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After a long experiment and several taste tests, I’ve finally got the BEST EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies! They’re crisp around the edges, soft in the center, perfectly buttery and full of chocolate chips!

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Chocolate chip cookies with extra chocolate chips on top

Ever since I did the Scotcheroo Experiment a couple years ago, I’ve been wanting to come up with the BEST chocolate chip cookies. And after consuming wayyyy too many cookies, I think I’ve NAILED IT and can’t wait for you to try these out!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably remember me asking any tips and tricks you’ve heard of to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies. I tallied up the most popular responses and got to work in the kitchen! Below you can find all of the different tips and tricks I tried and how they scored! Cookie testing is a tough job….but someone’s gotta do it! 😉

Chocolate chip cookie experiment and young taste tester!

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment: RECIPES

TestTip, Trick or Recipe Used (see photos below)Chilled?
ASally’s Baking Addiction Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipeYES
BIncreased brown sugar to sugar ratio NO (although tried both)
CHot water added to the doughNO
DHot water added to the doughYES
EInstant vanilla pudding mix addedNO
FInstant vanilla pudding mix addedYES
GHalf butter and half shortening (Crisco)NO
Chocolate Chip Cookie experiment - samples A, B, C, D, E, F and G
Chocolate Chip Cookie experiment - samples A, B, C, D, E, F and G (view of the center of the cookies)

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment: RESULTS

ANice appearance, cookies didn’t spread much, good flavor and texture, overall really good!9
BReally nice color! Crisp edges and soft interior. The all around favorite!10
CThese cookies turned out very flat. Slightly crisp edges, reminded me of the cookies at Subway6
DSimilar to C, but had more flavor! Chilling this dough did help with flavor for sure, but still flat7
EReally nice appearance! The cookies were too soft (no crisp edges) and the flavor was too artificial for my liking6
FLike E, but better flavor. Chilling this dough seemed to enhance the flavors a bit, but still too soft7
GGood appearance and texture. Flavor was a little flat and I missed the real butter flavor!8
Using a spoon to press the edges of a cookie in toward the center

Other ideas I tried & how they worked

  • Pressing chocolate chips into the cookies while hot out of the oven. I’ll be honest, I did this for the looks. I mean, how pretty do the melty chocolate chips look on top?! But then I realized that it’s more than just appearance (and extra chocolate flavor!)….it’s how it affected the texture that I LOVED. When the chocolate chips were pressed into the warm cookies, it made the center of the cookie a bit more dense, moist and chewy. HIGHLY recommend doing this!
  • Pushing in the sides of the cookie. (I heard this from an Instagram follower. She uses a large spoon to press the edges of the cookie in just a little bit right when they come out of the oven – see above photo). Maybe I didn’t push them in enough, but I didn’t think it made much of a difference in the cookies.
  • Adding flaky sea salt on the cookies right when they come out of the oven. I’m a fan, but I think this one is completely personal preference!

Do you have to chill Chocolate Chip Cookie dough before baking?

When I started this experiment, I was certain that chilling the dough would be a must. Turns out, that’s not the case! (And yes, I tried both ways numerous times!!)

What I learned was that some recipes for chocolate chip cookies are better after the dough gets time to chill. And although no cookies were worse after chilling, if it doesn’t make a difference, who wants to wait to indulge in a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie?! The recipe I liked the most didn’t seem to rely on that chill time for incredible flavor. Keep scrolling…..the recipe is coming!

A hand breaking a chocolate chip cookie in two

Experiment Summary!

I’ll be honest – I’ve never been a huge chocolate chip cookie fan. They always seemed too flat, too fluffy, too blahhh….well, not anymore!! These cookies are the perfect chewy texture, and full of buttery, chocolatey goodness!! Here’s what I learned that lead me to the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe….

