The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Have

Chocolate Chip Cookies at Home

Who doesn’t love a batch of warm, fresh, gooey chocolate chip cookies? I’ve experimented with an embarrassing number of chocolate chip cookie recipes and have tweaked my recipe over the years. This recipe is fast, easy, and produces three dozen of the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Stack

Fred’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

These are my favorite chocolate chip cookies and there are plenty of ways to customize them to your liking!

  • Stand Mixer
  • Measuring cup
  • Teaspoon measuring spoon
  • Plastic Spatula
  • Cooling Rack
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened (one stick of butter))
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Water (hot)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 3 cup Flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet)
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
  1. If you like flatter cookies, preheat the oven temperature immediately to 350 °F. If you like rounder cookies, wait to start preheating until you've chilled the dough for half an hour.

  2. Add both the White Sugar and Brown Sugar to your mixer bowl. Make sure you use a large bowl to have enough room to combine all the wet ingredients and dry ingredients without spilling over.

  3. Use a knife to cut the Softened Butter into about 1 tablespoon-sized blocks. It's easiest to do this right into the mixer bowl.

  4. Cream together the Butter and Sugar Mixture with your stand mixer. You want the mixture to look fairly smooth. Mix at a low speed and use a paddle attachment if you have one.

  5. Add Eggs into the mixture one at a time. Let the first Egg mix for 10-15 seconds before adding in the second Egg.

  6. Stir in your Vanilla while the mixer. It's helpful to drop 1 teaspoon of Vanilla on each side of the mixer so you can get more uniform distribution.

  7. Dissolve Baking Soda in the Hot Water. Feel free to use Hot Water from your faucet (no need to mixrowave or boil) and stir in the Baking Soda with a spoon.

  8. While the dough is mixing, sprinkle Salt evenly over the surface of the dough.

  9. Stir in Flour half a cup at a time, with the mixer on medium speed. You can add more Flour when you notice most of the previous half-cup has been incorporated into the dough. (optional – use the plastic spatula or a wooden spoon to push any dough pieces that gets stuck on the side of the bowl into the dough).

  10. Stir in Chocolate Chips, Walnuts, and Peanut Butter Chips half a cup at a time. Make sure to combine the toppings slowly to evenly distribute them throughout the dough. Feel free to experiment with different toppings here. You'll want about 1.5 total cups of "fillings" for this dough.

  11. Optional – cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 45 minutes. Chilling the dough makes it easier to form uniform shapes for baking and results in a more rounded shape cookie. Cookies made from room temperature dough will typically be more flat after baking since the butter melts more quickly.

  12. If you have it, use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop rounded dough balls onto an ungreased pan. If you have parchment paper, a parchment-lined baking sheet will also do the trick. A cookie scoop is another great way to make uniform sized cookies. This recipe makes roughly 36 cookies if each one has about 1.5 tablespoons of dough. Feel free to use a regular spoon for this step. The key is to have uniform sizes and a rounded ball shape.

  13. Baked the cookies for 11 minutes. The cookies will still have a soft interior and should be lightly browned.

  14. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies onto a wire rack. You'll have crispy edges in about 3-5 minutes.

Macros per cookie:

  • 25 g Carbs
  • 9.5 g Fat
  • 2.9 g Protein
Dessert
American
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some Modifications you can Make

While these chocolate chip cookies are great as-is, there are several ways you can customize them to your liking. The most obvious change is adjusting your mix of cookie fillings.

Chocolate chips are tasty, but you may want to swap them out for another ingredient or change the ratio of fillings. These are some of my favorite modifications for this recipe:

  • Swap the peanut butter cups or walnuts for another cup of chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
  • Go chocolate crazy and just use 1.5 cups of chocolate chips for the filling. Dark chocolate chips can also be thrown in the mix. A lot of people, especially chocolate chip cookie purists, swear by only having gooey chocolate in their chocolate chip cookies!
  • Play around with the bake time to get the softness or crunchiness that you prefer. Less time in the oven leads to a softer cookie, but make sure you aren’t eating raw dough! Extra time baking may eliminate the chewy texture from the cookie, but it’s great for people who like crunchy cookies.
  • Reduce the filling amount down to 1 cup total –> this way you get more cookie dough in each bite instead of chocolate.
  • Use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar.
  • Try using brown butter to add a nutty aroma and flavor to your cookies.
  • Add a few pieces of kosher salt on the baked cookies to bring out more of the chocolate flavor.
  • Experiment with different types of flours! The original recipe calls for all purpose flour, but you can also test cake flour or bread flour for different consistencies.

