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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There's nothing like a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie! Anytime you bake homemade cookies at home, you are in for a treat. Making your own means the flavor will be unmatched. Plus, you can bake them to the perfect texture that you prefer. This homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe is a classic for a reason.

Chocolate chip cookies can be made in a variety of ways, and everyone has their own preferred recipe. Some people like them chewy, while others like them crisp. You can add nuts or leave them plain. There are endless variations you can try when making these sweet treats!

If you're a fan of homemade chocolate chip cookies, these variations are right up your alley:
Chocolate chip walnut cookies – nuts add to the texture
Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies – oatmeal changes the batter for the better
Dairy and egg free chocolate chip cookies – this vegan version is allergy-friendly

chocolate chip cookies on blue plate with cookie dough

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Where did chocolate chip cookies come from?

The invention of the chocolate chip cookie is attributed to chefs Ruth Graves Wakefield and Sue Brides at the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts.

Chocolate chip cookies are a type of drop cookie that originated in the United States. They are made from flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and chocolate chips. The dough is typically scooped onto baking sheets and baked until the cookies are golden brown.

Can I change this recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookies?

As we mentioned above, there are many ways you can vary the recipe for chocolate chip cookies. One of the easiest is to replace (or add to) the chocolate chips with:

There is really no limit to how many variations you can try to create your perfect chocolate chip cookie!

scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough on parchment paper on baking tray

What type of flour works best for chocolate chip cookies?

There are many different types of flour that can be used to make chocolate chip cookies. However, most bakers recommend using all-purpose flour or bread flour in order to get the best results.

How to change the texture of chocolate chip cookies

To make chewy chocolate chip cookies, you will need to use more brown sugar than white sugar in your recipe. You can also try adding an extra egg yolk to the dough, as this will add moisture and make the cookies chewier. Additionally, you can try baking your cookies at a lower temperature for slightly longer to help them stay moist and chewy.

If you want your chocolate chip cookies to be crisp, you will need to use more white sugar than brown sugar in your recipe. You can also try adding less flour to the dough, as this will make the cookies thinner and crisper. Additionally, you can try baking your cookies at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time to help them become crisp.

chocolate chip cookies on cooling rack over striped towel

How to tell if chocolate chip cookies are cooked through

The best way to ensure your cookies are cooked through is to use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop the dough onto the baking sheet. This helps create uniform cookies that are all the same size. You can also try using a toothpick to test the center of the cookies before taking them out of the oven. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cookies are cooked through. Just like with cake!

How to store homemade chocolate chip cookies

  1. Counter: To store chocolate chip cookies on the counter, simply place them in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature.
  2. Refrigerator: If you’re planning on keeping your cookies for longer than a day or two, you may want to consider storing them in the refrigerator. Cold temperatures help prevent the cookies from going stale or losing their flavor.
  3. Freezer: Chocolate chip cookies can also be frozen to help them last longer. To freeze, simply place the baked and cooled cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to thaw the cookies thoroughly before serving.
chocolate chip cookies on blue plate on striped towel on wooden table with cup of chips in background

Printable chocolate chip cookie recipe

This recipe is the classic that has been around since 1938. It's the perfect base cookie for you to enjoy on its own or with your favorite variation added.

Yield: 5 dozen

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making chocolate chip cookies from scratch isn't difficult. You'll love the flavor and texture of these homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12 oz pkg) semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

Pan Cookie Variation: Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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