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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone has a favorite type of chocolate chip cookie—a little crispy, a little chewy—but they all have to begin with a basic recipe. This is the best place to start! —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Additional flour: Increase flour up to 3-1/2 cups.
  • All Granulated Sugar: Omit brown sugar, increasing granulated sugar to 1-1/2 cups.
  • All Brown Sugar: Omit granulated sugar, increasing brown sugar to 1-1/2 cups.
  • Melted Butter: Substitute melted butter for softened butter.
  • Baking Powder: Substitute baking powder for baking soda.
  • Baking Soda: Omit baking powder, increasing baking soda to 1 teaspoon.
  • 24-Hour Chilled Dough: Place portioned dough into an airtight container, separating layers with waxed paper. Refrigerate 24 hours.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 136 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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    • dublinlab
      Apr 26, 2019

      This is a very nice cookie. I also added 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries. I will make these again. Janet. VFE