Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
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Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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My version of the classic cookie is based on a recipe from a bakery in California called Hungry Bear. It's big, thick and chewy—perfect for dunking. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 311 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  2. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls. Flatten each to 3/4-in. thickness (2-1/2-in. diameter), smoothing edges as necessary. Place in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed or parchment paper; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  3. To bake, place dough portions 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 400°.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown (centers will be light). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p41

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[email protected] User ID: 4380398 260473
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"Definitely the best recipe. Not using shortening has been a challenge, with this recipe you only use butter. And I found if you chill the dough for about an hour you get thicker cookies so they are soft on the inside."

lvarner User ID: 35803 256263
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"These have a delicious taste. Mine turned out more flat than I prefer, but I find that this can happen sometimes with cookies that contain all butter as the fat. Next time I may try using 1/2 cup of shortening and 1/2 cup of butter (instead of 1 cup butter) to see if that makes a differentce."

PageRD User ID: 5881442 255237
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"These cookies were delicious, although I also had the problem that they turned out flat and a little greasy. I plan to go back and doublecheck to make sure I followed the recipe to the letter. But whether they were thick and chewy, they tasted great!"

hkarow9713 User ID: 7604678 252584
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"This is my new go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. My entire family gobbled them up! They are so gooey & stay soft & chewy! I did make them smaller than asked, but that's just personal preference."

mgooch User ID: 7504228 250497
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2016

"I made these this evening exactly as recipe says, including mixing yesterday and refrigerating overnight. Using a 1/4 c. scoop per cookie, I baked a dozen on a 1/4 sheet cake pan and they still ran together, and since my oven runs a bit hot I only baked them for 10 mins at 400 degrees. When baking time was up, they were nicely browned all over and not light in center as recipe says. I think next time I will use a smaller scoop and adjust the time. 311 calories per cookie is A LOT. But definitely delicious!!"

valdater User ID: 5632060 244679
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"This recipe is absolutely delicious. The texture of these cookies is very nice. I love the toasted walnuts as an addition, which really makes this cookie delicious. I toasted them in a non-greased skillet and it was so easy. I have never toasted walnuts before. Definately better after batter sits overnight in fridge because it makes the flavors meld together. Batter will taste salty if you don't let the dough rest in fridge overnight, but make a few if you can't wait! You can make the cookies smaller, but take the temp down to 350 (or 325 for dark, nonstick, cookie sheets). Best choc chip recipe I have ever made! Thanks for sharing!"

riverwoman User ID: 7667256 232015
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"These cookies were delicious and looked just like the photo. I immediately baked a few cookies without chilling the dough and they came out perfect. My husband and I loved them, and they were not too sweet at all. Unlike other recipes I have tried these didn't flatten out and look ugly. I will definitely keep and use this recipe over and over. NOTE: I BAKED AT 350 DEGREES and also used my regular cookie scoop and adjusted the baking time. Do not overbake these if you want a soft and chewy cookie. Thank you for sharing your recipe."

beatrixkiddo User ID: 8453850 229777
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"My and my boyfriends favorite cookies. I bake at 350. I bake mine for about 10 maybe 11 min. Do not overtake. I never use walnuts. Sometimes I use chocolate chunks sometimes chocolate chips. Sometimes I add caramel filled chocolate chips. I use a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop and place scoops on a parchment paper lined plate, cover and chill overnight. The next day put out them on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake. I do not flatten scoops at all. These cookies are terrific!"

MargyKopp User ID: 7998332 227428
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"These cookies are so good!!! I followed the directions pretty closely. I use semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. I didn't have time to do them over night. So I put them in the fridge for a couple hours and baked on parchment paper lined sheets. They came out wonderful and very tasty. My son loved them."

lvmcdonald User ID: 7996980 227410
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"My two cents' worth is that the people criticizing this recipe did not follow the directions explicitly. I followed the directions to the letter, even taking the cookies out of the oven when they did not look done. The recipe is correct. Don't go second-guessing the originator. These are the best chocolate chip cookies I ever made, and I am 92 years old. My daughter sheepishly confessed that her husband said they were better than hers, which she had long prized."

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