My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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13.10.09




You can never have enough chocolate chip cookies and you can never bake enough of them. I used to search high and low for the perfect CCC recipe while experimenting with all the different ingredients to see what made the best difference. This is my one and only CCC recipe that I use and I don’t even bother glancing at another one anymore. It’s perfectly thick, chewy, and crispy, while maintaining the perfect amount of flavor. I’ve posted the recipe on here before, but I’ll post it again to make sure you don’t miss it. Just look how photogenic these cookies are! They’ve pleased everyone so far and I’ve baked them at least a dozen times!

These cookies go great with the snuggly weather, which I sure do miss. I’d gladly give up a week of sun for a week of overcast and rain. Good thing I’ll be going to Seattle next week with my boyfriend! That way, I get to soak in the lovely cold weather and cuddle with my love! Speaking of Seattle, does anyone have any places to recommend going besides my favorite cupcake shop, Trophy’s? I’d love to hear any suggestions! We’ll be going for 4 days, 3 nights and will be staying in downtown Seattle, so anywhere nearby is fair game! :)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. When it’s time, Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

47 comments :

  • Pam

    This recipe is my perfect CCC recipe! I love the tablespoon of vanilla – it makes these cookies so flavourful. I’ve been making these cookies for years and everyone loves them.

    Anyway, Seattle – have you done the touristy stuff like Space Needle, Underground City etc? The views from the Space Needle, especially at night, are just amazing!

  • Anonymous

    mmm, chocolate chip. my favorite. :)

    and seattle…you should check out the pike fish market. it’s popular with a lot of people. the people who work there makes things really interesting.

    by the way, when you are free to bake, could you try out this recipe?
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/clone-of-a-cinnabon/detail.aspx
    i’m a huge fan of cinnabon. haha

    thanks!

    -hannah

  • Cherilynn Wood Fine Art

    Those look like pure heaven to me!!!

  • Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"

    These look like I’d love them! Soft and chewy! I’ll to give this one a try too, aside from my fave recipe that uses vanilla pudding mix. =)

  • Heidi

    Ahh…Seattle. I’m sure you experienced the extreme downpour of rain we had yesterday (Saturday). Wasn’t it great?!! I live and work in Seattle. I’m reading this post a bit late so I’m not sure if you are still here but here are some ideas if you are still in the area. Do you have transportation to go outside of downtown or are your feet do the traveling?

    * If you are a Tom Douglas fan, he has many restaurants downtown Seattle. On 4th Ave. & Virginia is the intersection of 3 of his most popular restaurants. Serious Pies (pizza), Lola (greek) and Dalia Lounge & Bakery. The bakery is a little separate entrance on 4th Avenue and it’s a very well known and loved bakery in the area. It’s a little more upscale in it’s selection of treats and their coconut cream pie is very sought after (expensive too).

    * Their is a bakery in Belltown called Macrina Bakery. It’s on 1st Avenue and also a very popular bakery. (Belltown is also a very hip night area).

    * If you want an excellent and very quaint and intimate Italian Dinner there is a restaurant in the Pike Place Market area called The Pink Door. You enter it on Post Alley and it only displays a tiny little sign. The restaurant is one you will remember forever. It is sooo darn cute and romantic.

    * If you want to visit a very funky neighborhood where you will see all sorts of different folks, you must go up to Capitol Hill. You can walk there from downtown Seattle in about 15 minutes. So fun to browse the main street, Broadway and the little shops. Beautiful old houses on Capitol Hill also.

    * If you CAN get a bit outside of town, you should go to Golden Gardens in Ballard AND Discovery Park in Magnolia. BEAUTIFUL city parks both near the water. Near Golden Gardens, you can get some wonderful fish & chips. Oh, and on the way to Golden Gardens is the Ballard Locks which is very interesting, educational and fun.

    * Another area outside of downtown Seattle where you should visit is West Seattle, Alki Beach. It’s a beach that has a prominent scene in Sleepless in Seattle. Has a beautiful beach, lots of restaurants, a nice path to walk and cute little beach houses to look at. Everyone enjoys Alki Beach.

    * There is a fairly new cupcake place Downtown Seattle called the Yellowleaf Cupcake co. it’s on 2209 4th Avenue. I have not tried it yet but have good things about it.

    Gosh, I could go on and on but I’m not even sure if you are still in Seattle. Email if you have any questions or need suggestions. I would love to help you.

    Heidi
    nillanamba@gmail.com

  • Brandy

    I love seeing your posts in the Bakery community!

    I think this is the recipe I’ve claimed from AllRecipes…whenever I take the cookies anyplace, they get rave reviews. Love them! I want to bake some now! :D

  • Smitten Sugar

    Wow I havent tried this recipe yet! But these photos makes me want to run home and try it out tonight! Thanks for sharing~!

  • Natalie

    These cookies are picture perfect. They look so delicious and soft.

  • nina finley

    Definitely be sure to check out the Experience Music Project while in Seattle! It’s right near the space needle and it’s the weirdest looking building you’ll ever see, you really can’t miss it! It’s really amazing and worth the time.
    http://www.empsfm.org/

  • Former Fat Girl

    These cookies look fantastic and I’m excited to try them! As for Seattle (I’m native) I would have to echo what Heidi recommended! Anything Tom Douglas and go to Macrinas! We had our wedding reception at Palace Ballroom with a full TD menu and the cake came from Macrinas! We were married nearly 7 months ago and we’re still getting compliments on it. Serious Pie is a MUST!!

  • Amy

    This is my go-to CCC recipe, too! In my opinion it can’t be beat!! These pictures are making me crave one right now! Beautiful!

