best ever chocolate chip cookies

I’ve written about this recipe before but it’s been a few years and this chocolate chip cookie recipe is  absolutely my most requested one.  And trust me when I say that I’ve made more versions of the chocolate chip cookie any one woman should.   My wonderful friend Kimmy introduced me to these delicious cookies and I am so thankful and indebted to her for sharing it with us.   My sister now makes these cookies all the time and they recently won “Best Dessert Award” at her church’s Super Bowl party.   They took down some serious cakes and pies to win the prize.   And here’s why I like them so much:  1) They have the best taste and texture.   2)  They are just as good on day 4 as on day 1.  3)  They freeze very well.    4)  They turn out perfect EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

They never disappoint.  Ever.   And the best news yet?    They never flatten out on the pan.

These cookies are gonna change your cookie-making life.  And that is not a word of a lie.

After you make them, send me your testimonials and maybe I’ll set up a Facebook page in honor of these culinary delights.   Ok, I’m kidding.

But they’re just that good.

Without further adieu, I give you the chocolate chip cookie of all chocolate chip cookies.

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup of vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cream of tartar

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

2 t. vanilla

4 1/2 cups of flour

1 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 T. milk

Cream butter, sugars, and egg until fluffy.   Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.   For best results, use a scooper to scoop cookies onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned.  This recipe makes 4-5 dozen cookies depending on what size you make them.

 My recipes page has plenty more goodies for you to try!

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106 comments on “{Best Ever} Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe”

  1. I’m definitely going to try them. My kids are chocolate chip cookie connoisseurs.  I’ll tell you what they think of them.
    Also, are those knuckle prints in those cookies?  Cause if they are I’m making them just for that reason.  My grandmama used to put her finger/knuckle prints on all her biscuits.  None have tasted good since she died.  None.

      • We made these yesterday after reading most of the comments here. We made sure to finger press them before baking and removed from the oven once edges started to show light browning. I also used light brown sugar, and not the dark brown – if that makes a difference.

        We also made a batch of our traditional recipe for choc chip cookies for comparison, and did a taste test. The jury is out.

        There is definitely more flour in this recipe and you can tell, but not in a bad way. The cookies taste like a cross between a shortbread cookie and a sugar cookie, with choc chips. Yummy in its own right, but different from our usual recipe, both recipes are equally scrumptious. I guess the final verdict is – it depends on your tastes.

        I would definitely make these again, but not sure this would be my go-to cookie.

        Thanks for sharing this recipe.

        • My husband and I liked them, but I thought they were a little bland and my son did not care for them, no taste he sd. I wonder if I did not add the baking powder if that would make a difference.

  2. what type of vegetable oil do you use?  Im looking forward to trying this out as I’ve been making the same recipe based on the crisco recipe for years and years! 

    • yes good question, now a days i never am sure what is what in some recipes i usually use crisco in the bar forms but if i have to i use oils and i must say i am not to sure thats the best…

      • Canola worked just fine for me. I’ve made this recipe 3 times so far and used canola twice. It’s really no difference. My whole family loves them.

  3. My 11 year old daughter is our in-house baker and she just made these very cookies over the weekend!  We love your recipe!  They are so different from the Toll House Cookie version we also make.  Too bad the mama in this house gave up cookies for Lent 🙁  They truly are DE.lish everyone!

    • No I didn’t and sadly I’m not real sure how to change it. I’ll work on that because that drives me crazy! Thought about you all weekend. We most certainly must see each other somewhere this year! xoxo,

  4. This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.  I had just pulled out the chocolate chips to start cookies with my kids today and then read your post.  We’ll be trying this one instead!

  5. ok i saved this recipe and its moved to top of list to make….but i have a cake to finish up so won’t be till later in week……i am always looking for a great c-chip recipe, what i should do is get all 1,000 of em out (kidding) and ones i remember weren’t really that great throw out!!!  

  6. Hi, Edie —

    Hope you’re taking comments outside of the cookie topic!

    First off, meant to thank you a few months back for your note on how to access your home tour video. Fun! Your fearless use of color inspired me. DD and I made over a pair of 1950s-era lamps: glossy, bright turquoise paint on the turned-wood bases, multi-colored fabric trim on the drum shades. They’re wonderful.

