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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few weeks back I introduced you to BethT’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now let me introduce you to mine.

These are my cookies. You know, the chocolate chip cookies you’ve been baking since you were old enough to stand and your mom would hand you down the spoon to lick.

Sorry. I’m getting a little dramatic, I know. In reality, I discovered these cookies in college but have been baking them ever since! I swear! There are so many reasons why I adore (read: obsess over) these cookies, but mainly because they are made with one hundred percent dark brown sugar, producing a very chewy cookie with a deep, complex sweetness to it.

I can’t tell you how many batches of these cookies I’ve made in the past six years. I don’t even want to know. I will tell you, however, that they are delicious when sandwiched together with vanilla bean ice cream or made into chocolate chip whoopie pies with buttercream inside.

And while I love this recipe, what follows is closest to my heart. I’m happy to share it with you!

Here’s what you need for success:

Now, well you don’t brown the butter in this recipe, you do need to soften it. I set two sticks on the counter this morning and then went and ran around the lake while they came to room temperature.

Yes I ran around the lake. I really did.

Anyways, first thing you need to do is whisk together two and a half cups of flour, a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of sea salt.

Whisk it together really well and set that bowl aside. In another bowl, cream together two sticks of your now soft butter, along with two cups of packed dark brown sugar.

A quick note here. All throughout college and my former life, I always creamed everything by hand using a large wooden spoon. It’s totally doable. I only got a KitchenAid for Christmas a year ago and even though I love that baby with all my heart and soul, you don’t need one! I think I had better arm muscles when I didn’t have one, actually. But that’s besides the point.

If you ARE using one though, dig out your creaming attachment and get that puppy goin’.

Have you ever made cookies and they’ve spread like crazy when you baked them and caused you to get incredibly frustrated with yourself for failing to bake the “easiest thing ever”?

Yeah…that happens. It happened to me at school, actually. You know why that happens? Because you’re over-creaming your butter and sugar! Seriously. Don’t take out all your aggression on the butter, people. Just cream for a few minutes until it looks nice, smooth and fluffy, and then shut the mixer off and step away. It’s done.

Now, add one egg, mix on low for about ten seconds, and then add another egg.

Also, at this time, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (or vanilla paste). Mix gently.

Add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Be very careful not to overmix here!

Then, it’s go time. Add the chocolate chips and stir. How many chocolate chips you add is your choice alone. Personally, I added a whole bag because that’s how I roll.

Drop dough by the spoonfuls (I wanted to make mini cookies so I only used about a teaspoon of dough for mine) onto Silpat or parchment paper lined sheet trays and bake at 350 for about twelve minutes or until the cookies have started to turn golden.

Oh baby.


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about three dozen cookies

2.5 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

2 eggs

2 sticks butter, softened (2 sticks)

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one. Add the vanilla and mix gently to combine.

Add the flour to the butter and mix. Carefully stir in the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for about twelve minutes, or until golden.

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  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I so love deep, rich, chocolate chip cookies. Especially when they’re hot and goopy from the oven or hard and frozen. πŸ˜€

    These look absolutely mouthwatering! πŸ˜€

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    August 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I’ve tried making basic chocolate chip cookies before and they just turn out flat, even though I follow the recipe step by step. Yours look amazing and I would LOVE to try them! πŸ™‚ By the way what ARE you doing with 3 dozen cookies?

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    August 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    “Have you ever made cookies and they’ve spread like crazy when you baked them and caused you to get incredibly frustrated with yourself for failing to bake the β€œeasiest thing ever”?”

    Oh yes. Glad to hear it’s not just me

  • The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    August 31, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Yay! We love that you use all that fabulous dark brown sugar – totally makes the cookie! These look completely amazing…!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    August 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Wow these sound sooooo good. I want two with buttercream frosting in the middle, please! πŸ™‚

  • Jess
    August 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love the taste of sea salt in a chocolate chip cookie. The sweet and the salty makes you never want to eat anything else in the world again but these. Yum.

