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These are the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. I know this is a bold statement, but hey, I’m a professional.

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I have shared this recipe for almost 20 years, to whomever wants it. It’s the only recipe I know off the top of my head, and I have texted it, emailed it, shared in social situations (literally standing around at parties I get asked for it) and on phone calls, more times than I can count. Here it is for YOU!

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I attended a chocolate chip cookie contest last year. There was a lot expected of me because I cook for a living. Since I always make these cookies for friends, I decided to create another, different recipe.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

I laminated flaked chocolate into a rich dough enhanced with molasses. Chilled it overnight and baked each one perfectly. I loved it and thought it would win. It didn’t!
You know who won? My friend Nikki. You know what recipe she used?  THIS recipe. This very recipe you’re looking at right now! I had given it to her years before. She made my recipe, and won the contest with it! (So can I say I won? By association maybe.) 

Find out why the best chocolate chip cookies in the world are shared all over the globe, win contests, and are everyone’s go-to cookie!

I created this recipe in college and have tweaked and perfected it over the years. To me it is the best chocolate chip cookie in the world. When done just right it is soft, with a tiny bit of chewy gooey in the middle and a little buttery, sugary crunch right around the edges.


The best chocolate chip cookies in the world

  1. I changed the ratio of brown sugar and white sugar to include more brown sugar. This gives the cookies a hint of dark sugar flavor and keeps them chewy and soft. In fact for a fun twist you can even swap in a little dark brown sugar for the light brown sugar!

  2. I also mixed semi sweet and milk chocolate chips. Now I know there are going to be some naysayers here. Those of you who are committed to their mother’s recipe–the cookies they grew up with, that had either just milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips. But I’ll argue a mix anytime. Bring it on! The mix, to me, is perfection. I love the sweetness and rich chocolate flavor the milk chips bring. But I need that punch of dark chocolate to balance it all out. Oh it’s heaven!

  3. Adding loads of vanilla extract also enhances these cookies to perfection. I don’t use the typical 1 teaspoon. Up it to 1 tablespoon and you’ll get a good, balanced flavor.

The best chocolate chip cookies in the world

There’s no need, but if you let the dough sit in the fridge overnight (or keep a batch in there for a week like I do) it mellows and becomes like a chewy bakery cookie. Really delicious. Just increase your baking time when the dough is cold.
However, it’s just fine if you bake these cookies right away, and eat plenty of dough as you go!


Make them gluten-free simply by swapping the wheat flour for a fine, all-purpose gluten-free flour like Cup4Cup. I’ve had the best success with that brand!

Check out what’s cooking on other pages of Tara Teaspoon:
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Orange Nut Swirled Bread – Use frozen bread dough to make this easy!

Tara’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (a.k.a. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies In The World)
Work Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Chewy, gooey, slightly crispy with a buttery brown sugar flavor. The mix of semi sweet and milk chocolate chips are just one of the secrets to perfect cookies! Make them gluten-free simply by swapping the wheat flour for a fine all-purpose gluten-free flour.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies In The World
Calories: 4039 kcal
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, and mix. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Bake at 350ºF. Medium and small cookies bake until golden around the edges and just set in the center, 10 to 12 min. Don't overcook! They continue cooking on the pan out of the oven. Let cool slightly (if you can wait) and remove from pan.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is large. If you don't bake all of it, the dough is great for freezing or can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
I use Cup4Cup for gluten free cookies

Nutrition Facts
Tara’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (a.k.a. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies In The World)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4039 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 336mg 112%
Sodium 3821mg 159%
Potassium 1095mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 907g 302%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 523g
Protein 63g 126%
Vitamin A 11%
Calcium 39.8%
Iron 150.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


The best chocolate chip cookies you will ever make.

I’ve had a few other good cookies lately. If you’re in the baking mood try some out.

Black Sesame Chocolate Chip Cookies

Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you like these, you’ll love my other baking recipes! Check out one of my most popular cakes: Pumpkin Cake Roll With Toffee Cream Cheese Filling

Recipe by Tara Bench. Photographs primarily by Ty Mecham. Chocolate Chips from Graphicstock.com
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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Rumannah says:

    Tried this recipe twice and it came out AMAZING both times!! Definitely is the best choc chip cookies in the world ??❤️ Just two questions: how big do you usually make the cookies? And do you grease your baking tray? Thanks

    • Tara says:

      I’m so glad they were a hit! I make mine with approximately 3 tablespoons of dough. It’s not exact. Sometimes I use a cookie scoop and sometimes just grab dough with my fingers. I also like to make them mini, about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough. No I don’t grease my baking sheets. I bake on sheets of parchment 99% of the time so it makes for a non-stick surface and easy cleanup.

  • Alicia says:

    Made these just now! They are great for my pregnancy cravings because they are perfect, not too sweet. Amazing. Thank you for sharing!!❤️

    • Tara says:

      Oh this is the best thing to hear! So glad you liked them. And congratulations on the little one, so exciting! That little baby will come out liking chocolate chip cookies!

  • Brittany Smart says:

    These really are the best chocolate chip cookies in the world!!

  • Margie says:

    I just made these they look nothing like your picture, followed exact instruction:(

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