Best Chocolate Chip Cookies


This chocolate chip cookie recipe makes delicious cookies with crisp edges and chewy middles.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 dozen

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is truly the best. Just take it from the 14,000 members of the Allrecipes community who have given it rave reviews! These chocolate chip cookies are beloved because they're soft, chewy, and absolutely irresistible. Our top-rated recipe for chocolate chip cookies will quickly become your go-to.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making bakery-worthy chocolate chip cookies is much easier than it seems. You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

These are the kitchen staples you'll need to make the best chocolate chip cookies of your life:

  • Butter: This classic chocolate chip cookie recipe starts with two sticks of butter creamed with white and brown sugars. The blend of sugars creates a perfectly balanced flavor.
  • Eggs: Eggs add moisture and act as a binding agent, which means they help hold the dough together.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor of the chocolate chip cookies.
  • Baking soda: Baking soda acts as a leavener, which means it helps the cookies rise.
  • Water: A bit of hot water creates steam as it bakes, working with the baking soda to puff the cookies up.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, but it won't make the cookies taste salty.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour helps create gluten, which adds structure to the cookie dough.
  • Chocolate chips: Of course, you'll need semisweet chocolate chips! You can use dark or milk chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • Nuts (optional): Walnuts are optional, but they add nutty flavor and a welcome crunch.

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies Step-By-Step

Here's a very brief overview of what you can expect when you make chocolate chip cookies from-scratch:

  1. Beat the butter and sugars, then beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  2. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and add to the mixture.
  3. Stir in the flour, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
  4. Drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake until the edges are golden brown.

How Long to Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, the chocolate chip cookies should be perfectly baked in about 10 minutes. The edges should be golden brown and the cookies should be mostly set (they'll continue to set as the cool).

chocolate chip cookies on a blue plaid plate with more cookies cooling in the background

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Test Kitchen Tips

“Everyone needs a good chocolate chip cookie recipe,” says culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom). Here are a few of her expert tips and tricks for making perfect chocolate chip cookies every time: 

  • Beating the butter and sugar is the most important part of the chocolate chip cookie-making process, according to Nicole. It takes a lot longer than you might think: She recommends beating the ingredients together for about four minutes.
  • Nicole suggests chilling the dough before baking to prevent spreading. This is essential if you want a cookie that’s still a little gooey in the middle, she says. 
  • Make sure to let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes after you take them out of the oven. This step prevents tearing and keeps each cookie in one piece.

How Long Do Chocolate Chip Cookies Last?

Store the cooled chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you want to go the extra mile, throw a piece of white bread into the container — it'll absorb the dry air and keep the cookies soft for longer.

Learn more: How to Store Cookies So They Stay Fresh

Can You Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Yes! You can freeze baked chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough.

  • To freeze baked cookies: Allow the baked cookies to cool completely. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover, and freeze for about three hours or up to overnight. Transfer the now-frozen cookies to a zip-top bag or freezer-safe container. Wrap in at least one layer of foil for extra protection. Freeze for up to two months.
  • To freeze cookie dough: Drop balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze for about three hours or up to overnight. Transfer the frozen cookies to a zip-top bag or freezer-safe container. Wrap in at least one layer of foil for extra protection. Freeze for up to two months.

Learn more: How to Freeze Cookies and Cookie Dough for Easy Baking

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This has been my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe since I found it on Allrecipes several years ago," says GCKJA. "The recipe is not the 'back of the bag' recipe, with different ratios of all ingredients and that's what makes these cookies so darned good!"

"By far my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe," raves Sonja Ellingson. "Exactly the way I like them. Chewy, crispy and thin. I added some toffee chips in the second batch and they were over the top good!"

"My go-to recipe," says Andrea Howard. "I sometimes add oatmeal, nuts, raisins, etc. but they are also fantastic without. Crunchy and chewy in every bite!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons hot water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Gather your ingredients, making sure your butter is softened, and your eggs are room temperature.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth.

    butter, white sugar, and brown sugar mixed together in a mixing bowl

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  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

    eggs mixed into cookie batter, one at a time

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  5. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.

    baking soda and water being mixed into cookie batter

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  6. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and walnuts.

    flour, chocolate chips, and nuts mixed into cookie batter

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  7. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

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  8. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are nicely browned, about 10 minutes.

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  9. Cool on the baking sheets briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    chocolate chip cookies cooling on wire rack

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  10. Store in an airtight container or serve immediately and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
8g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 52mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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