Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Everyone has their favorite recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies, and this is mine. 

5 years ago, I set out on an epic journey to find the BEST chocolate chip cookies of all time. Chocolate chip cookies are my all-time favorite dessert, and I wanted to find a recipe that gave me a consistently perfect cookie. I wanted golden crispy edges (that wouldn’t lose their crisp after a day or two in the cookie jar) and soft, gooey centers. My other super picky criteria included: no dough chilling, no butter softening, salty tops, all butter, not cakey in any way, and a little on the thin side (but not TOO thin). This recipes checks all the boxes and has been my go-to CCC recipe for over a year now. If you’re still on the hunt for your perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, this could be the one for you!

Check out all of the chocolate chip recipes that I’ve tried by clicking right here.

Everyone has their favorite recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies, and this is mine. 

Main Ingredients Needed for Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • sugar
  • egg + egg yolk
  • flour
  • vanilla
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • chocolate chips

Everyone has their favorite recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies, and this is mine. 

Everyone has their favorite recipe for classic chocolate chip cookies, and this is mine. 

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • This recipe specifies measuring out the flour packed. I know the generally accepted method of correctly measuring flour is to “spoon and sweep,” many of my own cookie recipes call for using that method. However, this recipe requires that you pack the flour against the side of the container as you measure it out. It WILL make a difference if you don’t do this.
  • I really prefer using mini chocolate chips. I used the standard size semi-sweet chocolate morsels for this particular batch you see pictured. But my personal preference is to use the minis, because I think it’s a better chocolate to cookie ratio. Just saying.
  • I love sprinkling this flaked sea salt on top of the cookies before baking. SO GOOD.
Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The most classic chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time! This Nestle Tollhouse Recipe is famous, and for good reason. With crispy edges and chewy middles, you can't go wrong with these absolutely perfect chocolate chippers.


  •  1 cup butter, softened
  •  3/4 cup granulated sugar
  •  3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  2 large eggs
  •  2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  •  1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges (don't over-bake though, if the tops of the cookies are brown, you've probably baked them too long!).
  6. Cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment

Want to know which ones were my favorites?

You can see all of the recipes I tried and read my reviews of each by clicking here. Today’s recipe is my very favorite, but these are my top three runner up recipes!

Dahlia Bakery’s All-American Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Dahlia Bakery’s All-American Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies


KAF Chocolate Chip Cookies

KAF Chocolate Chip Cookies

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22 thoughts on “Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I do have a favorite of my own, but would love to try this one soon…like, right after breakfast 🙂 And most definitely with large milk chocolate chips – love the size of those things! It’s been fun, thanks for organizing the Re-do.

  2. Oh girl, this looks like a perfect cookie. LOVE Guittard chocolate. Mmmmm. Now I think I’d like to go bake cookies…

  3. Oooooh girl, this looks scrumptious! I am always on the hunt for chocolate chip cookie recipes since mine are always so goofy looking when they exit the oven. I heard adding shortening and butter makes them more tender and yummiful, so I will definitely give this a try 🙂 and thanks for hosting the awesome Blog Hop!!

  4. I agree with you on this being the best choc chip cookie recipe…mine is almost the same recipe!!! The cookies look great, although I’m a dark choc freak so I go that way! Now I want to bake cookies, but I can’t:-(

  5. I also have a “best chocolate chip cookie recipe” that I use and love. Funny how we get attached but I love semi-sweet chips only. Thanks for the fun!

  6. I just made chocolate chip cookies last night. It was part of my wedding vows to make them every other month. Weird right? I hate chocolate chips, but I love to bake. I never make chocolate chip cookies and my poor husband loves them. Since I can’t stand to taste them, I am never sure if I’ve found the best recipe. I will have to add this to my “give it a try” list. So far he has liked every recipe I have tried, but none of them have been “the one.”

  7. No matter how many new treats I come up with, chocolate chip cookies always get me! These look just loke my recipe except I use all butter. I love seing other peoples favorite cookies! Yum!

  8. What a great recipe…..found your blog via Mrs.Happy Homemaker party…..I’d like to invite you to share some of your wonderful recipes @ CountryMommaCooks……..and have a great week : )

  9. I was was excited to try this so i got right to it! I think i added too much butter though because they melted and turned into one giant cookie sheet shaped cookie. Plus, they took twice as long to cook as called for. They taste delicious delicious either way , thank you for the recipe. They really hit the spot!

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