My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (to date)

I had the most bizarre conversation last night. One of my friends told me that oatmeal raisin cookies are her favorite. I was shocked. Every time I bite into an oatmeal raisin cookie I want to punch someone, because the only reason I ever pick up an oatmeal raisin cookie is if I mistake the raisins for chocolate chips. I told her so, and she proceeded to tell me that she hates chocolate chip cookies. It’s not that they just aren’t her favorite cookie, it’s that they make her gag. She said all this calmly sitting on my couch, like it was no big deal. I was dumbfounded. This afternoon I set to work baking a perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies, because I wanted to rid my home of any lingering cookie blasphemy!

I got this recipe from my (chocolate chip cookie loving) friend, Bekah. I’m not sure where she found it, but I’m so glad she was willing to share it with me. I haven’t tested all the chocolate chip cookie recipes in the world, but this is the best one I’ve tried so far. These are huge, thick, beautiful, bakery-style chocolate chip cookies. Tender in the middle with just a tiny bit of crispness on the outside. The only downside to these cookies is that they dry out quickly. They need to either be eaten the same day they are baked or stored in the freezer. For me, keeping cookies in the freezer is best anyway. It slows the rate at which I eat them!

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

best chocolate chip cookie recipe

2 cups + 2 tbsp flour (I use half whole wheat flour)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I prefer salted butter)
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

Set oven to 325 F. Set shelves in oven to upper middle and lower middle.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Beat together butter and sugars for 1 minute at medium speed. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium-low for 30 seconds. Add dry ingredients and mix on low for 30 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips.

Divide dough into 1/4 cup size balls. Pull apart dough into equal halves with fingers then place back together so that jagged side faces top and smooth side is facing down. This creates the bakery look on top.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets. Rotate cookie sheets halfway in oven so that they all bake evenly. Take out when edges are hardening but centers still look puffy and soft, cool on pan.

Makes 18 cookies (or less if you’re a dough-eater like me).


  1. Rebecca

    Ha, I feel exactly the same way about oatmeal raisin cookies, that made me laugh! They’re my dad’s favorite cookie, so I had that problem a lot (never punched anyone, though).

  2. dana

    I don’t hate oatmeal raisin cookies, but I don’t feel like they’re dessert either. They should be followed by a chocolate chip cookie for a well-rounded meal. :)
    A British friend of mine once told me that baked goods with Raisins always made her think of flies with the wings torn off. How’s that for a phobia? Yuck.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yeah, oatmeal raisin cookies should just be a breakfast food, that way I’ll know when to expect them. ;) I can totally see the fly comparison. Ick!

  3. April

    Those look soooo good! I’m so jealous because I can’t bake here, no oven! Enjoy the amazing-ness in my place!

  4. Lisa A.

    These sound wonderful….I might just try this one out! As for Oatmeal Raisin…I think they quickest way to ruin ANYTHING is to put raisins in it! NOT A FAN! But I do have a recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal that is pretty delicious.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh yes, peanut butter oatmeal is great! Especially if it has butterscotch chips mixed in. Mmm.

  5. Faith | Ordinary Mommy Design

    Yummy! Oatmeal raisin cookies are one of my faves too, but since I’m the only one in the house that really eats them I pretty much never make them. Because, let’s be honest, I do not need to eat a whole batch of cookies by myself, right? That being said, our go-to cookie is definitely chocolate chip! I altered a recipe a couple of years ago, and haven’t tried another one since. Perhaps I should spread my cookie-baking wings a bit.

  6. Rosalinda

    Thanks for this, I am always on an endless quest for the perfect choco chip cookie recipe (as well as the perfect fried chicken recipe).

  7. Sarah D.

    This is my favorite cookie recipe, too! It’s from the Best Recipes cookbook published by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated. Everything I’ve made from that book is AMAZING!!!! I’m actually planning to make these cookies for a bridal shower this weekend! :) Everyone I know (church friends, co-workers) LOVE them! :D

  8. Niquelle

    these look scrumptious! I’ll have to make a batch (or two, or three). Send my condolences to your friend, it must be rough not liking chocolate chip cookies… poor thing.

  9. Julie K.

    Okay, these seriously look delicious. I’m a die-hard chocolate chip cookie fan myself. For someone to hate them?! That is nonsense to me! Haha. I don’t really like oatmeal raisin either, and the ONLY time I would ever choose one is if I was in serious need of a cookie and they were the only kind available.

  10. Jo

    I am with your friend. I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip cookies are about the last one I’d ever choose – just before fig newtons. I’m not a big chocolate lover so that might have something to do with it. Funny how we are all different.

  11. julia

    I agree about the oatmeal. Unless they are oatmeal chocolate chip. we love the tollhouse recipe but I love these directions for bakery style..thanks!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I love the tollhouse recipe too! Those are the cookies I grew up on. :)

  12. Amanda T

    Yum! I love chocolate chips, but I prefer the chocolate chip recipes without them. Is that weird? I guess that just makes it a brown sugar cookie.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Not weird at all. Just as long as there are no tricky raisins in there!!

  13. Aljona

    I love all kinds of cookies! However, my favourite are definitely chocolate chip. Unfortunately my low-carb diet doesn’t permit it :(

    If you’re curious, this is my go-to, absolute favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe:

    Like the recipe says, it makes a tonne of cookies so you might want to half the ingredients (or quarter it)

    (or just eat everything)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Aww bummer! I wonder if you could make a chocolate chip cookie with almond flour? I guess they still wouldn’t be low carb, but they’d be lower carb anyway. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. callen

    These looked so amazing, I had to make some even though it’s 93 outside today. I probably should have refrigerated the dough pre-baking because they were a wet sticky mess when I tried to pull them in two! haha. Anyway, they are great. Thanks!

  15. Lila Smyth

    These look too good to be true. Yum. I have been fooled by raisins myself :) Why do you pull them apart and put them back together again? One trick I learned was to sprinkle a little sea salt on top right when they come out of the oven. So good.

  16. Rod

    For my Birthday I want to just bake bake bake with my friends alongside me, and how could I forget Chocolate chip cookies?! I’ve actually never made any from scratch before, so I am extremely excited about trying this. Thank you. It’s like your gift to me for my 18th! haha.

  17. Michelle

    I made these tonight my family is so excited. I have never made homemade cookies before. I had always thought the break and bake were good enough. Boy was I wrong.

  18. Melinda

    A good way to keep cookies from drying out is to store them with a slice of bread. The cookies steal the bread’s moisture, so they bread will harden, but the cookies will stay as moist as the day you made them. It’s a good way to use up the heel of the bread, if you don’t like to eat it.

  19. Lindsey

    We are 100% chocolate chip lovers in my house… I do like the occasional rasin cookie but my five year old won’t touch them on account that rasins look like little poops… I just about died laughing when he said that. thanks for the recipe can’t wait to try it.

  20. Kristin

    These are, by far, the best cookies I have ever made. They were perfect! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  21. Kristine

    These are the best ever! One thing I did was use chocolate chips from the freezer and I get better results (I made these a zillion times already experimenting with different chocolate etc). It’s now my go to recipe! Thank u!

  22. lisa g.

    These cookies look great! My answer to cookies that dry out is to add a little cornstarch. In your CCC recipe I would add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. That would really help.

  23. Robyn

    Try adding instant vanilla pudding mix when you mix in the eggs. Makes a world of difference. Also of you refrigerate your dough overnight it makes a better cookie.

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