The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (& My Baking Secrets!)

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AuthorSarah GrotenhuisCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

There are a few things in life I consider myself an expert in. One is all of the Real Housewives story lines. Another is chocolate chip cookies. I'm a bit of a connoisseur. I've always been looking for the best, the most perfect, the ultimate chocolate chip cookie.
The perfect chocolate chip cookie has to have the perfect thickness, soft but not under baked, dense but not cakey, golden brown edges, glorious chunks of chocolate throughout and oats to make them a little more chewy. Something straight out of a bakery case that could put you back $3 but you wouldn't even be mad about it because it's just that good.

 

I've been working on these babies for years and I've finally got it just right. Today I'm sharing with you the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe and my best baking secrets. I hope you try them and let me know how they turned out!

Secret #1 Use all dark brown sugar in lieu of white or light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar has more molasses, and a richer flavor. They add incredible depth to the cookies, more than white sugar ever could.

Secret #2 Add corn starch. Cornstarch makes the cookies chewy and soft when mixed with flour. It is also a thickening agent, which keeps your cookies from spreading and falling flat during baking. We like 'em thick and chunky around here. Add the cornstarch.

Secret #3 Use softened butter. I warm my butter until it's just shy of being melted, then cream together with the sugar. This ensures that the butter gets thoroughly incorporated. Combine the butter mixture with your dry mixture after.

Secret #4 Let your dough chill before baking. This recipe produces dough that's a bit soft. If you don't let it chill in the fridge before baking, it will spread too quickly and produce a thin, flat cookie. I usually chill my dough for about 2 hours, but you can chill for as long as 12. If you decide to chill overnight, let the dough sit out on the counter for easier scooping before you put it on the trays.

Secret #5 Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Parchment paper makes your cookies bake evenly and slide right off when done baking. Silicone baking sheets work great, too, and cut down on waste. I love these ones from Amazon which also make a great gift for someone who loves to bake.

Secret #6 Always use oats. I'll never go back to making cookies without oats. It adds structure and chewiness to your cookies that you just can't get any other way. I promise they won't taste too healthy, but extra indulgent and delicious.

Secret #7 Form dough into balls on baking sheet. This makes it so that they spread evenly and creates a thick cookie. I use an ice cream scoop to make sure my cookies are uniform in size, then roll the scoops into balls before placing on the baking sheets. Only cook 6 at a time to give them plenty of room on the sheet.

I hope you try this recipe and love these cookies as much as me and my family do! Let me know if you try them, and what your signature recipe is - do you have a go-to that you consider yourself an expert at making? I want to know!

Yields24 Servings
Prep Time2 hrsCook Time11 minsTotal Time2 hrs 11 mins

 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
 2 eggs
 2 tsp vanilla extract
 1 tsp baking soda
 1 ½ tsp salt
 2 cups flour
 1 tbsp cornstarch
 2 cups oats
 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chunks or chips, or a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate
Optional Additions
 Chopped walnuts, shredded coconut, chopped macadamia nuts, dried cherries with white or dark chocolate

1

In a medium sized bowl, combine softened butter, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Beat together until creamy.

2

In a large bowl, add leveled cups of flour. Add in salt and corn starch, and stir to combine.

3

Gradually add butter/sugar mixture to flour mixture and mix until combined.

4

Add in oats, mix well. Add in chocolate chips and any other mix-ins.

5

Scrape down sides of bowl and ensure all ingredients are well combined. Let dough chill at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. (If chilling over 1 hour, take dough out for about 45 minutes to come back to room temperature before baking).

6

Preheat oven to 375 F. While oven preheats, line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

7

Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place evenly spaced on cookie sheets, 6 cookies per sheet.

8

Bake for 10-11 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before moving to cooling rack to cool entirely.

Ingredients

 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
 2 eggs
 2 tsp vanilla extract
 1 tsp baking soda
 1 ½ tsp salt
 2 cups flour
 1 tbsp cornstarch
 2 cups oats
 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chunks or chips, or a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate
Optional Additions
 Chopped walnuts, shredded coconut, chopped macadamia nuts, dried cherries with white or dark chocolate

Directions

1

In a medium sized bowl, combine softened butter, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Beat together until creamy.

2

In a large bowl, add leveled cups of flour. Add in salt and corn starch, and stir to combine.

3

Gradually add butter/sugar mixture to flour mixture and mix until combined.

4

Add in oats, mix well. Add in chocolate chips and any other mix-ins.

5

Scrape down sides of bowl and ensure all ingredients are well combined. Let dough chill at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. (If chilling over 1 hour, take dough out for about 45 minutes to come back to room temperature before baking).

6

Preheat oven to 375 F. While oven preheats, line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

7

Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place evenly spaced on cookie sheets, 6 cookies per sheet.

8

Bake for 10-11 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before moving to cooling rack to cool entirely.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies (& My Baking Secrets!)

2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (& My Baking Secrets!)

  1. Sarah, I’m excited to try this recipe! They look so yummy. Quick oats or old-fashioned? Very cool website! Looking forward to May. ~Auntie Weesa

    1. Lisa! I just saw your comment – thank you! I love making these cookies and I hope you love them, too. I’ve used both with this recipe and haven’t noticed a difference. Let me know how you like them!

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