The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are hands-down my favorite chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. Bold statement right?! They are thick and chewy and melt in your mouth delicious! I can’t say enough good things about them.

I’m a chewy chocolate chip cookie girl. If you are all about the crispy cookies… this may not be the recipe for you. But… they could still make an appearance in your kitchen! You need a nice, chewy cookie for all those ice cream sandwiches that get enjoyed during summertime.

These are easy to freeze. Just put a scoop of softened ice cream in the center, smash two cookies together and freeze. I’ve already got some cookies in the freezer just waiting to be filled with ice cream. The kids and big kids will be equally excited.

This recipe is pretty forgiving. I ran out of brown sugar one time and had to use regular sugar for ½ c… they were still delicious!  

I use whatever chocolate pieces I have in the house (pictured here is a combination of chocolate morsels and mini chocolate chips because that’s what I had) and we’ve loved them all. Feel free to try out your own combos in here! Add nuts, try M&M’s or even swirl some peanut butter in… yum!

One of the reasons I love these (obviously besides the deliciousness!) is you can make them anytime. There is no softening of butter or bringing eggs to room temperature which is no-wait and awesome in my book!

Second reason I am loving this recipe… it comes together in one bowl! If you do dishes in your house, you’ll love any recipes that help cut down on the dish work!

I use an ice cream scoop anytime I make cookies. It makes the cookies uniform and ensures that they’ll cook evenly because they are all the same size (plus I like to play and this part is fun).

When a recipe calls for the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet after coming out of the oven… leave them on the sheet! I’ve made so many errors in my baking through the years. I would always look at cookies baking and think they needed longer. The cookies continue to cook on the sheet out of the oven. If I would actually follow the directions, they’d be chewy without getting too crispy. Once I started to just trust a recipe… things got a whole lot tastier!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

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By Serves: yields about 30 cookies Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 c chocolate chips plus ¼ c, separated



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.


In a small saucepan, melt the butter on low heat until just melted through (no browning going on here).


In a large bowl, use a spatula to combine brown sugar and melted butter. Set aside for 5 minutes.


Next, add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the sugar mixture. Mix until combined.


Add the baking soda, flour and salt to the sugar mixture. Stir until just combined*.


Add in the 1 c of chocolate chips (feel free to go crazy and add more than a cup if you are all about the chocolate chips!). Mix to distribute the chocolate chips.


Using a medium sized ice cream scoop , scoop cookies onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. This is when I use that extra ¼ c of chocolate chips. I put a couple extra chips on top of each cookie for pretty purposes.


Space the cookie dough balls out evenly on the prepared sheet (I can normally fit a dozen on a normal half sheet pan) and bake at 375 F for 7-10 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.


Remove from the oven and leave on the sheet pan for 5 minutes. I do one sheet at a time and just pop the next one in while the first one is cooling.


Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Can be stored in an airtight container or even frozen. Yields about 30 cookies.


*I mix until almost combined (as in I still have some flour showing) because I know I’m going to do a little mixing to get the chocolate chips distributed and I do NOT want to over mix once the flour is in there. No tough cookies for me!

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