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The ultimate soft chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. How to make perfect homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe every single time.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you love homemade classic chewy chocolate chip cookies, this is the recipe for you! This was passed down to me by a pastry chef and quickly became one of my favorites.

If you have read my blog for only five minutes, you will know I am a cookie freak of epic proportions.

I like to try them all. You know… experiment with all types of ingredients and methods just to see what happens. It’s the best kind of science. I am some kind of Mad Scientist in the kitchen and I have zero fear!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe every single time.


It’s everything you want in a cookie – chewy center, crispy edges, rich chocolate, and sweet dough with a touch of salt. My mouth is salivating just thinking about them.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe every single time.

Not everyone loves the same kinds of cookies — some like them thin and crispy and others like them thick and chewy.  I’ve got you covered! Here are a few of my other favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes —

Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I Want to Marry You Cookies

MJ’s Top Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salty Sweet Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe every single time.

A tip for making perfect chocolate chip cookies:

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie gets even better with time! I chilled my cookie dough for 24-48 hours and it created a more flavorful cookie that didn’t spread as much in the oven.  It is worth it to be patient.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Secrets to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Why play TIC TAC TOE with checkers when you can play it with COOKIES? Oh, it’s way more fun.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies by Modern Honey. Secrets to make perfect chocolate chip cookies.

You can roll in individual balls before chilling your dough OR wrap all of the cookie dough in Saran Wrap and place in refrigerator. If you chill the dough in individual portions, place on cookie baking sheet for at least 30 minutes before putting in large bag to keep them from sticking.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

So how do we make a perfect cookie?  I am so glad you asked. Let me introduce the perfect recipe for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Tips and Tricks for making the ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:

#1 – Cream your butter and sugar for at least 4 minutes. No grainy cookies allowed. This helps to create a creamy texture and allow the sugars to be enveloped by the butter.

#2 – The creaming process is important, so add each egg one at a time. This allows the egg to be fully incorporated before adding the next one.

#3 – Don’t overmix your flour. It creates more gluten and affects the texture. No tough cookies allowed.

#4- Use high-quality chocolate. My preferred method is to chop a Pound Plus Bar from Trader Joe’s into my cookies because the chocolate spreads so nicely (huge TJ fan here). Guittard and Ghiradelli make delectable chocolate chips as well.

#5 – Chill your dough.  I don’t have the patience of Job when it comes to waiting to eat my cookies. I have to look at the long run and know that my cookies will taste better as my dough has time to get acquainted in the refrigerator. It’s been tested over and over again that dough which has been chilled creates a more flavorful cookie with an improved texture.  If you can really exercise patience, 24 hours is best.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

#6 – Embrace the sea salt flakes. A touch of sea salt on cookies walks that delicate balance of salty and sweet with perfection.

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#7 – Don’t overbake your cookies. Set the timer for less time, turn on your oven light, and watch. The cookies will continue to bake on the hot cookie sheet once you take them out of the oven so watch carefully. No burnt cookies allowed. 🙂

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
The perfect classic Chocolate Chip cookie studded with high-quality chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 cup Butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Bars chopped
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one a time, creaming after each addition. Add vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  • Chill for 30 minutes (cover entire bowl tightly or wrap dough in Saran Wrap). If you can hold out, chill for at least 24 hours as the cookie dough get better in time.
  • Drop on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt flakes. Bake for 10-13 minutes.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 24
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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Secrets to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

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I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. I noticed in your directions for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie it says to mix the flour …. baking soda baking powder. In the ingredients list I don’t see baking powder listed with amount. Could you clarify? They look delicious and would love to make them.