    Secondly,  did you ask a while back for testimonies from moms who left careers for the mom thing? Did that. Never looked back. The first career was journalism, the second, public relations. Being a mom: priceless. We home-school, too. Some days are difficult, but most are fun, challenging, full of sparkle. And I wouldn’t trade my time with my children for anything.

    Thirdly, I have an addition for your 2012 reading list: “A Lantern in Her Hand” by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Life-changing the first time I read it (age 12), life-affirming every time I’ve read it since. One of the biggest thrills of my life was finding my own copy in a used book store during college days. It’s ragged and yellowed and still in my library. Now, you KNOW something’s a great read when it stays on your Top 10 list for 30 years! Every mother should read it … every American.

    Blessings to you and yours.
    DJ in Texas

  7. These look amazing!!! I see they use lots of butter and sugar 🙂 This must be the secret to their goodness 😉 Can’t wait to try them!

  8. Is this post a cookie recipe day?  I just posted a cookie recipe also.  I’m going to try this because I thought I had the best chocolate chip cookie recipe.  LOL!   I will definitely be making this soon.  Thanks for sharing.

  9. These cookies are amazing, except when you set them on the countertop to cool (the same countertop you crushed garlic on earlier for dinner)!  My boyfriend asked if I used garlic in the cookies and said the first batch tasted funny, like garlic.  Oops, apparently I didn’t fully clean the garlic oils from the countertop before I placed the cookies there to cool!!!  At first I thought I must still have garlic on my fingers.  The rest of the cookies were amazing.  This will be my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!  Thanks Edie!

  10. These cookies are amazing, except when you set them on the countertop to cool (the same countertop you crushed garlic on earlier for dinner)!  My boyfriend asked if I used garlic in the cookies and said the first batch tasted funny, like garlic.  Oops, apparently I didn’t fully clean the garlic oils from the countertop before I placed the cookies there to cool!!!  At first I thought I must still have garlic on my fingers.  The rest of the cookies were amazing.  This will be my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!  Thanks Edie!

  11. These cookies are amazing, except when you set them on the countertop to cool (the same countertop you crushed garlic on earlier for dinner)!  My boyfriend asked if I used garlic in the cookies and said the first batch tasted funny, like garlic.  Oops, apparently I didn’t fully clean the garlic oils from the countertop before I placed the cookies there to cool!!!  At first I thought I must still have garlic on my fingers.  The rest of the cookies were amazing.  This will be my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!  Thanks Edie!

  12. I have a recipe for ch.chip cookies with a cup of oil and Crisco!!!! Its a good one, but I am looking forward to trying your out!

  13. AMAZING cookies! Just finished baking them and they will now take the place of my usual dependable recipe. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And I’m sure my husband will want me to thank you too after he gets to them tonight. I’m considering changing things up a bit to use coconut oil and honey, try to make them a little more health friendly but I cringe at changing their amazingness. 😉

  14. Oh my stars! I don’t know if these are the best ever because aren’t all chocolate chip cookies the best ever???? But these? These?…..light. airy. Deeeeeee-lish. Certainly up there with the “best ever” claim. Made exactly as indicated.

  15. I have a nearly identical recipe from my great-grandmother – everyone does love them because they’re different from what you expect in a CC cookie and they’re delicious! We roll ours into balls, coat with sugar, and flatten with a glass. I LOVE to eat them straight from the freezer – yum!!

  16. Hi Edie! I LOVE your blog! I think I came here by way of The Nesting Place and I’ve really enjoyed your posts on faith AND on your lovely home. Anyway, I tried this recipe today for a school picnic tomorrow, and messed it up. It’s my own fault for not following your directions! At 9 minutes though, the cookies looked raw to me because they were still really high and the color was very light. I wondered whether my oven was working (so I went to 13 minutes). My very wise husband said this cookie seemed similar to some made one of his college professors, and remembered that that they were supposed to look raw when you took them out of the oven. Can you tell me whether these are supposed to look undercooked when they come out? Thanks very much! Karen

    • Welcome, Karen!! Yes, they do look very light when they come out. They are incredibly soft and tender, even when cooked. 9-10 min is probably plenty!! All my friends and family use this as their go-to cookie recipe because it makes so many and they last longer than most cookies!

  17. Hi,

    Just found your best ever chocolate chip cookie recipe on pinterest and I wondered if you could clarify a few things for me? I live in ON, Canada & we don’t buy butter in sticks, its by the pound. So how much is 2 sticks? And do you use hard crisco or liquid crisco oil? And lastly, is the “t”, teaspoon or tablespoon?