  • Tina
    August 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    You’re killing me with all these dessert posts!!! LOL

    And I don’t think anything beats a perfectly fresh baked chocolate chip cookie.

  • Kelly
    August 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I hate you, now I’m craving chocolate chip cookies. My problem with baking is the butter always clumps on my mixer. How do I keep that from happening?

    • jenna
      August 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      you probably aren’t using butter that’s soft enough…let it sit out awhile so its nice and soft before you attempt to cream it.

  • amanda
    August 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Whoopie pies rock my socks!

  • courtney
    August 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Mmmm. My coworkers have been requesting cookies, and it looks like these will fit the bill nicely. Thanks for the recipe (and the encouragement to hand mix!).

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story
    August 31, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Those look heavenly.

  • Dorry
    August 31, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    If they are your favorite, I say this is a trusted recipe! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    my hubby might send you an email saying thank you for these bad boys πŸ™‚

  • Rhea (Greek Feaster)
    August 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Jenna, your recipes really are the most entertaining narratives, coupled with the mouthwatering photographs, they’re elevated food porn: FOOD EROTICA.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
    August 31, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Next time I make chocolate chip cookies I have to try this recipe – the brown sugar sounds so good@

  • Kt.
    August 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    is there really a difference in recipes when you don’t whisk the dry ingredients? I usually just dump the dry together and think that it will get mixed up in the batter, after pondering this I think it might have been the reason my carrot cake cumbled when taking it out of the pan?

  • eatmovelove
    August 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I didn’t know that the answer was all in the Brown Sugar. Whenever I spoon out my cookies though – they never come out looking like the “perfect” Tollhouse shape…how does that happen?

  • eatmovelove
    August 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Also…I’m guessing Baking is a preference of yours? πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    August 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Who knew that was a creaming attachment? I think I use it for everything but pizza dough….haha

  • Maria
    August 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Dude, I cream my sugar and butter by hand too! But I won’t lie, I can’t wait for the day I get my very own KitchenAid (swoon)

  • Shutupandrun
    August 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Great tip about not creaming the butter too much. Never thought of that one. Now I can bake the easiest thing on the planet without feeling bad about myself!!

  • betsy
    August 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love these! My aunt uses the same recipe and these really are the best cookies!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    I heart my KithcenAid Mixer πŸ™‚

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    August 31, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Yum… gotta love fresh baked chocolate chip cookies!

  • Angharad
    August 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I am in the process of perfecting my chocolate chip cookie recipe. As a newbie baker, it’s taking some time but I’m getting there! Browned/melted butter is a good thing and so is brown sugar. And I find it really hard to actually DO this but high quality (i.e. spendy) chocolate chips/chunks seem to take things to a whole new level. Why are cookies so perfect?

  • C
    August 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The cookies look delicious!

    I love your blog, but something has been driving me CRAZY in the blog world. I see it on many of the popular blogs- and it boggles my mind because it is on the blogs of those who are writing books! I don’t mean to pick, and I have been holding my tongue.

    “Anyways, the first thing you need to do….” —– The proper term here would be “Anyway, the first thing you need to do….”. You use anyways often. Well, many of your posts start with that word. The word “anyways” is found in some dialect of the United States- but is not really considered standard English- especially in a situation (like a writer’s blog!) where you want to sound reasonably well-educated.

    I don’t mean to criticize— but I just cannot believe all the people in the blog world who are authors that use it!

    I know I will probably get nasty comments for saying something about this- but try not to take offense- I am not personally attacking Jenna, her blog or her food- just pointing out a common grammatical error.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    August 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    As always, these look great. I’m saving the recipe for when I finally get over my fear of eating eggs again. Judging from today’s headlines, that’s probably not too soon.

  • Lauren
    August 31, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Does it specifically have to be sea salt? I’ve only got table salt and kosher salt at my house and I’m wondering if one of those options would work…because clearly I need to make these cookies soon!

  • Glamorous Newlywed
    August 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Delicious! I’ve been looking for a new cc cookie recipe to try… this just may be it!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    August 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Adore. I’ve been in cookie mood lately. It would be hazardous to my health to make those. Someday, though, and for the rest of my life!!! Oh, the drama.

