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Lexi's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies


Careful measuring and mixing ensure excellent results in these delicious chocolate chip cookies.

  • Yield: Makes thirty 4-inch cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living Special Issues 2001


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugars, and beat until combined and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well blended.

  2. Add flour mixture, and beat on low speed until combined. Add the chocolate chips, and beat until combined.

  3. Drop 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter at a time onto baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove the cookies and the parchment paper from the baking sheets, and let cool on a rack.

Cook's Notes

Instead of using an electric mixer, steps 1 and 2 can also be done by hand.

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  • MS11362031
    13 AUG, 2016
    DO NOT MAKE THIS RECIPE AS GIVEN! This recipe is seriously flawed! A cup and a half of chocolate chips for all this dough? Wrong! The ingredients should have been given in weight form, though a lot of home bakers probably do not have a scale. At least the recipe should have given the method for measuring the flour, which can make a huge difference in how baked goods turn out. My cookies also turned out in a big blob. Try using more flour next time. What a waste of expensive ingredients and time!
  • Jooles12
    5 SEP, 2014
    I've been making these cookies for years and always to rave reviews! People have nicknamed them my "saucer cookies" as a nod to their glorious size. I'll never get tired of the sweet caramel taste of these buttery beauties. Thanks Lexi and Martha!
  • Bernadetteann413
    8 OCT, 2013
    These are, without a doubt, the most amazing chocolate chip cookies...ever! I have been using this recipe for years, and my kids - who are now full grown - will not accept any other homemade chocolate chip cookie! These are also Santa's all-time favorite cookie!
  • Eat Only If Its Oh So Good
    25 JUL, 2013
    Dang! So, so, so, so yummy. Make 'em
  • AnitaMac
    20 JAN, 2013
    Not my favourite - a little too sweet and greasy; not enough chocolate chips per cookie; they burn easily; & don't travel well in a lunch bag BUT they are great served with vanilla bean ice cream. Make them Large and bend into a taco shell shape when warm -then let cool and harden and kids can make Taco Sundays.
  • kamikami
    9 NOV, 2011
  • MS10179294
    14 JUL, 2011
    THE BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!! These cookies NEVER fail to impress & wow people. Since they spread when baked, I make mine smaller & can get almost 300 cookies out of one batch. THANK YOU, LEXI! THANK YOU, MARTHA!!!
  • MS11714088
    21 NOV, 2010
    I have made these forever and they are the BEST! Everyone loves them. That said, if you want a thick chewy Mrs Fields' type cookie, this is not the recipe for you. They do spread and are very buttery but that's why they taste so good! I looked for years for a crispy thin CC cookie and this was where I stopped looking! Thanks!
  • Since1982
    14 AUG, 2010
    BTW, this recipe was formulated long ago by Alexis Stewart--not the test kitchen--hence the name, Lexi's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Since1982
    14 AUG, 2010
    I LOVE these cookies. I use a SILPAT and put only 4 staggered balls of dough per sheet (18" x 12"). I've made them for years and have always received enthusiastic praise from the people to whom they've been served. However: they're different from traditional chocolate chip cookies so not everyone may be pleased with the results. Try them and decide for yourself. ; )