    • Hi Brenda! I have made these cookies before and they’re great! Two sticks of butter is 1/2 pound. The abbreviation of a lowercase “t” refers to a teaspoon (a capital “T” is a tablespoon). And the recipe calls for liquid vegetable oil (liquid Crisco). Hope this helps!

  18. I have just made these cookies, they are to die for! I substituted Hershey’s cinnamon chips for the choc chips and they are fantastic.
    This recipe is so easy and quick, it’s my new favourite!!!

  19. Is there any adjustments that need to be made for baking at high altitude? I can never get my cookies to turn out right, they always flatten. We’re above a mile high, 6000 ft. TIA!

  20. BEST CHOCOLATE CHIPS COOKIES EVER!!! Chocolate chip cookies in almost any version is always a favorite for me and my family. For years I’ve tried very hard but always failing, to make better ones than my Mom. But today…I made these and could not be happier with the results. I made a double batch to take to my church Family Fall Fun Day AND for our Baking Contest, so we shall see 🙂 I baked them exactly as described but on the last 2 pans, I made them much larger and tacked on about 6 minutes extra for baking time. VERY HAPPY with these results as well. Follow these easy directions exactly and you will have consistent and wonderful chocolate chip cookies every time!

    • After I bake them. I put them in a Tupperware or Rubbermaid container. It works great. I also won 2nd place at the Baking Contest with this recipe! I am sure you can freeze the dough as well but I have personally never tried it yet.

    • After I bake them. I put them in a Tupperware or Rubbermaid container. It works great. I also won 2nd place at the Baking Contest with this recipe! I am sure you can freeze the dough as well but I have personally never tried it yet.

    • I would say after you bake them. I froze half the dough when I made them the first time, and the frozen & thawed dough was a little crumbly. The cookies also were not as good a texture when baked as the first half of the batch.

  21. Just made them, they are delicious! Almost have a shortbread taste to them, so good:) I’m sure they’ll all be gone in no time, thanks for sharing!

  22. I made this recipe yesterday. The flavor is good, but I feel that the amount of flour is way too much. My dough was crumbly, and the cookie was dry and powdery. Was I suppose to sift the flour? The recipe calls for 4 1/2 cups, right? They were good, just a strange texture.

  23. I am baking these now. ..but I think I did something wrong. They are very crumbly to work with. Very puffy. Came out like balls. The recipe say to cream butter sugars and egg. Was the oil suppose to go in too or later with the flour? I used a liquid vegetable oil and added it with the flour.

    • Karen,
      It sounds like you have a little too much flour? Also? You must not overbake these. Take them out when the edges are just barely lightly brown. Baking can be testy in certain climates and humidity, so that may be part of it too. This recipe is worth perfecting in your climate, because once you figure out the perfect combo for you, these are SO fail proof and easy and delicious. My sister just brought some on a road trip and I think she makes them better than me!! They are a staple in our family. Hope that helps!

  24. From one Karen to another … from your description that they “came out like balls,” I think part of the problem is that you didn’t slightly flatten them with your fingers before baking. (I had the same experience the first time that I made these.) Anyway, the “flattening” part isn’t written in the recipe, but I think you can see that’s what Edie did by looking at the photo, and also an early commenter referenced that too. HTH!

    • Thanks Karen….I will try that. They tasted good….but were hard. Any suggestion about the texture. How about the oil? Should I have put it in with the butter? I have used Crisco before to make Chocolate Chip cookies but never the liquid. REALLY use OIL???? and should I put it in with the butter, egg and sugar? I loved the taste….and my daughters teenage friends loved the taste too…but they were not soft at all. Thanks again Karen! 🙂

      • Hi Karen! About the oil … yes, it’s really oil! It’s been awhile since I made this recipe, so I can’t quite remember what I did. But maybe try creaming the butter, sugars and egg first, and then mix in the oil and vanilla before adding the dry ingredients. The other thing to know is that these cookies are paler in color than most chocolate chip cookies, so when you take them out of the oven they definitely will look much paler than what you’re used to seeing. They will be very light brown around the edges, but very pale otherwise. I learned (from making a mistake the first time) that these cookies really should bake only the 9-10 minutes that the recipe said. HTH!