  • stephanie
    August 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies are one of God’s greatest gifts. I’ve always baked the nestle tollhouse verison (I only know it by heart….) however I might give these a try. My little brother just started college 10 hours away and it seriously homesick – maybe a nice package of ELR choc chip cookies will do the trick?

  • Coley
    August 31, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    “C” – Jenna is a great writer and doesn’t need correction from anyone on how to write… she does it for a living! This isn’t a book, it’s a blog. She can be a little more laid back in how she writes… it’s not being edited by an editor every time she posts. This is how most of us actually talk and communicate with each other and I love how down to earth it makes the author seem.

    Several blogs that are really well written are so boring to me! I like the casual atmosphere it lends ELR.

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    August 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    You’d better believe I’m making these tonight. My boyfriend has had a stressful week, and I think these will make everything better πŸ™‚

    (I respectfully disagree with the “anyways” comment that C posted…there’s nothing wrong with a blog author being a little more colloquial!)

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    August 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    These may be out the NY Times cookies! I need to try.

  • Kim
    August 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I really want some of those cookies, right now!!! :o)

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    August 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Ummm – these look unbelievably incredible. There really is nothing quite like an incredible chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  • Beth
    August 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    CC cookies are possibly the world’s most perfect food. I have about 5 different base recipes and almost always mix up the ingredients a little. As long as you have the basics, it’ll turn out delicious. My latest thing is adding a cup of oatmeal. It adds amazing texture without making it a traditional oatmeal cookie. Yummmmmmm πŸ™‚

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    August 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    too many desserts to try! I want to make them all. i made bethT’s and they were awesome. I kept them chewier as well, by letting them cool on the baking sheet. did you know that keeps cookies from getting too crisp? I just learned that myself…something about the air not circulating around them.

  • Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    August 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I’ll take a dozen please! Can’t wait to make these for a family gathering this weekend. I mean who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies!!

  • Scott
    August 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I can not wait to try these cookies. Everyone who ate one of the cookies I made following the last recipe you shared LOVED them and loved me for them. Obviously said ELR give me the recipe!

    But these…no browning of the butter and using the KitchenAid…cant. wait!

  • Tiffany
    August 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Are these coming with you to Austin? That would be awesome πŸ™‚

  • leanne
    August 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I’m drooling…at work and now craving cookies. Only 20 minutes till the end of the day!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    August 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I want to do a bake-off between the two recipes and see how they compare!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    August 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I am so guilty of the cookie spread! I have a hard time accepting the less is more strategy when it comes to mixing. The first step is acknowledging when you are wrong though, am I right?! And I’m sloowwwwly acceptin’ it!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    August 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Oh…and I love that you write like you probably talk – I think it adds to your writer’s voice πŸ˜‰ …and a blog is the perfect venue to express that!

  • Katie (Life Discombobulated)
    August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Jenna, These look OUTSTANDING!!! I have had a serious itch to bake lately and these might have pushed me right over the edge…
    Over the last week, I have saved 3 of your blog posts that have recipes I want to try out. I am LOVING the direction you’re taking this blog in and I enjoy reading it every day! πŸ™‚

  • Megan (Braise The Roof)
    August 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I never realized that the over mixing caused them to go flat- good to know!

  • Rika
    August 31, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    wow so less IS more when it comes to baking! I thought my cookies would come out perfecto if I put some lovin’ into’em butter and sugar!

    I love your new blogging style by the way! I like your unique “Here’s what you need for success” mantra πŸ˜€ you should copyright it! haha

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    August 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Anyways, I don’t care what kind of grammar you use to describe them. I’m loving these cookies!

  • Clare
    August 31, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    These look amazing! A silly question though, would you say a stick of butter is around 8oz? I’m English and we don’t have a standardized butter stick size here, so weigh butter out in oz/grams. I’ve had a look on the internet and 8oz looks about right, but just wanted to check first. Thanks!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    August 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Holy yum!!! Chocolate chip cookies, when made well, are possibly my favorite dessert ever!

