Your search for the best chocolate chip cookies ends here. This chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe is made with browned butter and huge chunks of chocolate for the perfect, crunchy on the outside, gooey in the middle cookie of your dreams. Pair one of these bad boys with a glass of cold milk for the best cookies and milk of your life!
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Alright bbs. Take a deep breath. We’re about to get into what I would equate to my life’s thesis: the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. This recipe is literally 10 years in the making. They’re soft, chewy, crunchy on the edges, perfectly salty-sweet, loaded with juuuust the right amount of chocolate. And when you create something that perfect, it would be a true crime to not share it with the world.
So without further adieu, I present the best chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll ever make.
Ingredients for perfect chocolate chip cookies.
You’re only as good as your ingredients. We recommend you splurge for all of the ingredients below to ensure you get a gourmet chocolate chip cookie.
- Unsalted Butter: Using unsalted butter means that you can fully control the amount of salt going into your cookies and also ensures that it browns evenly. You’ll brown the butter for a nutty, toasty deep flavor as the base for your cookies!
- Sugar: Chocolate chip cookies should always be made with a mixture of brown and white sugar
- Eggs: Eggs will bind your cookies together. A single egg and one egg yolk will gives these cookies their soft, chewy, not too cakey texture.
- Vanilla Extract: Do NOT leave out the vanilla.
- Flour: All purpose flour is our flour of choice for these chewy cookies. It creates a tender but hearty crumb. Make sure when you are measuring your flour you measure it carefully using a spoon to aerate the flour. We recommend adding the first cup in and then adding the remaining 3/4 cup a little at a time. Browned butter evaporates as it browns, meaning that the amount of butter can vary depending on how long you browned it for which can lead to less liquid in your cookie dough. See the directions for more guidance on this!
- Chocolate Chips: When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, your chocolate can make or break your cookie. Splurge on a high quality semi sweet or dark chocolate. Milk chocolate is child’s play. So are the store brand chocolate chips. Go for a good bar, chocolate disks, or a high quality chunk. Whatever you choose, use 2 cups of it and load up your cookie dough for big, melty pools of chocolate throughout your cookie.
- Salt: Baked goods NEED salt. Without it they’re just cloyingly sweet. Salt adds that perfectly nuanced salty-sweet flavor that pushes a baked good from good to great.
How to make brown butter:
If you haven’t had brown butter yet, you MUST try it. Browning your butter gives it an amazing complexity that enhances so many recipes.
- Start by melting your butter over medium heat in a small sauce pan.
- Whisk the butter constantly as it melts to ensure it’s evenly heated. As it melts the butter will start to foam. This is the sweet point between boiling the butter (NOT what you want) and not hot enough.
- Keep a close eye on the butter. Like DO NOT WALK AWAY. As it transitions from it’s usual yellow color to a deeper golden hue and at last to a beautiful light brown. You’ll know it’s done by the smell: a toasted, nutty, intoxicating scent. It can very quickly go from this light brown to burnt, so make sure you take it off the heat as soon as it makes the turn.
- Take it off the heat and transfer to a bowl to allow it to cool before using in your recipe.
The Three Don’ts of Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking
There are a million tips for the best chocolate chunk cookies, but these three will pretty much make or break your cookie, so start taking notes.
- Don’t you dare forget the salt and the vanilla: These two ingredients make or break a cookie. Get the good vanilla and the flaky sea salt. It will be well worth it.
- Don’t over mix: Repeat after me, “overmixing ruins everything.” I know it can be fun to whisk away and overwork your dough as an excuse to eat more cookie dough, but do not do it. You will get dry, tough, sad cookies.
- Don’t over bake: In fact, when in doubt UNDER bake. The cookies will continue to bake as they cool. Plus, no one ever complained about a gooey center 🙂
I mean, c’mon. LOOK AT THAT GOOEY, MELTY COOKIE.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful sight? I think not.
How to Store Chocolate Chip Cookies
Can you make chocolate chip cookies ahead? How to freeze these best chocolate chip cookies? All your questions answered below!
These chewy chocolate chip cookies are best freshly baked. These are not the cookies I would recommend sending in the mail to a friend, or baking a few days before the party you’re bringing them to. They will last in a sealed container for 3 days, but definitely start tasting a little stale after day 2.
Our advice? If you want to prep ahead, make the dough in advance and scoop out balls of cookie dough. Place the cookie dough in a freezer plastic bag and freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months for whenever you want fresh baked cookies!
You can also freeze the baked cookies in a freezer bag for up to 3 months so you can whip out a bag of homemade cookies any time without having to light the oven!
Make sure you incorporate a cookies and milk break into your day today with these chewy chocolate chip cookies!
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Your search for the best chocolate chip cookies ends here. This chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe is made with browned butter and huge chunks of chocolate for the perfect, crunchy on the outside, gooey in the middle cookie of your dreams. Pair one of these bad boys with glass of cold milk for the best cookies and milk of your life?
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 11 minutes
- Total Time: 26 minutes
- Yield: 16 cookies 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: american
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt + more for sprinkling
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate, chopped
- Brown the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly until the butter begins to foam and turns a golden brown, emitting a nutty aroma. Make sure you only brown the butter lightly. When butter browns the liquid evaporates off which can dry out your dough. As soon as the butter starts to turn brown and smell nutty, take it off the heat to prevent any more liquid from escaping. Take butter off the heat and allow to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the cooled brown butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat until mixed together. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- In separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix half the dry ingredients into the wet until everything comes together. Slowly add in the remaining flour a little bit at a time, stopping if the dough starts to get too dry.* Fold in the chocolate. Do not over mix.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least a half hour, or overnight.
- When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use a 1 ounce cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough out into balls, placing them 2 inches apart on the prepared sheet. Bake for 11 minutes*, or until the edges are just golden brown and the centers have puffed up but are still gooey.
- Allow to cool before eating!
*Browned butter can evaporate off at different levels, so sometimes you may be left with less liquid than others. For this reason, we recommend adding the flour in increments to make sure you’re not adding too much and left with a dry dough.
*Every oven is different, so make sure you keep an eye on your cookies. We recommend taking them out right when they have puffed up and just turning golden brown on the edges. The cookies should still be raw in the middle. If you leave them in past this point they will not have that gooey center you’re looking for.
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