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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to favorite dessert, sweet snack, or after-school treat. With our easy, three-step recipe, you'll have soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies to serve and enjoy in no time.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen
soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

Photography: Victor Schrager

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

If desired, use a small ice-cream scoop for uniform-size cookies.

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  • tg4freedom
    14 JUL, 2017
    My sweet loves this recipe I add walnuts and he eats every crumb of the batch leftover in my cookie container. :) ....... looking forward to using other cookie recipes. I do have a ?? do you have a good gluten-free cookie recipe. I love sugar cookies especially?
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  • tinkerbellboo
    13 JUL, 2017
    First of all Martha ya munted for thinking these cookies would be an actual success, mine came out of the oven looking a mother f**king doner kebab. They were flatter than a pre-pubescent boys chest, and so buttery I have been barking like a mother f**ckung bear who woke up too early from hibernation. My esophagus is so clogged it feels like I've been smoking a pack of twenty every bloody hour. I'm not usually this salty, but I feel as if the butter has seeped into my actual arteries. I'm either stupid as [filtered] or ya recipe is completely twatted. Qqqqq x
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  • caramelrus7418750
    30 JUN, 2017
    The the best cookie I have ever made. In fact, maybe the best I've ever tried. I made an account just to type this comment to let everyone know how easy and absolutely delicious these cookies are! I am vegan and used semi-sweet chocolate chips, replaced each egg with about 1/3 cup of applesauce, used vegan butter spread for the butter, and for fun added a little dash of almond extract and they were delicious! Made them a few days ago and going back to make me right now!
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  • realroyalove
    24 JUN, 2017
    Great recipe. I don't have a electric mixer so I just mixed by hand. I mixed the butter and both the sugars until the mixture was soft (it still had bits of solid sugar in it though), I then added the vanilla (mine was powdered vanilla), salt and three eggs (my eggs were small). I mixed it until it was soft (this time i could see less bits of sugar). I added the flour-baking soda mixture in by small portions and mixed until it was well combined. Unlike the recipe, I didn't preheat my oven. I left it on for about 5 mins before putting in the first batch of cookies. I left them cook for 14 mins in total before taking them out and letting them cool completely on the baking tray. I expected the second batch to take less time in the oven but it actually took more (since they were bigger than the first batch), they were in the oven for around 17-19 mins then I took them out and left them cool. I made 28 cookies in total (you'd probably make more if you used an icecream scoop to have them the same size). They're fantastic, a bit too sweet for my taste but great nonetheless. The edge was crispy and the middle was soft and chewy!
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  • amsn6000
    10 JUN, 2017
    Awesome recipe
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  • katiemaclean04
    10 JUN, 2017
    Overall, these cookies turn out great! The only thing was that it didn't even come close to making 3 dozen. The cookies tasted great, but if you are trying to make enough cookies for 3 dozen people, I would double the recipe.
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  • shimster66
    29 MAY, 2017
    I tried this recipe, it turned out amazing, I didn't have a mixer handy so a whisk and butter microwave for 45 seconds worked great. I would definitely try again
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  • ellaelbiryiclo
    9 APR, 2017
    Hi... My name is ella. I've been baking cookies for a long time, but I never seem to get the temperature on the oven right (considering it has no gage). So if I try to bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they either burn or don't get baked enough. What should I do?
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    • awesome11x11
      2 JUN, 2017
      I have the same problem. What I do is put it on the required temperature and then just stay by the oven and check every 2 minutes or so... or just wait till you start smelling them :p ;)
    • carolyn.campeau1
      23 APR, 2017
      You might want to invest in an oven thermometer. It will read the temperature in the oven so you will know what the actual temperature is when you are baking. They are relatively inexpensive and worth the investment so you can bake assured that your baking will turn out how you want it to
  • just_spoiled
    31 MAR, 2017
    They were delicious. I only had a cup each of milk chocolate semi sweet chips and white chocolate. I mixed them and added a few walnuts. Yummy!!!!
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  • petar.kostadinov1
    14 MAR, 2017
    It comes out as it is written here. They turned out great!!! Just make sure you follow directions and while the mixer is spinning in slow speed, place the flour slowly with the s[filtered]. That is one idea. Or stop the mixer and do half and half while you make it stir. That is all. Someone here was asking if they can be made vegan while chewy...i will try to figure it out and see what i can come up with. I would say, just play with ingredients. Most of chocolate chip cookies nowadays are new creations in the hands of the baker.
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