  • Sara
    August 31, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I love that you’re posting stories from culinary school and recipes! Not that I didn’t like your blog before…but I’m just saying I like it more now. πŸ™‚ These cookies look so good. Dark brown sugar will be on my grocery list, so I can make these.

  • Lisa
    August 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    That looks phenomonal! Thanks for the recipe! =) I want to make that as soon as possible!

  • Stacey
    August 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Wow that’s heavy on the butter and brown sugar, but man they look good.

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    August 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    These cookies look so good! I’ve always only done brown sugar with all my cookies before because it makes a HUGE difference in keeping them soft and chewy. Unlike the regular mixing of granulated and brown, which causes them to be crispier and have a bite.

    I love adding oatmeal to my chocolate chip cookies, and even currants too! Yum yum.

  • Kristin
    August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Oh dear. I’ll make these … eventually. I may need to stop reading your blog for the sake of my waitline.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 31, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Gah, I hate you for posting all of these amazing recipes when my mixing bowls are not in my apartment! Not fair. Luckily I am going home for Labor day and will be bringing them back with me. Can’t wait to make these!!!

  • Stacey
    August 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Oh myyyyyyy….. This should be considered food porn πŸ™‚ and now I’m going to have to add cookie-baking to my to-do list! Love it

  • Caitlin (EatFeats)
    August 31, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    That butter-sugar mix looks so good I don’t know if I would ever even make it to the next step. Yum.

  • Tori @
    August 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I am totally going to have to make these and my family’s famous recipe and do a BAKE OFF!!! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly @ Happy Texans
    August 31, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Oh. Oh. Oh. There should be a warning about food porn on here. πŸ™‚

    Those are some serious cookies.

  • Kate
    August 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    How many dessert posts are we going to see? You can post your daily eats once in a while too.

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    August 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Amen, sista’.

    I tried Beth T’s cookies, and while they were dang good and impossible to resist, I still preferred the texture of my creamed-butter, 100%-brown-sugar type. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    August 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    this post sent me over the edge in search of chocolate. thanks for that.

  • Susan
    August 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    so many great tips, all this time I have been over creaming….okay, please, please, pretty please – next up…THE best brownies???

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    August 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Um, I am drooling. I am loving the direction that your blog is going. The recipes look great (the chana masala is next on my list to try), and your tone is fun and entertaining. You really make me feel like I can make anything that you post, even though I have such little cooking/baking experience. Thanks!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    August 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Looks soooo good…will get around to making this recipe. BTW if haven’t read Julia Child’s ‘My Life in France’ can’t put it down! Like her I was from Pasadena, also lived in Montecito, and my son went to grad school and lived for a long time in Paris before moving for a couple years to Amsterdam. What is so intriguing to me about the book is that I met her twice–a perfectly nice woman but no one you’d imagine if didn’t know it the empire she created. Reading her book–her personality is sooooo impressed. So dedicated and driven and such a perfectionist . I put down books on my faves Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn to read this.

    Oh, and might want to watch ‘The Kings of Pastry’ trailer if haven’t. I MUST see that. About the French pastry awards ( it’s at the bottom of French First Lady post ) At the moment am on a Herbes de Provence cooking kick—your choc chip recipe next. lol

  • Chels @ Just Gotta Tri
    August 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’m trying to figure out what to bake for our family get-together this weekend. You keep posting these amazing recipes, and I don’t know how to choose!

  • Mary @ Fervent Foodie
    August 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Oh yum. Wow.

  • Cyndi
    August 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I love how honest you are with EVERYTHING.

  • Laura
    August 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I want to bake some cookies right now so badly!!! Unfortunately, all of my kitchen and cooking stuff is in boxes in a trailer for another week πŸ™ They look delicious though!!!

  • Lorin
    August 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Yumm!!! I wouldn’t be able to make 36 cookies and not eat them, not all at once, but I would be having at least 4! Do you just give the rest to people?

