The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

14/04/2012 Update: When I first posted this recipe in the early days of this blog, I still baked chocolate chip cookies on a regular basis. These days my 14 year old daughter, Olivia has taken over the job for the most part and my 12 year old son Noah can turn out a mean batch of cookies all on his own too. They are turning into very adept bakers and can both turn out perfect chocolate chip cookies from this outstanding recipe.

I have tried dozens of recipes over the years and this one is the best. Both crispy and chewy, this one satisfies all lovers of this cookie classic.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Barry C. Parsons
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies - after many years of recipes and experiments, this is the the final result of tweaking what I I think is the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Soft and chewy with crispy edges and the perfect amount of rich chocolate morsels. I've never had better anywhere.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12-15 minutes
Total time: About 30 minutes
Yield: 12 - 18 cookies depending on the size you choose to make them.

  • 1 1/3 cups all purose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or butterscotch flavoring (or both! Hint, hint.)
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray one cookie sheet with spray oil or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix only enough to incorporate flour. Do not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Form cookies by dropping a rounded teaspoon of dough on the prepared cookie sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake until light brown around the edges, about 12-15 minutes, depending on cookie size.
  7. Over baking is the biggest problem with most chocolate chip cookies. Your oven temperature and the type of cookie sheet you use will vary the baking times considerably. When they are golden brown around the edges is the time to remove them from the oven. Thinking they are a little underdone is probably a good thing. Experiment by baking only a couple of cookies at a time to see what the perfect baking time is for your oven
  8. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
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October 31, 2007 at 10:08 PM

I can vouch that this is the ABSOLUTE best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. I added toffee bar bits as well as chocolate chips. These were a hit at our house. Thanks for the recipe!

November 1, 2007 at 7:54 AM

I sometimes add the toffee chips myself. Very very good. Glad you enjoyed them.

October 28, 2008 at 6:02 PM

hi there , do you have a recipe for no cut glass cookies....

October 28, 2008 at 6:03 PM

how about a recipes for balls made out of jello...not sure how to explain them but they r like snowballs...only u use jello...and they are colored..

October 29, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Try asking for recipes on my Rock Recipes Facebook Group if you are on Facebook. Are the jello balls made with miniature marshmallows?

May 26, 2009 at 3:02 PM

I made these today and added some pecan peices to the recipe with
the chocolate chips..and they are devine....thanks so much for the great recipes and keep them trying your pineapple upside down cake next..yummy

July 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Barry, I've tried several of your recipes and everything turns out great. These chocolate chip cookies are now cooling on my counter. I used a baking stone at 350 and baked for 12 minutes exactly. PERFECT!

July 11, 2010 at 2:20 PM

So glad you like them. They are amazingly good!

October 25, 2011 at 9:46 AM

You sir, have defeated Alton Brown's "The Chewy" with that cookie. Well done.

November 5, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Been searching for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe for a long time, one that didn't spread all over the pan. Really good! I made some of them really small, good for kids. Those took about 8 minutes to bake. Dough about the size of a large marble for those.

December 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Well, my first attempt at making these was disappointing. I'm thinking I must have overcooked them as these cookies came out hard - like store bought cookies. May give them another try though just to be sure. Other than the too crispy results, they are tasty with a glass of milk.

December 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Do you need to flatten the dough once you drop it onto the cookie sheet?

December 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

No need to flatten them. KanataNewf you've definitely overbaked them. Ovens vary so try cutting a couple of minutes off the bake time. It's ok for them to look like they are not done completely.

May 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

These are so good, I also added almonds, it added a crunch to them.

May 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Today is national chocoalte chip cookie day (May 15) a great reason to bake (& eat) these delish looking cookies!! Love Rock Recipes!! I'm a fan :)

May 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I'm always curious to see what people call the best choc chip cookie recipe because I think mine are impossible to beat... turns out we use identical recipes so I know you must be telling the truth!

June 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

How many cookies does a batch of this size make?

June 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Just wondering about how many cookies this recipe will make? Anxious to try it! Thanks :)

June 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Depends on how large you make them but about 2 dozen.

June 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Can you tell me where I can purchase butterscotch flavoring (in St.John's). I couldn't get it at either supermarket and I think it would make a very nice flavor in the cookies :)

June 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I usually can find it at the supermarket. Try Bulk Barn or Stockwoods.

July 6, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I made a double batch of the chocolate chip cookies tonight.. Excellent. Then I made a single batch mixing half and half regular chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and a little cocoa powder to tell them apart. I liked the mixed cookie better. :) Not too over powering on the chocolate chip or peanut butter chip.

August 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

thanks for the recipe. made it last night:) yummy! but for some reason they came out flat. any suggestions?

September 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I baked these cookies tonight for the first time and the only problem was I should have made a double batch!!! Absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for posting :)

October 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM

How many cookies does it yield? Thank you!
Btw, I've tried your apple muffins and they were extraordinaire!

October 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Thanks, I do love those apple muffins too.
Depends on the size you make the cookies. I like to make them large, cafe style, for about 15 or so, but you can make them smaller for 18-24.
Hope this helped, Barry.

December 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I love baking, and I am fairly good at it for a 15 yearold. But do you know why my chocolate chipp cookies always come out rather raised? I would like them the be a bit flatter, and spread out more. More so like the cookies in the picture

December 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Are you using this recipe? I'd say overbaking is your issue.

January 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

These cookies are the best... I didn't have any butterscotch flavor so I doubled the recipe and added the chips and some toasted pecans... they are beyond amazing!!!

December 9, 2013 at 5:46 AM

Are these able to be frozen once baked??

December 9, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Should be no problem to freeze them.

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