The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simple and loaded with chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Cookies are a country fair blue ribbon winner.  Crispy edges with a soft, chewy center, this cookie will turn any frown upside down.

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I didn’t win…if you’re wondering.  The blue ribbon at the country fair, I didn’t win.  I HAVE, however, been making these cookies for a couple decades…ever since I snagged the winning recipe from the winner herself.  My ex-mother-in-law (are those hyphens correct???).  And don’t worry, I’m sure she won’t mind if I share it with all of you.  She’s the sweetest lady on the planet.  Really super kind and sweet…like these cookies.  And she was happy to share this recipe with me…at least that’s how I remember it.  I don’t think I had to pin her down in the kitchen to snag it from her bare hands.  At least I don’t think I did…ok, maybe I did have to rough her up a little bit but seriously, when I want a chocolate chip cookie….I always make these.  Fail-safe, food-proof, call them what you want.  They are the Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Now…it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t tweak it a bit.  Which, of course, I did.  I added a few things….like dark chocolate chips…and mini dark 70% chocolate chips.  Just a smidge more chocolate because more chocolate is always better.  I also added baking powder because sometimes I felt my cookies would slump down in the middle…like they were deflated…or sad.  Either way, that problem is fixed.  And now they’re happy cookies….happy, slightly puffy, extra chocolatey, crispy, chewy cookies.  You could probably rob a bank with these cookies.

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This recipe makes about 36 decent sized Chocolate Chip Cookies….way too much to not share.  Ok, maybe you don’t have to share but that’s a lot of cookies and summer’s coming…so I just thought I’d mention that.  But that melty chocolate, look at it….just look at it!

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If you feel you need more chocolate than the Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies can offer, may I suggest trying out the BESTChocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cookie?  You should probably share those as well.  Just sayin.

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Award winning Chocolate Chip Cookies.....the BEST recipe ever. Crispy on the edged, soft and chewy in the center.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 179 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini 70% dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla bean paste. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly between each addition. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour mixture. Turn off the mixer and fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and then store in an airtight container.


Serving: 0gCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 152mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 0gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.8mg
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17 comments on “The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Hey doesn’t matter if you won, it matters if the recipe is a winner, right!? And it looks that way to me, so the judges knew what they were doing! These cookies look just like my type…great photos, too!

  2. It looks as though these cookies have the perfect texture…soft and puffy on the inside, with crispy edges. Now salivating. Thank you to your ex-mother-in-law for the recipe. 🙂

  3. Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. Every time I make them I end up eating them for breakfast…haha.

  4. I’m a huge chocolate chip cookie fan…I could the entire batch

  5. Sorry that you didn’t win the county fair but these cookies look like winners to me!

  6. No one has to know who the winner was 😉 Honestly, these pictures make me want to reach through the screen!

  7. I’m such a purist when it comes to chocolate chip cookies…but I’m definitely going to try this recipe! My all-time favorite kind of cookie…

  8. Three dozen is definitely not enough to share in our house. Chocolate chips cookies go way too fast. I look forward to trying your version. Vanilla bean paste makes everything better.

  9. How cool you have your ex MIL’s chocolate chip recipe and you’re sharing it with all of us. I have a weakness for great cookies like these!

  10. Ok now these look like the perfect chocolate chip cookies! Pinning!

  11. These cookies look like perfection! Chocolate chip os my weakness!

  12. I think half of what makes cookies taste good is the texture and yours look like they’d turn out PERFECTLY PERFECT!

  13. Oh man, they definitely look amazing! Every time somebody shares their “best”, it makes me want to head to the kitchen and bake them up pronto. High praise. 🙂

  14. I cannot resist a chocolate chip cookie. If I smell or see one I must have it. These look like great ones, crisp crust and chewy on the inside!

  15. Those cookies do look like they are the very best!

  16. You are so lucky. The only thing my mother in law ever gave me was a migraine. Ha

    I love these cookies way too much. Your photos showcase them perfectly. They look so light and fluffy, I have to try these asap.

  17. mmm fluffy and chewy are the best! My all time favorite is the Chocolate Chip Cookie and I’m always working toward the perfect one! Love these!

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