Homemade chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate comfort dessert to make at home. They usually remind us of childhood and are the perfect easy and sweet treat to make for a crowd or to store and have on hand. Many may regard the original Nestle Toll House cookie recipe as the ultimate best chocolate chip cookie recipe since it was so widely used in homes, but there are endless ways to make chocolate chip cookies interesting.

Try fresh ideas like adding surprise ingredients or tweaking the recipe or baking process to yield a particular texture. Whether you prefer chewy and chunky or caramelized and crisp, there are so many ways to make your favorite chocolate chip cookies. Using these recipes, make a dozen of the classic variety or use your own additions to the recipe to make a new version of your favorite chocolate chip cookie.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This recipe is deliciously golden thanks to the browned butter, but for a deeper caramelized flavor, use dark-brown sugar instead of light-brown sugar.

Total Time: 40 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, almond flour or Cup4Cup gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter, room temperature

  • 1 1/4 cup light-brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces (1 small bag) milk-chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.

  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat 1 stick of the butter for 4 minutes until the butter foams and browns, constantly stirring with a rubber spatula.

  4. Pour the browned butter into a large mixing bowl.

  5. Cut the remaining half stick of butter into small chunks and add it to the browned butter, where it should start to slowly melt. The browned butter should be cool enough that it does not foam when the additional butter is added.

  6. Once all the butter is melted together, add both the brown sugar and white sugar and whisk together to form a smooth consistency.

  7. Add the egg and egg yolks, whisking until smooth and fully combined.

  8. Mix in the vanilla and then slowly fold in the dry-ingredient mixture until no dry spots of flour remain. The dough should be smooth and well combined.

  9. Gently fold in the chocolate chip morsels.

  10. Using a scoop or spoon, measure out 20 cookie dough balls, each roughly 2 tablespoons.

  11. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pans once halfway through the cooking time until golden brown.

Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe

This original recipe is an absolute classic with the addition of chopped nuts adding another layer and depth of flavor.

Total Time: 40 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs

  • 12 ounces (2 small bags) Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, preferably pecans, walnuts or a combination

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda together.

  3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy.

  4. Add in 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition to ensure it is well combined before adding the next.

  5. Slowly add in the dry-ingredient mixture until no dry spots of flour remain. The dough should be smooth and well combined.

  6. Removing the mixing bowl from the stand, use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the chocolate chip morsels and chopped nuts.

  7. Using a scoop or spoon, measure out the dozens of cookie dough balls, roughly 1 rounded tablespoon each.

  8. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans once halfway through the cooking time until golden brown.

  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 2 minutes before carefully lifting and transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

Customized Ingredients

Once you have mastered your favorite best chocolate chip cookie recipe, try experimenting with the ingredients you add into the batches of cookies for a different flavor and surprise spin on a classic. Adding different ingredients can add a depth of flavor and complexity to homemade chocolate chip cookies, giving them a balanced flavor profile while elevating the cookie from a childhood favorite to a fresh take on the standby favorite. Keep in mind that salt and heat balance sweetness, while other sweet flavors can touch on the various notes of the caramelized flavor in chocolate chip cookies.

If you typically do not add chopped nuts to your chocolate chip cookies, that is a great place to start when experimenting with additional ingredients. Toasted pecans add a deeper flavor and compliment the rich, buttery flavor and the caramelized brown sugar. Swap in bittersweet chocolate for a wider range of add-in options.

Bittersweet chocolate works well with hot spices like a dash of cayenne for a Mexican-chocolate-inspired cookie. Other sweet ingredients can be added to bittersweet chocolate chip cookies without the dessert getting too sweet, such as bits of toffee, mini marshmallows or even peanut butter morsels. Another way to add complexity is to sprinkle the chocolate chip cookie dough balls with flaky sea salt for a play on a favorite flavor combination: sea salt and caramel.

About Cookie Textures

No matter what chocolate chip cookie recipe you deem to be the best or your favorite, everyone has a distinct preference for what texture is ideal for warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies. Some find chewy, gooey-centered chocolate chip cookies to be mouthwatering, while others want a crisp, thin cookie that snaps a little when it is bitten. A few tweaks to the best chocolate chip cookie recipe can yield any texture your heart desires.

Making Chewy Cookies

To achieve a thicker, chewy chocolate chip cookie, skew the brown-sugar to white-sugar ratio to use more brown sugar, which has a higher moisture content. The additional moisture in the dough will keep the cookies from drying out too much while baking, keeping the center melty and gooey for the perfect chewy bite. Remember to also chill the dough well before baking. This will keep the dough from spreading as it bakes, which will keep the cookie smaller but thicker.

Making Crisp Cookies

For a crisp and crunchy chocolate chip cookie, use less liquid and more fat in the dough. Use softened butter as opposed to melted butter and skew the ratio of sugar to include more white granulated sugar than brown sugar to minimize the moisture level. Increase the temperature slightly but no higher than 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and do not chill the dough before baking. This ensures the cookies will spread more, giving you a crispier cookie.

About the Author

Molly Harris

Molly is a freelance journalist and social media consultant. In addition to Leaf.tv, Molly has written for Teen Vogue and Paste magazine. She is the former assistant editor of the Design and Style section of Paste magazine. View her work at www.mmollyharris.com.