Separately, you should experiment with different chilling times. Generally, the longer the dough chills, the less the cookie dough spreads out. It can also have an impact on the texture of the cookie and the flavor profile. Try refrigerating for as long as a few hours as well as removing the chill step completely to see what works best for your preferred cookie.

In terms of storage, an airtight container is best to keep your cookies fresh for longer. You can pop them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds later on form a warm chocolate chip cookies dessert. Even though these are the ultimate chocolate chip cookies, there’s a small chance that the batch will last more than a few days!

These easy chocolate chip cookies are sure to be a hit wherever you take them. The only thing you’ll need to remember is to have a glass of milk nearby.

What are your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe modifications? Do you think this is the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe to grace the cover of the New York Times? Join the conversation in the comments section, below!

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BobeeB
BobeeB
1 year ago

I’m not big on sweets. It takes me months to finish the usual 1.5 qt tub of ice cream. But I ate almost all of these cookies in one weekend! Send help!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  BobeeB
1 year ago

Sending help soon, BobeeB!:D

Ryan Dierkes
Ryan Dierkes
1 year ago

I usually don’t believe in commenting unless something actually truly deserves it…but these do. So here I am. Reluctantly being the person I thought I’d never be, someone who needs to tell the world I found my favorite cookie ever. Now I’m going to be fat…

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Ryan Dierkes
1 year ago

Thanks Ryan, glad you’re able to treat yourself with some cookies and honored that you commented!

Kobi Wilmot
Kobi Wilmot
1 year ago

Yummy in the tummy!!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Kobi Wilmot
1 year ago

So much yumminess!

Duane Teixeira
Duane Teixeira
1 year ago

love the recipe! Thanks for sharing, the family loves them!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Duane Teixeira
1 year ago

Thanks Duane, glad your family enjoyed the cookies!

Otis Thomas
Otis Thomas
1 year ago

Great Recipe!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Otis Thomas
1 year ago

We appreciate the support, Otis!

Eddie Bamford
1 year ago

These cookies are sooo delicious A+mazing. The entire team was raving about them. Yummmmmmmmmmy for your tummmyyyyyyyy

Last edited 1 year ago by Eddie Bamford
Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Eddie Bamford
1 year ago

Thanks Eddie, we’d like to think they are yummy for your tummy too!

Eddie Bamford
1 year ago

These cookies are literally A+mazing WOW

Rakim Turnipseed
Rakim Turnipseed
1 year ago

I’m iffy about cookies, generally, but these are the exception! Y’all have to try these.

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Rakim Turnipseed
1 year ago

Thanks Rakim, hopefully we can produce some more cookie recipes to make you a full convert!

Triche
Triche
1 year ago

Great Recipe! Light salt with the walnuts is an amazing touch.

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Triche
1 year ago

Thanks, the salt definitely amplifies the taste of the chocolate chips!

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Have had these before… They are delicious and are the perfect snack to go with playing video games, watching movies or for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings at 2 in the morning.

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Steve
1 year ago

Thanks Steve, I’m committed to making these every time I come over 😀

Leo
Leo
1 year ago

Looks delicious. Can’t wait to try!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Leo
1 year ago

Thanks Leo, let us know what you think after you’ve made them!

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

this recipe made me into a cookie monster! they are Amazing!!!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Jason
1 year ago

Thanks Jason! #cookiemonstergang

Sammi Liu
Sammi Liu
1 year ago

Amazing noms and delicious. Saying that our family has a sweet tooth is an understatement…we’ve tried many recipes and this is a great one. Warning though – gotta keep the lids secure and closed otherwise these cookies will mysteriously go missing. 😀

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Sammi Liu
1 year ago

Thanks Sammi, our cookie jar seems to mysteriously empty itself quickly too :p

Paul V
Paul V
1 year ago

Simple amazing cookies. I swapped the chocolate chips for peanut butter cups and they came out great. Dank. 

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Paul V
1 year ago

Thanks Paul, we’ll have to try the peanut butter cup variant!

Erik Davis
Erik Davis
1 year ago

these cookies are fantastic. i was skeptical about the walnuts at first, but i’m now a believer. this is now my go-to cookie recipe!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Erik Davis
1 year ago

Thanks Erik, glad we could create another walnut convert!

Walter
Walter
1 year ago

Great recipe!

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  Walter
1 year ago

Thanks Walter! Glad you liked it!

MORB
MORB
1 year ago

I can personally say these cookies are BOMB! Highly addicting, beware! It is literally impossible to have just one cookie at at a time. Ten out of five stars….

Two Average Gamers
Reply to  MORB
1 year ago

thank you sir! glad you’ve enjoyed the free samples 😀

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