salted chocolate chunk cookies Recipes

salted chocolate chunk cookies

I would like to go on record as stating that I was not in the market for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. Maybe I’m getting a little cranky in my advanced food blogging age, but I have found little evidence over the years that there’s anything new to add to the chocolate chip cookie conversation. (See: Item #9.) In fact, whenever there has been a new/perfect/ideal/ultimate/consummate recipe making the rounds and I have eventually caved and tried it, I’m generally underwhelmed, not because they are not good — I mean, I’m not dead inside, no chocolate chip cookies go to waste around here — but because they’re just weren’t new or different or special enough to get me to permanently stray from my go-to. *


what you'll need
my chopped chocolate looks like a keyboard

There is one core recipe for chocolate chip cookies, that which was named after the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, where Ruth Graves Wakefield’s invention was published in a 1936 cookbook. Most modern versions play off of it in one way or another, always in the pursuit of a “better” cookie but rarely through the practice of simplicity. Some require cake flour, bread flour, or a combination thereof, which has always perplexed me as you’d think a mix of high- and low-gluten flour would average out back to approximately an all-purpose flour level? Regardless, I follow these recipes to the letter, hoping to glean something new.

a slightly crumbly dough

Several use whole-wheat flour, and while they are quite delicious (with the unspoken qualifier for something with whole wheat flour in it), I would rather get my whole grains from toast or grain salad bowls and keep my cookies as tender and devastatingly unhealthy as possible. There’s the recipe that sent almost every one of us scurrying off to track down expensive Valrhona feves, because nothing else would do. Indeed, the results are grand but the ingredient obscurity all but guaranteed we’ve rarely made them since. Many these days have you brown butter, which is of course delicious, but in my findings rarely a flavor that comes through enough in the final cookie to be worth the compromise in tender chewiness, even when water is added as compensation. A good lot of the current ones making the rounds tell you that if you’re going to make the cookies at any size less than coffee shop humongous, don’t expect the results to be transcendent, and indeed, when I make them only spoonful-sized, they’re unitextured and dull.

admirable chocolate to dough ratio

Finally, a popular chocolate chip cookie teaching insists that you rest the batter overnight for best texture and ingredient absorption, which is great if you’re the kind of person who plans your chocolate chip cookie cravings at least 24 hours in advance, i.e. nobody I’ve ever been or met.

ready to bake

So what happened? Once again, I succumbed to the lure of a recipe I heard many people going on about — Ashley Rodriguez’s, of Not Without Salt and Date Night In fame — but this time, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I am, in fact, in love. We have a new house cookie. And get this: it doesn’t use any special flour, the butter isn’t browned, the dough is as good baked the second after you finish mixing it as it is in scoops straight from the freezer days later and it doesn’t require any special chocolate (although hand-chopping a bar — but any brand you like at any budget will do, hello Trader Joe’s pound-plus — into colossal chunks does have its perks). Okay, it does request that you use three different types of sugar but I suspect that you already have them around and if you do not, even two of them will suffice. You will not have an easy time making a mess of this recipe.

salted chocolate chunk cookies
salted chocolate chunk cookies

The results are thick, crisp-edged, soft-but-not-cakey within, finished with a faint crunch of sea salt and absolutely puddled with chocolate ponds and if I’ve done my job well, you’re already halfway to the kitchen to make these. Aren’t you?

salted chocolate chunk cookies

* which are, by the way, the only dessert I make for crowds these days because warm chocolate chip cookies, straight from the oven, even still on their baking sheet, are the only dinner party trick worth having. Let it be known.

Tonight at the 92nd Street Y: At 7 p.m., all 1.5 of me will be on a panel with Dorie Greenspan, Kristen Miglore and Michael Ruhlman discussing what makes a recipe great this evening. If you’re around, I hope you can stop by and join the conversation. [This is a ticketed event. Details and ticket sales over here.]

Or you could buy these, instead: Grocery shopping is a pain. Ashley Rodriguez recently created a mix for her famed cookies — gorgeously packaged and gift-ready — and you can buy it right from her site. Be warned: don’t watch the video if you think you’re strong enough to resist these. [Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix for sale]

One year ago: Lamb Meatballs with Feta and Lemon
Two years ago: Ramp Pizza
Three years ago: Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Four years ago: Crispy Potato Roast
Five years ago: Blue Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits
Six years ago: Pasta with Favas, Tomatoes and Sausage
Seven years ago: Almond Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
Eight years ago: Margarita Cookies

And for the other side of the world:
Six Months Ago: Cauliflower Cheese
1.5 Years Ago: Apple Slab Pie
2.5 Years Ago: Pear, Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble
3.5 Years Ago: Roasted Pear and Chocolate Chunk Scones

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
From Ashley Rodriguez’s Not Without Salt (site) and Date Night In (book)

A couple recipe-specific notes: The version I originally made from the Not Without Salt site called for light brown sugar, says you can bake the dough right away and calls for 8 ounces of chocolate. The version in the (excellent) Date Night In book calls for dark brown sugar, says the dough is best after resting in the fridge for a day or two, and calls for only 6 ounces of chocolate. The good news: both versions work perfectly, but I must insist you use the full half-pound (8 ounces) of chocolate. You will not regret it. In both versions, like most baking recipes, the dry ingredients (salt, flour, baking soda) are to be mixed separately but I’m a lazy cook, and include my own hack below to skip this. Finally, yes, that’s 360, not 350 degrees as the baking temperature. Rodriguez says the extra 10 degrees makes for a better cookie, and I’m not one to argue with such clear mastery of the chocolate chip cookie arts.

So what makes this cookie different? Being me, the second I took the first spectacular bite of the cookie, I lined the recipe up to the Toll House classic because I needed the language to be able to explain what was different. And I found that for the same amount of butter, Toll House cookies use much less sugar, much less flour, a bit less baking soda, less salt and less chocolate. I reiterated this my husband, who I like to torment with boring recipe babble as often as possible, and he — proving once again that he always listens, swoon — said “wouldn’t that just mean that there’s more cookie batter?” Duh, RIGHT. In fact, you could flip what I said to note that this uses a little less butter and egg than the cookies you may be used to and the result is a worrisomely crumbly dough — “The dough exists only to hold the chocolate in place,” says Rodriguez — that bakes up like a freaking dream, mostly because it barely encapsulates almost unseemly-sized puddles of melted chocolate and the whole thing is finished with flakes of sea salt, as all chocolate chip cookies on this earth should forever be.

I swear, I took almost an entire breath while typing that last sentence. (I’m lying. I took a bite of cookie instead.)

Yield: Approximately 18 to 24 cookies

1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
2 tablespoons (25 grams) turbinado sugar (aka Sugar in the Raw; you can use more brown or white if you don’t have this, but the subtle crunch it adds is delightful)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (165 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon (or, technically, 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon) fine sea or table salt
1 3/4 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 pound (225 grams) semi- or bittersweet chocolate, cut into roughly 1/2-inch chunks with a serrated knife
Flaky sea salt, to finish

Heat oven to 360°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, beating until incorporated, and scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in salt fine sea or table salt and baking soda until combined, then the flour on a low speed until just mixed. The dough will look crumbly at this point. With a spatula, fold/stir in the chocolate chunks.

Scoop cookies into 1 1/2 tablespoon (I used a #40 scoop) mounds, spacing them apart on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each with a few flakes of sea salt. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until golden on the outside but still very gooey and soft inside. Out of the oven, let rest on baking sheet out of the for 5 minutes before transferring a cooling rack.

Extra dough — I know, what’s that?! — can be formed into scoops and frozen on a sheet until solid, then transferred to a freezer bag. I’ve baked these right from the freezer; they need, at most, 1 minute more baking time. You could also form them into a 2-inch log, freeze it, and slice and bake the cookies off as desired. The only difference I’ve noted between the cookies baked right away and those baked a day or more later is that the older cookie dough is less puffy when baked.

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441 comments on salted chocolate chunk cookies

  1. Johanna

    I’ve been using the Trader Joe’s pound-plus bittersweet bar chopped into cookies for 2 years now! Guess I was ahead of my time. It really makes a huge difference. Much better than chocolate chips.

  2. Nicole

    What is that fab looking liner for the baking sheet? I go through a TON of parchment paper and am always looking for an alternative.

  3. deb

    Roy — I didn’t test these by just melting the butter first (basically, it’s the butter-sugar creaming that you need the electric mixer for), but it would be worth finding out. Or, you can Julia Child it by beating the soft butter and sugars together vigorously with a whisk until fluffy/soft/smooth. Quite an arm workout, but then you’ll probably earn at least one extra cookie.

    Nicole — They’re Silpats, and they’re reusable. I actually put mine in the dishwasher, not sure if you’re supposed to be there’s been no harm yet.

    Sally — Funny, I wasn’t even going to post them here but then I saw all the IG comments and thought “maybe people DO want another recipe?” (Because I sure did, although I didn’t know it at the time.)

  4. So I have this cookbook out from the library right now and had been eyeing this recipe, but haven’t yet done it for two reasons: 1. The softened butter and 2. the overnight refrigeration. That part of the recipe reminded me of that whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe which requires an overnight, but uses cold butter so you can make it on the spot, but then there’s the waiting. Good to know that you can actually bake these immediately.

    I’m trying to think if there are any other recipes from this book that have struck a chord with me but can’t think of one. Have you found any others that are also a thumbs up?

  5. Jesse

    Hi Deb!! I love your blog, and yes, I was halfway into the kitchen to check that I had the ingredients before I even go to the ingredients list! You are my go-to for good recipes, and your passion is infectious! Thank you!!

  6. Gail

    I feel the same way about chocolate chip cookies. There is my ‘house’ recipe that I make all the time, and I am cranky at all the fine-tuning, but I love cc cookies too much not to try them all. Who lets their dough rest overnight in the fridge? That just makes me irritated because not only did I not get cookies on the day I wanted them, I sort of hate myself for eating all the dough on day one! Also – totally with you on the salty top – I always sprinkle kosher or sea salt on top of each dough ball before baking. And though I wish I had the patience to chop good chocolate for cookies, I just use the chips… Cranky though I am, I am going to try THIS version. This afternoon, in fact! :)

  7. deb

    Marisa — I find kosher salt a little coarse (unless you’re using that fine/light Diamond stuff) but if you just use a couple granules (not even a pinch), you might be fine.

    Re, the flaky salt — I know I call for it so often, because I’m obsessed, and it’s a luxury ingredient, which is usually not something I try to promote here, but I found that the one full-price box I bought ($8, and still just shy of that on Amazon today) several years ago lasted me for years because I only use a pinch to finish things. And, I admit, I’ve since been to London and found it at a chain drugstore for all of 2 to 3 Euros. And brought back 6 boxes as gifts. Definitely worth loading up on if you’re on that side of the pond for whatever reason.

    Molly — Re, softening butter — If you have a stand or electric mixer, you can totally just chop the butter into cubes and beat it with the mixer until soft. You’ll want to scrape the bowl down a bunch of times, it takes a couple minutes, but I hedge on the softened butter part of recipes all of the time with this hack. Some people swear by the microwave, but I always end up with warm butter and melty pockets. Beating cold butter until soft works best in a pinch.

  8. OMG – these bad boys look absolutely right! I can tell you’ve done much more R&D on cookie science than you’re willing to admit ;) And I know what we’ll be baking next!

    Btw, how easily can you clean the Silpats? Not having to clean the dishes is (almost) the main reason we still use parchment paper!

  9. kellybelle

    I’m so glad to see you mix the salt and baking soda into the wet batter before the flour. I’ve been doing that for years out of sheer laziness, but always wonder if I’m giving up something essential by doing so…

  10. Tara

    Deb, you are ruining me. By the time this tiny human comes out of me, he or she will be bigger than my first 9 lb 10 oz baby. Because, obviously, I will be making these as soon as possible. I’ll test it against my house cookie, which has browned butter. I too am wooed by the newest and fadiest, but all too often disappointed. I’m trusting your words on this one!

  11. Ella

    That’s it – making these next time … and I too was wondering about not using a mixer – or can I use my hand mixer instead of getting the KitchenAid out of the closet? Thanks!

  12. Sarah

    I like the cookie part of chocolate chip cookies. Is it still worth it to try this one?

    The recipe reminds me of my current favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s the salted dark chocolate Oatmeal cookie from Real Simple. The salt on top is so good.

  13. ellen

    deb, what is your favorite hack for bringing butter to room temp quickly? when i want to make cookies, i-want-to-make-cookies-NOW. drives me nuts to wait for the butter….

  14. Nancy

    Oh, these look delicious! Everyone needs a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, if for no other reason than to make another batch of chocolate chip cookies :)

    Coincidentally, my son has requested a chocolate chip cookie cake for his birthday. Do you think this (or the other recipe you reference) would work in this application? If so, any suggestions of tweaks you would make to the recipe concerning baking time/temp?
    Thank you!

  15. Selina

    Yes! I’ve been using this recipe with success for a couple of years now. I just did a taste test with these vs the America’s test kitchen cookie that calls for brown butter, and I have to say the browned butter does make a flavor difference if you have the time. These two have become my perfect go to recipes! I’ve tried a few different salt flakes- Maldon was my favorite, but the Jacobsen with Stumptown Coffee added a little kick too.

  16. Lindy

    I literally made browned butter chocolate chip cookies last night and they are currently “resting” in the fridge. It looks like I’ll be making these tonight for a head to head comparison. For science, right? These look amazing – exactly like the cookie of my fantasy.

  17. JessB

    I really love the consummate recipe and get requests for it. I never bought the special chips and just used the jumbo size chips that Ghiardelli sells. That being said, I will MOST CERTAINLY be trying these. They look delightful. There can never be too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. I’m not dead inside either. LOL

  18. mimi

    These sound amazing! Will it totally ruin the recipe if I don’t have brown sugar? I think I have granulated, turbinado, and palm – could I use a combo of those 3 instead?

  19. Barbara

    You wrote *exactly* what I was thinking when I made my last batch of chocolate chip cookies a week ago – I’m just so over this recipe already! I did it anyway because I was making ice cream sandwiches with them and because nothing works best as an air freshener than chocolate chip cookies and/or brownies. I’ll be trying this recipe out, though, as I’m willing to bet that the flaked salt pushes this cookie over the edge of ecstasy!

  20. Pam

    Num. Buti fail to see mention if the batter good too? (darn, you’ll have to make another batch to test the batter? :) )

    FYI: all-purpose flour in the northern US has a higher proportion of hard wheat (high gluten) flour, for bread, and in the southern US all-purpose flour has a higher proportion of soft wheat (lower gluten), for biscuits. A recipe with a make-your-own mix of cake and bread flour(even higher gluten) would help to standardize the results across an audience with regional differences like this.

  21. Gretchen

    This recipe has become my go-to dessert. I go the parchment log route and keep a log in the freezer. I’ve made the dangerous discovery that two cookies will bake up just fine in my toaster oven, so there is very little keeping me from a nightly cookie habit.

  22. Jo

    To commenter #2 Roy: You can use a wooden spoon to cream the butter and sugar together instead of an electric mixer. Just make sure the butter is at room temperature (soft) by leaving it out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes before you start. I’m from England and that’s the old school way of doing it here, but I’m sure you will have wooden spoons (they are large like tablespoons with long handles) or the equivalent in your baking aisles. Cheers!

  23. I have been eyeing this recipe for ages but avoided making it because I too have a house favorite that I love so much I can’t imagine an improvement exists. But now I’m feeling like I should give this one a shot too.

    It has never occured to me to add the salt and baking soda to the wet ingredients, but I’m all for dirtying fewer dishes, so thanks for the tip. Does the soda always get well distributed this way, or do you ever end up with little lumps of leavening?

  24. Suzanne

    These look perfect.

    Question – for various reasons we cook with spelt flour. Is there a good way to sub it in here? It works great for muffins, etc, but for cookies it doesn’t – they turn out dry and cakey, not the deliciously squishy kind I prefer. Do we need to use a little less? Add more of something else? You are supposed to be able to sub one to one but it just doesn’t seem to work for my cookies. :(

  25. I love Ashley’s chocolate chip cookies. They are our go-to cookie as well since she shared the recipe on my blog last year (I have a column called Be My Guest). I also love that the recipe gives you a huge batch, which we often freeze half of it – perfect for a chocolate chip cookie emergency!

  26. Heather

    Thanks for providing the cookie scoop size! I so appreciate knowing that I can reliably replicate the results at home. (Also, I might be a little OCD. Ha.)

  27. Jen

    Hi Deb,
    Do you think I could make.brown butter first and refrigerate and use that? Love added nutty flavor of brown butter!

  28. Audrey

    Funny, I always make my cookies that way (in France it’s difficult to find chocolate chipes, so I always cut chocolate myself), and your recipe seems better with weights and temperatures in the european system (350°F doesn’t exist on french ovens for examples), but I never make cookies that big, I will try it because they really look great.
    PS: why not salted butter instead of unsalted butter+salt? I understand for the final sprinkle on hot cookies, but at the beginning?

  29. Leah

    Half a cup of butter is 4 oz (1 stick or a quarter pound). It’s also 8 tablespoons, which is why I sometimes get confused!

  30. Laura WL

    Love the addition of raw sugar. I use that in my recipe as well. Also, I sub out coconut oil for the butter and it gives it a delicious coconut flavor if you use unrefined coconut oil. I also use less flour and sub in a TBSP cornstarch and less sugar overall (.25 raw, .25 granulated, .25 brown). It makes 1 dozen cookies perfectly. The cookies are perfectly chewy but moist. I need to try the salt on top of mine! Keep on perfecting! :-)

  31. Question – and this may be the wrong place for it – do you intend to find or create a brownie recipe with chocolate chunks on it, such as those found in the Starbucks baked goods cases? I bet there is a recipe out there, but honestly, I trust your cooking more than a lot of other sites (why I bought the book!).

