The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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This is the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter. No chilling time required, no funny ingredients, just simple, homemade chewy chocolate chip cookies!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Melted Butter

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. I know my family adores them, and with this easy and fast recipe (no dough chilling time in sight!) you’ll have a batch whipped up in no time. I love making a big batch of dough and keeping some frozen in case visitors come by or we get an unexpected sweet tooth calling.

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.

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!

What Makes These The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies?

It is made with 100% butter, melted to give the cookies a hint of caramel flavor.

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.

You don’t have to chill the cookie dough.

Also, you don’t have to chill the dough like many other recipes. The reason is because this dough is sturdy enough to spread a bit as the cookies bake, but not enough to totally flatten the cookies into one another. They hold their shape well, so the extra time spent refrigerating is unnecessary!

top view of baked chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet in rows
  • Flour: To bind and fill the cookies. You could also have good luck using gluten free flour, almond flour, or whole wheat flour.
  • Baking soda: For the cookies to rise and puff up a bit as they bake.
  • Salt: To round out the sweet flavors.
  • Butter: And lots of it! Melting it is the key to perfectly soft, chewy, amazing chocolate chip cookies.
  • Egg + an egg yolk: Eggs help add volume to cookies and extra yolk makes them more tender.
  • Vanilla: For a subtle warming flavor.
  • Chocolate chips: Of course! This adds the morsels of chocolate necessary for these cookies. You can use any chocolate chip variety you like here; I use semisweet.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies:

You are going to love making these cookies! They’re SO delish and fun to bake.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Beat the melted butter and sugars together with an electric mixer on medium. Until smooth and light and fluffy in color, around 5 minutes.
  • Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
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  • Reduce the speed to low and slowly add flour, the salt and baking soda.
  • Mix in the chips until incorporated.
  • Roll them into 1/4-inch balls. And place them on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper or a baking mat) about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies. Until the edges are set and beginning to brown but the middles are still soft and puffy, around 10 minutes.
  • Cool cookies. Keep on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough, and enjoy!
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Why I Bake These Cookies at 325 Degrees F. Instead of 350 Degrees F.

Baking cookies at 325 helps to make sure the inside and outside bake evenly. The outside doesn’t get crunchy while the inside remains gooey; instead, you have a chewy, but fully baked, cookie from inside out.

chocolate chip cookie dough in a metal mixer bowl

Possible Add-in Ideas:

  • Oatmeal: Use a half-cup less of flour and add 1 cup of oats to the dough at the same time as the flour for a grainy, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans: Fold in 3/4 cup of chopped nuts to the dough when you add the chocolate chips for an added crunch and nuttiness.
  • Toffee: Break toffee into small bits and fold 3/4 cup in with the chocolate chips to add a bit of crunch and sweetness from the toffee candy.
  • Mini M&M’s: Want a burst of color and an added chocolate boost? Mix in 3/4 cup of mini M&M’s when you add the chocolate chips.
  • Cocoa powder: For double chocolate chip cookies and chocolatey cookie dough, add a 1/2 cup of cocoa to the dough with the flour.
baked chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet in rows

How to Store Chocolate Chip Cookies:

These cookies will stay fresh stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. After that, store in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for up to 3 months.

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.

Can I Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?

Yes! I always double this recipe, bake a couple dozen, then form and freeze the rest.

How to freeze the dough: Form the dough into the balls, stick them in a single layer in an airtight container, and freeze for up to a month.

How to bake frozen dough: Just bake the frozen dough for a few minutes longer at 350 degrees F. (instead of 325 degrees F.). 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!

