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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.

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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.

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

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

Author: Crissy Page
Servings: 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
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and the salt: Set aside.
  • In a large 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.
  • Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 rounded tablespoons) drop about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.1g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 9.8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 33.7mg | Sodium: 224mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 12.4g
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: big chocolate chip cookie, chocolate chip cookies

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  1. Can the cookies be frozen, after baking, for later use? Thank you.

  2. Hannah MaCollin says:

    This cookie recipe is more then good it’s amazing and I would eat it everyday! 

  3. Joanne Lentner says:

    Our family’s absolute favorite.
    We use this recipe every time we want chocolate chip cookies

  4. Leanna Snyder says:

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe and people request this every time!!

  5. Hi I haven’t made these yet but do you sift the flour? If so do you sift before or after you measure it? 

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