I don’t believe I’ve ever used for c.c.c.’s before, produces the crunchy/wrinkly perimeter while the center stays soft. Or maybe it was the butter temperature. I beat the butter/sugar/etc. mixture with patience until it was really light and fluffy, and stayed w. it again after adding the egg. I sprinkled salt on some and not on others, and both were great. Delish and easy! Major vote of approval from my teenage daughter, who is sick of my slipping in chia seeds and other such ingredients into cookies!
    We will return to this recipe. Thank you!

  60. These cookies are wonderful!  I just made them for the first time to have something special in the cookie jar for when our children and grand kids come this weekend.  I did make one small change I used 1 cup of unbleached white flour and 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour.  They turned out great, I will defiantly be making these again.    thank you for sharing this recipe :)

  61. These are absolutely the best chocolate chip cookies yet. I made a batch for my church small group and they ladies loved them. Certainly a recipe I’ll make again and again. The texture was great , the taste was out of this world.

    • Karen, I am SO GLAD you loved my chocolate chip cookies. This is one of the best recipes on my blog, but, it hasn’t really caught fire on social media yet. I feel like people are really missing out! :) Be sure to pin this recipe on Pinterest and share with your Facebook friends so others can enjoy this great recipe. Thanks for commenting!

  62. This look absolutely amazing. I’ve always been a fan of the Mrs. Field’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but I will have to give these a chance. One of things I normally struggle with is having cookies turn out the same every time. How is this recipe for that?

    • Honestly, you are always going to have some days that produce a perfect cookie and some days when it’s just a great cookie. Our results have been consistently great, but, some days the cookie might be a touch flatter, etc. I really think that following the instructions regarding mixing (don’t overmix) will help you achieve a consistently amazing cookie!! :)

  63. Made these tonight with my 10 year old for school lunches. They are delicious! And my boys love how big they are! 
    We did cook them a bit longer. About 12 mins but we like a more ‘done’ cookie. 
    I’ll put these at the top of our cookie list! 

    • Kendra, so glad you love them!! Yes, cooking a touch longer would create a crispier, but still good cookie. We like ours very soft in the middle! :) Thanks for commenting!!!

  64. By far the best recipe I’ve found for chocolate chip cookies.  I don’t sprinkle the sea salt.  My kids love them, as well as their friends.     It’s chewy and crispy.    I like the added apple cider vinegar.  I think it adds to the overall  cookie to make it better.  

    • Lenor, thank you for commenting! I am so glad that you loved them! Yes, the salt is totally optional and my kids prefer without the salt as well. I’m so excited to see a few people finally trying these cookies. They really are the best! :)

    • I’ve read many recipes that discuss chilling the dough at least 30 minutes or even overnight before baking. It’s supposed to help distribute and meld flavors and result in a chewy crispy cookie. Have you sone this? Thoughts?

  65. Can you modify this recipe for gluten free needs? 

    • Hi Liz, I haven’t tried it with gluten-free flour. I might give it a whirl soon. I’ll reply on this comment again if I do. Thanks for commenting!

      • I made these GF with pamela’s artisan all-purpose flour. While they don’t have quite the same appearance they taste like a non-GF CCC and don’t crumble. Will definitely use this recipe again! Thanks! 

    • Thanks for the great recipe! I made these gluten free today and they turned out delicious. I used 2 cups of Bob Red mill 1 to 1 gf flour. The dough was too runny so I added 1/2 cup of almond flour and it turned out really great. I highly recommend. 

  66. These are hands down the best chocolate chip cookies!! Finally had the opportunity to make and this will be the recipe I use here on out for CCC!!!

    • Tina, I am so glad that you took a moment to comment on these cookies! I’ve been waiting for someone to come back and report in on how good they truly are. Glad you loved them! :)

  67. Question: What does the Apple Cider Vinegar do for the cookie? Always, trying a new CC cookie recipe – obsessed to finding the perfect one. Can’t wait to try!

  68. I don’t see the actual recipe with measurements 

  69. I am all about soft and chewy cookies, but like the crispy edges on your cookies.

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