Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a super easy recipe for the best, softest chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat! Soft, buttery, and bursting with melted chocolate these chocolate chip cookies are sure to be a crowd favourite!

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh out of the oven piled on top of a baking tray with parchment paper.

We love to eat cookies in our household and thankfully I love to bake them. This easy chocolate chip cookie recipe is seriously GOOD. 

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is super easy, you don’t need any fancy ingredients or tools and the dough doesn’t need to be chilled. 

When I think of a chocolate chip cookie, I want it to be soft, a little bit chewy and filled with chunks of quality chocolate.  

If you enjoy soft, buttery cookies you’ll love also my chocolate chip cookie cake recipe. It’s a fun, delicious twist to make rather than a traditional cake.  

You can also enjoy the flavours of fall by adding this simple pumpkin spice mix to these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They are the perfect sweet treat.  

My favourite way to eat chocolate chip cookies is warm from the oven or by heating them up for 20 seconds to get the chocolate all gooey again. How do you like to eat yours? 

Close up of chocolate chip cookie being held that is broken in half. Chocolate is oozing from the inside.

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Why Is This The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe? 

  • Exploding with chocolate!
  • Super simple ingredients.
  • Soft, buttery goodness.
  • Super-fast to make. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients 

Chocolate – I like to use a quality block of chocolate. Here in New Zealand, we have Whitakers, which is the creamiest chocolate I have ever tasted!
Flour – All-purpose, sifted. 
Baking Soda – This helps create a soft, fluffy cookie.  
Butter – I always bake with salted butter, but you can use unsalted if you like.  
Brown Sugar – The key to chewy, moist cookies is brown sugar.
Salt – Chocolate and salt are a match made in heaven. Salt helps enhance flavour. 
Pure Vanilla Extract – To add flavour. Vanilla essence will work fine too.
Egg – I suggest using free-range eggs. 

A bunch of chocolate chip cookies on a wooden chopping board and parchment paper.

How To Make These Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Add the butter, sugar and vanilla to a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg to the creamed mixture and beat well to combine.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined. You don’t want to overwork the dough. This can make the butter go too soft.
  5. Roughly chop up the block of chocolate and add half to the cookie dough. Or more if you desire, I’m not judging! Mix to combine.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon out 15 balls of dough. You could use a handy cookie scoop if you want to.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes. Keep your eye on these to make sure your oven isn’t too hot, you don’t want to over cook them.
  8. Let them cool down for 5 minutes – if you can wait that long! Enjoy.

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Chopping up a block of chocolate on a wooden chopping board. Cookie ingredients are seen in the background
A large cream mixing bowl with whipped sugar and butter. Adding in a egg.
Cookie dough in a large ceramic mixing bowl. Chunks of chocolate being added into the bowl.
Cookie dough rolled into balls sitting on a cookie sheet with brown parchment paper

These easy chocolate chip cookies are so hard to pass up. Every time I bake a batch they are gone in less than 24 hours, a good indicator that they’re yum! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie FAQ’s  

Can chocolate chip cookies be frozen?  

Yes! This is such a great way to save time. You can make a double batch of cookie dough and freeze half for baking later. The dough will last up to 3 months in the freezer if stored properly.  

You can also freeze the baked cookies. Let them cool down then pop them on a baking tray in the freezer. This will quick freeze them. When they are chilled pop them into a container or zip lock bag.  Just remember to take them out of the storage before defrosting them, so they don’t go soggy.  

Bunch of freshly cooked chocolate chip cookies on a wooden cutting board.

Why do chocolate chip cookies turn out flat? 

The butter is too warm. This has been a great piece of information to know. My cookies would go flat and my apple crumbles topping would turn a bit soggy. I find using butter that’s soft but still chilled is best.  

I like to get my butter out about 15 mins before baking if it’s cooler or 10 mins if it’s a warmer day.  

When the chocolate chip cookies are baking the butter takes longer to melt if it’s still chilled. This stops them from spreading out and going flat.  

How to store chocolate chip cookies? 

Let your cookies cool down then store them in an airtight container. I like to keep mine in the pantry but in the fridge is fine too.  These will stay fresh for 4-5 days if they last that long! 

Bunch of freshly cooked chocolate chip cookies on a wooden cutting board with butter knife

Tips For Making These Easy, Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Slightly under bake them as they will keep cooking out of the oven. This will make sure they stay soft and moist. 
  • Remove the cookies from the hot baking tray to cool down on a wire rack. This will stop them continuing to cook but be careful not to break them!
  • If you don’t want a super soft cookie add half white sugar and half brown sugar. The brown sugar keeps the cookies moist but white sugar helps the cookie spread more and crisp. 
  • Keep your butter soft but still cold to help the cookies stay thick and chunky. 
  • Use a cookie scoop to get even cookies.

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Yield: 15 Cookies

Easy Recipe For Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Recipe For Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a super easy recipe for the best, softest chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat! Soft, buttery, and bursting with chocolate these chocolate chip cookies are sure to be a crowd favourite!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 120g butter, soft
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 cup chocolate, chopped

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
    2. Add the butter, sugar and vanilla to a large bowl and beat for 2 minutes or until until light and fluffy.
    3. Add the egg to the creamed mixture and beat well to combine.
    4. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined. You don’t want to overwork the dough as this can make the butter go too soft.
    5. Roughly chop up a block of chocolate and add half to the cookie dough. Or more if you desire, I’m not judging! Mix to combine. You could also use any sort of chocolate chips or buttons.
    6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon out 15 even balls of cookie dough. You could use a handy cookie scoop if you want to.
    7. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Keep your eye on these to make sure your oven isn’t too hot, you don’t want to over cook them.
    8. Let them cool down for 5 minutes – if you can wait that long! Enjoy.

Notes

  • Slightly under bake them as they will keep cooking out of the oven. This will make sure they stay soft and moist.
    Remove the cookies from the hot baking tray to cool down on a wire rack. This will stop them continuing to cook but be careful not to break them!
  • If you don’t want a super soft cookie add half white sugar and half brown sugar. The brown sugar keeps the cookies moist but white sugar helps the cookie spread more and crisp.
  • Keep your butter soft but still cold to help the cookies stay thick and chunky.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get even cookies.
  • You can freeze the baked cookies. Let them cool down then pop them on a baking tray in the freezer. This will quick freeze them. When they are chilled pop them into a container or zip lock bag. Just remember to take them out of the storage before defrosting them, so they don’t go soggy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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