5 Tips to Make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Every Time!

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I found the best cookie recipe ever years and years ago. I bribe people with plates of chocolate chip cookies as often as I can.  Over the years I have realized that there are few things that make these cookies the best.  Use the recipe below and the following five tips and you cannot go wrong.  I promise.  Pinky promise.  They are super simple but worth it.  Ready?  Here you go:

5 tips to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies every single time | Thirty Handmade Days

  1. Use butter.  Not margarine. Make sure to soften the butter only. Don’t melt it. It changes the consistency of the cookies.
  2. Do not grease your cookie sheets.  This spreads the cookies.  Blah.
  3. Use a cookie scoop for uniform cookies.
  4. Cream your sugars and butter for 2-3 minutes for a fluffy and chewy cookie.  I use my KitchenAid and just let it go.
  5. Do NOT over bake.  This is key.  Cookies will continue to bake a little bit once they are taken out of the oven.  I under bake mine by about a minute and they turn out perfect every single time.

In case you need a refresher on my all time favorite chocolate chip cookies:

My all time favorite chocolate chip cookies EVER - I get asked for the recipe every time. So good! | Thirty Handmade Days

Ready to give it a go?

5 Tips to Make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Every Time!
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 package Ghirarrdeli Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ½ bag Ghirarrdeli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • have used other brands of chocolate chips & they work but these are the best. HAVE to use both milk chocolate and semi-sweet for the best results)
  1. Cream butter and sugars.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Then add dry ingredients.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

You read that right  – there is a full tablespoon of vanilla.  (people ask if it’s right all the time)  You also don’t HAVE to use Ghiaradelli milk chocolate and semi sweet chips but they are my ace in the hole.

My all time favorite chocolate chip cookies EVER - I get asked for the recipe every time. So good!


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  1. Mary says

    I made these a few weeks ago when I saw this recipe and they were a hit! Making them again today on request from my husband. Yum!

  2. liz says

    These are the best cookies I’ve ever made and ever eaten. I never leave comments but for this recipe and tips I just had to. Your tips were a game changer. People, throw out all of your chocolate chip cookie recipies and just adopadopt this one. FANTASTIC!!

  3. says

    What a wonderful idea to mix the milk chocolate chips and the semi sweet! I have never done that, but I will next time! I would love if you would drop by and link up to my new link party, Celebrate It! Your cookies will fit right in!
    Hope to see you there!

  4. Jennifer Smith says

    Omigoodness! BEST chocolate cookies. Followed recipe; combined flour, salt and baking powder prior to combining. Baked 9 min.
    So rich and decadent. Absolutely delicious. My sweets loving husband could only eat one at a time. Taking them to a church potluck and doubt many will be left.

  5. Anna says

    For “The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies”, you say 1 cup brown sugar. Is that packed or just loosely put in the one cup measure?
    Thanks, making them now.

  6. Rose says

    I’m remodeling my kitchen right now but I think this might be the first thing I bake in my new stove!!! YUM!!

    • says

      Hi Michelle – I just updated to make sure it says “unsalted butter.” The salt is added in later in the recipe. I use unsalted butter for almost all of my baking.

  7. Suzanne Manser says

    Hi, we don’t have that brand of chic chips in UK. What weight of choc chips in a packet please?

  8. Patty says

    I have the exact recipe and have also used it for years! It truly is the best chocolate chop cookie recipe.

  9. says

    Wow, you’d never think of some of these! I always knew the cookies continue baking on the pan, but I never thought of purposely under cooking them! That’s awesome!