    With my last pregnancy, I had one primary craving: chocolate chip cookies. At work, the catering department served chocolate chunk cookies at many of our recruitment events, so I got to settle my cravings for days on end with those big bites of chocolate. This recipe of yours, this little number, will be on my bake-next list – right after our family is done preparing for an Army PT test (yes, the whole family prepares – I am at a want for butter and cooked fat!).

  32. Dana

    One of my friends gifted me some cookies just like this when I had my baby a few months ago. She made the dough into balls, froze them, and then put the baking instructions on the bag with the note to add sea salt when I took them out of the oven. Then I could have fresh cookies whenever I wanted….which is every day. Not kidding. She gave me that and some dinners from Whole Foods….best home from the hospital dinners ever. My freezer is always stocked with frozen cookie dough balls now that I happily top with sea salt each and every night. xoxo from San Diego!

  33. Sarah R.

    I laughed because yours was the third photo in a row of chocolate chip cookies on my IG feed. Any tips on how well these would keep for a couple days if airtight? I’m tasked with bringing a dessert to a party but there is a day of traveling in between, so I’m looking for something that I can bake on a Thursday night and have it still taste amazing Saturday afternoon.

  34. Leslie

    Just for future reference, I NEVER use an electric mixer to make cookies. My mom always used a wooden spoon to cream sugar and room temp butters for cookies, and didn’t like doing cookies the “lazy way” with a mixer, haha. And my cookies always turn our amazing. Mixers aren’t needed at all for almost any cookie dough :).

  35. i use a recipe from bon appetite but i need to try these for a thicker cookie next time! they never last long when i make them and it’s been way too long.

  36. Amy M

    ill stick to the classic tollhouse recipe for the 20+dozen project that I take on annually
    But definitely trying this for my next girls night!

  37. john burke

    Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bittersweet is fine if you plan to chop it. In mousse and soufflé recipes that call for melting it with liquid (coffee, brandy etc.), I’ve found that the chocolate “locks up” into an unusable solid mass no matter how gently I warm it. No such problem with Ghirardelli 60% cocoa bars–more expensive than Joe but way, way less than Valrhona.

  38. deb

    Sarah R. — I’d expect them to keep well, but personally, I always make sure to underbake by a minute if I want to get a few days out of cookies like this without them seeming dry.

    Laura — I’m unfamiliar with these. Are they dark chocolate brownies with soft or hard chunks in them? Or more like blondies?

    Audrey — I think you’ll be just fine if you use salted butter, of course, but in general, in recipe writing, people tend to call for unsalted butter for consistency, because at least in the U.S., 1 “stick” (1/2 cup) of salted butter might have anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt in it and it’s hard to control for outcomes.

    Jen — Yes, you can, but I do find it helps to add a spoonful of water to compensate for the volume loss when you brown butter.

    Suzanne — I haven’t made cookies like this with spelt flour so I have no idea how it’s going to work. In general, for me, when swapping in a new flour, I try not to go over a 1/3 to 1/2 swap in the first round, to be safe.

    Lindsay — I’ve never had a problem with baking soda forming lumps in a wet batter, personally. I do sprinkle it over. Plus, once you’ve thoroughly mixed it in, then the flour gently, it’s impossible to imagine that it wouldn’t be distributed well by then.

    mimi — Do you have molasses? You can make your own brown sugar. Brown sugar plays an important role in drop cookies, both softness and chew. You’ll probably not wreck them without, but the flavor is pretty central.

    Nancy — Maybe I’m not picturing it, but do you mean like giant chocolate chip cookies as cake layers or maybe the dough pressed into cake pans for cake-shaped cookies?

    elllen — See my suggestion to Molly in #12.

    Sarah — If you just like the cookie part, I might go more in the direction of the Toll House classic. The cookie part here is more crumbly, it serves as a perfect contrast to the boulders of chocolate but alone might not be as exciting.

    Ella — No reason to use a stand mixer. I use my hand mixer most of the time for small things like this (but we’re in a fight right now; I basically need to replace it because my current one is terrible).

    FoodCrafters — I agree, I avoided them for years for the same reason, but as I mentioned in Comment #5, I run these through the dishwasher (not sure if Silpat officially condones this, but hasn’t been an issue for us) so it couldn’t be easier.

  39. Nicole

    So.. for those of us with simple ovens that have knobs with 300, 350, 400… do we just guess? I don’t have the magical powers of typing 360 in on my oven, but I would like to try these. Thoughts?

  40. There is no way I’d ever be able to wait long enough to let my cookie dough chill overnight, so I’m very glad this new method has none of that ridiculousness! These really do look like they’re in a league of their own.

  41. Kitchen Witch

    Can’t wait to try these, but also wanted to offer yet another shortcut. TJs is now selling chocolate chunks in the baking section! While the package says semi-sweet, they have a cacao percentage close to bittersweet and they are divine.

  42. Harper

    To Laura in #26 – I’m not sure exactly what Starbucks has, but my favorite substitution in brownie recipes is to take the line where it says to add nuts, and add chocolate chips instead. So… Pick a favorite brownie recipe and go wild? :) I’m fond of the one out of the Kids Cooking book from Klutz Press – doubled, of course, in a 13×9 pan instead of square; it bakes more evenly that way (also, yknow, more brownies!).

  43. Bill

    ellen — My favorite hack for quickly bringing frozen butter up to room temperature is to put a stick into a 2-quart zip-lock bag, squeeze out as much air as possible, and drop it into a sink that’s partially-filled with room-temperature water. If I start with that, by the time I pull together all the other ingredients, the butter’s ready to be cut into chunks for creaming in the mixer or whatever.

  44. tj

    …You had me at, “puddled with chocolate ponds”…[swoon] :o)

    …I have a tried and true chocolate chip cookie recipe from an old cookbook and have never strayed from it, but this is temptation beyond belief. I must try this.

    …Thank you Deb!

    …Peace & blessings. :o)

  45. Danielle

    Ha – glad I am not the only one who always serves chocolate chip cookies as dessert. They are easy, perfect, my husband’s favorite, and a huge crowd pleaser. I always have dough in the freezer for fresh cookies on short notice :).

  46. Jane M

    **sigh** just back from Trader Joe’s and yeah – I’m on a clean eating fest for the next 10 days – going to Cali – gotta be in ship shape form out there! NOT LIKE ANYONE IS LOOKING AT ME IN THE FIRST PLACE – WHO AM I KIDDING! I just put the stick of butta on the counter to soften! THESE.COOKIES.LOOK.FAN.DAMN.TASTICK!

  47. Sarahb1313

    I have a terrible time preparing the batter ahead of time. Overnight? No way??
    But I have heard that using melted butter is a good cheat for the overnight rest. I will confess that I have never noticed a difference- soft butter, melted, or rested dough, in my cookies. But I have disliked the overnight dough.
    So I stick with melted butter just to be sure and now I have to try your new recipe… but with toasted pecans… and a splash of bourbon… oooh…

  48. Emily

    To Roy–One of the reasons I *love* Deb’s chewy chocolate chip cookies, linked to in the first paragraph of this post, is because it uses melted butter. This means no mixer required, you just need a sturdy spoon!

  49. I would say they aren’t dark chocolate, (http://www.starbucks.com/menu/food/bakery/double-chocolate-chunk-brownie?foodZone=9999). It’s a really rich chocolate, though, and there are semi-sweet chocolate chunks that sit throughout he brownie itself. The picture shows how they generally look, and they are excellent warmed up. What I would say, though, is that the brownie itself is as tasty as the chocolate chunks. I recently made brownies that I LOVED in my childhood and realized that either the ingredients and those who make them have changed, or it wasn’t actually that great of a brownie. This brownie from Starbucks is excellent, but I a. don’t want to pay ~$3 for them and b. eliminate junk like brown rice syrup(why?!), which I just don’t like.

    And yes, cookies are the best dessert. My favorite food, pregnancy craving aside. Total crowd-pleaser, and who cares – if it’s dessert, you eat what you like! :)

  50. sarah

    Sounds crazy but try grating your butter before assembling the rest of your ingredients. With a few minutes it will soften but if not a mixer will make light work of it.

    Cookies look awesome. I think I’ll give them a try now :)

  51. Sara M

    This will sound crazy, but I don’t like chocolate chip cookies. I just do not like melty chocolate. Yes, I am aware of how very strange that is. That said, I love the cookie part of chocolate chip cookies. Do you think, if I made these without the chocolate, I would need to adjust the salt?

  52. It was your instagram picture that got me. Saw that and had to try the recipe. I have to say we were sadly unimpressed. Our love is the buttery, brown sugar toffee tasting cookie part and that was sadly missing in these for us.The cookie part was actually quite bland and served only as glue to hold the chocolate together and not as a complimentary flavor to the chocolate at all. We’re back to the cooks illustrated version but with simply melted butter rather than browned. Will definitely have to give the Trader Joe’s chocolate bar a try next time though.

  53. I should not have clicked through to see this recipe. Yes, yes I am halfway to the kitchen as we speak. My waist line says “I hate you” (just kidding – you’re a genius).

  54. juliet

    Deb, have you tried making cookies with sweetened condensed milk (and regular white sugar)? Also, you don’t then need an egg to bind it together (good for those allergic). They’re a classic NZ biscuit/cookie from the Edmonds cookbook.

  55. yupp. I am drooling now. These look absolutely amazing! I love the idea of adding the salt – salt and chocolate is an incredible combination! Never thought of it in a classic chocolate chip cookie though, such a fab idea! x Motte

  56. Laurabel

    Just like you predicted, I saw the recipe and headed straight to the kitchen to bake. I followed the recipe exactly, they came out of the oven 10 mins ago and half the tray is gone already. Marvellous. We also have a house cc cookie recipe, we use the ‘Toll House’ recipe from the 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook my mother received as a wedding present. Funny thing is it never turns out the same way twice. I appreciate the recipe suggestions by the other commenters as well, I’ll use any excuse to keep baking cookies. : )

  57. Samantha

    I did run straight to my kitchen and made a batch of these cookies. Heavenly, divine, outstanding! Will now be my go-to recipe. Thanks for the tempting post!

  58. Aurora

    Oh my goodness!! Just read the recipe AND the cookies are baking as I write.
    Have been making Baked Brewers blondies recently and I like to mix up my chips so I happened to have 8 oz mixed mini semi sweet guittards milk chips and ghiradelli bittersweet.
    These should be legendary and my husband says thank you for the impromptu birthday cookies.
    About the hand mixer: I wore out my kitchen aid 5 speed hand mixer after about 10 years and had to look around but I replaced it with another kitchen aid 5 speed. Good luck!

  59. Courtney

    I made these today and you’ve solved my high altitude problem! Sadly, I had given up on making chocolate chip cookies in Colorado because they simply always come out lack luster and flat. These cookies, however, are perfect!! They remind me of my warm chocolate chip cookies of my childhood in Massachusetts. My children, who just wolfed down three each, are eternally grateful!

  60. I knew it was going to be Ashley’s famous salted chocolate chip cookies! Which I have yet to try. I need to get on that! In the meantime, I have very much enjoyed her cookbook, Date Night In.

  61. Mellybrown

    I kept seeing these all over the internet and decided to cave and try them (and stray from my tried and true beloved choco chip recipe). I was so underwhelmed I considered not even baking off the rest of the batch. I followed the recipe to the letter but found the texture to be strange and they were oddly flavorless. I chalked it up to my own errors and asked my mom to try them too to discover what I did wrong, but she had the same results. I have assumed that they were just all hype. Maybe you need to air mail some to me so I can test yours out. :)

  62. Ari

    Handle the heat has this futzing with tollhouse (I’m paraphrasing here) guide that I use every time for chocolate chip cookies. It’s a pretty good illustration of all the changes you can make depending on how you like your cookie. I make mine with all brown sugar and melted butter because I like them butterscotch-y and don’t have a good mixer.

  63. JBee

    Hi! I’ve made the site version a couple of times already, and I can definitely vouch for these! I’ve also been on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie and have tried the bread/cake flour one, too (and I, too, thought the same!! shouldn’t it equal regular flour, ha! good, but cumbersome).

    Anyway, if I can’t wait a day, I’ll just make a handful of cookies to stave me for a night or two, then refrigerate the rest… sitting in the fridge does make a difference in taste AND texture, I’ve found. I actually like the ones straight from the freezer the best!

    Lastly, I’ve used Alexandra’s Kitchen method of measuring out 48g balls and freezing them that way, too… a bit tedious upfront but great in the long-run (I make the full batch from the site; great for those “i need a cookie now” moments). Maybe a bit OCD and defeats the easy peasy factor, but I find that it works for me (and my neurotic-ism and meticulousness!).

    P.S. I love, love, lover your site, Deb!

  64. Outstanding! Heavenly! Delish! I made it exactly as directed. Liking chopping my own chocolate lately too, it’s convenient d/t having bars of chocolate for other recipes. Goodbye Tollhouse, which always ends up flat for me. Wine and cookies for dinner! BTW, I love your website and refer to it often for many of the categories. Thank you!!

  65. Lauren

    It is amazing how different yet how similar chocolate chip cookie recipes are. I used the recipe in Advanced Bread and Pastry by Michel Suas a few years ago and haven’t looked back. After creaming sugar and butter, you add all the dry ingredients at once, mix until 50% incorporation then add the chocolate chips and finish until just incorporated. It prevents over mixing. He also has you roll the dough into a parchment log and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Then you slice and bake. I finish with flaky salt the second I take them out of the oven. Seriously perfect!!! BTW I make your Spinach and Cheese Strata and Big Crumb coffee cake whenever we host brunch (I know a lot of bread) and they are always huge hits. :-)

  66. AKC

    Hi Deb!

    These cookies look insanely good. I’m a teenage baker in NYC with a blog and I realized I still haven’t posted a good old chocolate chip cookie recipe! I guess I’m still on the hunt for my favorite. I might need to try these next :)

    AKC

  67. Kimberly

    I also find the softened butter to be an impediment to chocolate chip cookies when a craving strikes. I usually fill the sink with hot water and let the kitchen aid mixer base it in it for about 5 minutes, without getting water inside the bowl. Then I add diced butter to it and beat it while scraping it. This helps warm but butter so the sugar can absorb it without melting it, or worse, getting 50% melted and 50% cold (which is what happens when I try to microwave it).

  68. Susan Shea

    I was struggle with what sweet to make for the hubby and kids. I work weekends night shift and I was always leave a special treat. You hit the nail on the head with this recipe. Thank you. I can always count on finding an inspiration on you site. Even when I am suppose to be doing work for graduate school, I can easily procrastinate with you blog and bake instead. It want help me get my FNP but it helps with my stress. Thanks Deb.

  69. Erin

    I amdefinitely making these. I love my current recipe (bread flour) and it is a pretty crumbly dough. And I think the #40 scoop makes the perfect size cookie.
    Oh, and to wash my Silpat I leave it on the cookie sheet and wash. Then just wipe the cookie sheet dry :)

  70. Emily

    Help! I’m just about to add the chocolate but my dough is reeeeally crumbly – the consistency of dirt! It’s as if I left out some wet ingredient – can you advise?!

  71. Rad. Thanks for the hack. My father-in-law makes Tollhouse every week, and his butter softening hack is to put the stick on the stove top while the oven preheats. But every time I try it, I end up with a pile of melted butter. Will definitely be giving your suggestion a shot in the very near future.

  72. Laurabel

    Hi everyone,
    In regards to the room temperature butter dilemma I read a great tip once to grate the butter into the bowl with a cheese grater and let sit for 5 mins. I’ve done this a couple of times, it can be a bit messy depending on how cold the butter is you start with, but seems to work quiet well. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I read this tip so can’t give proper credit to the person who thought of it.

  73. deb

    Emily — Yes, the dough is definitely crumbly! Don’t sweat it. It should come together if you press it (into a spoon or scoop). The thing is, usually dry doughs are bad but here, it’s essential because there’s so much molted chocolate, a gooey/soft dough would offer little contrast or structure.

    Something I forgot to mention — The only difference with baking the cookies right away (which is fine) vs. waiting a day or more is that the immediately baked ones will be puffier. Because the baking soda is fresh and still quite active. I meant to mention this; just in case anyone who baked them tonight thought theirs looked a little puffier.

    Mellybrown — Oh no! Did you bake them right off or let the dough rest? Did you use the 6 ounce or 8 ounce chocolate measurement?

    Sara M — As I mentioned earlier on, I think for a chocolate-free cookie, I wouldn’t use this recipe, which is on the crumbly side for a plain cookie (but dreamy with the colossal chocolate quotient). I’d use the classic Toll House for a chocolate-free cookie.

  74. Ashlea

    This has been my go-to for years now and totally lives up to it’s reputation. As a cheat for the chocolate chopping, sometimes I buy the “chocolate chunks” from TJ’s which are already pretty jagged and a mix of sizes/textures. You could also throw them in the food processor for a bit for more texture.

    Also worth mentioning, Ashley sells a just-add-butter-and-egg MIX now:

    http://not-without-salt.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/salted-chocolate-chip-cookie-mix

  75. Heather

    i just took a batch out of the oven :) i’ve had a tried and true chocolate chip recipe for a while now but its always good to try something new once in a while!

    If anyone is wondering, I made them with a flax egg and Earth Balance vegan butter and it worked perfectly, they are delicious!

  76. Vickie S.

    Uh ohhhhh! I’m kinda glad I didn’t see this post at work as I usually do, or I would have had to take the day off to make them! But….I’m off tomorrow!

  77. Michelle

    Thanks, Deb! I was looking for a cookie to make today for a little party I was hosting, so I saw this post as a sign I should look no further. It was sad to find only one left for me at the end of the night – because I wanted to eat them all. I did use Kosher salt and they were still amazing, but I think the flaked would be nicer.

