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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

A favorite with kids of all ages, learn how to make chocolate chip cookies with 20 of our best recipes—featuring flavors like peanut butter, oatmeal, cranberry, double chocolate and more—plus baking tips that will help make your cookies turn out perfect every time!

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Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies

My take on the classic cookie is inspired by a bakery in California called Hungry Bear. It's big, thick and chewy—truly the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft banana cookies have a cake-like texture and lots of flavor that everyone seem to love. It's one of the best banana cookie recipes I've found. —Vicki Raatz, Waterloo, Wisconsin

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm one of the cooking project leaders for my daughter's 4-H club, where these soft, delicious cookies were a great hit with the kids. —Marietta Slater, Augusta, Kansas

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Chippy Peanut Butter Cookies

"Hey, these are good!" is the surprised remark I hear when I bake these for the family. As simple as it may seem, all I do is follow directions. This works exceptionally well when it comes to making cookies. —Ian Badeer, Hickman, Nebraska

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Tip: Chilling Batter Before Baking

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite treat for school functions and other kid-related events, but sometimes the batter spreads a little too thin while baking. I’ve found that if I chill the batter for a short time, it won’t spread out too fast in the oven. While one tray of cookies is baking, I keep the remaining dough in the refrigerator until I’m ready to put the next tray in the oven. – Judy Champion F., Melbourne, Florida

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Chocolate Malted Cookies

These cookies are the next best thing to a good old-fashioned malted milk. With malted milk powder, chocolate syrup, plus chocolate chips and chunks, these are the best cookies I've ever tasted…and with six kids, I've made a lot of cookies over the years! —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

I packed chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and cinnamon into my oatmeal cookie recipe. These soft cookies are easy to make. Best of all, our kids love them! —Janis Plageman, Lynden, Washington

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Five-Chip Cookies

With peanut butter, oats and five kinds of chips, these cookies make a hearty snack that appeals to kids of all ages. I sometimes double the recipe to share with friends and neighbors. —Sharon Hedstrom, Minnetonka, Minnesota

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Cindy's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband and two sons try other chocolate chip cookies and tell me there's no comparison with mine. And my husband doesn't even like chocolate! These cookies are nice and crisp, but be sure to not overbake them. —Cindy Utter, Jacksonville, Illinois

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Tip: Chewy Cookies

My dad taught me to add a tablespoon of dark corn syrup to chocolate chip cookie batter. It keeps the cookies moist and also a bit chewy. – Shirley De Barthe, Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Two-Chip Chocolate Chippers

When baking this chocolate chip cookie recipe, I am a stickler for using one stick of butter and one stick of margarine—the combination of fats gives the cookies terrific texture. And do not use a scooper—the tool compacts the cookies too much. —Lee Ann Miller, Millersburg, Ohio

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Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies

At the downtown Chicago law firm where I work, we often bring in goodies for special occasions. When co-workers hear I've baked these melt-in-your-mouth cookies, they make a special trip to my floor to sample them. Best of all, these crisp, buttery treats can be made in no time. —Janis Gruca, Mokena, Illinois

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S'more Sandwich Cookies

Capture the taste of campfire s'mores in your kitchen. Graham cracker crumbs added to chocolate chip cookie dough bring out the flavor of the fireside favorite. Melting the cookies' marshmallow centers in the microwave makes them simple to assemble. —Abby Metzger, Larchwood, Iowa

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Quick Cranberry Chip Cookies

I received these delightful cookies for Christmas a few years ago. I was watching my diet, but I couldn't stay away from them! The tart cranberries blend beautifully with the sweet chocolate and vanilla chips. —Jo Ann McCarthy, Canton, Massachusetts

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Tip: Simple Cookie Swap

All the kids in my neighborhood love the taste of my chocolate chip cookies. I simply substitute almond extract for the vanilla. – Donna F., Contoocook, New Hampshire

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Yummy Chocolate Double-Chip Cookies

The first time I made these cookies, I sent them to my stepson in the Marines. The next time he phoned, guess what he requested? More of these cookies! —Marcella Moore, Washburn, Illinois

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Macadamia Nut Cookies

These rich cookies are full of Hawaiian macadamia nuts and chocolate chips. —Mary Gaylord, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin

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Giant Monster Cookies

Who can resist a gigantic cookie chock-full of goodies like chocolate chips, M&M's and peanut butter? If your appetite isn't quite monster-size, make them by heaping tablespoonfuls. —Judy Fredenberg, Missoula, Montana

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

These are the perfect cookies when cooking for a crowd because the mix can be prepared and stored for months. Also, you can bake a couple batches of cookies at a time and freeze. —Helen Woronik, Salem, Connecticut

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Tip: Making Softer Cookies

Measure flour carefully; too much may make cookies firm, dry and tough. Avoid overmixing the dough and check for doneness at the minimum baking time, baking longer if needed. Try a recipe which uses brown sugar or honey instead of white sugar. White sugar produces a crisper cookie. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Super Chunky Cookies

Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these cookies that feature loads of chocolate! When friends ask me to make "those cookies," I know exactly what recipe they mean.—Rebecca Jendry, Spring Branch, Texas

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Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies

Whenever I used to make cookies, my three boys would always find something they didn't like about them. After some trial and error, I finally came up with a cookie they all enjoyed. —Heidi Cretens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Caramel-Cashew Dark Chocolate Chippers

The flavor of these cookies is wonderful. My family likes to sandwich a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two cookies. It makes a special summertime treat.—Pam Ivbuls, Omaha, Nebraska

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Sugar-Cone Chocolate Chip Cookie

If I could make a batch of cookies a day, I'd be in baking heaven. I made these for my boys when they were growing up, and now I treat my grandkids, too. Everyone loves the tasty blend of chocolate chips, crumbled sugar cones and sprinkles. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

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