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    August 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    those look so good! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Katherine
    August 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Love a chocolate chip cookie on a Tuesday.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    August 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Now Miss Jenna… I think a pastry chef like you should know better not to measure your brown sugar in a liquid measuring cup πŸ˜‰

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Aha! So that’s why I’ve “melted” so many of my cookies over the years. Thanks for the warning about over-creaming butter and sugar!

  • Meg
    August 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    THAT’S why they spread like crazy? It truly is frustrating when it’s supposed to be an easy thing to bake. Who knew? Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

  • ms
    September 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

    but i actually prefer my cookies flat!!

  • Julia @ Brit Bride
    September 1, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Jenna – its hilarious – you are obsessed with cookies!

    These look very yummy I must say.


  • Marika
    September 1, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m always on the lookout for new chocolate chip cookie recipes and these cookies look chewy and amazing.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    September 1, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Nothin’ like a good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookie πŸ™‚


  • Cara
    September 1, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I love having those recipes that you just keep coming back to!
    This one looks like a gem.

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up
    September 1, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Those look fantastic!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    September 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

    these look amazing! i love good choc chip cookies (who doesn’t?)!

  • Lauren @ 40Apples
    September 1, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I am a firm believer in brown sugar in chocolate chip cookies! I think it makes all the difference in the world.

  • Sana
    September 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I love eating chewy moist chocolate chip cookies with a tall glass of milk :)!

  • Jackie @ carolina_vogue
    September 1, 2010 at 7:34 am

    oh wow i am definitely bookmarking this recipe πŸ™‚ those look like the perfect treat!

  • Nat
    September 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Just baked these bad boys and they came out, er flat. I didn’t over mix the dough and they weren’t liquidy when i placed the batter on the sheet, could it have been expired baking soda? (I’m not sure how long the box had been open for.) I also used foil on top of a baking sheet. Bad idea?

  • Nat
    September 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I just realized that the stick of butter was salted. Oops. Could that have been a possible culprit?

  • Heather
    September 1, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I enjoyed reading your blog and learning about your yoga routines, daily foods, etc. But now it’s mostly recipes and because of my dietary restrictions – doesn’t really appeal to me! I know you have to change your blog and expand your own personal horizons of course. Just thought you might appreciate a comment from a reader. A lot of people read your blog, some people have allergies and intolerances. It would be nice to have other entries to read that aren’t just limited to recipes!

  • Lisa
    September 1, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I am a firm believer that you can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes! Which may partially explain why my body is…let’s just say NOT firm. ( : I will try this recipe soon. Jenna, have you tried the “New York Times” chocolate chip cookie recipe? It’s been all over the internet for a while now. It is truly amazing. Have a blast in Texas!!

  • Maria
    September 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I have a hard time finding dark cane sugar here in Sweden. Is it possible to use dark muscovado sugar instead? Please help me out here, im dying to make these sweeties!!

  • Jamie @ Catch j(me) - if you can!
    September 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Jenna, do you use unsalted or salted butter in this recipe? Thank you!

  • Heather
    September 3, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Jenna, I just made these last night, and they are AMAZING! My fiance said they were even better this morning! I love them; very soft and chewy, perfect balance of sweet and salty. Thanks for the fabulous recipe! I’m looking forward to more.

  • kristy @ ksayerphotography
    September 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Your cookies look absolutely perfect! Hence why I added your post to my sweet saturday share list πŸ™‚

  • sassy molassy
    September 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I made these the other night and just have to say to ANYONE THINKING OF BAKING THESE…please do, but DO NOT ommit 1/2 of the butter and sugar like I did and substitute with applesauce and a little agave. It doesn’t work. Need the full on butter and sugar to make these babies sing. I have learned my lesson. Don’t attempt to healthify cookies. Cakes and cupcakes, maybe, but not cookies. They need all that goodness.