  78. colleen

    Just made these tonight for my sister in laws baby shower!! I am hoping this recipe appeals to in-laws and pregnant women. Many of the guests are paleo- so no pleasing them! Wish me luck!!1

  79. Barbie

    Hi deb, so the only place to get fkaky sea salt is Amazon? Also, do u think i can triple the recipe because i have boys and always like to make alot and some to freeze. Will tripleing it change the way they turn out? May be a dumb question….

  80. Tamara

    Hi Deb…I know you said the higher temperature for the cookies are best but when you write the temperature is that fan assisted or not? Not sure if that is just a UK thing though (to require for the oven)?

  81. Annie

    YUM! That’s all I have to say. I somehow missed these on Not Without Salt, thank goodness you have highlighted them, I will be making them asap.

  82. Cindy

    I have a general “cookie” question….. Do you find any difference baking cookies on a Half- sheet pan (one with sides) and a regular cookie sheet(flat without sides)???I have baked in a production kitchen and of course the only pan used is a sheet pan but those ovens are all convection. I always worry that the heat won’t get to the cookies properly? I have been using the same cookie sheets for 50 years( they were my mom’s), but I love the stability and feel of my sheet pans. I’m not willing to sacrifice a tray of cookies to make the call. I never use my convection setting to bake. Would be interested in your thoughts. Thanks!

  83. Allie

    Brought these to a party last night and they were gone within ten minutes. We don’t have a mixer, so our version included a good bicep workout, but with the butter pretty softened, it went fine.

    I think I overcooked them a little, though — the bottoms were on the darker brown side and a little hard. I waited until 12 minutes and probably should have pulled them at 10 or 11, but they really weren’t golden at the edges ever.

    Thanks Deb! Delicious as always. We already talked about making them again today.

  84. Stephanie

    Do you know the weight of each 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie? I like to weigh out my cookies before baking since I don’t have the right-sized scoop. (Our new kitchen was just completed LAST NIGHT and this is totally going to be the first recipe I make…)

  85. Valerie

    Oh.My.God. These were everything you promised and more. Double and triple this recipe at your own risk. I used nestle’s dark chocolate chips and substituted brown sugar for the turbinado sugar. Love, love, love.

  86. CQ

    You have GOT to go to CityCakes- a little basement shop on 18th between 7th and 8th. Their half-pound cookies are insane. Better than Levain. That hint of salt put them in my mind.

  87. Sora

    “Some require cake flour, bread flour, or a combination thereof, which has always perplexed me as you’d think a mix of high- and low-gluten flour would average out back to approximately an all-purpose flour level?”

    Yes! I always wonder this too! I was going to add that on a similar vein, it always confuses me when recipes call for granulated sugar and dark brown sugar; why not just use light brown? But then I saw that this recipe does just that! Okay, when it calls for dark brown sugar, it really calls for light OR dark, so I guess it’s not the same. You are excused. But I still find this amusingly ironic. :D

  88. mook

    Ahh I made these straight away but I think I screwed it up :(. I didn’t like the weird soft texture at all and I think that’s partly my mistake and I guess partly I must just prefer your crunchier choc chip recipe (the one with the walnuts). Also my sweetness level is off coz my mix of semi sweet and unsweetened was off (we don’t get bittersweet here). Baking screw ups make me so sad, I may make another SK Classic to compensate :)

  89. Jennie B

    Made these last night- I took them out at 10 minutes and thought they were overcooked. Dang. Does using chocolate chips instead of chunks make a difference?

  90. Jean

    I made these last night and the dough was super crumbly. I had to form balls with my hand by pressing firmly and one of my cookies completely fell apart in the oven. I’m not sure where I went wrong. It seemed like too much flour to the ratio of wet ingredients. But despite all my aesthetic issues, the cookies still tasted wonderful.

  91. Tess

    Started this morning off with coffee and your latest blog. Now I know what to make for breakfast! Thanks for this exquisite version of chocolate chip cookies. Thanks, Deb!

  92. Thanks for spreading the good word Deb!
    Ashley’s cookies have been my go-to chocolate chunk cookie ever since I discovered them on her blog in 2009. She calls them “The last Chocolate Chip Cookie”, since this is really the last one you will ever need to try.
    The 1/4 cup of Turbinado sugar gives such a great subtle crunch to these cookies. While they are great with ordinary dark chocolate chunks, they are sublime with Valrhona feves.
    I have also added some chopped up caramels to the batter for a salted caramel chocolate chunk cookie.
    http://www.saltandserenity.com/2011/12/holiday-baking-day-2-chocolate-chunk-caramel-cookies/

  93. Okay, you got me. I’m a sucker for any type of chocolate chip cookie. Three of my four girls bake so it’s easy to beg for them. I’ve even custom ordered white chocolate, macadamia chip cookies to send to an author friend as a holiday gift.

    I’m putting this on my pinterest page and sending the girls the recipe.

    Sorry I cant meet you at the 92nd. St Y tonight but it’s the Sabbath and I have to make sure I’m home to cook for FIL.

  94. Gisselle

    I made these last night and this is hands down the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever tried. All the cookies were gone in one hour. Thank you!!

  95. DB

    Good Morning Darling Girl, Please give us the weight of the scooped dough. If you have to make another batch of cookies to answer this question, Oh Well! And if you don’t have a place to put said extra batch of cookies I can IM you my address. Luv your Blog, -DB

  96. witloof

    This is great. I have always felt that the chief virtue of the basic Tollhouse recipe was the difference between the simplicity of their preparation and the big payoff, and have always experienced immense fatigue when I encounter a set of long, detailed instructions for making them that don’t seem to effect much difference in the end anyway.

  97. cheryl

    OK! Take this one step further and add a pinch of cayenne. You won’t be sorry. Heavenly in that it’s slightly different but still unbelievably addictive!

  98. Lindsay

    I made these last night and they are so delicious I can barely stand it. Mine spread quite a bit (maybe the butter was too warm?) and the sea salt on top disappeared while baking, but no one was complaining. I think next time I’ll try sprinkling the salt on top mid-way through baking to see if that helps. Seriously, these are some of the best cookies I’ve ever made. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  99. Amy

    Deb, I just pulled a tray of these out of the oven and they’re amazing! I used a #30 scoop for slightly larger cookies and just baked them a minute or two longer. Yielded a total of 16 cookies with that size scoop, and I have a feeling they’ll be gone by the end of the day tomorrow!

  100. Peggy

    OK! I am in. Can’t wait to try these! I am a sucker for chocolate chip cookies. Yes we did the browned butter, over night rest cookies at Christmas and I thought they were very good. But that is so long to wait! Now I must be off to get a bar of chocolate.

  101. Michelle

    Just found your Blog and this cookie recipe.

    I will be making this Monday.

    I have never heard of leaving drop cookie batter in the fridge overnight prior to baking.

    If I were to leave cookie dough in the fridge overnight, when I got up in the morning the bowl would be empty.

  102. Yay! Good chocolate chip cookies are my go to dessert too and Ashley’s cookies are the best! It makes me so happy to see a recipe from one of my favorite people on one of my favorite sites!

  103. Mai

    Deb, these look REALLY intriguiging. How do these compare to the NYTimes chocolate chip cookie by David Leite? Those are my current best in class cookie, and even though they require 36hrs of resting, it was worth it to me because they are literally the best cookie I’ve ever had in my life. I also use neither bread nor cake flour in his and just sub all purpose flour (per Molly Wizenberg’s advice) and they have come out amazing. Even better than those from Levain. My other favorites are Kim Boyce’s whole wheat chocolate chip cookie, which is a quicker recipe than Leite’s but not as amazing in flavor (though I actually love the whole wheat flavor that comes out in hers). Would love your thoughts on this comparison.

  104. Deb–
    I too have been on the search for a better than Ruth Wakefield’s toll house cookie. Michelle Norris had a chocolate chip cookie recipe in her blog, Browneyedbaker.com, that referred an 2008 article in the NY Times as the starting source for her cookie. Now, for a little background, I’ve been looking at different chocolate chip cookie recipes in many cookbooks, on blogs, on the TV cooking shows, etc. For anyone interested in the details, you can look at my blog at trustforce.wordpress.com for the March 15, 2015 post.

    I assume that you’ve looked at this article as well (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/09chip.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=1&adxnnlx=1426461985-2l7wZ43hFSY/Tzbyds0I5Q&) as you reference using a refrigerated dough and the curious equal mix of cake and bread flours. I also assume you’ve seen the America’s Test Kitchen reworking of the Toll House cookie because you talk about browned butter. I agree with you that many of the recipes that are out there are just reworks with no particular advantage, but I do think that the NY Times article has very valid points and that the results are clearly superior. The ATK’s brown butter based cookie is a better Toll House cookie, but not as good as the Times cookie.

    I did testing of the NY Times cookie batter at batter finish, and refrigerating at 12, 24, and 36 hours. There is no question that the longer batter refrigeration time produced the best cookie. Now, I agree with you that deferring pleasure for that long when one wants a cookie right now is difficult, but if you are looking for the best results, it pays to wait.

    So my question is this:if you had put the NY Times cookie in direct cookie bake-off against this recipe, which would win?

  105. Crumbly

    I couldn’t WAIT to make these (a batch of cookies is the salve for a bad day). The dough was really, really crumbly. I found I had couldn’t use a scoop to dole out the dough but had to spoon a bunch into my palm and moosh it together to get it to be a ‘ball’. Anyone else encounter this? Did I do something wrong?

  106. I’m telling you, THIS is why I read your food blog and stick with it over the years. I have sheepishly felt the SAME WAY about the myriad chocolate chip cookie recipes – and brownies, and bars, and pies – muddling up my Pinterest page with their new, caramelized, imploding, honeyed, salted, browned butter methods to the result of something either lackluster or just too darn arduous to try and repeat. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is exactly how I want a cookie to be. Bless you, dearest Woman!

  107. Marissa

    I love this recipe! I too, have made this my go-to chocolate chip recipe after trying it out last year after coming across it on the great Not Without Salt blog. It replaced my previous recipe from The Village Baker’s Wife. I even made them this week for a school function. So glad you found them too! :)

  108. Melanie

    I made these last night with a home made gf flour mix. I didn’t have any flaked salt so used some coarse sea salt for the top and they turned out fine. For the salt in the dough itself I had made some vanilla salt a while ago and used that. They were bloody delicious! Thanks for posting Deb, keep the fantastic recipes coming!!!!!

  109. Anne

    I must stop reading your blog on break at work. MY KITCHEN IS TOO FAR AWAY.(So yes, you are doing your job very well !) Then again, I laughed out loud more than once. Thank you. As a matter of fact, after this weekend I will be in a new kitchen and these cookies will be the christening recipe!

  110. Susan

    Using the chopped chocolate makes all the difference in the world to a CC cookie. the texture is so much better, ie..creamier bite and mouth feel. I don’t know what the powers-that-be have done to chocolate chips over the years, but the chips just turn to pellets when the cookies cool.

  111. Anna

    I just made these. They are perfection in a bite! Right out of the oven, they melted in my mouth. Thankfully, my husband doesn’t like desserts. Fantastic recipe! Thanks so much!

  112. Sandra

    Great post!! I was craving something chocolate today and this will be it… am heading to the kitchen to start baking as soon as I hit ‘post!’ :-)

  113. Alana

    Just a comment for Roy, who asked about making these cookies without an electric mixer. I often just use a potato masher to cream butter and sugar. Works like a charm and much easier than using a whisk.

  114. stephanie

    i’m confused about your comparison to the toll house recipe. (apologies if this has already been brought up…)

    you say that the toll house recipe uses less chocolate. but the toll house recipe calls for 12oz (i.e. a bag) of chocolate, and your recipe calls for 225 grams, which by google’s conversion is only a bit less than 8oz. am i missing something?

    i want to try these out tonight but i want to make sure i put in “enough” chocolate, heh.

  115. YUMMY! I have an unopened pound plus of dark chocolate from TJ’s. Would you ever use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet or bitter? Thanks for the advice!

  116. Olivia Kornelis

    Thank you for another outstanding recipe! I was delighted to find all the needed ingredients in my cupboard so got right to work. Just pulled out the last sheet of cookies and the recipe made exactly 3 doz. … the most time consuming part was chopping up the chocolate. I followed the recipe exactly…used Scharffen Berger Bittersweet which was excellent but pricey so I plan to pick up the Trader Joe’s bar next time I’m there. I used pink himalayan salt to sprinkle on top. My husband enhaled three cookies before I could blink and then snatched three more. I rarely make chocolate chip cookies because of the inconsistency but will definitely be making these often. I will be adding finely chopped pecans next time.

  117. Connie

    When the part came to incorporate the flour on low speed, it just wasn’t incorporating. I was afraid of over mixing so instead used the gloved, 5-finger approach, which is also how I folded in the chocolate chunks. It worked well for me.

  118. Therese

    Deb – I wanted to love these, I really did cuz I usually trust your judgment but we were underwhelmed! I followed the recipe exactly and I think for my taste there was just not enough butter to give that buttery-carmelly flavor I love in a chocolate chip cookie. These were a bit crunchy, chocolatey-pooled enough (and I used trader joes dark) for sure but, again, I think the recipe lacked sufficient butter to be called one of the best out there.

  119. Sandra

    Update – these are outstanding!! I generally don’t post comments but felt compelled to post here… if for no other reason than to get me out of my kitchen before I inhaled yet another cookie:-) I especially enjoyed the little crunch from the turbinado sugar, and of course the delightful chocolate puddles. I used 4oz of Bulk Barn Belgian dark chocolate discs and 4oz of Baker’s semi-sweet squares. I didn;t have any flake sea salt so had to leave that out, but was sure to put the full ‘1/4 + 1/8 tsp’ salt in the batter. Will definitely make these again – and will put them on the menu the next time I have company for dinner ( love that idea!).

  120. Kathleen

    Hot damn, these were good cookies! There were only three leftover after a party last night. Trying so hard not to eat all three bc the boyfriend texted me twice to ask me to save one for him when he gets home….I don’t think I am going to make it….he better hurry home….

  121. Jennifer

    Wow! These were delicious…straight from the oven at 10:40pm! Used all 3 sugars as stated in the recipe. That finishing sprinkle of salt is perfect. Deb’s tweaked recipes make me look like a star baker! (And that’s not easy to do!)

  122. Anjali

    Deb, you are the genius! You always blog about the recipes that make me want to run to my kitchen and start making them immediately! It’s a real talent finding these recipes and writing about them the way you do. You just make them sound more special, even though hunderds of people before you may have talked about them. Thank you for making me a better cook! And lovely to meet you at the book signing event – I was the cauliflower taco lady.

  123. Jess

    Deb, I love you and your recipes, but I made these last night and they were rock hard after they cooled. Is it the sugar content? Me using dark brown sugar instead of light? I didn’t make any other alterations, I even baked them at 360. And they spread. A lot. They looked nothing like the picture. What did I do wrong?? I’m doomed to make bad chocolate chip cookies forever!

  124. Nora

    So i usually dont comment on recipes but I had to for this. I take my chocolate chip cookies seriously and am so glad to find others who do!! My go-to recipe is the jacques torres recipe, however it is a lot of work and prep. But they *are* really good cookies. But I have been searching for a new recipe for conveniences sake. So…. I just made these….followed the instructions the best I could, and they absolutely posituvely rock. Pretty darn good. I baked half the batch and cookie scooped the rest out into a tupperware in the fridge for later (such as tomorrow morning haha) and am excited to see what the next batch will be like! Thank you so much!

  125. Liz

    Deb! I LOVE your blog but I’ve never been a fan of chocolate chip cookies (I know blasphemy!). But I made these cookies and I’m forever a changed woman, or at the very least a convert to the glory of the chocolate chip cookie. Totally utterly delicious. Thank you for making my (and my roommate’s) Friday night! I didn’t have baking soda so I subbed a scant 2 teaspoons of baking powder, couldn’t tell the difference.

  126. MaryTinsa

    These cookies are keepers. I made these at 02:00 a.m. so I had to go Pioneer style and not use the noisy mixer so I wouldn’t wake-up the house. I made one pan, ate two delicious cookies and made the second pan after sleeping about 5 hours. At work, everyone went for the cookies before the warm biscuits, or the potato/egg Hungarian dish with a side of broccoli.

  127. PenFox

    Just made these.

    Amazing.

    I have never had luck with chocolate chip cookies– they end up too dry, or they spread, or they just don’t taste right.but these were awesome, easy, and fun for the kiddos to help with. I didn’t have the right mix of sugars, so I did 100% “vegan” granulated sugar mixed with 2 tbsp molasses (I weighed the molasses first then added the sugar to get to the total 215g of molasses plus sugar).

  128. Eileen

    Ok, I did not think chocolate chip cookies could be perfected but these are amazing.
    I like them thick and soft in the middle and they are rich enough
    Once again this is why Smitten Kitchen is a go to for me. Only thing missing for me was the sea salt and have to find somewhere to get that here in Bangkok, Thailand.

    (by the way, thanks so much for making it simple and including grams and oz and cups as well as Centigrade–I did not have to go to my conversion tables and was so happy about that!)

  129. You did your job. I made these yesterday and they were AMAZING! I used Belgian chocolate and increased the salt in the cookie dough. Both were good decisions. I generally use demarara as a substitute for brown sugar because I don’t get soft packed brown sugar where I live. I did happen to have good quality soft brown sugar at home and it added a world of a difference- these were so soft, a dream. I baked 12 and rolled the remaining batter into a log shape to freeze. Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ve found my perfect chocolate chip cookie!

  130. Eleanor

    Good Morning Deb

    To stray from my tried and true choc chip cookie recipe, (just the “off the bag” instructions) voted best -in -town by my kid’s friends… Ok, maybe for research purposes.
    I have to defend my Whole Wheat Flour (100%) and vegan margarine substitution; the cookies are tender and stay that way for a long time ( if they aren’t gobbled up before nightfall)
    Try using only whole wheat, or 50/50, and you may never go back!

