The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

I have lots of recipes that feature chocolate chips. Here’s a small sampling: Easy Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies, Giant M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate chip cookies are little morsels of memories. I’m sure you, too, have more than one memory that has a chocolate chip cookie wrapped up in it.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies, look no more. This is the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever try. If you don’t love them the first time, make them again; you made a mistake somewhere 🙂 Seriously though, for being a very basic chocolate chip cookie recipe (no extensive chilling time needed, no cornstarch needed, etc.) this is the best recipe out there.

The secret key to this chocolate chip cookie recipe is the melted butter. I LOVE that it uses melted butter because you don’t have to wait for the butter to come to room temperature. When you beat the melted butter and the sugars together you beat and beat until the mixture gets light and fluffy (pictures in the post for reference!); the process takes several minutes but it’s where the cookie magic happens! The cookies have a caramel undertone that is so delicious and they turn out great every time you make them. They are crisp on the edges, a little soft in the middle, and the perfect cookie texture all around.

This recipe is solid, one that I make over and over again and have been making for years. I can’t wait for it to become a family favorite in your house too.

Here’s a picture of the butter and sugar mixture. This is what it looks like after about a minute of mixing – dark and caramely (left). Delicious, but not what you are after. We want it “creamed” which means light and fluffy.

Here’s what the butter and sugar should look like before you add anything else (right). It will be light and fluffy, and this will take a full 5-8 minutes of mixing. Don’t skip this step!

Here’s what I love about the best chocolate chip cookie recipe:

  • It is made with 100% butter – no margarine here.
  • Not only is it all butter, but it’s all melted butter. No waiting for a stick to soften or trying to “soften” via the microwave.
  • The melted butter gives it a yummy almost caramelish undertone. You’ll understand when you get there.

Can you freeze the dough and bake later?

Yes! I always double this recipe, bake a couple dozen, then form and freeze the rest (form them into the balls, stick them in a single layer in an airtight container, and freeze for up to a month). Just bake the frozen dough for a few minutes longer at 350 degrees (instead of 325). They turn out perfect every time. Now I always have cookies in the freezer ready to pop in the oven on a whim. I haven’t said no to a request for cookies in months!

I love having the cookie dough in the freezer, too, for unexpected guests or when I want to take some dinner over to a friend. Hot cookies are always welcome with a meal!

How do you get perfectly shaped cookies?

Invest in a cookie scoop ! It’s a game changer. I also like using baking mats. Everyone needs both in their kitchen.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever




The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


Literally the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. The secret is using melted butter!



  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled for 5 minutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk (when I double the recipe I do 3 eggs instead of 2 eggs and 2 yolks… it’s up to you)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and sugars together with an electric mixer (or stand mixer) on medium speed until smooth and light and fluffy in color, around 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add half the flour, the salt and baking soda, and then the second half of the flour.  Mix in the chips until incorporated.  Working with 1 large tablespoons of dough at a time, roll them into balls and place them on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper or a baking mat) about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake the cookies until the edges are set and beginning to brown but the middles are still soft and puffy, around 10 minutes.
  4. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough.


To freeze this cookie dough, simple form it into balls and stick them in a single layer in a zipper-topped bag or an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze. Place the frozen cookie dough balls on your baking-mat-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Hot cookies on demand will change your life!

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cookie recipes, best chocolate chip cookie, chocolate chip cookie recipe, best cookie recipes

Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book


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These cookies are going to change your chocolate chip cookie life because I promise you that this truly is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there! Happy baking friends and enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

The recipe was originally published in February 2012. It was rephotographed, rewritten, and republished for your enjoyment in June 2017.

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53 Responses
  1. Kristie Hinshaw

    Hey, we’ve tried this a few times now and love it!!! However, I have a question. I melt the butter and let it cool, but my dough is still not a good enough consistency to actually make balls. I have to spoon it on the pan. Today I tried cooling in the fridge, but it still isn’t quite right for rolling a ball. I love the texture of the cookie in your photos. While ours are delicious, I’d like them to be like the ones you have pictured. Wonder if you have any suggestions for me. Is the butter suppose to get o a specific “look’ before incorporating, etc. Thank you so much!

    1. Melissa

      I think it has less to do with the butter and more to do with the amount of flour you are using. You can use the butter while it’s still warm and it’s great. If your dough is sticky, try adding 1/4 cup of flour. It should be easy to work with and not stick to things when you are making them into balls. You can always email a picture too! I’m more than happy to help you trouble shoot.

