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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

As you know, I love cookies. These Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies have been my go-to for almost 12 years. These are the cookies I teach at Pinners Conference. Even with all the other desserts I make, these are the cookies I get asked about most often. These are the cookies that are gone every time I take them out. These are the cookies.

Not only does the dough have a good deal of butter and so much flavor, but I’ll teach you how I get them golden brown on the bottom and top but gooey soft in the middle. They always turn out gooey and chewy (and stay chewy for days, unlike most cookies that get hard quickly). You can make them small or large.

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Author Shannon Lyon | Plum Street Collective


  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. chocolate chips (can use a mix of semi-sweet and milk)
  • flaked sea salt for topping


  • Cream butter and sugars in stand mixer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add egg and vanilla and keep beating for 1 min.
  • Meanwhile in a separate bowl mix flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture and cream. Then add the chocolate chips and mix quickly until incorporated.
  • Using a cookie scoop (2-3 tbsp. works best), scoop dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet. 
  • Freeze cookie sheet with dough on it for 30 minutes or longer, until dough is hard.
  • Remove dough from freezer. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Place frozen balls on it, evenly spaced (8-12 per sheet works great). 
  • Bake in preheated 385 degrees for 7-9 minutes, until tops are lightly browning. Because the dough was frozen the tops may look rounded (top is brown, inside is still gooey). Once tops are light brown, remove from oven and transfer pan to top of stove to cool. If you desire a flatter looking cookie, flatten the top of the cookie lightly with the back of a flat spatula.
    Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before eating or transferring.
    *If the tops of your cookies aren't browning enough, you can bake at 390 or 400°F. Once tops and edges are browned (and inside is still gooey), they are done.
  • Once removed from oven, top with flaked sea salt. (link to Maldon sea salt flakes – we love this kind)

These Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best at lasting through the day (or a couple days if you can make it 😉 without getting hard.

They stay soft for days because the butter to flour ratio is so high. My secret for keeping them soft is freezing the dough so the outside gets a little crisp and gets all that flavor of the edges browning, but the inside stays gooey because it was frozen. Make sure to scoop the cookies first, and then freeze them!

When you take them out of the oven, once you see the top browning, leave them on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes so they can set. When they come out they won’t be done in the middle at all. But in my experience if you wait until they’re all the way done they will be rock hard once they cool! Just take them out early… They will be delicious!

How all my dough balls look ready to go into the freezer! Bake them right from the freezer. And be sure to scoop them before you freeze them.

These Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies are my gold standard – I hope you love them as much as I do! And click here to see my other cookie recipes.

Check out my other cookies here. Tag me with photos if you make this  @plumstreetcollective on Instagram. Thanks for reading!

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  1. 5 stars
    My absolute favourite sweet treat! And this being the ideal time of year to bake, these will be being made over the weekend 🙂

  2. Those cookies look amazing! We are going to have a baking afternoon closer to Christmas, these will definitely be on our list!

  3. 5 stars
    Chocolate Chip Cookies are my absolute favorite dessert and these look like perfection! Will definitely have to try your recipe!

  4. You can never go wrong with classic chocolate chip cookies! They are my family’s favorite thing for me to bake!!

  5. They look so melt in the mouth delicious, could do with one now with a cuppa

  6. 5 stars
    You can’t beat the classic chocolate chip cookie, they’re always just so delicious! I’m definitely going to be giving this recipe a try with my kids.

  7. I will definitely be giving these a try. I love testing a new chocolate chip recipe in my quest for the perfect one. These look delicious!

  8. Ooh nothing beats a perfect gooey chocolate chip cookie! This one looks amazing! I will have to try this recipe soon 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    My daughter and I made these cookies today and they were delicious! They were easy to make and a perfect softness for a cookie.

  10. 5 stars
    Your cookies are the picture of perfection! I wish I had one of these right now!

  11. Amy Smith says:

    Those cookies look so perfect! Mine never seem to look so pretty. I’m sure they taste incredible too!

  12. Oh wow this look amazing! Cookies are a favourite in house although i have never made them myself, I’m not sure that they would turn out like yours!

  13. So delicious I had to make them again with a part mixture of butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and crushed pecans. To die for!! Thankyou for sharing this new favourite treat of ours

  14. I will make these for a bake sale next weekend. Do u think I could put the scoops of dough in the freezer for the week? Should I let them thaw a bit before baking?

    1. So sorry I’m just seeing this! Yes you can freeze them all week and just bake them off when you’re ready. Did you try that? How did it go??

  15. Paulette Lewis says:

    5 stars
    I made these cookies with Grandpas Kitchen gluten free flour. They are for my son who has Celiacs. Followed the recipe and steps and they turned out great! Thanks for a great recipe I will be making again soon!

  16. Just made these today and they’re so good! However, my dough was SO crumbly. Is it supposed to be like that? I kept thinking I’d mistakenly added too much flour (sometimes I loose count. Ugh.), but I swear it was the right amount! I had to pack the dough together to scoop it. Anyway, still tasted good though!

    1. I wonder if you did add too much flour! I’ve made this hundreds of time and it’s never been crumbly. Maybe try beating the butter and sugar and eggs longer before adding the flour mixture?

  17. 5 stars
    These were easy enough to make with my kids and tasted so good!

  18. Jessica Green says:

    5 stars
    These are the absolute best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made and I’ve made them several times now! Thanks Shannon!

  19. Paula McCutcheon says:

    Loved you at the Pinners Conference in a Dallas last year.
    Can these cookies be frozen after baking? Need to make a bunch for a wedding cookie tower.

    1. Thank you so much! They can definitely be frozen – just get them out a couple hours before you plan to eat them. Good luck with the cookie tower! Sounds like a great idea! – Shannon

  20. What did I do wrong! Mine came out flat as a pancake. I seem to never have luck with butter chocolate chip cookies! Yours look so amazing and mine was awful.

  21. Christina says:

    Hello! I can’t wait to try these! Do you have any flour and butter brand recommendations?


  22. Christina says:

    Hi! Thank you for replying re: butter and flour. I apologize for being a pain but I live in Michigan and want to buy Lehi flour. I noticed on their website there are 6 different kinds. What should I look for?


  23. Christina says:

    5 stars
    Hi! Do you use convection with these cookies?

    Thank you,

  24. 5 stars
    We make these cookies probably twice a week. They are so good! Will you add the flake salt on the tops of the cookies to your recipe though? I keep sending the link to people but always have to add to put the salt on top.

  25. Orlena Tooley says:

    5 stars
    This is by far the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have found. They’re so easy to make and my family loves them!

  26. Ashley Funk says:

    5 stars
    These really are the BEST chocolate chip cookies. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside with perfect flavor.

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