Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies


These melt-in-your-mouth treats are best served warm alongside a tall glass of cold milk.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
48 cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are universally beloved, and you're sure to make friends and family happy when you whip up a batch from scratch. When made with care, these cookies make great homemade gifts, even if you aren't great at baking.

So, how do you make classic chocolate chip cookies without the help of a pre-mixed package? Stick to this simple recipe—you can't go wrong. For best results, bring the butter to room temperature before adding it to the mixing bowl.


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. One at a time, beat in the eggs, then the vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined (do not overmix). Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts (if desired) by hand.

  4. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough onto baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.

  5. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until golden around the edges but still soft in the center, 12 to 15 minutes.

  6. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

    Classic Chocolate-Chip Cookies
    Victor Schrager

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
8g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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