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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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 paper or parchment; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • To bake, place dough portions 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Bake until edges are golden brown (centers will be light), 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Test Kitchen variations
  • Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies: Reduce vanilla to 1 teaspoon and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Substitute toasted almonds for the walnuts.
  • Big & Buttery White Chip Cookies: Substitute white baking chips for the chocolate chips and toasted hazelnuts for the walnuts.
  • Big & Buttery Cranberry Nut Cookies: Substitute dried cranberries for the chocolate chips.
  • Big & Buttery Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies: Substitute 1 cup chopped dried cherries for 1 cup of the walnuts.

  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Learn more about baking cookies with our ultimate guide.

  • 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.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 311 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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    • Katie
      May 11, 2020

      YUM! I made these (mostly) as directed. I ran out of vanilla extract so I subbed in some pure maple syrup, and I also made them a bit smaller with a cookie scoop instead of the 1/4-cupfuls. Since it's just me and my boyfriend, I baked only six cookies. The rest are portioned out in the freezer for a rainy day. I'm looking forward to trying these again and maybe adding some dried cherries or cranberries to the mix.

    • Joey
      Apr 26, 2020

      These are by far THE BEST chocolate chips cookies I have ever made! They are our family’s new favorite!

    • Vicky
      Apr 19, 2020

      These are WONDERFUL cookies. Definitely not just like Nestle or Hershey's recipes from the bag. There is a chewiness even when slightly over baked (oops!). Crispy on the edges and chewy yumminess!

    • RosanneMack
      Apr 17, 2020

      This pretty much sounds like the recipe on the back of the Nestle's chocolate chip bag.

    • Kimberly
      Apr 9, 2020

      Absolutely amazing! You must follow directions to refrigerate overnight or they won’t work! So worth the wait!

    • Monica
      Mar 28, 2020

      My absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I refrigerate dough overnight and use my cookie scoop to make smaller cookies. Perfect everytime!

    • Vondy
      Feb 24, 2020

      Any suggestions on substituting anything besides nuts? Should I add more chocolate chips to the dough or ? Thanks for any ideas.

    • dublinlab
      Feb 11, 2020

      A very good cookie. Next time l'd add 1 1/2 c walnut, or maybe I chopped mine a little to fine. I made them 1/2 size. Janet VFE

    • Nancy
      Feb 7, 2020

      Let’s give credit to more than simply California. Hungry Bear is located at Fig Garden Village in Fresno, California and has many yummy cookies!

    • duckmichelle
      Jan 11, 2020

      Can you just leave the nuts out? I have family that are allergic to them!