  • kate
    September 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Made these cookies today. OH MY GOD. Totally worth every sinful single bite. I ate one and gifted the rest…though I really should have kept more…. haha. Thanks for the recipe Jenna, I’m sure one day I’ll be teaching my children this same one πŸ™‚

  • Shannon
    September 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I just made these today and they are now MY favorite choc. chip cookies as well! Thanks for such a good recipe and such detailed instructions. Really made it a no-brainer. I kept about 4 and are gifting the rest. But I’ll be making these again soon! I pretty much want to share the greatness with everyone I know who appreciates a good cookie πŸ˜‰ Thanks again!

  • Amber
    September 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

    So how many cups of butter is two sticks? I’m from Canada and our sticks of butter are different than yours.

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff)
    September 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, Jenna! This was actually the very first thing I baked in my new oven =)

    They ended up a tad crispier than I would have preferred but the taste is spot on. I’ll work on tweaking the time.

  • Alleigh
    September 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

    My apartment smells so good, I may never make it to the dinner party I just made these cookies for πŸ˜‰ I used to be a break-and-break kind of girl, but I think I’m hooked, those nevvver smelled this good! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    September 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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  • Katie
    September 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    After thinking about making chocolate chip cookies for a while, I knew exactly who to go to for the BEST recipe. I am making them for my boyfriend tonight. I think he might propose to me after tasting them. hahahah

  • PhillyGirlRuns
    September 19, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Jenna. OMG. I made these cookies last weekend. I made the dough during the afternoon and stuck it in the fridge for several hours, until it was fresh-baked-cookies-for-dessert time.

    OMG. I am never using a different recipe ever again. That is all.

  • Tastes Like Home β€” Eat, Live, Run
    October 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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  • Avery
    October 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I just entered into a sugar coma. I know I have a cookie dough problem.. but these babies just took it to a whole new level. I now have enough cookies to feed a 3rd world country. Or just me.

    I’m hooked!

  • Marie @ ReciPeas & Musings
    October 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    These are definitely the best cookies I’ve made. Thank you for sharing! My apartment smells completely amazing, also.

  • molly l.
    November 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    thanks for a new “go-to” C.C.C. recipe, jenna! i made these tonight and the only thing i screwed up was cutting the recipe in 1/2 so i didn’t have so many laying around. must make full batch next time!

    i usually box my cookies up and send them to work with my hubby or take to my co-workers- i know everyone will enjoy these tmw!

  • Jen
    November 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    absolutely ridiculous. I will never go to another recipe. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  • jay
    November 24, 2010 at 3:31 am

    What is the conversation for 1 stick of butter to grams???
    Thank you

  • nico
    December 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hi, Jenna! I just made these and posted them on my blog. They turned out great, thanks for the recipe!

  • ari
    December 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    hey jenna, i wanna make these cookies but i live in colorado. would i have to adapt the recipe for the higher altitude?

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  • Melissa
    December 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Jenna, you’ve done it again!

    I’ve tried quite a few recipes of yours (including engagement scampi, chili) and you have yet to disappoint! I made these cookies tonight while snowed in in NJ and my fiance can’t stop raving about them!

    Thanks a million! Love your blog and the new style!


  • Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls
    February 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    OMG! These look ridiculous. Bookmarked!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Talia
    March 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Just made these-now they are my families go to chocolate chip recipe! They are the best πŸ™‚

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I kinda wish it wasn’t 12am so that I could make these at this moment. Oh, and that fact that I don’t have any buttah may be an issue πŸ™‚

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    May 21, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Amazing! Made these a couple days ago. Sooooo good!

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    I have always been frustrated with my cookie results- they always came out flat as paper! But these were different, these were perfect! Thanks for the yummy cookies!

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  • LisAway
    August 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I made these tonight and they are SO good. They may replace my fave CCC recipe. I made the dough before dinner. Big mistake. I was snacking on it the whole time I made soup. Probably the best dough EVAH! My cookies turned out crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. So delicious. And I used your old college arm strengthening method for mixing. Worked like a charm. πŸ™‚

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Ahhh I am in the midst of editing photos..of choc chip cookies!! That I made in the wee hours of the morning. I was SCOURING the internet trying to figure out what recipe to use. In the end use a version of the Tollhouse recipe but had I known about yours, would have made them. Just saw your tweet.

