These soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies are everything you could ever want a chocolate chip cookie to be. Loaded with chocolate and absolutely amazing!
I think the internet might break from having another chocolate chip cookie recipe posted on it. But honestly, we make these ALL. THE. TIME. and the blog wouldn’t be complete without it. They are the most soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies you have ever tried and the recipe is part of the family. Like from one of those family reunion compilation fundraiser cookbooks wayyyyy back in the 80’s. My mom bought a cookbook for each of her kids, and I still have my copy, even though I haven’t looked through it in ages. It’s filled with hilariously typical 80’s Utah-Mormon fare like casseroles with Ritz cracker tops and Jell-O variations. It’s a classic, for sure.
Well, anyway, chocolate chip cookies, right? These cookies are probably one of the first things I ever learned how to bake. It’s the most splattered page of the family reunion recipe book. Except I never have to turn to that page anymore because I have had this recipe memorized for so long. And no other chocolate chip cookie I have tried can match the amazingly perfect texture of these beauties.
In college, my roommates and I would make a batch of cookies, only to end up passing around the bowl of cookie dough in the living room. And eating it spoonful by spoonful over conversations about classes and guys and life, without ever getting to the actual baking part of baking cookies. And then needing to make another batch just to have some soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies that were actually baked, just in case any of those guys we had been talking about ended up hanging out at our place.
I know, I know – like I said before, the internet definitely doesn’t need one more chocolate chip cookie recipe. And yet, here I am. Because there are a ridiculous number of “best chocolate chip cookies” recipes floating around, each advocating this alteration or that method to achieve cookie perfection. I feel like I’ve tried them all, but you know what? I’m never as wowed as I should be. And for the life of me, I cannot bring myself to chill the cookie dough when I want cookies RIGHT NOW. If it does, in fact, make a difference, it isn’t big enough to justify the delay of waiting for dough to chill.
After all the different versions I have tried, I always, always, always come back to this recipe and the best soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies you can imagine. It might be because these are the cookies of my childhood, but I think it’s more than that. I truly believe these are the best ones ever. They are so soft and full of chocolate. These cookies are practically perfect in every way you could ever want a cookie to be. Honestly, I can’t stop myself from posting about them.
A few technical notes – 1. If your batter is looking too soft, add just a little more flour at a time. 2. The original version of the recipe only called for shortening. I have made it that way, with half butter and half shortening (like in this version) and with all butter. I think the half butter/half shortening approach, gives the most delicious results with the best flavor, texture and appearance. 3. You can roll these into balls if you want super uniform looking chocolate chip cookies. Although I prefer the ease of just dropping them onto the cookie sheet.
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