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I’ll show you how to make the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and why it will give you a perfect chocolate chip cookie every time!


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
 

Chef-tested and approved, I will show you how to make my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and why it will give you perfect chocolate chip cookies!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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/355g) 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.

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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. Lexi on September 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hello Gemma I absolutely love these cookies I actually tripled the recipe and froze the leftover. However, instead of looking how they did in the video they are pale in the middle with burnt edges, not golden brown as usual. Why did this happen?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 16, 2018 at 4:08 am

      Hi Lexi,
      I do not know!
      Are you saying you baked from frozen? I think I asked you about your oven before Lexi, but I cannot remember the response. Are you using a full sized oven or an OTG? Let me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Rasana17 on September 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Hello Emma! I always have trouble with how long to preheat the oven. What’s the general rule for electric ovens and gas ovens?
    Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 16, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Hi there,
      Generally an electric oven will have a thermostat, a little light which will go out when the oven reaches the right temperature. This will generally be in about 10 minutes. That is a safe assumption! Have oyur pans ready for the oven, do not leave the door open/or open it unnecessarily, this ensures an even temperature.
      I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. kate on September 15, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I love this recipe so much!! Please do a best ever pumpkin cookie recipe with cream cheese frosting for the fall time! 🙂

  4. Jam on September 15, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Hi Gemma! I love this recipe! It definitely is one of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve tried. For a little variation, I was wondering how I could turn these into double chocolate chip cookies? I’ve already tried brownie cookie recipes but they’re still a little more on the soft side for my liking vs. cookies that are a little bit crunchy. Do you have any suggestions on how much flour I should swap out with cocoa powder? of should I just add cocoa powder to the batter? Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 16, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Hi Jam,
      That is a good question, and easily accomplished too.
      It is not necessary to remove the flour if you add two tablespoons of cocoa. Cocoa is not really absorbent so it will work well in this recipe. I think two tablespoons is about right, but you can start with less if you wish. This should not really affect the recipe too much, but it will balance the sweetness.
      I hope this will help, do let us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Bhawna Khatri on September 13, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Hey Gemma!!
    Do i bake them on lower heat, upper heat or heat on both sides?
    Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on September 14, 2018 at 4:51 am

      Hi there,
      If you are using an OTG oven then you need to read your instruction book to understand how this little oven works.
      The general rule is that the bottom elements are the baking elements, but I cannot give you precise instructions as these ovens vary so much.
      I am sorry, not much help, but your oven manufacturer mat have instructions online for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. mrsmurray on September 11, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Hi Gemma! I am new to your site and I LOVE it. I made these cookies and they are THE BEST! They were quite simple to put together and the flavor was amazing. My family devoured them! I also made the applesauce and it was a hit with my husband! I can’t wait to try more. Thanks for the recipes and helpful videos!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 12, 2018 at 5:25 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you so much for this lovely review, I appreciate it.
      Always great to get feedback from you Bold Bakers!
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Lexi on September 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Gemma, I love baking these cookies! When I make them they always turn out how they look in the video but this time, they are pale with dark crips. I had frozen the dough but let to thaw before baking. I do not think this is the problem as I’ve frozen them before and they still come out how they’re supposed to. What went wrong?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2018 at 5:11 am

      Hi Lexi,
      Ah! I am so sorry that you had a difficulty with this recipe, but I have no idea why! All things being equal you should get the same result every time, but things, even ingredients vary, and weather, humidity also has an affect.
      Carry on baking, that is what matters, do not be discouraged by an off day,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. DomD on September 9, 2018 at 6:04 am

    I just made a half batch of these and they turned out great! I added marshmallow pieces to the recipe, and a half batch still yielded 13 regular sized cookies 😉

    • Gemma Stafford on September 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Delighted to hear that 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

  9. TATYANA on September 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Emma hello! Can this recipe make with gluten free flour? Tq

    • Gemma Stafford on September 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Hi,

      Yes you can use gluten free flour 🙂

      Best,
      Gemma.

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