  131. Cara

    Oh yeah, these are pretty spectacular. I just used packaged chocolate chips, and they worked out fine. For my oven, 360 was a bit high – I pulled them out at only 9 minutes or so, because they were getting too brown. For the next batch, I backed the oven off to 350 and left them in for 10 minutes, and it was perfect. The sea salt on the top adds the final touch. This also gave me a chance to use the raw sugar I’ve had for years and rarely use.

    Thanks so much. I plan to be a frequent flyer on your website in future!

  132. Abby

    Just made these and they were great, but I have a question regarding butter quantity (I looked through all comments and didn’t see it addressed so hopefully I’m not asking the same question as many others): on the original recipe she uses 2 sticks of butter. Is it purposeful that you left out the extra stick? I ask mainly because my cookies looked very different than yours, so I checked the original and noticed the difference in amounts. Thanks!

  133. Kris

    All right it happened again…I saw something on your site and made it ASAP! I also was totally skeptical about new chocolate chip cookie recipes – I’ve been using Joy the Baker’s recipe with brown butter for months now and they are amazing. I was of course still skeptical here – like does 2 tbsp of plain white sugar really make any difference at all?? Why is it even there? Do I really have to measure out 3/4 tsp of baking soda – why can’t it just be 1 tsp?? Anyway, I don’t know the answers to these questions, but what I do know is that this recipe really is fantastic. I have to say I *do* definitely notice the absence of the brown butter taste myself, but here I really like the addition of a crunchy sugar (I used chunky white sugar that I had on hand instead of turbinado) and I couldn’t say which recipe I like better! advice to people trying it out – don’t be shy with the salt sprinkling on top!! the batter itself isn’t very salty at all so you need to add enough in teh sprinkling to have a good contrast!

  134. I thought you should know that I made these last night for a block party and I’m making another batch for a birthday party tomorrow. They are indeed the Platonic ideal of a cookie.

  135. I just got weak in the knees staring at your beautiful photos. Your recipe seems very simple so I may try this out for my weekend baking. I can’t promise there will be any left to photograph, though. Thanks for sharing this delish recipe, Deb!

  136. Stephanie

    These look divine!

    Do you think I could make them in bar form?

    (I was hoping to make them for a party but need 200 of them so cooking them in a pan would be easier)

  137. Mimsie

    Made these this afternoon, and am now testing my third sample :) I had never used turbinado sugar before–this added such a nice crunch, as you said. Couldn’t find flaky salt in our local store, so will get some next time I go to Penzey’s. This time I just sprinkled coarse sea salt, slightly crushed. Thanks!!!

  138. Stephanie

    Hi Deb (and anyone who might know!), I am over in England and used “plain flour” instead of all purpose. However, my cookies came out very flat. I’ve made this same recipe in the US and had them turn out as pictured, nice and thick. My baking soda is new/not expired. Any ideas on the flour situation? Thanks!!

  139. I made these today and they were fantastic! Because I hate chopping chocolate, I used Trader Joe’s chocolate chunks–they’re the perfect size and no chopping required. Just a heads up in case anyone else doesn’t want to chop.

  140. I was in the business of finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe for a while…almost all of them turned out too sweet and kind of bland/one-dimensional. I discovered that salt was the missing ingredient! A little extra salt cut the sweetness and brought out the flavors in the cookies perfectly! I love the idea of salted chocolate chunk cookies—these will be my next batch! They look delicious!

  141. Lexy

    We just made these last night. I followed the recipe exactly with sea salt and Trader Joe’s Pound Plus (the dark chocolate one). When I took these out of the oven, they almost fell apart they were so over-laden with chocolate. Warm, they were good, but a little hard to eat because of the abundance of chocolate. Today, however, after they had cooled and set, they were the best cookies I’ve ever made. The turbinado sugar? The sea salt? The huge chunks of chocolate? Game changed. Thanks, Deb!

  142. Robyn

    I’ve never had a standby choc chip cookie recipe, but I do now, these don’t disappoint. I’d like to try these with half the chocolate replaced with chunks of toasted almonds for a bit of nutty crunch.

  143. Annalisa

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m an American currently living in the UK and have made these from Ashley’s blog on both sides so thought I’d chime in. In general, yes, “plain flour” is a substitute for all-purpose but I’ve found that there’s a much wider variety of quality within that product than what I encountered with “all-purpose” in the US. I don’t know what the difference is (not a scientist here…), but the *only* plain flour i buy now is Waitrose store brand (red and white packaging). Don’t know what it is, but that seems closest to what I’m accustomed to. But if I try to make (American) biscuits with, say, tesco plain flour, they end up tougher and flatter and the flour seems less ‘refined’ somehow to me. But, that said, my cookies never (stateside or here) looked as puffy as Deb’s, but I roll, chill and slice, so I don’t know if they would…

  144. Karen

    Amazing cookies! I didn’t want to buy Sugar in the Raw, so I used Sugar in the Raw packets from a cafe, and needed almost 6 packets… just FYI!

  145. Deb, you had me at “salted.” These look fantastic! I’m also loving using the chopped chocolate rather than chocolate chips recently. Can’t wait to try this!

  146. Courtney

    My husband made me these for my birthday on Thursday and they were perfect! They almost had a toffee flavor to them. SO delicious! and chewy! and chocolatey! and salty!

  147. Sarah

    I followed the recipe to a “T” and my cookies spread flat like pancakes. :( I’m so disappointed. I love, love, love a thick cookie.

  148. Bruce

    “I mean, I’m not dead inside”. Oh god deb I don’t know which I love more … your writing or your recipes. Please marry me!

  149. I keep my baking butter in the freezer because I hate it when it goes a bit rancid around the edges in the fridge. But because I’m never organised enough to get my butter out of the freezer, I just grate the butter into the sugar using a cheese grater. It’s easy then to whip it with my 25 year old hand held mixer (or a knife if I’m feeling too lazy to get the beater out). My Gran always used to hold the bowl on her lap and this warmed the butter up enough as she beat it. Took her minutes.

  150. kristen

    Made these for a birthday party and they were amazing! I used Ghirherdelli 60% dark chocolate chips and bread flour (because I was out of AP flour), sprinkled kosher salt on the top (~4 -5 flakes per cookie). Thanks, Deb for another great recipe.

  151. anne

    Thank you! this is officially the first cookie recipe I legit want to run to the kitchen to make. I have never had tollhouse cookies come out right – they always ‘melt’ to the pan into flat cookie puddles. This sounds like the recipe to fix that problem.

  152. Emm

    For Abby at 181: It looks like Deb halved the whole recipe, so there’s less of each ingredient, not just the butter;-) HTH!

  153. Jacqui

    I thought I’d already found my go-to CCC recipe, but these salted chocolate chunk cookies are seriously insane, in the best way possible. Even right out of the freezer (because frozen baked goods are the best baked goods) they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

  154. sharon

    Thank you again for another great recipe… I work as a TEFL teacher in Barcelona, and sometimes use your recipes for lessons. Having the measurements in grams is invaluable. You’re the best. Your stories also provide for good lessons (vocab, use of phrasals, personality flair) for my advanced students.

  155. Trish

    Just quadrupled the recipe and made masses of these for a youth shelter in my hometown. Absolutely fab. My 11 year olds chopped the chocolate bars so we got some big chunks and some slivers but the overall result is amazing. Definitely making more of these to have in the freezer for dinner party deserts – genius idea. Thanks!

  156. T

    Ahhhh, you’re killing this pregnant woman!! :D In the best way, of course. Off I go to soften some butter and check out my chocolate supply…

  157. Megan

    I just made these, followed the recipe exactly, except I chilled the dough for 4 hours before baking. Mine ended up spreading like amoebas on the pan and did not look like the picture. Any ideas on what went wrong? Should I have chilled longer?

  158. Rose

    I usually agree with Deb 100% but on this one I’m torn. Made these last night and just can’t drop other cookie recipes in favor of this one. A friend made the comment that these cookies taste “low fat”, I assume due to the lower butter/higher flour ratio. They are still good (come on, nothing from this site every tastes horrible!) but I’ll probably stick with Debs Crispy Chewy Chocolate chip cookies.

  159. Molly M

    The owner of our local kitchen supply store is retiring so with all of her inventory on sale I scored a couple of silpats and a #40 scoop (among other things)…hit Trader Joe’s on the way home and somehow wound up with a pound-plus chocolate bar in my cart…now what could I do with these goodies? Oh yeah, make cookies, specifically these cookies. A breeze to make (followed recipe to the letter), wonderfully melty and gooey, a great success. And I even found a way to use some of the sea salt my husband has been giving me such a hard time over. Said husband came home early and didn’t even complain when he found that I was baking something so calorie laden. Thanks, for a fun and very satisfying morning in the kitchen!!!

  160. Deberly

    Oh my goodness. I am typing as I am eating a cookie warm out of the over. This recipe is amazingly yummy. This will be my new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  161. Abby

    Thank u Deb!
    I tried this recipe last night no it was a roaring success. I too have my fave tried and true choc chip that I don’t stray from but tasted choc chip was way too tempting. Everything you wrote was spot on for me right down to the crunch from the raw sugar.
    I used dark choc morsels because it was late on Sunday night when I baked and Himalayan salt because that is what I had. Both worked beautifully. Prefect salty sweet treat and a welcome new addition to my rotation.
    THANK U!!

  162. Lida

    Amazing recipe! I made these mainly for the rest of the people in my house – as I am not a big chocolate chip cookie person – but now I am totally hooked on them, as well. Thanks!

  163. Alison

    I made these today. Oh heavenly heaven! They were so good that I had to get in my car and drive directly to my daughter’s dorm at UT-Austin and deliver some to her while she was studying. Why ever eat any other dessert? Love the one-bowl part! Less clean up. Thanks Deb!

  164. Kelly

    Wow. Super wow! Super duper wow! So yummy! I saw this and immediately knew I had to try them. My only problem is that they seemed to bake too quickly at 360. I baked them in a Breville convection oven. Could that cause it to cook too quickly? In any case, I will make them again and again! I combined bittersweet, semi sweet and milk chocolate (2 oz, 4 oz, 2 oz, respectively). The salt is the perfect finishing touch!

  165. Beth

    Now that you’ve put this recipe through its paces, I can’t wait for your take on the version in Mindy Segal’s Cookie Love! The side-by-side would be really interesting.

  166. FABULOUS recipe! Great fun on a relaxing Sunday. I always use chocolate chunks in place of chocolate chips. While mixing this I was worried I had added too much flour (just because it was a different consistency from other cookie dough I’ve made), but the cookies turned out perfect. This is our new fave!

  167. Tessa

    I made these today and they were phenomenal! I was skeptical of the tiny size, but these cookies are so rich and chocolately, it felt indulgent to have even one (and then two!)

  168. CLS

    For people that are seeing their cookies spread, I strongly recommend NOT beating the butter and sugar until light and fluffy as you would for a cake. From my experience, no matter what recipe I use, this always results in flatter cookies, even if you chill the dough before baking. Once the butter and sugar are just combined (i.e. no lumps of sugar/streaks), STOP the creaming process, and move on with the other ingredients.

  169. deb

    Cookie spread — I am completely STUMPED over this. And that’s not like me, is it? These cookies are so dense, and the dough so firm, I cannot for the life of me imagine what would cause them to spread (although I know this must be happening for some people, of course, I read all the comments!). I’ve even written a whole article at one point on why cookie spread — in general, it’s too much butter or a too-greased cookie sheet, but that shouldn’t be happening here. Re, the suggestion above that it has to do with how much air has been whipped it (which can be a culprit with some cookies), here, I question this, because Rodriguez insists that you beat the butter and sugars together for 5 full minutes, and I know she’s tested these up and down.

    The only other thing I can think of is maybe it’s the shape of the chocolate chunks. From photos I’ve been tagged in, the ones that have looked flatter to me sometimes are the ones using flat baking discs or wider pieces vs. the 1/2-inch-ish cubes/chunks I went for here. Since the chocolate immediately melts in the oven, I could see it stretching the cookies side to side. If your cookies flattened, do let me know if any of this rings true for you, or if there was an ingredient swap you tried (a butter substitute might have a higher oil content, more brown sugar more moisture, etc.) and maybe we can suss it out from there.

    Weight of cookie dough scooped with a #40 or 1.5 tablespoon scoop — Ranged from 28 to 35 grams; I’m sure the range had to do with how much chocolate was in each scoop.

    Stephanie — I am not sure I’d use these for a bar cookie, but I have a blondie recipe in the archives that’s fantastically easy and adaptable. And gooey.

    stephanie — So, looking at the Toll House Cookie recipe online, the version on the Nestle site (I think Nestle owns Toll House now), this recipe is for 2 sticks of butter, i.e. double. If you halve it and line it up, you’re looking at 1 1/8 cups flour (vs. 1 3/4 here), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (vs. 3/4 here), 1/2 teaspoon salt (I presume they mean table salt; vs. actually a little less here inside the cookie), 3/4 cup sugar evenly split between brown and white (vs. 1 1/8 cups here, mostly brown, some white, some raw) and more pertinently to your question, 6 ounces of chocolate. Here we use 8 ounces.

    Alene — Well, she rubbed my belly so now we have to TOTALLY revisit our baby names list. ;)

    Steve R., Mai and others that asked for a NYTimes cookie comparison — You’re done your research! I covered the cookie when it was published. Mine actually came out flatter than they were supposed to; I never knew why as I rested the dough and follow recipes obsessively. Aside from all of the persnickety ingredients and steps, I resented that they really don’t work unless you’re baking them with 1/4-cup scoops. That’s huge, and not really the way I want to eat at home. But, it’s more fair to compare the flavors. There’s definitely more toffee, and depth of flavor, in the NYTimes version. But I’m so enjoying the thickness, flexible use of chocolate and how easy these are to make right now, I don’t see going back to the NYT version anytime soon. There is also a personal taste factor. The NYTimes version aspires to what they consider the City Bakery/Jacques Torres ideal which is (sotto voce) just not my favorite chocolate chip cookie. I always find them too sweet and not salty enough; I will literally rewarm a CB one at home with flakes of sea salt on top. Because they’re huge and I’m a big proponent of humble portion sizes, we always split them, if not quarter them. They’re more crisp than chewy. But, I am in a minority. I also don’t turn them down (see above: not a monster).

    Re, personal taste factor, in the archives, I also have two brownie recipes, both with legions of fans; my favorite one-bowls and Alice Medrich’s cocoa brownies. They’re both excellent, but different. I like the one-bowls, they’re a little more bitter, chewy and so so so easy to make. But Medrich’s taste like the best box mix brownies that have never existed. They’re practically fudge. There isn’t a “better,” but most people prefer one over the other.

    Abby — It’s not a stick of butter that’s been left out; it’s that I halved her original recipe. She also uses a half-yield in her Date Night In book.

    Kelly — It could be the convection; I think they are more robust.

    Adele — I do scrape in all of the shards, but I do my best to make as few as possible. A serrated knife helps.

    Sora — Dark and light brown sugar won’t bake up terribly differently in here, but I wouldn’t say that dark plus white averages out to light brown, unless you were using dark brown and white in almost equal quantities, tipped more towards white. Here’s a formula for making your own brown sugar to give you more of an idea of what I mean. That said, if I were only going to keep one brown sugar around, it would always be dark, because I’d rather have the max flavor I can get.

    Cindy — I suppose, theoretically, a flat cookie sheet is better for heat access but I’ve never used one; mine always have rims and it’s never been an issue. Then again, ovens work via indirect heat, yes? So maybe it shouldn’t matter at all.

    CQ — Okay! Also, I STILL have not had a Levain cookie. There’s always a line! I think if I actually lived in the UWS, I might be more patient with it but I’m usually just passing through and don’t want to spend a lot of time getting a cookie I probably don’t “need.” Is there a secret time when it’s better to go?

    Barbie — Amazon is the only place I can say with authority pretty much anyone can get the flaky salt, but it’s also sold at a lot of kitchen and upscale grocery stores, and sometimes even regular ones. Tripling the recipe will not be an issue.

    Tamara — I do not have a fan assisted oven … if you’re nervous, I’d dial down the temperature just a little to be safe.

  170. Deb, as far as spreading goes, it could be an altitude issue. Granted, most people who live at high altitude are aware of how that will affect their baking, but it does cause cookies to spread a lot more.

  171. Hillary B

    Made these cookies this weekend for a dinner party. I had no problems with the cookie spreading – actually, quite the opposite, mine stayed the shape of the round scoop and barely spread at all. My dad even commented on how domed the cookies looked. The cookies have a very different texture and taste. The dough is very crumbly as you mentioned. I think they are very good and a more complex special cookie than a typical back of the chocolate chip bag Tollhouse recipe. I am not sure I am sold on the texture and think it may be too crumbly of a cookie for me – a little messy to eat, lots of chocolate melting on hands, make things a little more interesting for a party.

  172. stephanie

    thanks deb! i realized after posting that the toll house was probably a double batch compared to what you were doing. doh! thank you for taking the time to clarify :)

  173. Teresa K

    I made these ASAP! I loved them — out of the oven warm — almost too chocolatey. But as they cooled they were just perfect. I loved that is really was about the chocolate with just a bit of cookie holding it together. I didn’t have spreading problems or find the cookies to be crumbly. I baked them up without resting the dough. I did not add the coarse sugar because I didn’t have it but I will try it in my next batch.

  174. Helen

    Hi Deb – the whole resting for 24 hours thing? I make a double batch of my recipe, refrigerate for 24 hours then break it down into approximately 12 logs that I wrap with cling wrap and freeze. Then we bake on an as-needed basis (cutting the log into perfect rounds and salting). Perfect!