Troubleshooting Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • How can I tell my cookies are underdone?
    • They will still look like dough (glistening, soft) and won’t be golden-brown around the edges.
  • Why are my cookies spreading too much?
    • Too little flour is often the culprit of flat cookies — make sure you measure it well!
  • Why didn’t my cookies flatten?
    • Too much flour or not melting the butter can cause them to remain in their cylinder shape.
hands pulling apart a delicious chocolate chip cookie
5 from 20 votes
This is the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!). No chilling time required, no funny ingredients, just simple, homemade, amazingly delicious and chewy chocolate chip cookies!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 36 dozen cookies


  • 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
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • 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. The mixture will be very noticeably lighter in color (see post for before and after pictures).
  • Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
  • 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.
  • Bake the cookies until the edges are set and beginning to brown but the middles are still soft and puffy, around 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.
  • 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! These freeze very well. I normally make a double batch and freeze half.
  • When I double the recipe I do 3 eggs instead of 2 eggs and 2 yolks because that’s simpler for me. They turn out great.


Serving: 1 of 36 cookies, Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 82mg, Potassium: 62mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 135IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
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Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

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The recipe was originally published in February 2012. It was rephotographed, rewritten, and republished for your enjoyment in February 2020.

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  1. I just wanted to let you know these have been the official Christmas cookie in our house for the past three years. My son calls them his famous chocolate chip cookies because everyone loves them!

  2. 5 stars
    I have truly tried every Chocolate Chip cookie recipe on the planet and have finally found the perfect one!! One of my favorite things about this cookie is that it used melted butter, saves so much on time. I made mine with mini chocolate chips and they turned out AMAZING! Whole family loved them, thank you so much for sharing 😊

    1. I totally agree with you! The melted butter is SO easy and what makes the flavor amazing! ENJOY!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It comes out perfectly every time. If I’m baking it the same day, I like it to chill for an hour beforehand. I have also chilled for up to 24 hours if I know I’m going to be busy the day I want to bake. I stuff these cookies with dulce de leche and they come out delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these for the first time yesterday, wow they’re delicious!! I only did the brown sugar, not on purpose I just forgot to add the white and they were perfect! Gifted a dozen to neighbours and she asked for the recipe this morning! Thanks for another recipe on repeat!!
    (made your moms dinner rolls for the millionth time this morning for breakfast)

  5. Hello!
    Was this recipe previously called “the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need”? That’s how I always googled the recipe and I was just looking for quite a while for it without luck. This looks to be the most familiar blog and the recipe seems to be right. I’ve made it quite a few times and it really is the last recipe I’ve needed for chocolate chip cookies! 🙂 Would appreciate confirmation if you have a minute. Thank you!

    1. YES!! That’s what I used to call it and I think you’re the only one who could find it, LOL, I updated it this year to make it more user friendly, same recipe though. ENJOY!

  6. 5 stars
    Use only brown sugar and refrigerate the dough for 24hr/overnight before baking. This is already a pretty good cookie recipe, but with these modifications you will get PERFECT, bakery quality cookies. I am serious. This is the only recipe I will ever use for the rest of my life.

  7. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on the face of the earth. SO good! And they freeze well.

  8. 5 stars
    I’m sure I won’t be able to say enough good things about this recipe. I love to cook, especially for people I love. I’m pretty good at it, too. However, I HATE BAKING CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. Because I’m so bad at making them. They have never turned out right before and it’s so frustrating to me, so before I tried this recipe it had been a loooooong time since I’d made cookies. But I wanted some so bad and my husband wouldn’t make them for me ? So i used this recipe, and THEY WERE PERFECT. Soft, not too flat, DELICIOUS. So chewy and perfect. And so easy to make! I have tried the weirdest recipes to try and get the perfect cookie, but they never turned out well. These ones did. And I froze half the dough and can’t wait to try those later. Hands down the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted and especially have ever made, and my husband agrees. Wish I could give this 1,000 stars. Thank you, Melissa.

    1. YAY!!!! I love this SO MUCH! Thank you for taking the time to write a glowing review, it’s so appreciated! And I get you, my husband laughs at me sometimes because I own a business around food and I literally could not make cookies to save my life when we were first married. May this first success be a catalyst in your cookie making adventures!!!

  9. 5 stars
    These are seriously the BEST! I made them for a gathering a few months back and everyone at the party commented on how delicious they were! Your recipes are ALWAYS the best!! Thanks so MUCH!