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This no-chill chocolate chip cookie recipe combines everything you love in a cookie. They are soft yet chewy and the best homemade version of a classic cookie!
It has taken me several attempts, but I finally have the perfect chocolate chip cookie. If you enjoy a cookie that has a crunchy exterior while remaining chewy on the inside with a cake-like softness then this recipe for you!
I adapted this recipe and use it as a base for most of my cookies. Like these brookies, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, banana nut bread cookies, chocolate chip salted caramel cookies and butterscotch toffee cookies. Oh, you must try them!
Classic recipes are simply the best! You just can’t beat classic peanut butter blossoms, basic butter cookies, or classic sugar cookies.
The best part is the dough doesn’t require chilling! You can just mix it up and bake it right away. This saves an immense amount of time.
Another favorite recipe is chocolate chip pie. It’s like one giant chocolate chip cookie in pie form.
Why this recipe works
The recipe is formulated so the dough doesn’t require refrigeration before baking.
Usually, I’ll add shortening to my cookies to keep them from spreading but this recipe is made will all butter. Butter gives the best flavor and helps the edges of the cookie crispen.
The dough doesn’t require chilling because the ratio of flour to fat makes it so the dough can be baked right away without the cookies spreading too much.
These chocolate chip cookies are high in fat, which contributes to the flavor and tenderness. The high-fat content also extends the shelf life.
- Butter: Unsalted butter makes the cookie taste rich in flavor and allows the cookies to brown.
- Sugar: Brown sugar will give the cookies a chewy texture while white sugar caramelizes and make the edges crisp.
- Eggs: Eggs also add richness and keep the cookies tender.
- Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor.
- Flour: All-purpose flour contains enough protein to add structure without toughening the cookies.
- Leavening: Baking soda is used to give the cookies rise and helps them develop a golden color.
- Salt: A little salt helps balance the sweetness. You can cut back on the amount used if desired.
- Chocolate Chips: Semisweet chocolate chips are what I used but you can use coarsely chopped chocolate instead.
Mixer. You can use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer.
Cookie scoop. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the cookies for uniform sizes.
Baking sheets. Baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat work best.
I’m going to walk you through exactly how to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. The process is quick and simple. And the best part is the dough can be baked immediately without chilling.
Step 1. Properly measure ingredients
First, you will need to start by measuring the flour correctly. This is crucial! Too much flour will leave your cookies dry and crumbly.
I wrote an entire post on how to measure flour. I recommend reading it over and applying all the tips to your future baking endeavors as well as today’s recipe.
Step 2. Combine the wet ingredients
Cream the fat and sugar together to create a lump-free mixture and blend the ingredients completely.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully combined. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Step 3. Combine the dry ingredients
Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add it to the butter mixture all at once and mix slowly just until the flour is incorporated.
Fold in the chocolate chips and take care not to overmix the dough.
Step 4. Bake
Use a cookie scoop to drop mounds of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes at 350°F. The cookies should be golden brown around the edges and appear soft/underdone in the centers.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. The residual heat from the baking sheet will continue to cook the cookies as they sit.
After 10 minutes you can transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
These chocolate chip cookies keep well and will remain soft for days after baking.
- The best way to store cookies that have been baked is to place them in a zip-top bag and keep them at room temperature. They’ll stay soft for up to 1 week.
- A little tip I picked up from Cook’s Illustrated is to place half a slice of bread in the bag with the cookies. This will prevent them from becoming dry and brittle.
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Thanks for the recipe !!
Hey, do you have any egg substitutes, it would be great if you could share it
Unfortunately, I don’t. I’m not an eggless baker and haven’t tested any egg substitutes with my recipes.
Hi Jen, This recipe baked amazing cookies! Was the best ever. Now if I want to substitute whole wheat flour would this recipe work just the same or what tweak should I make since protein content will be more with whole wheat.
The recipe will not work the same if you use whole wheat flour. And I can not tell how to make the cookie with whole wheat flour since I’ve not made this recipe that way before.
Hey, Jen! I tried this recipe yesterday and everyone liked these cookies so much (my friend’s family, Dae, and myself)! Well, they are sooo good that I need to make sure we don’t eat too many of them…lol Whenever I made chocolate chip cookies using different recipes before, it was not easy to make sure they were chewy on the inside. But this recipe gave me that perfect soft texture I always wanted! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!
Also I learned for the first time how to measure flour correctly! Thanks for that as well!
Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies, Jhiin! It warms my heart so much when you bake my recipes. Thank you for being a wonderful friend!
What is your take on using all butter instead of half butter and half shortening?
I’m not against using all butter in cookie recipes but this one may not turn out well since it was developed specifically using half butter and half shortening. Using all butter may change the texture and appearance of the cookies.
Made these this weekend and got a big thumbs up from my harshest critic – my dad! Thanks for the BEST chocolate chip recipe!
Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your feedback!!
I love cookies and have some chocolate Chip recipes on my blog. But. These look so deliciously chewy I had to Pin them and leave you a comment to say thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.
My cookies were crumbly and not looking good. I had to add a splash of milk to make them cookie like. I accidentally added too much milk so they were liquids but overall very tastey!
Make sure you are measuring the flour correctly. Refer to my How to Measure Flour post for details.
These look delicious- I can never get chocolate chip cookies to go right, so I’ll try this recipe!
This recipe will work for you, I’m sure of it. Enjoy!
they look perfect!
Thank you! They were quite perfect if I do say so myself 😉