  175. Abbi

    Deb! I got caught up in the hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies and have done the browned-butter-refrigerate-for-three-days-$20-per-pound-chocolate Thing. And, while I’m not dead inside either, I’ve found all of these recipes to be underwhelming, at best. I mean, for the effort involved, these recipes have been disappointing. So I was done with the quest. And then I saw your latest post, scoffed at the title, and read with gradually lessening skepticism. I tried these cookies for a casual get-together we had this weekend, and they were The Best Cookies I’ve ever made. Each cookie sheet was scarfed down within three minutes of coming out of the oven (my husband mumbled, “I could get fat on these cookies” as he downed his third one). It’s my new go-to recipe. So easy, and so good. It’s cookie perfection. Thank you. Also, I made your spaghetti and meatballs recently for my first ever venture into homemade spaghetti and meatballs, and I kept complimenting my own cooking as we ate. So delicious. I love your blog.

  176. Sarah

    Hey Deb, I was one that had a huge spreading issue. I followed the instructions exactly. Measured my flour carefully, used chopped chunks as indicated, I dont know what happened but I’m so bummed. I can email you pictures of them of that would help?! I even added 2Tbsp more flour after the first two batches came out so flat and greasy. If helped a tiny bit but they still weren’t thick like the picture.

  177. Nicole

    Deb – thank you so much for posting this recipe! Made them this weekend and they were perfect. My very discerning husband declared this recipe the best chocolate cookie he’d ever eaten.

  178. Michele

    I’ve tried all the famous cookie recipes, and they’ve been fine. They were all good right out of the oven–because warm chocolate chip cookies always are–but there was never anything that sung to me. Until these. My favorite part about these, other than not having to clear space in my fridge for batter, was the chocolate. I threw in all the little half bags of dark chocolate chunks and mini semisweet chips and Guittard discs languishing in my pantry, and I chopped up a bar of semisweet. It ended up being 240 grams of chocolate, so I ate some chips to get rid of the extra. I used a tablespoon as a scoop and heaped them. It made 27 cookies that way. I baked half and froze the rest. They were beautiful–they looked like yours, albeit a bit smaller. They took 11 minutes exactly. My husband and I agreed that these are the best cookies we’ve ever had, and they were still soft on day two. (None survived to day three, so I can’t comment past that.) I found myself marveling at the texture from the turbinado sugar. How did two tablespoons of sugar change an entire batch of cookies? I don’t know, but thanks for passing this recipe along!

  179. eg

    In regards to softening butter, I usually just put the stick on a plate on top of the stove for a few minutes while it’s preheating, and turn it over a few times so one side doesn’t get too melty – it usually does the trick!

    Also, I had to share the story of my devotion to making these: I went to Whole Foods and bought all the special ingredients, including the $8 salt and fancy bulk chunk of bittersweet chocolate. I was even so restrained as to not sample anything prior to taking them out of the oven. BIG MISTAKE. Whole Foods had mislabeled the chocolate and let me tell you, unsweetened baking chocolate is DISGUSTING in chunks baked into cookies, and the salt flakes do nothing to complement the flavor except intensify its grossness. After some futile attempts to separate crumb from chocolate and salvage some sort of cookie-ness, I had to trash ’em.

    Not to be deterred, I got a refund for the chocolate and the salt, took my business to Fairway for the correct kind of chocolate and made them again last night. PERFECTION!!!

    Fin.

  180. Just want to share that I made two batches – one measuring the flour by the cup amount and one measuring the flour by the grams and the grams is much more accurate! When I used my scale, it came out to closer to 1 1/2 cups flour (I pour the flour into a container by a 1/2 cup measure). It’s hard because everyone packs their flour into the cups differently. All in all, delicious cookie!! Thanks Deb :)

  181. Honestly, this is an exhausting read. But it was all worth it. I appreciate the detailed recipe. Can’t wait to make this recipe at home. Sure to be going back here to post the experience I had with this salted chocolate chunk cookies recipe. Please do make a recipe with cheese as the major ingredient. Thanks and Best!

  182. Aarthi

    Hello Deb
    These cookies were delicious! I got the “Best cookie I have ever had” from two people who proceeded to finish the entire half dozen cookies in a minute. Also has the prestige of being the first cookie ever to be given to the twins :) That said my cookie did spread. Here is what I did- butter was out for about 5 hrs in a fairly cool kitchen. I used bittersweet Valhrona bars from TJ(about 7 oz total) Flour was weighed and so were the sugars. I used dark brown sugar and used a medium Oxo cookie scoop. The dough was slightly crumbly but not too much. We loved the cookie though from the crunchy exterior to the soft middle.

  183. Marilou

    Love this discussion: my mother (married in 1941) faithfully used the Ruth Wakefield’s Toll House Cookie recipe from the bag of chocolate bits and other sources–and the original Toll House restaurant wasn’t very far from where we lived. But my mother had a tweak with an unknown source: she used the same amount of baking powder specified in the Toll House recipe but dissolved it im about 1/4 c. of warm water before adding. She claimed it enhanced the cookies’ lightness. Hmmm.

  184. Melissa

    I made these tonight, they are dangerously delicious. I even had my husband try the batter before I baked them, because I just couldn’t believe how good they were. This is our new go-to. This may have even forever changed my normal favorite of oatmeal cookie. It’s the dough, it’s the game changer.

  185. Danielle

    I’m planning to make these and wondered if you thought coconut cane sugar would be a good sub for turbinado? It’s so crunchy and sort of has a richer flavor than regular sugar, though I know it’s not the same as turbinado. I just hate to have 4 different sugars in my house at one time… Thanks Deb!

  186. Mimsie

    Responding to #241 (Marilou). We also lived not too far away from the Toll House Restaurant–in Whitman, wasn’t it? And yes, my mom made the recipe with either the soda or baking powder dissolved in about a teaspoon of water. I actually have her old copy of Ruth Wakefield’s cookbook, with lots of wear and tear and food stains.

  187. melissa

    I’m going to have to try these. And your standby ccc’s. And my standby, just for comparison’s sake. My standby ccc recipe is really a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie – the oatmeal cookie from Joy of Cooking, and add a half bag of chocolate chips. Or, since that’s just wrong, double the recipe. (My mom and I made these when I was still too small to look over the table, and I’ve been making them ever since.)

  188. becca

    Deb, thank you sooo much for these cookies! They are amazing! Wonderful! And, unfortunately, almost gone at our house (the final three are in the freezer waiting to be baked).

  189. anita

    SO good. Thank you! These are so simple and are my new go-to summer cookout contribution. My husband commented that he liked them even better the second day, after they sat in a ziplock bag overnight. I had to send them to work with him, because I was getting out of control. The great part about this recipe is that it only uses a little turbinado and a little maldon salt. Once you have those two in the pantry, you can make this over and over again without needing to buy anything at all!

  190. Nicole

    Deb – First, thanks so much for the blog. You have helped me learn how to cook the fun way, and I love it. Second, this is the first time I’ve had something useful to say on your comment board; here I go. Frozen cookie dough = brilliant time saver. But freezing on a sheet? Totally unnecessary use of space. I freeze all my dough by wrapping individual dough balls in wax paper and packing them into ziplocs with clear bake instructions on the front. This has revolutionized desert time at my house as well as made some of my friends really happy. People love pre-frozen cookies as gifts!

  191. These are fabulous! When cutting my chocolate, some pieces (well, a lot!) were broken into small pieces-and some to chocolate “dust”…stirred it all in, and what a beautiful result! Almost like leopard-spotted cookies….I subbed in 2TB coconut sugar for the turbinado/cane sugar (i.e. I only added 2TB, left the other 2TB out). So good…especially with iced coffee!

  192. Kate

    I’m living in the UK and made these with Be-Ro plain flour and they came out great. I also baked at a rather vague temperature as my oven is pretty crummy and definitely doesn’t indicate 360 on it. Perfect chewy choc chip cookies, definitely the best recipe I’ve tried!

  193. HeatherDee

    I made these for my 7 year old stepson and his response was “We need to tell the WORLD about these’. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  194. Naomi

    I previously only made the NY Times chocolate chip cookies (they are incredible, but do take 1-2 days advance planning). Made these last night (with 1/2 a chopped up TJ’s pound plus dark chocolate bar) and am a convert. Holy &$#% these are good! I didn’t want to buy a whole bag of turbinado sugar so I ended up “borrowing” a few packets of Sugar in the Raw from my office’s kitchen. For anyone who wants to know, 6 packets = 2 tablespoons.

  195. deb

    Nicole — Sorry, I might have been unclear. Freeze on a sheet until solid, then transfer the frozen balls to one big ziplock. Very space efficient!

    Danielle — I haven’t baked with coconut sugar before — I, too, am resistant to buying a single other type of sugar! — but I can’t imagine it wouldn’t work in place of the turbinado. There’s just not enough of it to throw much off.

    Aarthi — Sounds like we did the same thing (minus the 5 hours of softening; I at best do 1 but I don’t think this was is). I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the flattening but appreciate your feedback! P.S. I think it’s time to pull down my Bakewise book! Will report back.

    eg — I hope you got your money back on that chocolate! Yikes. Unsweetened chocolate is my favorite way to prank the kid, however. (I’m terrible. I know.)

  196. Lisa

    Deb, try Levain on a random weekday, avoiding rush hour. I live on the UWS and have never seen the line longer than 5-8 people. Last time I went there was on a Wednesday around 3pm and the line was minimal. I love that their cookies are crispy and craggy on the outside while still being soft and melty on the inside. (And while I’m here, thanks for plugging Orwasher’s a while back on IG, I tried their donuts and bread, and both were amazing! Chocolate-covered, sour cherry-filled donut, yes please!)

  197. Sarah U

    I, too, was not looking for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, but you convinced me, like always, to give this a try and we were delighted, like always, by your recommendation. The dough was so crumbly that I felt a little apprehensive, but they turned out amazing and delicious and exactly how I like my cookies to taste. I used half dark chocolate chips and half milk chocolate chips and didn’t measure them because: 15 weeks preggo and lazy. Thanks for posting something we needed and hadn’t yet didn’t realized we did!

  198. Laura

    Somehow this recipe takes all the features I usually avoid in chocolate chip cookies (crispy texture, more chocolate than cookie, chocolate that doesn’t hold its shape) and uses them to make the best cookies I have ever eaten. I almost didn’t want to like them. I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time testing and changing recipes to arrive at what I thought would be my forever cookie, and now this recipe just shows up and, without a single alteration (except the replacement of turbinado with demerara sugar, because I don’t have room for both in my cupboard), becomes the new champion. I’m kind of sad…good thing I have these delicious cookies to cheer me up!

  199. Tewtally

    Do you have any suggestions for those of us from places without access to semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate? I live in NZ, and semi-sweet just doesn’t exist here. Ditto bittersweet or classic Baker’s Chocolate (RIP brownies as I know them). There is a sneaky product called Baking Chocolate, but do not be fooled.

    I made these tonight using 62% cocoa dark chocolate because I was too afraid to go for milk chocolate lest they turn out too cloyingly sweet. I thought there might be enough sugar in the recipe to balance out the dark chocolate. My boyfriend is extremely happy with the results – he loves dark chocolate – but apparently no sugar is enough for my supertaster palate to handle the ashy bitterness that is dark chocolate. I hate it.

    Any suggestions? I’ll give milk chocolate a try, I suppose.

  200. Kay

    In australia I only have access to dark chocolate bars (either Lindt or Green&Black’s dark 70% or 85%). How can I make it semi sweet or bittersweet? So perfect for this cold wet weather.

  201. Anne

    These look delicious! Do you think there would be a problem doing a triple or quadruple batch? I have six kids plus friends in and out of the house…one or two batches wouldn’t be enough especially with teen aged boys…..

  202. deb

    Anne — No, I don’t think there would be any issue with scaling this recipe up. In fact, the original on her site is for double this.

    Kay — 70% should be just fine here.

    Tewtally — I consider anything in the 60 to 72% range to be semi/bittersweet. But, you can of course go sweeter (milk, in the 50s, I think) if it’s your preference.

  203. Hayles

    I made these at the weekend and I can confirm that they are indeed bloody delicious! They are also my new go-to cookie recipe after being devoted to a Nigella recipe for so many years, it takes some effort to get me to move away from a Nigella recipe, so thank you Smitten Kitchen! I couldn’t find turbinado sugar in any supermarkets over here in the UK, does it go by another name here or is it more of a speciality ingredient over in the USA?

  204. Jonathan V.

    These cookies look great, but I am Gluten Intolerant so I changed the out flower so I could try making them.

    – 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    – 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
    – 2 tablespoons (25 grams) turbinado sugar (aka Sugar in the Raw; you can use more brown or white if you don’t have this, but the subtle crunch it adds is delightful)
    – 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (165 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
    – 1 large egg
    – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    – 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    – Heaped 1/4 teaspoon (or, technically, 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon) fine sea or table salt
    – 1 3/4 cups (220 grams) Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flower
    – 1/2 pound (225 grams) semi- or bittersweet chocolate, cut into roughly 1/2-inch chunks with a serrated knife
    – Flaky sea salt, to finish

    The cookies turned out pretty good, a little more dense than I was planning but that usually is the case when you substitute gluten free flower for regular flower.

    Great option if you are Gluten Free.

  205. Cookie lover

    Any suggestions to sub out the egg? We have allergies and I’m always on the lookout for desserts without the eggs!

  206. Maro

    @263 Jonathan, note that most GF flour tends to be denser in weight/volume than regular AP, so if you do lighter cups (like 120g to a cup, so a total of 210g max) you should end up with a much lighter consistency than if you measure exactly the same as you would regular flour. make sure if you measure by cup and not by weight that you are fluffing and spooning, not scooping and leveling. it will be way too much flour that way.

    this is what i find, anyway. just made coffee cake with GF AP flour and measured by the gram according to the brand’s measurements in the nutritional info and it was light and fluffy as regular flour. good luck!

  207. frizz

    I made these tonight and did not have the spreading issue. In fact, I usually have spreading issues and was worried about it. Didn’t happen this time. These cookies are divine. The bittersweet chocolate (I did Theo’s 80%) really cuts the sugar and makes for a divine cookie.

  208. shawn

    So I NEVER comment on anything. I made these today and they are absolutely the most perfect chocolate chip cookie. EXACTLY what I have been searching for most of my life. :) Crispy on the outside, chewy inside, lots of chocolate with a salty kick. No spreading which always happens to me. I’m so happy. I followed the recipe word for word except doubled it. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  209. vicky t

    These were seriously amazing! I made them to pass out during an event where I knew we would get hungry, and they were a huge hit! Everyone complimented me and could not believe the texture and lightness of these cookies. I only did 3/4 cup sugar and found it to be to mine and others’ liking. Trying to cut back some ;) Thanks for sharing! YUMMMM!

  210. Sasha

    Longtime reader, rare commenter, but here I am out of the woodwork to say these are the BEST choc chip cookies I have ever made. Hooray. Thank you! I topped them with blueberry sea salt that I was gifted from the Alaska Pure Sea Salt Co. Amazing!

  211. beth

    I just made these with trader joe’s chocolate chips and they were still awesome- I can tell that chocolate chunks would push them into the realm of sublime; I plan on making them again after a trip to the store. I love that I don’t need to chill the dough ahead of baking- what a foolproof recipe. Perfection.

  212. I’m still ogling the Silpats. They seem to weather the dishwasher, you say? I need to get me some of them! I’ve been using silicon cookie sheets, which work pretty well, especially at displacing some of the heat on the bottom rack. I notice my bottom rack cookies don’t burn on the bottom when I use the silicon sheet. I’m guessing that the Silpat screen allows for good heat transfer on the upper racks.

  213. Janet

    Ok, I made these last weekend instead of desert for a dinner party. They looked s, like your chocolate cake for simplicity. Just one change to both with awesome results. I put a tablespoon of very runny riversdale farm organic marmalade in. If you really want to add another dimension then let me tell you this is the one. Everyone was raving about them leaving just two (I hid those so I could have one when I needed a hit). I love all your recipes so far and thank you for keeping them coming.

  214. Sirin

    Deb, I have never once commented on your site but as I sat eating the most satisfying chocolate chip cookies this morning it came to me that almost 3/4 of everything I make, sweet or savoury, is from your site. I am never disappointed when I try something new and when I need something specific, your site is the first one I check. Thank you again for all that you do — eating from your site since 2008.

  215. Hey Deb,

    My husband and I discussed chocolate chip cookies a few different times this week, ending with him talking about how boring they are. You should have seen his face yesterday when 1) I was mixing up this choc. chip cookie recipe, and 2) When he tasted one warm off the cookie sheet.

    YUM. They were SO good. Thank you!

    We can always count on you. Looking forward to your next cookbook.

    Chana

  216. Krishna

    Thanks for posting this !!!

    I have been planning to make a cookie-cake for my husband for his birthday . Do you think recipe will work? I want to make a small quantity in an 8oz ramekin , as opposed to a skillet since its just the two of us.

  217. Dora

    These truly are the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER! I’ve already made 2 batches in less than a week. You are evil ;)
    I did however reduce the brown sugar to just 3/4 cup (omitting the 2 TBSP) because the first batch for me was a little too sweet, and I used (2) 4 oz. Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate bars.
    Absolute perfection.
    Thank you Smitten Kitchen!!

  218. YoKaren

    Soo so good! I’m abandoning my normal recipe. I too have never commented on your blog. I usually just try, enjoy, and repeat. I also read many comments, which I usually don’t do either. After trying a few variations that other people were curious about, figured I would put in my two cents.

    I am a fan of melting the butter in my chocolate chip cookie batter, then blending with the sugar. I did so with this recipie and had perfect results. I did not have fancy flake salt, but used TJs fine crystal sea salt and sprinkled it on each cookie after taking out of the oven, while they were still glistening. I used both bitter sweet chunks, and chopped milk chocolate (TJs pound plus). I think I added too much chocolate in general, needing to strategicly spackel my cookies together with batter, but it was still amazing. I’ve eaten two while typing… so maybe they’re actually really bad.
    LOVE!