  2. i attempted to make these and when beating the butter and sugar it was not setting up? what butter do you use? how long do you let the butter sit to cool? it stayed really liquidy when i was beating it 🙁 looking for a really good cookie recipe

    1. Melissa

      I used a store-brand salted butter, nothing special and I whip it 8-10 minutes if I put it in hot. It’s a long time! It’ll still work even if you don’t beat it a ton, I think it just develops the flavor. Did you make them? What did you think?

    1. Melissa

      Yes! One of my kid’s favorite substitutions for this recipe too! Thanks for sharing friend, I’m so happy you loved them as much as we do!

  3. Areej

    I liked it.your explanation are helpfull. I love cookies.
    Can u plz tell us a butter stick how much in grams? Can I use just the amount of brown suger I felt it has alot of suger.

  4. Jessica Lather

    By far the best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER!! I made them for a BBQ and they were a hit! I will definitely make extra next time and freeze the dough.

  5. Cathy

    Love these! Made them with my 9 year old autistic grandson and his almost 5 year old sister. They had a blast and gobbled up several before they were completely cool. We will definitely be making these again! Thank you so much for sharing your gift of baking.

    1. Mary

      My daughter is home from college and requested homemade chocolate chip cookies. I alternate between a few different recipes but came across your blog/recipe and gave it a try tonight. It’s wonderful and I’ll be making it again for sure. Thank you!!!

  6. Abby

    This has become my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe! They melt in your mouth! ? My husband asks me to make these almost weekly and I don’t ever object. ? I’ve made them for get togethers, to bring to new mamas, and taking them to my new principal tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Melissa

      Loving hearing that! That is 100% how we feel about them too. Thank you for taking the time to tell me, that made my morning!

  7. These are amazing! I made these for an event I attended today, and they were really well received. I used large chocolate chips and sprinkled some sea salt on top to offset the sweetness. Fabulous recipe, delicious cookies!

  8. Vera

    This recipe sounds so good! Did anyone weigh the ingredients? My tablespoons all have different sizes and I don’t know how much butter I need to add. I would also bet that 1 stick of butter is not the same size in Europe and the states. 🙂

  9. Courtney

    Just made these following your recipe and they are magnificentttt!! Simply Devine!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and enjoyed browsing your page!

  10. AnnaBanana

    You are a cookie goddess! I’ve made these several times now, and I love them! Any of your cookie recipes I’ve tried are winners, and I am picky with cookies.

  11. Stephanie C.

    I’ll have to try these! I have another recipe that is similar to this but just softened butter and 3/4 cup dark brown sugar. Have you ever made these with milk chocolate chips? That’s a favorite in our house
    Especially the ghirradelli brand 🙂

    1. Melissa

      Oh girl… any thing Ghirradelli in cookies is good 🙂 Yes, I’ve tried those in the cookies too and they are great. I just love dark chocolate! My family likes the milk better though…

  12. Vicki Alder

    OMG! This is probably the only chocolate chip cookie recipe that I will make from now on. Don’t know what does it, but it works!

  13. I started my new eating better/exercising- to-lose-the-baby-weight this past Monday and as my last indulgence I made these cookies! They were fantastic and you are right- I will never need another recipe again! I ate about 7 Sunday night! I’m so happy your blog is doing so amazing!! I love your recipes and ideas 🙂

    1. So it takes some turn over time between making, photographing, editing, and then posting. SO the cookie posts are all a little old. I’m totally doing what you are doing! I’m doing 6 weeks with no sugar or refined carbs. Must loose my baby weight! I have a treat once a week (normally Sunday) and these are what I want to make all of the time! I’ve only been doing it for a week though so I haven’t made it to my snack day yet 🙂 What’s your eating plan? We should work together. So much better with a friend!

  14. Rob and Marseille

    yum! though I think rob needs to be the one making cookies @ our house. he made some yesterday that were soo chewy and yummy!

  15. I’m making these today after church. The only modification that I have to make for the recipe is I have milk chocolate chips, not semi-sweet. Hope they’re still as delicious!

    1. Josannah Terry

      This recipe is awesome! My son and I just made a batch and enjoyed them with a guest. I froze some as well and have some formed in balls in an airtight contained in the fridge. Just wondering how long they are good for in the fridge?

      1. Melissa

        In an air-tight container I’d say a couple of months. I keep the dough in the freezer too! It lasts really well. So glad you liked them as much as we do!

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