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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 48

We named this recipe “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies,” because it’s got everything a cookie connoisseur could possibly ask for. With a texture that is slightly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, it’s a favorite recipe that’s been top-rated by hundreds of satisfied home cooks. MORE+ LESS-

Updated October 31, 2019

Ingredients

2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup butter, softened
3/4
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
egg
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
cups semisweet chocolate chips
1
cup coarsely chopped nuts, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat softened butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon about 1 minute or until fluffy, scraping side of bowl occasionally.
  • 3
    Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour mixture just until blended (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • 4
    Onto ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart.
  • 5
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store covered in airtight container.

  • Line flat cookie sheets with parchment for easy cleanup. Be sure to give the dropped dough plenty of air space, so the cookies won’t bump into each other as they spread.

Expert Tips

  • For best results, bake cookies on middle oven rack. For even baking, it’s best to bake one sheet at a time.
  • The best cookie sheets are shiny aluminum with a smooth surface and no sides. They reflect heat, letting cookies bake evenly and brown properly. Rimmed baking sheets are excellent for many things, but not for cookie making.
  • To ensure success in baking, measure ingredients accurately using the right measuring equipment for the ingredient being measured. For best results, add ingredients in the order they are called for.
  • The best way to measure flour is to first stir the flour a bit before spooning into the measuring cup. Fill until heaping, and then sweep the excess off the top with the flat edge of a butter knife.
  • There is lots of baking science behind what makes a soft, chewy cookie versus a crisp, crunchy cookie. The ratio and type of sugars used, the amount of butter or shortening, and how much flour is stirred in all make a difference.
  • Use a 1-inch meat baller (or a cookie/ice cream scoop) to make consistently even-shaped cookies.
  • Make jumbo cookies—use a measuring cup or cookie/ice cream scoop to scoop dough. Drop dough 3 inches apart, and bake until edges are set (centers will be soft).
  • What's your favorite way to riff on this classic recipe? With macadamia and white vanilla baking chips? Double the peanut butter (chips and chopped peanuts)? Or salted butterscotch-pecan (butterscotch chips and chopped pecans, sprinkled with coarse salt before baking)? Whatever you decide, just replace chocolate chips and nut amounts with the same amount of new ingredient you are adding.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
19%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
85mg
4%
Potassium
40mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
16g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
10g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • There are times when a store-bought or bakery cookie is fine, but homemade chocolate chip cookies are the right choice for lazy summer afternoons, unexpected snow days or that holiday party that just wouldn’t be the same without these beauties on the cookie tray. If there’s anything we’re willing to experiment with, it’s finding just the right kind of chocolate chip cookie that suits our tastes. After baking, testing and tasting over and over again, we landed on this recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Even better, this recipe is reliable enough that you can use it as a base for a little experimentation—try different kinds of chips and nuts for easy flavor twists. You’ll find more creative ideas in this chocolate chip cookie recipe collection.

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