Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - no waiting for butter to soften or dough to chill!


There are a lot of recipes for chocolate chip cookies out there, and I’m going to go ahead and add another to the mix. I think these are perfect chocolate chip cookies, let me make my case for you.


Here is why these cookies are so great:

Soft in the middle, but chewy on the edges. Perfect texture!

Semi-sweet chocolate chips AND milk chocolate chips. Best of both worlds.

No special ingredients or complicated techniques, you probably have everything to make these on hand. (If you do, you can make my Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup recipe, too!)

You don’t have to wait for butter to soften, or cookie dough to chill. You can whip these up quickly!

These  chocolate chip cookies are big! Three tablespoons of cookie dough.

Topping the cookie dough with additional chocolate chips before baking is the secret to making these chocolate chip cookies so pretty! Perfect for gift giving.


Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - no waiting for butter to soften or dough to chill.


I’ve adapted these from the Cooks Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I absoluetly love that recipe, but my kids prefer a more traditional flavor profile, and sometimes so do I. I took what I loved about the Cooks Illustrated recipe and adapted it a little to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies for our family.

Instead of browned butter, I used melted butter, one tablespoon less than the original recipe to account for the evaporation of the butter as it browns. I also switched out the dark brown sugar for golden brown sugar because we like the milder taste of the light brown sugar.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - no waiting for butter to soften or dough to chill.


Several years ago, I noticed that the take and bake cookie dough you can buy at the grocery store has additional chocolate chips on top. I thought this was really clever and started adding them to my cookies as well, that way the cookie has chocolate chips baked in and chocolate chips on top.  Just press additional chocolate chips into the top of the cookie dough before baking.


Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - no waiting for butter to soften or dough to chill.



Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
19 mins
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 13 tablespoons of butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup of firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips plus more chocolate chips for topping cookies
  1. Start by melting butter and setting butter aside to cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine melted and cooled butter, both sugars, vanilla and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add egg and egg yolk, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  6. Add in flour mixture and continue mixing until incorporated.
  7. Add in chocolate chips and give a final stir.
  8. Dough will be soft, but should be firm enough to shape into balls.
  9. Place cookie dough on baking sheet and top with additional milk chocolate chips.
  10. Bake about 9 minutes, just until edges are a light golden brown.
  11. Don't over bake as cookie will continue baking as it cools.
Recipe Notes

Make sure butter has cooled completely before using. Warm butter will make cookie dough overly soft. If cookie dough is very soft, let stand for about 10 minutes and it will be easier to handle.


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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - no waiting for butter to soften or dough to chill.



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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies - packed with semi-sweet AND milk chocolate chips. These cookies have the perfect texture and are so easy to make!


  1. Love your recipes! Just wanted to let you know you have an ingredient that may be a typo: “1 cup of semisweet chocolate chip cookies” :). Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks!!!

  2. Nothing like revisiting a classic – these look absolutely delicious!

  3. Hello!
    In the ingredients list there is a line saying: “1 cup of semisweet chocolate chip cookies”.

    I don’t quite understand what it stands for. Cookies? Chocolate Chips?

  4. Hello,
    Those are delicious looking/sounding! Perfectly round too… how do you make them so perfectly round?
    Also, I don’t have parchment on hand, OK to just put on the baking sheet directly?

    • I try and make the dough ball as evenly shaped as possible, if that makes sense!

      I recommend using parchment paper, but a non stick baking sheet should work as well. That can change the appearance of the cookie, baking time, etc. Let me know how it goes!

  5. Hey! I just made these cookies! they rase delicious! BUT when I made them the edges linda flattened out? I don’t know if that makes sense. What could I have done wrong? Maybe too big? I used a table spoon measuring spoon and added a little more. Thanks for the recipe! My first time making cookies from scratch!

    • I’m so glad you made these! Congratulations on making them from scratch!

      Did you measure out three tablespoons of dough? Did your dough look similar to the picture? Don’t forget to let the butter cool before combining with sugar! If you have a pic, you can email me or tag me on Instagram and I can help you troubleshoot.

  6. Thanks for the recipe made these cookies for Christmas party and they wee gone in an instant! I made min e the size of one tablespoon and got about 48 cookies. They came out looking a little different than yours though, mine came out a lot thicker they didn’t soread out and they didn’t get as golden as yours, I left them for exactly nine minutes as not to over bake them. But they were still dalicious-and that’s all that matters!! 🙂

  7. Bonitarican78 says:

    These are delicious! Loved this recipe.

  8. How do you get your cookies to spread out so much? Whenever I bake cookies they stay puffed up and don’t spread out and get crispy.

  9. The cookies look delicious! May I know the weight of your large egg with shell? Thank you.

  10. O-M-G!!!!! My kids and I just made these chocolate chip cookies and they are perfection!!!

  11. By far, hands down, the best chewy chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever made. The raw cookie dough (yes, i eat raw cookie dough unashamedly) is divine! Thank you so much for the recipe! xoxo

  12. Marlaina says:

    I rarely comment on uh.. stuff. But! This recipe has been my go-to long enough now that I feel you deserve some praise. Amazing, amazing cookies! Every time I make them I’m pleased by the results, and I love how easy it is to change the texture of the finished product depending on how long you 1) cream the butter and sugar or 2) allow the butter to cool. Thanks for the awesome recipe, and God bless!

  13. K. Wallace says:

    Made these today and they are sooo good! I made a few minor changes–3/4 pkg mini choco chips since that’s what I had. I used my larger scoop and still got 20 cookies. My oven time was 10 minutes. My 90 year old dad really liked them also 😉

  14. Melissa,
    Your chocolate chip cookie and sweet tea recipes sound great! Thank you for sharing them. I’ll be trying them soon.


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