  219. Lindsay

    These look fantastic, I can’t wait to make them! Quick question though – any salted cookies I’ve ever made have called for the salt right after they come out of the oven – won’t sprinkling it on before baking cause it to dissolve into the dough in the heat?!

  220. Shannon

    Thanks Deb for bringing us this recipe!!!! Just made these tonight and my Husband and I both agree these are by far the BEST CCC’s ever made!!! These would be the perfect ending at a dinner party, warm from the oven and for gift giving!!! My dough was not to dry or crumbly either. I did make sure the chocolate was really mixed into the dough by hand and that helped bring it all together. Also used my scale to weigh all the ingredients (thanks for putting the measurements in weights!) to make sure it had the correct amounts and my dough was perfect! For those comments who had thought their dough was too dry or crumbly, a kitchen scale is one of my favorite tools, (mine is oxo~not expensive) and you’ll never use too much flour, sugar etc. than the recipe calls for and you won’t have to worry about putting too much flour into your recipes. Or just use a “light” hand when measuring by volume. I used 1/2 semi-sweet Nestle Chocolate Chunks and 1/2 Whole Foods bittersweet chocolate chunks. Seriously, The Best CCC EVER!!!! Thanks Deb!!!~Shannon f/Osceola WI~We met when you came to MN on your book tour, Remember I’m the red-haired gal that sat next to Zoe Francois in the front row:)!, and when you signed by book I told you how it all started w/Chocolate Babka?:) That’s the recipe I googled way back when and found your site!!:) We’d love for you to come back on your next book tour!!!:))

  221. hina

    Hi this is the 3rd time I tried these cookies the first time they were perfect the second time I substituted half quantity of flour with oats and my cookies turned in puddles :( so I’m back to using the original recipe….pls tell me if there’s anyway that I can successfully use oats in this recipe

  222. tatiana

    Deb, these are GREAT! I made a first batch yesterday, and while they were delicious, they *did* spread on me a whole lot, which I wasn’t expecting — I then read through the comments here and found I wasn’t alone :)

    Today, I made another batch with a couple of tweaks:

    1) I made sure I only only beat these a scant 5 minutes on medium-low. I hadn’t known this could be an issue, and since I don’t have my standing mixer at my mother’s and had to make do with her not-very-powerful hand mixer, I had ended up mixing the first batch for close to 10 minutes to get the right texture. Today, I made sure the butter was softer (a minute or 2 in the warming oven helped my room-temperature butter get there without melting) and only beat on one speed for the time prescribed.

    2) I actually weighed my egg and saw that the one I had used yesterday was likely over 70 grams (which counts as extra-large, almost jumbo). Today I actually weighed my eggs and used the smallest one, which was still 60 grams. I’m lucky enough to be visiting a place with home-grown eggs, but the one downside is that sizes aren’t listed on a box :)

    3) On the flour end, I ended up going by volume today, and not weight. I realize this seems backwards, but yesterday when I measured out 220 grams of flour and it didn’t reach my 1 3/4 cup measurement, I thought weight would be more accurate. My dough yesterday wasn’t crumbly at all, and I think the extra (if went by weight that is) flour I used today may have made a difference.

    Today’s batch came out like the pictures and more importantly tasted AMAZING. I may never buy packaged chocolate chips again, too.

  223. Elizabeth Templeton

    My effort also yielded a flat, crisp cookie not a lot different from toll house. I think 360 is too hot, and I also followed the directions, including creaming the sugar and butter for 5 solid minutes. My mixer is an old reliable Kitchen Aid, where they’ve always said mixing will not take as long. I also used Ghiardelli baking bars, which means THIN pieces of chopped chocolate. Can’t get thick bars of chocolate without driving forever to find them. Oh yes, I usually use half butter and half shortening, but this was all butter. Too many variables here to really solve the problem.

    Might try these, but I’m happier with toll house.

  224. Jennifer

    Another brilliant recipe. Thanks Deb. Made these with my little ones just now and we’re currently standing by the oven in anticipation. Can’t imagination these will last long!

  225. Emma

    I wasn’t in the market for a new chocolate chip cookie either, but your recommendation is worth too much Deb! And they were great. I followed your directions but not obsessively and they turned out perfectly! (no spreading like some others had). I would put slightly more salt next time than I did this time around but that’s it. Thank-you!

  226. I love your blog! These recipes look delicious and I can not wait to try them now and Thanks for spreading the good word Deb! By the by In last night,I made a recipe and this is hands down the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever tried.

  227. Kristine

    I did not change a thing and have never had the spreading issue. I always thought if you have the spreading issue, is it because the dough is too warm or the baking soda is too old or the scoops put on the pan are too flat? My kids and husband ate all of these within the hour I baked them. I think they are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made hands down. We also do chocolate chip cookies as dessert after dinner parties! Sometimes a little vanilla ice cream to go with them too! I would like to turn this into a cookie cake for my son’s birthday and will post the results if it works. Has anyone tried the cookie cake with any success?

  228. Andrea

    I am an American but I live in London… I am meeting a friend tomorrow and realised I needed a quick gift so I thought I’d have a look on your fabulous site for a cookie recipe. I made these this evening and they are by far the easiest, most delicious chocolate chip cookies I have ever made… Since, Maldon’s sea salt is one of the staples in my cupboard, I didn’t have any trouble sourcing the finishing touch. I thought about leaving out the turbinado sugar as I didn’t have it on hand and don’t regular use it… but I caved while I was at the supermarket, and I’m not sorry. My husband and I are still sitting at the table swooning. A dangerous recipe to have on hand… but I’m still grateful. Xx

  229. Laura

    Deb, first of all, thought you’d like to know that Syracuse, N.Y., LOVES you. Nary a Rosh Hashanah or Passover goes by that we aren’t congregating with friends and talking about your latest postings. Thanks for mentioning the #40 scoop. I never use a scoop but I did with this recipe and the uniformity of the cookies makes me feel like I did a more professional job. The recipe is unreal! One suggestion: when eating the cookie, turn it upside down so that your tongue immediately tastes the flaky sea salt that is sprinkled on top. UNBELIEVABLE!

  230. Jeff

    These came out perfectly – no spreading problem.

    Unfortunately, we could only bake half the batch, because we made the mistake of trying the batter and it’s even better than the baked cookies…the crunch from the turbinado sugar really makes it. The rest of the batch was consumed raw.

  231. Stacey

    Ha! @Jeff we made the same mistake in trying the batter!! To. Die. For. Best batter I’ve ever snuck. I made a few adjustments 1. GF flour (Pamela’s brand) 2. High altitude (little less sugar & smidge more flour) 3. Chopped roasted pecans (because who can resist roasted pecans?) Delish & the new go to cookie recipe. Thanks a bunch!! :)

  232. Isabel

    Simply magical. Baked these last week and sort of regret sharing them with friends because now we have zero left to munch on! ;)

  233. Dee

    these are WONDERFUL. no adjustments. i took them out of the oven after 12 minutes thinking no way they were done, but once cooled it was clear they were done perfectly. these definitely don’t spread out the way normal cookies do – the finished cookies are super puffy – almost identical to the way they looked when they went into the oven, only firmer and slightly golden. really, really delicious take on the traditional.

  234. Pat

    Made these and am embarrassed to say they disappeared the same night. (family of four). I’d almost quit trying new chocolate chip recipes as I figured I’d found the one after years of experimenting. Good thing I’m always open to new possibilities. These are almost like something available from an outstanding Canadian cookie store called George’s Cookies. I am thrilled and terrified at the same time but at least I really can finally stop looking for the perfect cookie, because this is it.

  235. W.

    These. Were. Awesome. I already had a chocolate chip cookie recipe I was happy with and not looking to replace, but these looked so good I had to try them. I used a TJ’s milk chocolate bar and otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. Rounded 1T scoops yielded 32 cookies (!). This is my new go-to!

  236. Holly

    I freaking LOVE these cookies! My whole family ate them up in literally the blink of an eye….and I have to attest to the fact that there isn’t too much you can do to mess them up…I think I forgot the baking soda. They still baked up beautifully and most definitely TASTY! ALSO– thanks for the many suggestions of the Trader Joe’s pound plus. I got a bar of milk and bittersweet and used equal amounts of both. LOVE!!!

  237. Patti

    These are great. I love the crunch from the turbinado sugar and there is something about freshly chopped chocolate. I used 4 ounces semisweet and bittersweet Guittard. I’ve made these twice, the first time to the letter and the second time with brown butter. Both times I scooped and froze the dough balls. Absolute cookie perfection, both batches. I especially liked the caramel-ness of the brown butter batch. Thanks again for another go-to recipe, Deb.

  238. April

    My trick for softening butter to room temperature is to place the butter in the microwave with the paper still on. I microwave each side of the butter for 5 seconds, for a total of 20 seconds. So microwave 5 seconds, turn the butter to the next side, micro 5 more seconds, turn, micro 5 seconds, final turn, micro 5 seconds. After that, the butter is perfectly softened but not runny or melted. Then proceed with your recipe, take the paper off and cream with your sugar. It works wonderfully.

  239. Debbie C

    I am a sucker for the latest, greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe, so of course I had to make these! They did not disappoint…chewy, puffy, delicious. However, they were very rich and decadent, a good cookie for a party or maybe a bake sale, not an everyday cookie for me. I will stick with your Crispy Chewy go-tos for my cookie cravings. :)

  240. Hi Deb,
    I made these in Denver – high altitude always messing with my cookies, so I used 1/2 tsp. of baking soda and added 1 1/2 tsp of flour. Used Murray River Flaked Sea Salt. Just scrumptious and just made them for the 3rd time. And I’m a fan and often-time baker of the Jacques T. cookies too. And always a sucker for a new cc cookie or brownie recipe if from a good source like you and of course, Ashley. Thanks. Anita

  241. Ellen

    Deb,

    If you love a recipe, we will love the recipe! Even if it takes two ingredients, or it’s just another iteration of a previously seen recipe – we want it. Well, at least, I want it, because those recipes that have made you happy have also made me (and my family) happy.

    Not to give your ego a complex or anything, but never question your taste; it’s excellent.

    And thanks for testing and sharing.

  242. Topol

    Remember the difference between white sugar and brown is molasses. There’s no need to buy brown sugar when you have molasses in the house. You can make the brown sugar as light or dark as you want by adding less or more molasses to white sugar.

    I’ve found that molasses adds an extra dimension of smokiness to baked goods that brown sugar does not.

  243. Cory

    Great recipe, but I agree with others regarding whether there’s quite enough butter. Maybe this ratio is critical for the “crispy outside, chewy inside” texture, but I’m going to try this one again with +1/4 cup butter.

    Or maybe just try chunked chocolate in the go-to chewy recipe that it seems most of the thread prefers.

  244. These are currently in the oven and we are so excited to try them! Theoretically we will be gifting them to my fiance’s coworker tomorrow, but to be honest I’m not sure they will last the night.

    Luckily I thought ahead and bought enough ingredients to make a second batch :)

  245. Tiki

    The second time I used this, I chopped up chewy caramels and tossed them in at the end for a salted caramel effect. With or without the addition, this is definitely my new go to, when your chocolate chip needs a little oomph!

  246. Jenn

    Hands down, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made OR consumed! Thank you, thank you, thank you Deb!

  247. Cait

    Deb! These are amazing! Best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Perfect use for some of the fleur de sel I had hanging around in my cupboard… Thank you!

  248. Jenny

    Made these last night. They were less fussy than I expected (I had all ingredients on hand) and they turned out perfectly. The salt was a genius touch, and the chunks of chocolate made them almost inappropriately gooey and delicious, especially when warm. A-plus. Thank you!!

  249. Elisa

    These had to be made as I saw them on IG by the original author and then here. They were delicious of course, although not sure if worth all the irregular instructions. Turbinado sugar, chopped chocolate 360 degrees… Just sticking to your cc recipes!!

  250. Tamsin

    Hi Deb, amazing cookies…. quick question: mine have flattened both times, not like your beautiful mounds…. any suggestions? Thanks!

  251. farheen

    uh-mazing recipe. The 3 x sugars really gave the cookie such a depth of flavour, especially the dark brown sugar – gave them an almost caramel-y taste (I used muscovado, white granulated and packed dark brown sugar) – YUM!

  252. Deb,

    I made a huge batch of these for the many cookie bringing events I had all in one week. I was able to freeze some and pulled them out on Mother’s Day. If my family loves me they never take me out to dinner on that day, I cook what I want and they clean up Yay! My two oldest, hadn’t sampled these yet. My daughter, who baked cookies all summer long at a Michigan resort, said these were so good she could cry. Mine have turned out beautifully, fresh or frozen. I never thought I would find a cookie better than Nestle’s…but I have now. Thank you!

  253. ELCookie

    Two cents about the flattening… King Arthur just put something out about creaming butter and sugar complete with pictures and explanations: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2015/04/27/creaming-butter-sugar/. People may be beating at too high a rate. So 5 minutes on setting 8 of a CuisinArt mix master will make everything too light and airy and then cookies will spread. I have made these several times because friends said they were “best ever” and requested them. For some reason my dough is never really crumbly and I think my scoop must be smaller because the cookies need only 10 minutes.

  254. goldie

    This recipe is AMAZING. I used half the amount of chocolate and added 1 cup of Skor pieces….they turned out incredible. I will never use another recipe for chocolate chip cookies again. Thank you!

  255. Joanne Richards

    So I couldn’t resist reducing the sugar in these (as always), using only 1/2 cup dark brown sugar but I should have probably reduced the flour accordingly, as mine are high and domed! I also only had 80g very dark chocolate :-( (and I agree, I think 80% is too dark for these) so I used about half cup chopped nuts to bulk them out. And I’ve now had two out of the oven :-) So they’re very good and I will make again as specified soon!

  256. Kat

    Made these the other day for book club and they were to die for! This has become my new cookie recipe. The only thing I’d change is too cook them for a minute less. My oven gets a bit too hot to do the full 11-12 minutes. I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate, 70%, for these and loved it, but those who prefer a little more sweetness might want 50-60% dark chocolate.

  257. Shannie B

    These have replaced my former “perfect” cookie recipe. They have turned out perfectly every time I’ve made them. I used a whiskey vanilla and it adds just the perfect “What the heck is so special about these?” element. Thanks!

  258. Emily D

    I love this recipe. I’ve already made it twice. I use espresso salt to finish it instead of the sea salt. It’s delicious!

  259. Kay

    I’m not entirely sure how to describe my experience of making a double batch of these cookies… “existential” comes to mind. It had been a loooong day and I was so tired that I thought twice 1 3/4 cups of flour equaled 2 1/2 cups (the cookies turned out wonderfully still! soft and thin). My body and mind were in somewhat of an auto-pilot mode until I was hovering above the cooling rack with a browned, fragrant cookie balanced on my spatula and I thought, “I made this”. Something beautiful and elegant came into being because I allowed it to, because I allowed the truth that I am also beautiful and elegant. A poignant reminder of the importance of art, risk, and presence.

  260. I do have a favorite cookie and yes, it has browned butter but more importantly instead of brown sugar it uses a combination of granulated sugar and molasses. I’ve been seeing everyone fawn about these cookies but I think I must make them with that hack; it makes such a huge difference in the depth of flavor.

  261. Sherri

    I just found your website and this recipe. I made them and they are indeed delish. Thank you so much! It’s amazing. I really like the way you describe your process (and the pictures are dreamy too) and of course the awesome cookies.

  262. Catherine

    Did you use bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour? That might be part of the reason for spreading. Bleached AP flour tends to create more tender baked goods. I used bleached and mine spread more than in your photos, so I’m going to try a batch with unbleached next time. I know my favorite brownie recipe (Alice Medrich’s cocoa brownies) work better with unbleached for me, with a noticeably different chew.

  263. deb

    Catherine — I use unbleached flour, most of the time.

    A question for those whose cookies spread — Did you beat the butter and sugars for the full 5 minutes? I suspect that a lot of us don’t actually go that long, and was wondering as I made them again this weekend with no spreading if there’s an overlap between 5 minutes beating and spreading vs. beating for less time and not spreading. Thanks.

  264. Okay-I’ve made these wonderful cookies twice. The first time, they turned out exactly how I imagine yours turned out. The dough was crumbly, the cookies looked just like yours, and they were amazing. Tonight I made them and they flattened. I also noticed the dough wasn’t as crumbly as the first time. It is considerably warmer/more humid since the first time. I’m wondering if that has anything to do with it. Either way, they still rock.

    Thanks for this awesome recipe, Deb!

  265. karen

    Always chewy on the inside just like you promised. I brought some to a friend and she didn’t tell her husband about them when he got home because they were gone! And I so agree with you that the browned butter chocolate chip cookies are a nice idea, but the amount of bowls and time (24 hr) involved are not worth it for the marginal flavor improvement. These are delicious. I generally just use http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/ . However, these are a serious contender! Actually, they’re probably better. Even frozen they have a chewy interior (though they didn’t flatten as well). And yes, they’re still pretty good with half whole wheat. :)

  266. jeannine

    may I never make another toll house cookie again….this is the bomb cookie and I’ve never had a more perfectly formed (height, color) cookie come out of my oven…i love you!

  267. Polina

    I make these for a dinner party and they were a hit! Everyone loved them. I mixed them up the night before and stashed the dough in rolled form in the refrigerator overnight. I definitely didn’t run my hand mixer a full 5 minutes but I don’t think they spread significantly. I forgot the baking soda and only remembered to add it in at the end, but luckily it wasn’t a problem. I also forgot the sprinkle salt prior to baking, but did add a tiny bit after they came out of the oven. No harm done. Forgiving recipes are good for sleep deprived moms. Super delicious!

  268. Aubree Stephens

    I am making my second batch if these cookies because the first was so amazing!!! These are by far my favorite chocolate chip cookie. You have a loyal fan and follower cannot wait to try all your other recipes. I love how detailed you are!!

  269. Shaily

    So I am going to make these cookies sometimes over a weekend, and I have little confusion regarding sugar measurements.