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  26. I followed this recipe to a T, but they came out with a very funny taste :/ they are edible, and if the funny taste wasn’t there, they would be fabulous!
    I thought (after I tasted them) that I should have used Crisco instead of liquid oil. But after reading the comments, I don’t think that was my mistake.
    Any ideas? My husband said it tasted like better, I tasted oil :/

  27. LOVE, Love, love this recipe!! I have made these cookies three times, and each time… Oh! No words!! I really need to slow down, though. I don’t really like chocolate chip cookies… well, I didn’t before this recipe. My tummy thanks you, but my waist hates you! (almost kidding) 🙂


  28. Believe it or not, I find that Trader Joe’s chocolate chips are the best. Better than Nestle and Ghiradelli. Try it sometime!

  29. I really wanted to love them. I have to agree with Abby, they tasted a little funny. But, I have to say that our favorite recipe is still the one on the Ghirardelli bag or the traditional Toll House. I prefer a fluffier cookie like this recipe, but the taste just wasn’t the same. I like to experiment with different recipes, but I’m sorry this one didn’t work for my cookie fans. 🙁

  30. I have made these a few times and the negative comments confuse me. We love them and I have not used another recipe since trying this one. Fabulous!

  31. With this recipe I used peanut butter and chocolate chips! I doubled the recipe and used my knuckles!! Loved the way they turned out!! YUMMY!!

  32. Thank you so much! I have tried to duplicate my grandmas recipe for over 20 years. This is so vey close! I had to make them right away! My daughter LOVES them.
    My grandmas were “whiter” do you think she only used white sugar.
    What does brown sugar do for a recipe.
    Have a great day! Thanks Kathy

  33. I used Coconut oil for the oil – WOW!! It doesn’t give it a strong coconut flavor – very slight, if that. I just prefer coconut oil in all my baking now, due to my research into oils and it can replace Crisco if you leave it in it’s solid, but soft form – you do not want to add it to anything chilled enough to make it stiff and chunky. For this recipe, you’ll want to be sure the butter/egg mixture is at room temp, but if the butter is soft, it should be.

  34. Do you use All-purpose flour in this recipe? I think you do since you have baking powder & salt in it, but woiuld like to know before I try it.


  35. Let me start off my saying that I love baking, but I can never make a successful batch of cookies. They’re either too thin, too crunchy, or burnt! However, I just made these cookies and THEY ARE AMAZING. They’re delicious, fluffy, chewy, and have just the right amount of sweetness! Thank you SO MUCH for this amazing recipe. I will be making it again and again.

  36. I have wanted to find this recipe since highschool. A bakery in our area made cookies with cream of tartar and they were the best chocolate chip cookies ever
    Going to make them right now Thanks for sharing

  37. Well as I write this I just ate one of the above cookies.. Well they are the much wanted recipe Again they are wonderful Light and airy and downright good. Will be baking more.. I divided the dough into 4th baked one and wrap logs of the others to freeze and bake later.

  38. Made these cookies about a week ago, scooped them, froze them unbaked on a cookie sheet, then bagged them all together in a Ziploc and stuck them in the freezer. Just pulled out a dozen to bake for my son who’s just home from college for the holiday. They.are.delicious. The rate my son’s going, my freezer stash won’t last long! Thank you for the great recipe!!!

  39. These are literally the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever eaten!! I halved the recipe and just used baking powder as I had no cream of tartar on hand. They still turned out perfectly! 🙂 I was going to free 2 dozen for Christmas but it looks like only 1 dozen will be frozen as the first has almost disappeared already. Thank you!!

  40. I made these today and they are HORRIBLE! So horrible that my husband a chocolate chip cookie dough fanatic turned down any further samples after just one small bite of dough and spit out his bite of a baked cookie.

  41. I made these and used pastry flour. They were very crumbly and dry?! Was it pastry flour that threw the texture off?! My kids still really liked them but next time is is white all purpose flour?

  42. I am just wondering if your “2 sticks of butter” is equal to 1 cup? I only ask as I am living in the Pacific Northwest and the butter sticks are measured different here than I have seen in other places. Thank you.

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  44. Absoulutly amazing recipe! Love the texture,flavor, and the way the cookies hold their shape! But what I love the most of all is that I do not have to chill the dough prior to baking. Cause lets face it, when the CCC craving hits,it is torture to have to wait an hour or more to chill your dough before baking! This will definitely be my new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing ☺️

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