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    August 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Mmmm my fav chocolate chip cookie is made with oat flour and browner butter!!

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  • Megsie
    October 14, 2011 at 5:42 am

    These cookies are delish!They are my go-to recipe when I need t make cookies for my brother who is currently serving in Afghanistan. I also add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to half the batter to create double chocolate cookies. YUM!!!

  • Peggy Snellgrove
    December 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

    This recipe makes me miss you and college . . . I cant even count how many times I either made you make these for me or I have made you give me the recipe (hence the reason I am looking it up on your blog right now). I miss your cookies and your pretty face! πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      December 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

      I love you!

  • Laura
    February 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Made these cookies yesterday — DELISH! These are quite possibly my new favorite. I used some Rancho Gordo products that I received for Christmas (Vanilla and Brown Sugar) – I think that really made them even more special! Thanks for the AWESOME recipe!

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy
    March 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Mmm…just made these again and love them! Butter makes ’em betta! πŸ™‚

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  • Amber
    May 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Mmmmm. I made these last night and they were good warm, but they’re even better today! So chewy and chocolatey. Will definitely be making them again. Thanks for the recipe! And please come to Atlanta on your book tour. πŸ™‚

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  • Kim
    June 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I made these cookies and they were delicious!! However, they were flat. Have you ever tried using shortening for some of the butter or adding more flour? I’m making these again this weekend. Thanks!!

  • Kathleen
    July 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm


    Any idea on how long to bake standard cookies, 1.5 tbsp approx or the cookie scoop? I didn’t realize the 12 min was for 1 tsp size cookies and so I kept having to put them back in over and over again and given that I am sure the temp dropped by keeping putting them in, I’m not sure. I think I put them in maybe 3 times in 3 min increments and I could have probably done a little less… Very good though, it’s hard for me to trust a chocolate chip cookie recipe. I always my the best big fat chewy chocolate chip cookies but found these stayed soft and chewy the next day better.

  • Crystal
    August 28, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I just made these and they are terrific. I had a bag of red and green M&Ms from last Christmas (!) that I needed to use, so I used those instead of the chocolate chips, and they are GOOD!

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  • I
    December 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Anybody try these with Earth Balance to replace the butter, I’m working with a dairy intolerance πŸ™

    • I
      December 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      I tried with Earth Balance instead of butter, they turned out good, didn’t make as sweet a cookie as with regular butter, but considering I can actually eat these ones, they’ll do!

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  • Cassidy
    May 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I made these today and I loved them! I’ve made the browned butter ones, too, and they were wonderful, but these are my favorite chocolate chip cookies I’ve tried thus far. Easy to make, wonderfully chewy, and didn’t spread out too much (I took note of what you said about over-creaming the butter). A complete win! I added Guittard milk chocolate chips, though, because I can’t seem to get enough chocolate. Oh well. Thank you!

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  • Hailey
    May 12, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I just had to let you know these cookies are world famous! I am originally from Orange County, California. A year ago my husband decided to become missionaries for a year in Namibia, Africa. These have always been my go to cookie recipe so naturally I brought the recipe with me to Africa. I made them one day for our neighbors who had their beloved horse die. They all exclaimed these were the best cookies the have ever had. They used the word divine and literally moaned. Since I have given them this recipe they have made them for bake sales at school, funerals, and countless get togethers. The high school age girl makes them every week to take them to school in her lunch. I just had to let you know how your recipe has traveled and brought so much joy all around the world! Much love Hailey

  • Jennifer
    November 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi. Wondering if these would turn out okay with light brown sugar. I don’t have any dark brown and need to make cookies tonight. If so, would I use the same amount called for in the recipe? Thanks.

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  • Caroline Leigh
    February 25, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Just want you to know that we come back to these again and again!! They are our number 1 cookie recipe!! Also, this recipe is easy to cut in half, in case you don’t need/want so many cookies!