  1. Having more brown sugar than sugar is the way to go! Did you know that brown sugar is essentially a mix of white sugar and molasses?? The molasses gives these cookies great flavor and the incredible chewy texture!
  2. Chilling the cookies isn’t necessarily a must. Although it won’t hurt the cookies, this cookie doesn’t rely on chilling to have great flavor! (Woohoo!!!)
  3. Don’t add anything weird. Skip the Crisco (butter is best!), say no to the pudding mix (unless you enjoy the flavor!), pass on adding hot water.
  4. Add more chocolate chips after baking. This was probably my biggest “ah-ha!” when making these. I loved the dense, chewy texture (and extra chocolate) when pressing chocolate chips in the cookies right after they came out of the oven.
Chocolate chip cookie

And FINALLY… it is…
The ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!!

5 from 9 votes

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
24 cookies
These Chocolate Chips Cookies are crisp around the edges, soft in the center, perfectly buttery and full of chocolate chips!


  • 1 c salted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips + additional for topping or chunks


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar and sugar. Mix on low until combined then on high until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well-combined, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula halfway through mixing.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until incorporated.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir just until well-dispersed throughout.
  • **Optional** Cover the dough and refrigerate for up to 36 hours.
  • Use a cookie scoop to evenly scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. You should have 24 cookies. Do NOT press the cookies down to flatten them at all.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes or until a light golden brown around the edges (the center might still look a bit doughy). Do NOT overbake!
  • Press a few additional chocolate chips onto the cookies while they're still hot!
  • Let them cool completely on the pan. (The heat from the pan will continue to bake the cookies)
  • Repeat until the pans of cookies have all been baked and enjoy!
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  1. I love this experiment! I am always a fan of more brown sugar and I’m going to start adding chocolate chips after they bake, what a great tip!

  2. Becca Lowney says:

    5 stars
    I made these cookies yesterday and cannot stop eating them! They’re incredible! Also I love how they’re holding their moisture–they’re just as yummy today as when I took them out of the oven!

  3. 5 stars
    Good quality chocolate is a healthy snack. There are many dishes can be done with chocolate chips, choco chips cookies are one of the famous and it has many fans.

    Thank you for sharing the nice recipe, the pics also came out too good.

  4. 5 stars
    The BEST chocolate chip cookies EVER! I’ve tried so many times, with different recipes, to get them right. Thankfully, my girl Kelsey‘s done all the hard work of perfecting the chocolate chip cookie and I no longer have to be disappointed in the outcome. 10/10 for me!

  5. What size cookie
    Scoop do you use? Thanks!

    1. I like to use a medium-large scoop. I just looked and it doesn’t have a size on it….but I’m guessing it’s a little less than 1/4 cup.

  6. The Best Cookies! says:

    5 stars
    These cookies are SO GOOD!! Everyone raves about them and requests the cookies to be made for gatherings! I add in more chocolate chips (mixture of chips and chunks) and use coarse sea salt instead of salt. Delicious, soft and gooey! Definitely going to be my go-to recipe!

    1. Yay!!! Thanks so much, Katlin – made my day! And now I want a chocolate chip cookie…… 🙂

  7. Kit Lawson says:

    Absolutely perfect! I’m always searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie and I think this is it! Thank you!

    1. Wooohoooo!! I’m so happy to hear that, Kit. Made my day! 🙂

  8. This is my favorite chocolate chip recipe EVER!!!! Thank you so much!

  9. Sara Brock says:

    I LOVE this recipe. Best ever. Question, is this good base recipe? Can I add other things in there? It stayed great for 3 days! They were gone after that. 🙂

    1. Absolutely!!! There are so many fun ideas when it comes to simple variations… try triple chip cookies (equal amounts of semi-sweet, white and butterscotch chips!), M&M cookies (1/2 M&M’s and 1/2 chocolate chips) or make them white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! 🙂

  10. Leah Metra says:

    5 stars
    I use this recipe a lot! It is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ve tried many recipes but always come back to this one. I do chill my dough for a few hours or overnight. I feel it’s does make a difference. I also use a combined of half semi sweet chocolate chips and half dark chocolate chips. Try it! You’ll see it’s a winner!

  11. Lisa Bowden says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made these cookies about 4 times now and they have turned out perfect every time. This is my new go to chocolate chip cookie recipe! Thanks!

  12. Sara Brock says:

    5 stars
    We love this recipe! Easy to follow and delicious. Thank you!

  13. 5 stars

  14. 5 stars