The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve Ever Baked

I know, this post has quite a lofty title to live up to, but I think it does!

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

I’m continually tweaking recipes. I spent about six months perfecting my malted milk chocolate chip cookies, honed my butter browning skills to create my mint dark chocolate chip cookie recipe, and won’t tell you how many batches of black bean soup I made before I felt confident enough to post that recipe.

All this to say, baking and cooking science fascinates me. Different flours have varying protein contents, adding air in increments to butter and sugar mixtures changes the texture of a cookie, smoking meat with different types of wood chips totally changes the flavor, and various spices bring out different flavor notes in a soup.

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

The ratio of white sugar to brown sugar, types of flour, and amount of butter and vanilla extract are what makes these chocolate chip cookies the best I’ve ever baked.

I like a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie, so here was my approach:
-2 sticks of butter (more butter results in a thin cookie, and less makes a more “cakey” cookie)
-More brown sugar than granulated (more granulated than brown makes a crisp cookie, and less sugar in general makes a light and airy cookie)
-Bread flour helps to make the cookies chewy
-Cake flour helps to make the cookies have a soft texture
-Two teaspoons of vanilla extract highlights the sugars in the cookies

Okay, enough science. Let’s get to the recipe!

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

Ingredients
1 cup bread flour
1 1/4 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk flours, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fully combined.
3. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
7. Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets and baking for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden but still soft.
8. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and enjoy!

What’s your ultimate chocolate chip cookie like?

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23 comments

  1. I HAVE TO TRY THIS RECIPE!!! Now that you’ve done all the research 😋😋
    Thank you so much for sharing ~ and bring me a cookie now!!
    Love you,
    Madre ♥️

  2. These sound like my sort of cookies… I’m in the UK so not familiar with ‘sticks of butter’, do you know what they weigh so I can buy the right amount?

    1. Hi Charlie,

      Sorry, I didn’t even think about measurements for the UK! You would need 8 ounces of butter! I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  3. I have two chocolate chip recipes that I’m obsessed with. The first is a graham cracker chocolate chip and the other is Joanna Gaines’ recipe from her cookbook. But can’t say I’ve ever met a cookie I didn’t like!

    1. My sis loves the Joanna Gaines recipe! I am going to start researching graham cracker chocolate chip cookie recipes now! GCs are one of my favorite foods! Would you mind sharing the link to your recipe?!

      I am with ya on not meeting a cookie I didn’t like haha!

  4. YUM, these sound GREAT!!! Normally I use the Nestlie’s (sp?) recipe on the back of the chocolate chip cookie bag, and they are really good. But they have that crunchy, then chewy, texture… and I’m actually a chew chocolate chip cookie girl too! So I’m definitely excited to try these, because I have a feeling they’d be a favorite for me too!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  5. These sound amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I will have to try this, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chocolate chip cookie recipe like this before (with cake flour)! I’ve yet to have homemade chocolate chip cookies turn out well, so I’ll all down for trying this. I love how you explained the cooking science as well!

    1. Thank you, Courtney!! I hope these turn out well and that you enjoy them if you give them a try!

      I am way too into cooking and baking science, haha. I’m glad you appreciated it!

      1. Nooo it was absolutely fascinating to learn about all the cooking and baking science. I think it’s really interesting, because that’s not something I had thought about before! Everyone has their hobbies. 🙂

  6. I love the heart and soul you have put into making these the best ever! It’s amazing how little tweaks and changes can make such a big difference in a recipe.

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