Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.  Sorry, every time I get on a plane that song gets stuck in my head.  I have my dad to thank for that one!   I do know when I will be back…Sunday night.  I am headed to sunny Florida for Food Blog Forum this weekend.  It will be an amazing weekend, and I am so excited it is finally here!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

So in my absence I am leaving you with the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  I grew up using the same recipe, I have been making it since I was 3 years old.  Moving to Colorado has changed that though.  That recipe just doesn’t work here!  I have used all the high altitude adjustments I know of, and it just doesn’t turn out the same.  So I set out to find one that does work here.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

It took more attempts than I care to admit, but I finally found my new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I have made this recipe twice now, and both times they were soft, chewy, and perfect for days later.  I brought a batch to our football team picnic, and every single one of them disappeared!  I heard a lot of “who made these cookies, they are amazing”  or “did you make these, wow!”  I have done the cookies with mini and regular chocolate chips.  The minis ensure each bite gets lots of chocolate!

Yields 3

The perfect soft, thick, and chewy chocolate chip cookie

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


  1. In a stand mixer cream butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Mix until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the dough for 30 minutes. The longer you chill the thicker your cookies.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Scoop golfball size balls of dough onto a baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes, until the edge are just golden brown. The center will appear underdone.
  5. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.


Recipe from Apple A Day





  1. I was looking out for a new Choco chip cookie recipe and then you introduced yours, perfect timing. Thanks fro sharing. :)

  2. These DO look perfect!! Love!

  3. Give me a FULL plate and a glass of milk!

  4. I too have recipes that I always rely on but it’s fun to try out new ones and find out that sometimes they are even better than you imagined it could be! Have a great time in Orlando, I so wish I could go!

  5. I can’t even begin to TELL you how perfect these look! I love my cookies soft and these are just… I can’t even. I want them!

  6. Those certainly do look perfect! I love a good chocolate chip cookie, there is just nothing better

  7. These look wonderful, love the combo of regular and mini chips!

    • I have never made a full batch of cookies with mini chips before – strangely they were so much more chocolatey!

  8. Have fun Erin!!!!
    I know everyone says this but I really mean it!!! I wish I had one of these perfect chocolate chip cookies right now 😉

  9. That sure does look perfect! Have fun!

  10. There is nothing better than the perfect chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven! Have fun in Orlando, I wish I could have made it out there.

  11. Perfect? I can’t wait to test this theory. Can you think of a better assignment than finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie? I’m taking this challenge. 😉

  12. These look so perfect! I love a thick chewy cookie and these look like they would be so soft!

  13. I hope you had an awesome time at the conference – I was seeing instagram posts all weekend from Disney and I was a wee bit jealous :) These cookies look amazing!

  14. Nothing quite compares to the perfect chocolate chip cookie–glad you found your new go-to. Would love to try it sometime. :)

  15. I love the way these cookies look, quite amazing, I bet you came home to an empty cookie jar, hope you had a wonderful time!

  16. Now I have that song in my head too! Wish I had these cookies in my oven instead. 😀

  17. It does look perfect indeed! Heck, everybody needs the perfect CCC recipe in their back pocket! It’s a classic!

  18. Have a great trip – the texture of those cookies really looks divine – and loads of chocolate to boot!

  19. Hope you had a blast! These do indeed look perfect – a must try!!!

  20. These look pretty perfect, I love when they are gooey!

  21. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Now I’m craving cookies again:)I love that song. Your cookies are perfect, Erin!

  22. This recipe has become my go to in the past 8-9 mos as well. After being loyal to the Cooks Illustrated recipe for about 5 yrs, the cornstarch recipe is my go-to and I have countless version, M&M, snickers, choc chunks, etc. Love it. Your cookies are PERFECT!

  23. Aaah! They look like grocery store cookies! And that’s a compliment. 😀

    I always make the NYT cookies but it’d be nice to change things up. I’ll keep these in mind! And I’m happy you made it back home okay. :)

  24. I’d like to try this recipe but i don’t have cornstarch. Can it just be eliminated?

    • The cornstarch is what makes them so soft and chewy. You can leave it out but the results will not be exactly the same.

  25. I tried the recipe without the cornstarch and also very tasty! I’ll have to try it again with the cornstarch

  26. I’m always on the lookout for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe and this one sounds like a perfect one to try! Looks fabulous!

  27. I just finished making these.. These are the most amazing cookies EVER!
    So soft and moist and gooey and *drools*
    Doesn’t help that I’m pregnant!! 😛
    THANK YOU for sharing your amazing recipe!

  28. Oh. My. Gosh. These are excellent! It’s taking every fiber in my being to not eat all of them right this minute. Thank you!!

  29. I am a cookie snob. I turn my nose up at store bought cookies and even most friends’ home made cookies don’t make the cut. I tried making these this afternoon and this is now my go-to recipe. Simple, straightforward, and unbelievably delicious. My husband and I hid behind the counter so we could have another after we told our toddler we were all done. : )

  30. This is the best cookie recipe ever. I will never use another recipe. I put the finished product in the fridge and they taste like cookie dough fudge…but less sweet.

  31. I tried the recipe and the cookies were fantabulous! Everyone who tried them were addicted. Interesting to note: Very crumbly to place on sheet. And I didn’t use the cornstarch (we didn’t have any). Making them again this week and going to not refrigerate, or maybe just for less time… 😉

    • Sounds like the dough might have dried out a little in the fridge, maybe try covering them next time. Refrigerating gets the dough cold enough, so they stay puffy during cooking, and don’t spread thin. So you can do less time in the fridge, just don’t skip it :)

  32. oh man, trying these tonight! they look amazinggg. thank goodness for pinterest ♡

  33. Samantha says:

    Made these cookies tonight and they are DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe! :-)

  34. I found this recipe via Pintrest. I’ve been on the search for the perfect CCC recipe for years now. I tried this one and while the cookies are delish, mine didn’t come out chewy. I even took them out early. Any suggestions?

    • How well did you cream your butters and sugar together? Did you let them chill thoroughly before baking? Feel free to email me – dinnersdishesanddesserts (at) gmail (dot) com. I will gladly walk you thru what you did, to see if we can figure it out!!

  35. Just made this on this cold, icy day here in northwest NJ and they’re perfect. I used mini chocolate chips b/c that’s what I had in the house and they worked out great. I made smaller cookies b/c my daughter likes things that are bite sized and I’ve got about 4 dozen or so out of the batch. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  36. Kat Koontz says:

    Made these on the snow day today- they are fantastic! Soft, chocolately, and delicious-definitely the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  37. So I made this recipe, LOVE the flavor of this chocolate chip cookie! I followed your recipe exactly, but it didn’t quite turn out how yours looked. I put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes, and then took them out and shaped them to the size of a golfball (maybe a tad smaller). I only made about 18 cookies, and they weren’t big at all. After 9 minutes in the oven they were still mostly in the shape of a ball. Do you have any tips? I ended up cooking them for 15-18 minutes, and took them out as soon as they were not in the shape of a ball. They were still soft luckily, but not super soft.

    • Camilia, I would try pressing down on the dough slightly. If they don’t spread in baking, you will want to press them down before you bake them. How long you cream the butter, humidity, ovens, altitude, and other factors can affect that. Hope that works for you!


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