    -Amy
    http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

  • rollininthedough

    love this CCC recipe! you have me hooked.

    as for seattle: definitely hit up pike’s place market. A foodie’s heaven for realz!

    if you like ice cream, go to Molly Moon’s. Amazing. Always a fat line out the door on a hot day.

    I looooove trophy cupcakes. Other famous places are cupcake royal although I haven’t been there myself

    Capitol hill. amazing bar scene, lots of young people, great for going out. and get a cream cheese hot dog, only open at night before you tun in!!

    lastly…. if you are on a budget and want some great french food, go to Presse. It is a french cafe, right next to seattleU. cheap, chic, and delicious!! right next to it is a great coffee shop too!! (stumptown) have fun. I love seattle :)

  • Katrina

    Favorite kind of cookie, now another recipe I’ll have to try. You’re right–very photogenic!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    I love this recipe but about a year and a half ago it started turning out much flatter cookies than it used to. I’m still perplexed but yours look just perfect.

  • Anonymous

    Purple is one of my favorite restaurants. It’s downtown on the corner of 4th and university, and they have a great wine menu and a pretty good beer selection, too. I can’t remember the exact name on the menu, but if you go you should try the cheese, honey, and cranberry dessert. It’s delicious.

  • Maria

    They look perfect to me!

  • blairie

    Man Vs Food raved about Red Mill Burgers, the Crab Pot, and Beth’s Cafe. My husband and I were drooling over the burger joint. :)

    Yummy cookies. I’m making a double-batch today!

  • drarmp1t

    You are absolutely right! This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe by far! I just made a batch right now using this recipe and they’re perfect! THank you so much for sharing!

  • savorysimple

    I’m a cookie traditionalist. Chocolate chip cookies will ALWAYS be my favorite. They look delicious!

  • yellow_fields

    These cookies showed me that I can, in fact, bake. Thank you!!

  • Enji

    I stumbled to your blog and I’m hooked! I have baked 2 recipes in one night. These CCC recipe is baking the oven at this VERY second!

    Thanks!

    Enji

  • Anonymous

    I’m just baking these cookies now (the pictures made me do it) But I used dark brown sugar because that is all I had.. I haven’t tried them yet, I’m sure they are still good, but did you use light brown sugar?? Because my dough and the cookies are turning out a lot darker then the ones in the picture.

  • Pam

    I bake them with dark brown sugar all the time :) You should be fine.

  • Anonymous

    they are still quite tasty! but don’t look anything like the picture… turned out a lot darker, any ideas why?

  • Kim

    anon- yes, i know.. it is the same recipe as that one and it is linked where it says “HERE” on this post. i’ve posted it almost 3 times here now and credited it. thanks.

  • yellow_fields

    Ahhahaa caught red handed!!

    :rolls eyes:

    People are so weird o_O I would defend this cookie post to the death! I guess that’s a bit weird too.

  • Anonymous

    just made these, my new fav :)

    better than tollhouse

  • Laura

    I tried these today and they are AWESOME! I totally love them and my family does, too!!!

    THX for sharing

  • apparentlyjessy

    Just popped the last of these in the oven, they have turned out beautifully, I knew I could get a damn good choc chip recipe from your blog! Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I made these and I’m note sure why they are cake like…any tips would help. I love your blog!

  • Anonymous

    this dough is honestly amazing right now. i am so baked and waiting for them to come out of the oven….i know they are gonna be awesome. thanks for this recipe

  • Liv B

    I tried these over the weekend. I think I left them too long in the fridge because they weren’t quite as thin and soft looking as yours. I’ll definitely be trying the recipe again though!

  • Jessica

    i just tried this recipe and YUM! i will be using this recipe for many years to come. thanks for sharing!

  • Corriendo

    Hm…I tried this recipe the other day, and my cookies came out way too hard. I’m thinking I left them in for too long or something. I’m not sure. Do you know what could have gone wrong?

  • bonny

    i always spend so much time looking for recipes else where, yet i always come back to your blog. everything you make looks so good, and it always comes out good too! these were really good! thank you :)

  • Kathy

    I know this is super super late..haha. I stumbled on to your site because your cookies look amaaazing! :) I will definitely try them.

    If you ever go back to Seattle, I want you to try Yellow Leaf Cupcakes. They are located in downtown Seattle. The cupcakes are moist and the frosting isn’t too sweet which I really like. They only I actually pick them over Trophys and Cupcake Royale!

  • Melinda

    I just came across this post ( I think via Pinterest!) and decided to try these for myself! So delicious! I didn’t follow your instructions properly, but I think I’ll try to next time. Anyway, they were still a huge hit – I posted about it on my blog, and linked back to you! Thanks!

    http://www.melindadiorio.com/

  • Melinda

    I just came across this post ( I think via Pinterest!) and decided to try these for myself! So delicious! I didn’t follow your instructions properly, but I think I’ll try to next time. Anyway, they were still a huge hit – I posted about it on my blog, and linked back to you! Thanks!

    http://www.melindadiorio.com/

  • Anonymous

    Perfect recipe! Made these with my two year old daughter today for fathers day. Best cookies I’ve made! Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    i have been using this recipe for a ittle over a year now and it is a huge success. i will never use another ccc recipe. these are hands down the best cookies i have ever made.

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    Hi Kim, like you I’m always looking for a good chocolate chip recipe. my favorite is still from my classic ‘joy of cooking’ book. your melted butter has me intrigued though! I’m going baking at the end of the month at the Ronald mcdonald house and will try them there. also going to make our white chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! thanks for the inspiration!!

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