Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

If delicious and easy-to-make desserts are your thing, then you’re going to love this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe. These chocolate cookies are gooey and so chocolatey!

Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic dessert that is a delicious combination of buttery, chewy cookie dough, and sweet chocolate chips.

What makes these cookies so appealing is how simple they are to make. They don’t require any fancy techniques or hard-to-find ingredients, and they can be made in just a matter of minutes.

Additionally, they can be customized to fit individual tastes by adding different types of chocolate chips or even adding nuts or dried fruit.

More Cookies and Cakes To Try

Easy Almond Cookies
Classic Blueberry Cobbler
Eggless Chocolate Cake
Coconut Cake
Banana Bread (Without Eggs)

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookies

All-Purpose Flour: This is the standard flour used in most cookie recipes. It provides structure and thickness to the cookies. You can experiment with whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blends if you have dietary preferences or restrictions.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is a leavening agent that helps cookies rise and become fluffy. Ensure it’s not expired for optimal effectiveness.

Salt: Salt enhances the flavor of cookies and balances the sweetness. You can adjust the amount to your taste but don’t omit it entirely.

Butter (or Vegan Butter): Butter adds richness and flavor to the cookies. You can use vegan butter or margarine for a dairy-free version. Make sure it’s at room temperature for easy mixing.

White Sugar and Brown Sugar: These sugars provide sweetness and contribute to the texture of the cookies. Brown sugar adds moisture and a slightly caramel flavor. You can use coconut sugar or other alternatives for a less refined option.

Eggs (or Applesauce for Vegan): Eggs act as a binding agent and add moisture. For a vegan option, unsweetened applesauce can replace eggs in this recipe.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor of the cookies. Use pure vanilla extract for the best taste.

Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips are commonly used. Ensure they are vegan if you’re making vegan cookies. You can also try white chocolate or butterscotch, for a unique twist.

How to make Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie scoop or spoon
  • Wire cooling rack

Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line your baking sheets with parchment paper to prevent sticking and ease cleanup.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.

Step 3: Cream the Butter and Sugars
In a large mixing bowl, combine the room-temperature unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.

Use a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed to cream the butter and sugars together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, which takes about 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Add Eggs and Vanilla
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Stir in the pure vanilla extract, ensuring it’s well incorporated into the mixture.

Step 5: Combine Dry Ingredients
Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients in the large bowl. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix, as this can result in tough cookies.

Step 6: Add Chocolate Chips
Stir in the semisweet chocolate chips using a wooden spoon or spatula until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Step 7: Scoop and Arrange Cookies
Use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion out the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave enough space between each cookie to allow for spreading during baking (usually about 2 inches apart).

Step 8: Bake the Cookies
Place the baking sheets in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden brown.

Keep an eye on the cookies as they bake, as the exact time may vary depending on your oven and the size of your cookies.

Step 9: Cool and Serve
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. This helps them maintain their texture and prevents them from becoming soggy on the bottom.

Substitutions for this recipe

Butter substitutes: For a dairy-free option, use vegan butter or margarine in equal amounts. You can also try coconut oil, but it will impart a coconut flavor to the cookies. Use it in its solid form (not melted) for best results.

Egg substitutes: To make the recipe vegan, replace each egg with one of the following options:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu (blended until smooth)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water (let it sit for a few minutes to thicken)

Sugar substitutes: Use coconut sugar or brown rice syrup as alternatives to brown sugar. Try maple syrup or agave nectar instead of white granulated sugar for a different flavor.

Flour substitutes: For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of regular all-purpose flour. Almond flour or oat flour can also be used, but these alternatives may result in different textures.

Chocolate chips substitutes: Use dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips if you’re making vegan cookies. Substitute chocolate chips with chopped nuts (like walnuts or pecans), dried fruits (such as cranberries or raisins), or a combination of your favorite mix-ins.

Vanilla extract substitutes: If you don’t have vanilla extract, you can use vanilla bean paste or vanilla essence as alternatives.

Salted vs unsalted butter: If you only have salted butter, you can use it in the recipe but reduce or omit the additional salt called for in the recipe to avoid making the cookies too salty.

How to store Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

To keep Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh and delicious for as long as possible, it’s important to store them properly. Here’s how:

Room temperature: If you plan to eat the cookies within a day or two, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container or plastic bag.

Be sure to place a piece of bread or a few apple slices in the container or bag to help keep the cookies soft and chewy.

Refrigerator: If you need to store the cookie dough for a longer period of time, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Store them in an airtight container or plastic bag and again, include a piece of bread or apple slices to help maintain their texture.

Freezer: If you want to store the dough for an extended period of time, you can freeze it.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Room temperature butter: Ensure your butter (or vegan butter) is at room temperature. Softened butter will mix more easily with the sugar and result in a better cookie texture.

Properly measure flour: When measuring flour, spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with a flat edge. Avoid tapping the cup, as this can lead to excess flour and dry cookies.

Chill the dough: If time allows, refrigerate the cookie dough for 1-2 hours before baking. Chilled dough tends to result in thicker and chewier cookies.

Evenly-sized cookies: Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to portion the dough. This ensures that all your cookies are roughly the same size for even baking.

Preheat the oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated to the specified temperature before placing the cookies in. Consistent temperature is crucial for even baking.

Space cookies appropriately: Leave enough space between cookies on the baking sheet (usually 2 inches) to allow for spreading while baking.

Rotate the baking sheet: If you notice that your cookies are browning unevenly, you can rotate the baking sheet halfway through the baking time.

Watch the baking time: Keep a close eye on your cookies toward the end of the baking time. They should be lightly golden at the edges but still slightly soft in the center. Remember that they will continue to cook a bit after you remove them from the oven due to residual heat.

Cool on a wire rack: Transfer the baked cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. This prevents them from becoming soggy on the bottom due to trapped steam.

Chocolate Chip Cookies FAQs

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter in the recipe?

Sure! If you use salted butter, you may want to reduce or omit the added salt in the recipe to avoid overly salty cookies.

How do I prevent my cookies from spreading too much during baking?

To prevent excessive spreading, make sure your butter is not overly soft or melted when you start mixing the dough. Chilling the dough for 1-2 hours before baking can also help reduce spreading.

How do I know when the cookies are done baking?

The cookies are done when the edges are lightly golden brown, and the centers are slightly soft. They will continue to cook a bit after you take them out of the oven due to residual heat.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

These chocolate chip cookies are so good – I hope you give this recipe a try! Let me know how it turns out for you.



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