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stack of chocolate chip cookies

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 286kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar dark brown can be used as well
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips milk or dark chips can also be used


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  • Dissolve baking soda into hot water, add to mixture and stir well to combine. Add flour and salt and mix by hand until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop cookie dough, and if desired shape dough balls so that they are taller than wide, and place on baking sheet. Leave at least 3" between cookies to allow for spreading.
  • Bake for approximately 9-11minutes in preheated oven, until edges start to brown. Remove from oven and place baking sheet on a wire cooling rack. Allow cookies to sit on baking sheet for ten minutes, then with a spatula, gently transfer to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Store tightly covered.


While chilling this dough is not required, it always takes cookies to the next level. If possible, chill covered for one hour. 
Make sure to not over-bake. Cookies may seem underdone when you remove them from the oven, but they finish cooking on the hot baking sheet. 


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
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