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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 48
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We're big fans of chocolate chip cookies, and these are the best of the best! Our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are sure to impress cookie connoisseurs everywhere—slightly crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside, it's no wonder these cookies are top-rated by hundreds of satisfied home bakers. Whip up a batch of Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies to hand out to family or friends, and get ready for the compliments to roll in!
Updated Apr 3, 2024
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How to Store Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

We can almost guarantee you won’t have leftovers—this is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe around! If you do end up with any extra chocolate chip cookies, they can easily be stored for later enjoyment. To keep your leftover cookies chewy and soft, store them at room temperature in resealable food-storage plastic bags or stacked in tightly covered containers.

If you want to freeze your homemade chocolate chip cookies instead, wait until they’ve cooled completely. Stack them in between layers of wax paper in a covered freezer container or plastic freezer bag and freeze your cookies for up to 2 months. To thaw, keep them covered at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Go ahead and chow down!

How to Customize This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Want to switch it up? This chocolate chip cookie recipe can easily be customized with endless flavor combinations! Just replace the chocolate chips and nuts with the same amount of the new ingredients you want to add. Try adding macadamia nuts and white vanilla baking chips, or pack a double punch of peanut flavor with peanut butter chips and chopped peanuts. Make salted butterscotch-pecan cookies by swapping in butterscotch chips and chopped pecans, and then sprinkling your cookies with coarse salt before baking.

We also have plenty of other chocolate chip cookie recipes to try. Can’t decide between cookies and brownies? Our Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, are packed full of decadent chocolate flavor. Our Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, offer next-level deliciousness, too—you really can never go wrong with a classic!


  • 2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts, if desired
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat softened butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon about 1 minute or until fluffy, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.
  • 3
    Stir in flour mixture just until blended (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • 4
    Onto ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart.
  • 5
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store covered in airtight container.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies turn out best when baked one sheet at a time on middle oven rack.
  • tip 2
    For best results, measure ingredients accurately using the right measuring equipment for the ingredient being measured. Make sure to add ingredients in the order they are called for.
  • tip 3
    The best way to measure flour for this Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is to first stir the flour a bit before spooning into the measuring cup. Fill until heaping and then sweep the excess off the top with the flat edge of a butter knife.
  • tip 4
    Line cookie sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Make sure to give the dropped dough plenty of air space so that the cookies won’t bump into each other as they spread.
  • tip 5
    Use a 1-inch meat baller (or cookie/ice cream scoop) to make Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies that are uniform in shape and size.
  • tip 6
    Want to make jumbo-size Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies? Use a measuring cup or cookie/ice cream scoop to scoop out cookie dough, dropping each scoop 3 inches apart. Bake until edges of cookies are set (centers will be soft).

Frequently Asked Questions

What Makes Chocolate Chip Cookies Chewy, Crunchy or Cakey?

Baking is a science, and we can prove it! Whether you prefer a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie or a crisp, crunchy cookie, consider the factors that make a difference in cookie structure—from the ratio and type of sugars used to the amount of butter or shortening used, and how much flour is stirred in.

If you like your cookies slightly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside—what many people consider the perfect texture for a chocolate chip cookie—just follow this recipe exactly! Our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are truly the best chocolate chip cookies around—they’re called “ultimate” for a reason.

Prefer your homemade chocolate chip cookies crispy and thin? Cut out the brown sugar completely, and increase the amount of granulated sugar to 1 1/2 cups. Granulated sugar contains less moisture and helps cookies spread as they bake. After taking your chocolate chip cookies out of the oven, let them cool on a cookie sheet for five minutes. The cookies will keep baking, allowing them to crisp up further as the moisture evaporates.

If you want your chocolate chip cookies airy, soft and cakey, we’ve got you covered. Add in an extra egg for additional moisture and structure, and add in 2 tablespoons of milk with the egg to help soften the dough as it bakes and give the cookie a cake-like crumb. Increase the amount of flour to 3 cups to help the cookies rise (rather than spread). The perfectly cakey chocolate chip cookie is just a few steps away!

Can I Freeze Unbaked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?

Want to have a crowd-favorite cookie always at the ready? Follow this chocolate chip cookie recipe to get the perfect dough, and freeze it for later baking! Freeze individual unbaked dough balls on cookie sheets. Once the dough balls are frozen, place them in plastic freezer bags and freeze them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to bake your cookies, take the frozen cookie dough balls from the freezer and place them on a cookie sheet. Let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes as you preheat the oven. Keep an eye on your chocolate chip cookies as they bake—the bake time might need to be adjusted slightly. This hack guarantees delicious cookies in a snap!


120 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 16g Total Carbohydrate, 10g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • There are times when a store-bought or bakery cookie is fine, but homemade chocolate chip cookies are the right choice for lazy summer afternoons, unexpected snow days or that holiday party that just wouldn’t be the same without these beauties on the cookie tray. If there’s anything we’re willing to experiment with, it’s finding just the right kind of chocolate chip cookie that suits our tastes. After baking, testing and tasting over and over again, we landed on this recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Even better, this recipe is reliable enough that you can use it as a base for a little experimentation—try different kinds of chips and nuts for easy flavor twists. You’ll find more creative ideas in this chocolate chip cookie recipe collection.
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