Our Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes and Tips for the Perfect Cookie
Check out some of our Test Kitchen's best chocolate chip cookie recipes and get tips on how to make them perfectly at home.
How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are one of our go-to bakes. Our Test Kitchen regularly whips up these big and buttery cookies (and they are an office favorite!). But there are lots of ways for you to create your version of a great cookie at home. Check out all our tips right from our Test Kitchen pros and cookie enthusiasts.
Don’t Be Afraid to Play with Your Favorite Recipe
Making small changes to your go-to cookie recipe can turn it into the best-ever chocolate chip cookie. If you love a crispy cookie, try melted butter instead of softened or all brown sugar in the dough. For chewy cookies, try chilling. Here are our Test Kitchen’s tips for making the best chocolate chip cookie.
Use a Cookie Scoop
Sick of the mess that comes with scooping cookies with a spoon? Invest in a good cookie scoop. This gadget comes in all kinds of sizes so you can get the perfect sized cookie for you. This scoop is so handy and keeps your fingers cookie dough-free. It’s one of our editors’ favorite cookie baking tools.
While you can beat your sugar, eggs and butter as long as you like, be sure not to overmix your cookie dough once you add the flour. Overworking the dough at this stage can make your cookies tough. Instead, mix until just combined then mix in the chips by hand.
Chill the Dough
Chewy cookie fans, take note. Chilling your cookie dough for an hour (or even overnight) could be your new secret to the best chocolate chip cookies. By chilling the dough, you help control the spread of the cookie. The less the cookie spreads, the chewier it is.
This technique can also produce slightly sweeter cookies, so good news for you with a sweet tooth!
Experiment with Mix-Ins
You don’t need to limit yourself to semisweet chocolate chips for a good chocolate chip cookie (though if you do, try our Test Kitchen’s favorite brand). Try other baking chips, chopped nuts, sprinkles or even chopped chocolate, like with this internet-famous recipe. These changes can give new life to your go-to recipe.
Keep Cookies Soft
If you’re a chewy cookie lover, it can be a big disappointment to bake up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and find them hard and crunchy the next day. If this happens, all is not lost! It’s easy to soften up cookies—just drop a slice of bread into your container. This will revive your cookies and soften them up.