Chocolate chip cookies are the most popular cookies in America, and for good reason! Chewy and delicious, they make the perfect snack paired with a cold glass of milk. Not only are they tasty, chocolate chip cookies are surprisingly easy to make. 

In order to make the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookies, quality of ingredients is essential. I like to use King Arthur’s All Purpose Flour as it performs really well in all kinds of baking, and they also have an organic option as well. Organic butter and pasture raised eggs add quality to this recipe as well. Raw organic cane sugar is much healthier than the alternative refined white sugar. Additionally, I like to use sea salt or pink salt in everything that I make since it has superior accessory mineral content compared to plain refined salt. Lastly, using good-quality chocolate chips will take your cookies to the next level. I like to use Ghirardelli brand chips; my favorite flavor to use in cookies in semi-sweet, and sometimes I combine them with white chocolate ones. 

 

Cookie Tips and Tricks

Before starting, it is a good idea to take your butter and eggs out of the refrigerator to warm up to room temperature. This will make everything incorporate much more smoothly.

Additionally, when mixing in the dry ingredients, make sure not to overmix; otherwise the cookie dough will get tough if the gluten starts to be activated.

About this Recipe

This recipe that I am about to share is one that my older brother made when we were growing up. They always turned out really well, and so it is named after him; Luke’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Process… 

Cookies are probably one of the easiest things to bake, and this recipe is no exception. We begin by beating the butter until it is soft, which will happen very quickly if the butter is already at room temperature. (Do not worry if the butter is straight out of the fridge; I rarely remember to take it out ahead of time and they always turn out just fine, it will just take a couple minutes more to cream the butter and sugar.) 

Next, add the sugar and cream it with the butter. Regardless of the temperature of the butter you will want to take your time on this step and make sure that the butter and sugar is fully incorporated and becomes a little fluffy. 

After you are happy with the consistency, add the eggs and mix well. Then add the vanilla, mixing again. 

Next, add the dry ingredients starting with the flour. Mix until combined, but do not mix too much. Add the chocolate chips and mix until sufficiently incorporated. 

Form the dough into 1-inch balls and flatten them slightly with your fingers. I like to use an old-fashioned ice cream scoop that I have since it is the perfect size. A cookie scoop like this one works well, too, although I like the thumb action on my scoop better 😉  

Put the dough balls on a cookie sheet with about an inch of space around each to leave room for them to spread out in the oven. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. If you have cookies on multiple racks like I do, switch them around half way through to help them bake consistently. Also, stagger the pans so that heat can circulate well in the oven, and don’t let the pans touch the sides of the stove. (Excuse my dirty oven) 

In order to get the perfect chewy cookies, take them out of the oven when they are still soft to the touch; remember that they will continue to harden as they cool. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit briefly on the pan. Using a spatula, take them off of the pan and let them cool the rest of the way on cooling racks. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk, or hot coffee, or whatever beverage you choose. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy, quick, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 4 dozen

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Cookie sheets
  • Cooling racks
  • Cookie scooper

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 10oz bags chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Beat butter in mixer until soft; add sugar and cream until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients starting with the flour and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix again.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls on the cookie sheets and flatten slightly.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely before storing.