    2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar –
    2 tablespoons (25 grams) turbinado sugar (aka Sugar in the Raw; you can use more brown or white if you don’t have this, but the subtle crunch it adds is delightful)
    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (165 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar

    So on the 3/4 cup +2 tbsp light or dark brown – does this 2 tbsp replacing the 2tbsp of turbinado sugar or if you turbinado sugar, do you still have to add 2 tablespoons to 3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar? Please clarify.
    So in total = 2 +2+2 tbsp +3/4 cup sugar??

  270. Jo

    Hi Deb. Is there any way to stop the constant pop up ads on your site? I’m reading your site on my iphone and each time I switch to a different page I get a pop up ad for bagels. It’s really irritating and I love to read your recipes to relax usually – this is very off putting!
    Thanks. Jo

    1. deb

      Hi Jo — Sorry for the trouble. This is not something we’re getting on this end at all, or would have approved of. But, ads are messy business and the same ads don’t show for most people. Is it a bagel brand? I can try to trace its origin and have it removed from the rotation.

  271. Jo

    Thanks for the quick response Deb. It’s for the New York Bakery Co new bagel thins. I’m based in England – I don’t know if that makes any difference and it doesn’t happen with my laptop, just my iphone. I enjoy your site on a weekly basis and have noticed this the last few times I’ve used the site.

    This is a fab opportunity for me to say you’re my favourite American food blogger and have been for years. I really enjoy everything on your site from the layout and photography to the tips from other readers and, of course, the recipes!

  272. deb

    Jo — Bagel thins? Ugh, they don’t even TASTE good. Thanks for the heads up, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. We will try to track down this ad.

  273. Brittany W

    I made these this weekend and did not get any spreading. Sadly, I didn’t even get to taste one, but I was told they were good. I softened the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds and then set it on the counter for about 10 minutes, beat the butter and sugar for the full five minutes and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. Oh, except I did not have turbinado sugar so I used the equivalent in brown sugar, and I accidently bought the Trader Joe’s chocolate with almonds in it. I also live at sea level in California if that helps.

  274. Anna Beta

    Made these a couple of days ago. Delicious, but may dial down the salt next time. I only had self raising flour, but omitted the baking soda, and that worked well. Also used a random mix of Lindt lime chocolate, left over chili chocolate hearts, and 100% cocoa chocolate.

  275. Amy

    Sadly, mine spread as well — luckily I made two test cookies! Obviously, the spread out cookies were still delicious, but after looking at the other comments I decided to add 3 Tb flour to the rest of the batter and chilled it before scooping the cookies and that helped a lot, although they still weren’t as thick as yours. I do live in a very hot/humid climate and I’d be interested to know if that has anything to do with this issue. I did NOT mix the batter a full 5 mins — worried that that was contributing to the spreading — but the butter/sugars were very light and fluffy when I stopped the mixer (prob after 3 mins). My butter was a good temp (not SUPER soft, but more like temp if I lived in a cold climate). One other note, I don’t have a scale, so am always careful to sift/ aerate the flour and spoon it into measuring cups… maybe I was overly cautious at first and used too little flour. Thanks for another great recipe — I’ll be sure to make them on a cold day, next, to see if that has anything to do with this

  276. Mary

    Wow-just finished baking my first batch of these and have to say they are amazing. I too am always on the lookout for a really good CC cookie recipe and have tried many of the aforementioned variations and liked (but maybe not loved) many of them. Some 50 years ago (yikes, that means I’m old and have baked thousands upon thousands of cookies!) I decided the Toll House recipe would be better with mostly brown sugar and more vanilla and have had many compliments on that variation through the years. Lately, my favorite chocolate chip cookies have dried cherries and toasted pecans in them but this recipe brought back my appreciation for the more basic form-excellent dough and lots of yummy chocolate. I used TJ’s chocolate chunks and they worked great. The salt on top is the perfect counterpoint to the intense chocolate-Yum! I did beat my butter and sugar for close to 5 minutes and it’s warm and humid here today, my cookies weren’t too crumbly and they spread a bit but I had refrigerated them for about 7 hours which I think helped. My husband scarfed up 3 and declared them delicious. They remind him of something but after eating the 4th still isn’t sure exactly what. I’m sure he’ll try more to figure it out. Thanks for the great blog Deb-you regularly inspire me to keep cooking!

  277. Katy

    This is definitely a recipe I will keep bookmarked until I have enough time to bake! For starters, anything that is cookie related and also has to do with sea salt and chocolate is going to be something I want more of in my life. I feel as if I have just mastered a normal CC cookie, and I am ready for a new challenge of a most interesting and intriguing cookie. Can’t wait to try out this recipe and can only hope it goes as well as it is going for the other commenters!

  278. Catherine

    To follow up – I did mix the butter/sugar combo the full 5 minutes, so I don’t think that was the reason mine spread. Thanks for the quick response!

  279. Monica

    I really, really LOVE these cookies and they are the first to not flatten out on me in years. Nice and thick. Perfect except I really want oatmeal cookies, or make an oatmeal version. Any idea of who much flour to take out so I can add in a few cups of oatmeal? Thanks, this recipe made my week!

  280. Laura

    These cookies are magical…so magical, in fact, that they may induce labor. I was pulling a tray of these beauties out of the oven when my contractions first started and my daughter was born seven hours later. And I was SO glad to have these cookies waiting for me when I came home from the hospital! (My only regret was that I did not take them with me…I longed for them while picking through mediocre hospital food during recovery). I’ve been praying for a well-timed afternoon nap so I can make them again.

  281. “The only difference I’ve noted between the cookies baked right away and those baked a day or more later is that the older cookie dough is less puffy when baked.”

    That might be a good thing!
    I don’t know if it’s me, my ingredients, or the weather but my cookies, when baked fresh, come out of the oven looking very rotund. They taste great… they’re just a bit, ah, rotund.

  282. Lorry Evans

    First of all, I’m an OB nurse. And I guarantee your nurses will LOVE you forever if you bring these to the hospital. Secondly, I made a double batch of these to put out at my house showings. After all, nothing says “welcome” and “buy this house” like the perfume of freshly baked chocolate chunk cookies. In the interest of full disclosure, I used Nestle’s semi sweet chocolate chunks, but no matter. The realtor parade will come through the house tomorrow, and they will be greeted by these…if I don’t eat them first. I’m hoping the frozen lumps of unbaked dough will restrain me until then.

  283. Lauren

    These cookies were delicious, but I did have the same issue with flattening and very thin appearance and I did beat for the full 5 minutes. Would you suggest less time? Also, I weigh my flour, but not the sugars…Could that make a difference, as I am not consistent. When I weighed the flour it was only 1 1/4 cups approximately, with 220 grams. As I said I did not weigh the sugars, so I wasn’t sure. Do you recommend if you are weighing flours to weigh all ingredients? Like I said the cookies were great-I just love the appearance of yours much more.
    Good Luck in the next week or so:) Just curious…I know you were including these cookies for your nurses…what other treats will you be bringing along? Thanks!

  284. Laura

    For those with spreading issues: consider replacing some or all of the all-purpose flour with bread flour. I tried it after making 3-4 batches of delicious but relatively thin cookies (varying mixing time and flour-measuring method), and it worked so well that my cookies didn’t spread enough! I was careful not to overwork the dough (mixed the last of the flour in by hand) and didn’t notice a significant change in cookie texture or flavor. This was the first time my dough was truly crumbly, as well.

  285. Annie D

    We just made these and they’re FABULOUS. We adore Tollhouse cookies–but these were a lovely change of routine. What we LOVED: the cookies have structure, they sit up a bit, not flat. Second: the edges were crunchy/chewy and the insides were a little gooey. Amazing. It was hard to believe that such a dry dough could work out so gorgeously! Third: they look exactly like the ones in Deb’s photos–soooo pretty. Woo Hoo!

    What I would do differently: pay attention to the need for very small scoop! Our cookies were Big! (I have learned over the years that, if you serve little cookies at a party, guests will take 4 or 5 over the course of two hours. But if you serve giant cookies at a party, many people will pass them by.) Overall: A++ Thank you.

  286. Christineabella

    HI Deb, I have been tasked to make 175 giant cookies in cute cellophane bags as wedding favors handed out as guests leave…the bride requested chocolate chip cookies and these sounded special with the sea salt flourish! So, do you think I should make all the dough a few days before and bake them off the day before? Make ice cream scoop sizes and freeze them on trays and bake off the day before? Do you think that one recipe size would make about 15 cookies? Will I be weeping after batch #10? I know, I know these seem like catering questions…any help would be great! Thanks!!

  287. Bob

    I made these and they seemed to have come out okay and they taste fine. But my dough was no where near crumbly. It had the consistency of peanut butter. I measured my ingredients and weighed them too just to verify. I used general purpose flour and weighed it at 221 grams. To get a crumbly dough I would have had to add more flour, maybe significantly more. The cookies are a good thickness and as mentioned taste fine. But it bothers me that the dough was so different than what others are getting. My kitchen was pretty warm but not overly so (~80F)

  288. Marta

    I’m with you, Bob. I followed the recipe precisely and had a very traditional dough, not at all crumbly. I’m wondering what’s up with this. Cookies ended up fine; relatively flat, though.

  289. Thank you,this is so detailed!! It sounds amazing and I will be making it this week.Very good vegetables can make a wonderful meal . I love that salad, it’s one of my favorites.

  290. Meg

    I am always on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe- and these are hands-down my new favorites! I didn’t have the turbinato sugar, but will get some for next time. I also had to pop the dough in the freezer due to time constraints and have been doling them out a few at a time each evening for the family to enjoy. They are soon good.

  291. Kerri

    Just made these…. absolutely amazing. Hands down my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Made exactly as written but used Godiva dark Cocolate with almonds. My friend who I made these for ate 4 in a matter of minutes!! I have no idea how someone could say these are flavorless unless they used low quality chocolate.

  292. An

    I just made these cookies, and they are my absolute favorite. For years I’ve been searching for the bestest of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, and these undoubtedly take the cake!! (or should i say cookie?) I added chocolate toffee bits, so yah it was amazing and I highly recommend adding them. Thanks for the recipe, Deb!!

  293. Jamie

    I made these THREE TIMES for my work colleagues (and have become a bit famous around the office for them). My boyfriend rightly pointed out it was high time I made them for him. I used milk chocolate and walnuts for his batch (his favorite combination) and he couldn’t get enough. This is totally my go to recipe now! I love it and so does everyone I share it with. :)

  294. Victoria

    I just finished baking my first batch of this deliciousness. A few notes for people wondering:

    -I made a double batch (in a kitchenaid stand mixer)
    -rather than buying and cutting up a chocolate bar, I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking chips (it’s what I had on hand)
    -I weighed all ingredients rather than using measuring cups
    -I did not have Turbinado sugar so I used extra brown sugar instead
    -instead of baking right away, I scooped and froze the batter (and transferred to a freezer bag once frozen) for about a week
    -I have a convection/fan assisted oven (baked from frozen at 360 for about 14 or 15 minutes)

    I mention all of these things first because my batter was NOT AT ALL crumbly. It looked like regular chocolate chip cookie dough. When I baked them, they were not puffy, but I also wouldn’t say that they had spread. I ate one after giving it enough time to be just cool enough not to burn my mouth and and they had scrumptiously crisp edges. I love that the salt on top brings out such great flavor (but I love salt, so take that with a grain of…well, you get the idea).

    Anyway while I was mixing these up, I was looking at the comments to see if anyone else didn’t have crumbly dough, had to sub ingredients, etc so I thought this might be helpful to someone.

    Great recipe Deb. I’m a long-time reader and I can’t sing your praises high enough. Thank you!

  295. Having obsessed over countless chocolate chip cookies in 3 phases over the past 5 years and each time, coming back to the NYT cookies, this was the first time that it was a close call. I love the thick fudginess of this cookie but felt that the flavours of the NYT cookie along with its slight crispness was still more my thing. So I looked at the numbers by paring down the NYT recipe for 1 stick of butter and here is what we have (beyond the 26 hour wait of course):
    – Though the total quantity of sugar here is exactly the same as the NYT cookie, much more brown sugar than white which makes for the taller thicker, more moist cookie.
    – This cookie here, has about 27gm more flour for each stick of butter, further accounting for the thick, dense cookies
    – This cookie also has 1/4 tsp more baking soda and no baking powder. (NYT uses 1/2 teaspoon of both baking soda and powder). Based on what Kenji says in his post at the food lab, baking soda makes cookies craggier and the lack of baking powder means less of the cake feel.
    – Slight higher baking temperature also creates a more compact cookie
    – Difference in the type of chocolate. (chopped vs diskettes)

    Now planning to tweak the NYT recipe by adding a tad more flour along, increasing baking soda and reducing the baking powder and baking the cookie at a higher temperature.

    Here’s another thought – Given that above are the factors that are responsible for the thickness of the cookie, barring those who used white sugar instead of brown, maybe uneven oven temperatures are affecting spreading? Just a thought..

  296. Tiffany

    I just made these with only coconut sugar, because that was all I had and sprouted whole wheat flour…also all I had, and they are delicious. They did spread but I was really skeptical that they would turn out well at all because of the substitutions. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  297. Caitlin Ainsworth

    I am so excited to make these this weekend! But I do have one question. I watched the video link provided (the ad for these cookies as a mix) and notice the cookies in the add seemed much thinner than the ones pictured on this site. Is it because they didn’t use a cookie scoop? I am planning to freeze some of the dough for later and had planned to just freeze it in a log (slice and bake cookie style). However, if it will result in thicker, chunkier cookies I will go to the extra effort and get out my scoop. Thanks for another gorgeous recipe!

    1. deb

      Caitlin — I froze a log or two of these this summer and have been cutting them off in 1/2-inch or so segments to bake. They still bake up fairly thick.

  298. Emil

    By the way, if one accidentally doubles the butter (because one is also looking at another cookie recipe that one decides not to make) they’ll turn out just fine! They spread a bit more but taste just as good.

  299. Kristin

    You really need to tag these as IDIOT-PROOF…despite making these on such a regular basis that I probably need to attend a support group, I managed to foul things up tonight. I blame my 80-year old father who had me on the phone talking about his canasta game, but I digress. While chatting with my dear old dad, I managed to 1) grab the wrong canister and use Whole Wheat flour, and 2) forget to add BOTH the egg and the vanilla, not realizing such until AFTER I added and had fully mixed the (wrong) flour. Channeling my inner-Deb, I went with it because…why not. Eleven blessed minutes later, out they came just as PERFECT as ever! Suffice it to say that my family long ago declared these the *only* chocolate chip cookies that I should ever bother to bake again, ever. Thankfully, even after making some colossal mistakes in preparation tonight, they proved once again to be the best…ever. Thanks Deb!

  300. Jessica

    Deb, your tape-labeled bottle of vanilla extract intrigues me…do you make your own? If so, would you like to post your method?

  301. Tara

    A little disappointed to not have crumbly dough on this end either. I used the correct amounts of everything, but maybe my butter got too soft or maybe I beat it for too long? I’ve got the dough hanging in the fridge for a little bit in hopes that helps it dry out a bit, but it doesn’t sound anything like it should. Hopefully the cookies will still taste as good as those of the other folks who had a similar issue!

  302. Ashley

    I was skeptical, but boy have these won me over….DIVINE! I used Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate. My only complaint is that I didn’t double the recipe. Thanks, Deb!

  303. Nancy

    Thank you for this recipe. I was gifted some Theo chocolate and wanted to find a better cookie to feature the chunks. They came out exactly as you indicated except mine spread a bit more. I feel like I’ve found a “grown-up” chocolate chunk cookie recipe that is unique and will surprise the recipients.

  304. Lauren Flaum

    So, when I first made these a couple months ago, I thought they were good but didn’t live up to all the hype. Digging through the freezer the other day, I found a small bag of cookie dough and couldnt even remember what recipe they were from until I baked a couple up tonight. Now, I don’t know if it was the rest/freezing time or the fact that I baked them at 375 (for about 10 min), but they were soooo much better than their earlier counterparts. They’re amazing, and totally hype-worthy. Clearly, more dough mixing/baking/consumption is in order to figure things out.

  305. Sarah T

    So do you think I can pull these off with Cup4cup gluten free flower – or will I end up with puddles that don’t hold together?

  306. Lacie

    Hey Deb, i just made these for the second time and both times the consistency has come out wonky. Theyre Kind of dry but yet a little doughy, and maintain their ball shape after baking. Is it just a matter of adding more butter? Am I just a baking dunce? I’m experimenting with the dough now But any advice would be appreciated!

  307. Haymacooks

    My cookie went flat like pancakes…..taste pheeeenomenal but look odd. My batter/dough was not crumbly. Would it be ok to add 2 cups of flour or did I over mix my butter and sugars in the Kitchen aid stand mixer. I want them to be puffy! I cooked at 360. They are so amazing tasting I really don’t care that they are flat but ….I shall try again tomo but if you have ANY suggestions I am all ears. Love all Smitten Kitchen recipes! without exception. xo

  308. FM

    I put embarrassing amounts of thought into making these cookies, to the point that I had a rather pathetic dream about being crushed with disappointment when they spread out as soon as I put them in the oven. I finally made them today and they were hands down the best cookies I’ve ever made. No spreading — maybe because I froze them for 20 or 30 mins before baking as a few people have suggested. Just utter melting deliciousness in a wonderful fat cookie. (And because I froze them in scoops, I was able to bake just enough for us to all have one each after supper, and can bake the rest later.) I forgot to put the salt on, so sprinkled it on as soon as they came out of the oven, which worked fine.

