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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Prep 15 min
  • 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 Mar 28, 2023


  • 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.
  • 3
    Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour mixture just until blended (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • 4
    Onto ungreased 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
    The best cookie sheets are shiny aluminum with a smooth surface and no sides. These cookie sheets reflect heat, which helps cookies to bake evenly and brown properly. Rimmed baking sheets will not provide the same results in cookie baking.
  • tip 3
    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 4
    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 5
    Line flat 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 6
    Baking science determines what makes a soft, chewy cookie versus a crisp, crunchy cookie. Factors that make a difference include the ratio and type of sugars used, the amount of butter or shortening used, and how much flour is stirred in.
  • tip 7
    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 8
    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).
  • tip 9
    This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe can 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 with coarse salt before baking.


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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