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Hi Bold Bakers!

As a pastry chef for years, I know a thing or two about cookies so I’m excited to share with you how to make my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. Move over Toll House and Mrs. Fields, the Bigger Bolder King of all Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes is here, and it is here to stay! Follow my recipe and my Bold Baking Tips below and I’ll show you how to make chocolate chip cookies like you’ll find in your favorite bakery or restaurant.

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Brown to White Sugar Ratio

What makes this the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, you might ask? First of all this recipe perfectly combines the magic ratio of brown to white sugar. While this seems like a small detail it makes a huge difference in the texture of the cookie. The brown sugar makes it crispy on the edges with a caramel scent while the white sugar provides that sweet gooey middle. I get asked a lot, “How do you make cookies chewy not cakey?” and this is one of the ways to do it.

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Serious Chocolate Chunkage

The next thing that makes this the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is obviously the chocolate. Normal cookie recipes are 80% cookie dough to 20% chocolate chips but my recipe is all about the chocolate chunkage. I like to use bittersweet chocolate with 72% cocoa solids and I chop it up from a bar of chocolate. These chocolate chunks along with 2 rich eggs, 1 cup of butter and of course the brown and white sugar really do take these cookies to the next level. Now if you don’t eat eggs, you can always use my egg substitute chart and still enjoy my cookies.

Should You Age Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?

YES! As a pastry chef, I used to age my dough 3 to 5 days in advance because aging your dough over time helps develop more flavor and gives a lovely texture to your cookies. Just cover them with cling wrap in your bowl and they’ll keep just fine in the refrigerator. If you don’t want to age it, you can just chill your dough for an hour. Chilling your dough helps keep your cookies from spreading while baking. Also, at this stage  you can freeze your dough in balls or rolled into a log and wrapped in cling wrap. It keeps well in a freezer for up to twelve weeks.

How Long Does it take to bake a chocolate chip cookie?

Last but not least, my recipe calls for 1/4 cup of dough for each nice and big cookie and they bake for exactly 12 minutes. This means the cookies are ooey-gooey on the inside, crisp on the outside, and with perfect pockets of melted chocolate chunks.

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Honestly, just writing this is making my mouth water. These are the ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies and I cannot wait to hear what you Bold Bakers think! Please leave a review and your comments below. And make sure to submit your own photos on this page for everyone to see!

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Gemma's Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 
Servings: 14 cookies
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (8 oz/240g) butter
  • cups (7 1/2oz/225g) light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (6oz/180g) white granulated/caster sugar
  • cups (12 1/2oz/375g) all-purpose flour/plain flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs*
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract , optional
  • 2 cups (12oz/360g) bittersweet chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl melt the butter. Add in both white and brown sugars and whisk vigorously for about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in one egg to the sugar-butter mixture, stirring until it's fully mixed in. Scrape the sides of the bowl with your spatula.
  4. Whisk in the second egg and the vanilla and scrape the sides of bowl again.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with the spatula to fully combine. Make sure you've scraped the bottom of the bowl and there are no streaks of dry ingredients left. Stir in the chocolate chips. The dough will be soft but DON'T add more flour. It needs to be chilled now to firm up.
  6. IMPORTANT NOTE: Chill the dough for a minimum of 1 hour. This will make it easier to scoop and you cookies will keep their shape better while baking. (This dough can be made and kept in the fridge for 7 days. The dough also freezes really well)
  7. Scoop 14 balls of cookie dough (1/4 cup/100g each) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave some space between the cookies as they spread out during baking.
  8. Bake the cookies at 375oF (190oC) for 12 minutes, or until the edges are set and the cookie is beginning to turn golden brown throughout, but still doughie in the middle. It is really important you don't over bake these cookies otherwise the won't be soft in the middle.
  9. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. #
  11. The raw dough can be frozen for up to 8 weeks.
Recipe Notes

If you want to replace the eggs use any of the replacements for cookies on my egg substitutes chart. Just note your results will not be exactly the same as mine.

If you don't have Brown Sugar you can easily make it at home.
Bittersweet chocolate is about 70% cocoa solids. You will find this information on the label of a good chocolate bar.

*Aging the dough: Make and store the dough in the fridge for up to 7 days. The flavor and texture will just get better over time.

 

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  1. Lisa on July 23, 2018 at 12:07 am

    They were amazing but I made them into balls and baked them but they didn’t spread and they were just baked cookie balls. What did I do wrong??????

    • Gemma Stafford on July 23, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Hi Lisa,
      Haha! I am sorry, I have to smile. A big problem here seems to be when the cookies spread too much, and this is usually down to a change of ingredients.
      Did you change the ingredients in any way? Every element of a recipe matters, the butter, real dairy butter, behaves differently to margarine and oil, and the sugars become liquid in the bake, caramelize and add to the shape, flavor and texture of the bake.
      So, without knowing what you used in the recipe, I cannot figure it out, but it is very odd. What oven did you use? this can matter too. do let me know, we will figure it out,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. jzlorenzo on July 21, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Best Chocolate chip cookies ever!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 22, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Delighted to hear that!!!

      Best,
      Gemma.

  3. Lexi on July 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Can i Brown the butter for more flavor?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      yes you sure can. That will be lovely.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  4. Lexi on July 21, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I found my dough too hard to scoop when it came out of the fridge. Could I scoop it before chilling?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Yes Lexi, feel free to scoop before setting in the fridge.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  5. Mehnaz Ali on July 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Gemma, yes the place where I live is very hot and humid. I’ve posted picture of cookies. They taste heavenly and although they don’t look good yet I couldn’t save them for my evening coffee. Could you please help me guide me as what to do so that they don’t go flat. Also they took almost 20 minutes to cook yet their center was soft n chewy. I also froze half of my doh but even then they went flat. Thank you

  6. Paige on July 21, 2018 at 5:55 am

    when do these cookies taste the best? Right after baked or a day after?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      oh absolutely right after baked. Eat within 24 hours for the result cookie.

  7. Shermeen Khalid on July 21, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Hi gemma..! Huge fan of yours.. Sending you greetings from Pakistan. Tried many of your recepies and I just loved them.
    Your way of teaching is fantastic. Excited to see more from you🎉
    And I love you ❤

    • Gemma Stafford on July 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that!!! Thanks for letting me know.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  8. Mehnaz Ali on July 21, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Undoubtedly cookies taste amazing but why do my cookies go flat?

    ps. How do I post picture of my cookies?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 21, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      really? I’m not sure. is it very humid where you are?

      Scroll down to the bottom of the page and below the recipe is a tab that reads ‘SUBMIT PHOTOS’

      Best,
      Gemma.

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