  309. Lee

    I just made these and had to taste one… oh my word! No spreading at all. Came out like beautiful clouds of crispy, gooeyness (is that even a word?)!!! The flaked salt on top really is the kicker to send these cookies into the best cookie ever, so try not to skip this step. This recipe is just one more reason for me to always, always recommend this website to my friends and family. I trust these recipes implicitly. Thank you!! Now I just hope I can save enough for Thanksgiving in three days…

  310. These cookies just came out of the oven. They smell wonderful, and look gorgeous too. The only modifications I made was reduce the quantity of sugars to a total of 1/2 cup, swap the brown sugar with raw cane sugar, and omit the flaked sea salt (because I didn’t have any ): ). They don’t spread, and I didn’t put mine in the fridge or freezer, but it was okay because I pressed the cookies down before baking. YUM!!!

  311. Laura

    Made these yesterday to serve to guests. I always add 2 tsp of cornstarch to choc chip cookie recipes. I think it’s some magic ingredient that keeps the cookie chewy. Anyway – I made this recipe, but added 2tsp cornstarch. Hands down, this is my new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe! DEFINITELY!

  312. Leslie

    YUM! I made these today…rainy day in. Now I read this when you first posted it, and although you said all the right things…like having tried other chocolate chip recipes that really were not THAT different…I thought…I’ve been seduced by new ‘IT’ recipes before,not sure. I pinned it anyway, thinking that maybe one day I might stray from my stand-by Alton’s Chewy (original recipe).Decided to finally make them and WOW.Glad I did. What I love about these…apart from the taste, texture and thickness, is that they look as scrumptious as they taste. They look exactly like the pics in your post. Now having tried several online recipes previously, I can’t tell you how ‘Accomplished’ this makes me feel…Kidding…not really.
    Great recipe, crumbly batter as u said and I did have to use my hands to stick the chocolate chunks in when forming the batter in mounds, but they baked beautifully. I’ve got the rest in the freezer. Thanks for my new go-to chocolate chip cookie. Keeper !!!

  313. Wuster Bakes

    Note regarding cookies that are spreading too much… King Arthur Flour had a blog post stating that an easy solution is to lower the baking temperature by 25 degrees, and increase the baking time. I’ve tried this technique and it definitely worked for me!

  314. Sara

    I’m going to try this recipe, but altering it a bit for dairy allergies. I have df chocolate chunks and df margarine sticks, so we’ll see how it turns out-wish me luck :)

  315. Amy

    Normally not one to comment but thought I would since there has been so much discussion on these cookies. I used mostly melted butter(asked husband to leave out stick while I nursed baby but he forgot), beat butter and sugars by hand for maybe 2 minutes?, and live at high altitude and these cookies came out perfectly with no spreading. Because the dough wasn’t looking too crumbly and I was worried about spreading, I did pop the mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes while I cleaned up the kitchen. I think this really helped the cookies keep their shape. Hope this helps someone!

  316. Liz

    I’ve made these before and they came out perfectly–but this time I had the spreading problem. For the second dozen I baked, I followed the King Arthur suggestion above (bake longer at a lower temp), but they were flat too. I measured all the ingredients by weight except the butter. I wonder if the type of butter might be the culprit?

  317. Tricia Scruggs

    I discovered this post Friday and have sinced baked 100 of them! They went super fast at our children’s Christmas show cookie party and then I baked a few dozen as gifts for teachers and staff at their school. The only problem is I’ve eaten more than my fair share! I’m no baker, but this recipe was easy to follow and yielded the most delish cookie ever. So so good!

  318. Kris

    I had to comment again on these because I’ve made them so many times and they’ve always turned out great! I make a batch, roll the dough into balls and then freeze them until ready to use. I’ve also made them many times without an electric hand mixer (in France, everyone I know seems to have a food processor, but no hand mixer…go figure!) and they’ve turned out great – I just get the butter really soft (sometimes even using the microwave for 10-15 seconds) and then spread it into the sugar using the back of a wooden spoon. I just stop whenever it’s consistently mixed – which leads me to believe that maybe no cookie recipe really requires “mixing for 5 min until light and fluffy”? Worth investigating…!

  319. JoshMe

    For all the folks raving about TJ’s Pound Plus bars, how on earth do you cut/break it into chunks? I used to use the Pound Plus (72% cocoa), but got so frustrated with the cutting that I switched to either using chips, or getting the TJ’s Belgian chocolate small bars (3 per pack). I think it’s the same chocolate as the Pound Plus, but it is more expensive per ounce.

    I just made these cookies with Ghiradelli 60% cocoa chips and they are fantastic.

  320. Kristen

    If, for whatever reason and let’s pray it’s not in August, that you decide to come to Tucson, Az you must go to the Time Market and get their house chocolate chip cookie. This recipe is the closest replica I’ve found and I’m basically in love now that I may end up saving the $2.50 from the daily cookie habit I formed while pregnant with twins. I now justify this habit through nursing twins:) they do use this ridiculously delicious chocolate that I can’t justify paying $15 for 4 ozs yet.

  321. Michelle

    I know there were posted a while ago, but I thought I would leave my comments just in case anyone reads all the way to the end! I made these twice now, and there was a huge difference. The first time I made them as written, with the exception of the turbinado sugar. Also, I had giradelli bittersweet chips on hand, which are larger than toll house, so I used those. I had all of the other ingredients already on hand. I just increased the brown sugar. I made the dough and immediately baked them. They turned out beautiful, thick and chewy with nice crispy edges. I brought them to work and people cried when they were gone. I just made a second batch that I mixed up last night and put in the fridge. They taste great, but they had the spreading problem that people talked about. They are super thin in comparison. They still are tasty, but they have a very different texture. So, if you don’t want them to spread out, I would suggest baking them up the same day that you mix the dough.

  322. Laura in CA

    Just have to comment again (I’m the other “Laura” commenter) to say that this is my favorite dessert! Made these tonight (with 2 tsp cornstarch added). As always, YUM! It yielded 28 cookies (I think I use a smaller scoop), and my husband will take 1/2 to work tomorrow (I’m on maternity leave, so not working – just cooking all kinds of smitten kitchen).

  323. Allison

    Hi Deb! First, I want to say that I LOVE your site and recipes. I feel like 9/10 when people ask for a recipe of a dish I made I just direct them to your site. :-) Anyways, I made these cookies and they turned out so hard after they cooled, and I was expecting something a bit softer. They weren’t burnt and I followed the recipe to a ‘t’. I scanned through the comments and it doesn’t look like you’ve discussed this yet. Any reason why they would be hard? Or is that how this cookie is supposed to be?

  324. Liz

    To JoshMe comment #404 A tip for breaking the TJ’s Pound plus bar is to point the tip of your chefs knife vertical into the bar (a la dexter) and wiggle the knife …and repeat until you get the desired size…i find this method gives me the best shape with very little shards and within a few minuted u r done..cheaper than buying choc chinks in a bag.

  325. Liz

    Also i wanted to add that i have made this recipe several times now and i have made it right away and also directly from the freezer and have never faced this spreading problem. I must mention that i roll out my dough into balls and then freeze them and they look and taste delicious.

  326. Julie

    OK. Now you’ve done it. I’ve been making this recipe for the last 5+ years. I lost my job and went on a quest to perfect my chocolate chip cookie to temporarily fill the void and this with a few mods was the hands down winner. It is by far the most popular cookie I make. People go crazy for them. Now everyone*’s going to know my secret. Dang you! ;) May I suggest a sprinkling of sea salt or kosher salt on top just before baking? People remark that that’s the icing on this chocolate chip cookie cake.

    *So maybe not EVERYONE, but I do have quite a few friends who read your blog.

  327. Marcia Ann

    Oh, Deb….. not only are your recipes FANtastic, but you make me LOL with each post! Thank you so much. I envy your energy and commitment, but truly your sense of humor!!! Thanks for all your hard work.

  328. Alyssa

    These cookies are amazing! My family says they are the best chocolate chip cookies they have ever eaten. Thank-you for the recipe! They are wonderful!!

  329. Liz

    Deb, this is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of ALL time. These cookies are always a hit, and I always have frozen balls of the dough in my freezer to bake off for individual pick-me-up treats. My boyfriend can’t get enough of these cookies, and I’m hoping to convert this recipe into a skillet cookie (like this one, by Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/1034356/skillet-chocolate-chip-cookie) for his birthday. Do you think this recipe would work by just pressing all of the dough into a 10- or 12-inch cast iron skillet and baking it off at 360, or would I need to make any adjustments to the ratio/baking temperature? Your advice would be very much appreciated—for the betterment of both my stomach and my relationship!

  330. Melissa Blanco

    Thanks for an amazing recipe – just finished making these and they are delicious!! I’m generally not a big chocolate chip cookie fan (nor is my husband) but these cookies have changed our minds. This will be my go-to recipe from now on. Thanks again!

  331. Cate

    Made these for my boyfriend who can take or leave chocolate chip cookies. To my utter shock he ate 1/2 dozen out of the oven, then asked to take the rest of the batch home. He said they had a crisp exterior and nice chewy interior. He raved about the wonderful balance of chocolate and caramel flavored. He loved the texture from the turbinado sugar.

    I found the dough smooth and moist–not at all crumbly. I used a #40 scoop. The cookies spread to a perfect 3 inches, and were a good 1/2 inch thick. The tops looked wonderfully craggy–just the way I love a chocolate chip cookie to look.

    I used kerrygold salted butter; pure cane C&H baker’s sugar & dark brown sugar; Wholesome brand cane raw Turbinado) sugar. I increased the baker’s and turbinado sugars by 10 grams each. I used callebaut dark semisweet block chocolate.

    As a celiac I cannot eat gluten. Because the boyfriend would not stop talking about these delicious cookies I decided to make a gluten-free version. With the exception of the gluten-free flour blend I made up on the fly and the addition of 45g of full fat cream cheese, I stuck to the original recipe. I am so very ashamed to admit that I ate that entire batch of cookies myself. This morning I ate cookies for breakfast! In the eight years that I have been gluten free I have never eaten a GF cookie this delicious. WooHoo! Cookies for breakfast–I’m so reborn!

  332. Just look at these pictures make me feel hungry. You know, I’m a big fan of chocolate and this recipe is gonna be the newest recipe in my note book, thanks to you. Yummy!

  333. Jeff

    This is absolutely the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. I will never stray. These are now a freezer staple at our house. So cool to pull out a few frozen balls of dough, and have fantastic warm cookies on demand. I have definitely noticed that the cookies improve as the dough ages in the freezer. After a week or so, the cookies bake up a beautiful dark golden brown with a more complex caramelized flavor. Amazing.

  334. Rachel

    I’ve read through the majority of the comments and wanted to share what I’ve found re: the spreading issue, as it seems to still be a bit of a mystery:

    First: make sure your butter is room temperature or colder, especially if your baking space runs warm. Someone upthread linked a very helpful guide from King Arthur Flour, I’d check it out if (like me) you’re not sure what proper creaming looks like or what it adds to a recipe.

    Second: check your oven temperature! The first time I made these I ended up with (delicious) flat, wide cookies. On a whim I increased the oven temp by 10 degrees (F)– instant improvement!

    Finally: try a looser scoop. Initially I was grabbing dough by the rounded tablespoonful and rolling between my palms for an even, dense ball. Skipping the rolling resulted in a lighter, puffer cookie.

    With these adjustments I’ve arrived at fluffy, crispy-edged cookies that are just exceptionally pleasant. Hope this helps someone else :)

  335. Tamara Lerner

    This recipe looks amazing. Can you quadruple this without compromising the results. Thanks. Keep up the good work. Tamara

  336. Shannon

    If you have answered this already I apologize for the repeated wuestion. What brand of chocolate are you using inthis recipe? I see the gold wrapper but do not recognize the brand. I read a couple of references to TJ’s. Is that it?

  337. Pia

    Hi there!

    Just wanted to add on here– I had the same issue with the cookie batter spreading too thin. I have been looking for the “perfect” choco chip cookie recipe to add to my repertoire- I have to say I was disappointed with the result of this recipe :(. Although the cookie had a good balance of flavor, (love the salt and the depth of flavor in the sugar medley!) the fact that the batter spread while baking led to a very crispy texture, there was no cheweyness to the cookie whatsoever- which is always my fave! I even underbaked at 10.5 mins! I have to say- I have self diagnosed the inconsistencies of some of my baking due to my kitchen environment- my oven gets hotter than I set it for (it’s gas and with a dial) and secondly I live in NYC- anytime it’s hotter and humid (like last night when I was baking these cookies) I find that the moisture gets in my batters and the result is always a thinner/wetter batter (in cheesecakes especially!)

    Please let me know, Deb, if you think I’m onto something– I really want a solve for this humidity issue if there is one ( since you live in NY you may know of something! )

    I for one definitely beat the butter and sugar for at least 5 minutes (I hand beat) in case this is helpful info.

    Ps-you must eat a levains cookie :)

  338. Marie

    I made these yesterday for a cookout – 4 batches. They were absolutely perfect and everyone raved. One girl said she grabbed one as she was walking by and after the first bite had to sit down to finish it because it was good. lol.

    They did not spread much and were perfectly chewy in the middle at 10 mins for me. I used both of my ovens – 1 on convection with the automatic temp conversion that it does and one regular at 360. Both baked at exactly 10 mins. I used a Pampered Chef 2 TBS scoop and spaced them 2 inches apart, they did not spread into each other. It was 90 degrees outside.

    I’m not sure what made the differences people are seeing but I followed the recipe exactly, using a KitchenAid mixer with paddle attachment. I made 4 batches of dough and put it all in a giant bowl before adding the chocolate. I weighed my dry ingredients rather than scooping cups – I just find it so must faster and easier. I barely mixed in the flour and it was still very crumbly when I transferred it the big bowl. Added all of the chocolate and baked immediately.

    Hope some of this helps – they really are the amazing.

  339. Colleen

    These were good, but I much prefer the Leite’s. I did not have a problem with spreading, but I chilled the dough in the fridge overnight, as my butter was very soft (it was a hot day). They seemed kind of dry, and I was afraid to overbake them to get them quite to the brown that I like. I used an ice cream scoop and got 12 cookies from the batch and baked them for 12 minutes. I guess that is why there are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes. We each get our favorite.

  340. So excited to make these and my chocolate chip loving coworker just had a baby so it’s a great reason to make and not eat them all:-)

    Levain cookies are delicious (HUGE and sweet) but delicious. My tip is to go to the Harlem location for no line.

  341. rona nageles

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  342. Carrie Wilson

    I just pulled the first batch of these out of the oven.I followed the recipe exactly. I’ve been making the Toll House recipe since pretty much before I could walk, and these just blew me away. Now that I have discovered the TJ’s pound plus bars, I’m never looking back. And the flaked salt on top. Wow. Im a believer. This is my new go to cookie. Thanks!!!!

  343. Noelle

    I just made these and they’re amazing. Actually, the last batch is in the oven and they smell heavenly…or maybe it’s more accurate to say sinful (all that butter, sugar and chocolate!). ;-) I love that these cookies are a little thicker than the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. My husband was hesitant about the sea salt, but now he’s a believer. Thanks for the recipe!

  344. Bekah

    I just made these and pulled them out of the oven a few minutes ago. I thought I’d leave a comment to reassure those who have made the dough and are frantically skimming the comments wondering if the dough is too crumbly—like I was. After I added all the flour and the chocolate chunks, my dough was so crumbly it wouldn’t stick together AT ALL. Like, no amount of pressing or squeezing would get it to come together.

    I honestly think weather might be a factor here in how your dough turns out. I live in a very dry, high desert climate—so I believe that that may be part of why my dough was so so crumbly.

    I actually ended up adding a second egg (the whole thing!) and another teaspoon of vanilla. Then my dough was still crumbly, but would actually stick together. I baked them for 11 minutes in a conventional oven and they came out looking just like the picture. Little to no spread. And, most important, the cookies taste FANTASTIC! Exactly as promised.

  345. Bunny

    I made these cookies a few months ago and put the dough that I did not bake into the freezer. During lunch hour, I popped two in the oven and they were amazing. I couldn’t remember the temp so I baked them for about 7 minutes at 425. Perfect!!

  346. Jade

    I’ve made these numerous times and are always a crowd pleaser. In fact every time we have an afternoon tea at work they get requested!! I have been putting the dough in the fridge pre-baking and find the biscuits keep their shape better. Otherwise I found they flattened out too much – not sure if this is because I have a fan forced oven?

    Thanks for the amazing recipes (I’ve cooked many so will endeavour to write more comments as I go). New website looks great!

  347. MelissaBKB

    These are amazing! I’ve tried dozens of homemade chocolate chip cookie recipes and was always disappointed – too dry, not chewy, too sweet. The Nestle TH recipe just ticked me off because the dough was 10x better than the finished cookie. These are *better* than ALL of them!!

    I followed the recipe exactly, including the turbinado sugar, used Guittard baking bars (6 oz. semi-sweet and 2 oz. bittersweet), Maldon flaky sea salt, and the #40 1 1/2 tbsp scoop. For people like me [weirdos] who like chocolate chip cooking dough more than the chips, do not think about reducing the chocolate to get more doughy cookies. This is not a cookie where the dough is the star but the chocolate. Let me repeat, the puddles of chocolate are the star! They remind me of those Keebler Magic Middles cookies in concept, because you really do get something of a cookie shell with melty chocolate inside. I baked until the edges were turning golden-brown; my tops didn’t get much color.

    This will definitely satisfy any sweet-salty craving you have, and knock everyone out at a potluck.

  348. Autumn

    These are probably the best chocolate chip cookies that I’ve ever made. I followed the recipe exactly, but used a 10 oz. bag of ghiradelli bittersweet baking chips (60% cocoa) instead of the 8 oz. bar. They were phenomenal! I also used a 1 Tbsp. scoop so I ended up with closer to 3.5-4 dozen cookies of a still totally reasonable size. I would probably freeze half the dough in the future.

  349. Yin L.

    Deb, I’ve now made this while thoroughly drunk but desperate for cookies at 11pm & they still came out perfect, so thanks for this awesome recipe.