Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 17, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

For five years I’ve been using a chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve tweaked and tested so many times that it has become my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. If I ever needed to make chocolate chip cookies I would never look elsewhere. I had tried too many recipes and I knew the pain that I’d gone through to find that one reliable recipe. I happily kept baking the same chocolate chip cookies. This was until today. After my first successful Dorie Greenspan recipe I was all geared up to step out of my comfort zone and try her chocolate chip cookies.

I halved the recipe and skipped the walnuts. I used the huge Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips. I had no idea what I was in for! *big grin*

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from: Baking From My Home to Yours (excellent baking book!)
Yield: 10-12 cookies

1 cup flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
4 oz/100g/1 stick butter
½ cup sugar
1/3rd cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup chocolate chip

  1. Sieve the flour, salt and baking soda together. Keep aside.
  2. In a bowl, beat the butter for about a minute. Then add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes until well blended and creamy. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Add in the egg.
  4. Reducing the mixer speed to the lowest setting, add in the flour a little at a time, until evenly incorporated.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips. Reserve a handful for later. Refrigerate the cookie dough for half an hour.
  6. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a Silpat, spoon rounded tablespoonfuls of the cookie dough.
  7. Bake them in a preheated oven at 375°F/190°C for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Something that I *love* to do is open the oven half way through baking and dot the dough that has spread with MORE chocolate chips!
  9. Then a good idea would also be to turn the sheet the other way round so that the cookies will bake evenly.
  10. Let cool on a cooling rack. Have them with a tall glass of milk.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies turned out to be absolutely delightful. Crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. The butter was a little on the higher side, so the next time around I’d probably reduce it by 20-25g. The extra chocolate chips were a bonus! And given that they were 60% cacao they beautifully balanced the sweetness of the cookie. Now I have two favourite chocolate chip cookie recipes!

If you liked this, I think you would love my Chocolate Chip Cake recipe!
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1 Anonymous November 8, 2009 at 12:41 AM

These are perfect if you leave them in the refridgerator for about an hour and a half. I did the first time and they were perfect. The second time I made these , I left them in for only half an hour and they weren't as good.

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2 The Purple Foodie November 9, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Thanks Anon for the refrigeration tip – must try it the next time I bake these cookies.

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3 Anonymous November 15, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I made these and they were flat and the edges looked almost burnt. Is it because I didn't use a mixer? They still tasted good but I would like them to look nice, like on the photos above. Any tips? I followed this recipe to the dot.

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4 The Purple Foodie November 15, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Hey Anon: It's not about the mixer. A mixer is only used for convenience. Maybe check the oven temperature with an oven thermometer? If it's not hot enough, the edges will have begun to cook while the centre remains soft and mushy. And by the time the centre has cooked, you'd have brown/burnt edges.

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5 Anonymous December 3, 2009 at 6:05 AM

Hi, I would like to ask is baking soda the same as bicarbonate of soda? I live in UK and could not seem to find it anywhere. Plese help me out. Thanks.

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6 The Purple Foodie December 3, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Hey there! Yes, baking soda is the same as bicarbonate of soda. :) Hope you enjoy the cookies!

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7 Anonymous December 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Thanks a lot for sharing! Made these few days ago, and my better half who has been talkin abt the chewy cookies he used to have in US, liked it : )

umm maryam

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8 The Purple Foodie December 17, 2009 at 10:54 PM

So happy to know this Maryam – thanks for the comment. :)

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9 Priyanka December 25, 2009 at 4:57 PM

hey..i am going to try these…can I also use chocolate icing while I mix my cookie dough?

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10 Ntah November 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I would hate that. I don’t want anything that atmtepts to manipulate people into buying things. In fact I try to avoid buying things that are advertised on annoying commercials. That sort of thing would really bother me. I’m 58.

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11 The Purple Foodie December 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Hey Priyanka, I'm not sure what you mean. What do you want to use the chocolate icing for?

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12 fazela February 22, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Hey Shaheen, I made these cookies …. aaah! just aaaaaaah! :D :D

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13 Shami March 10, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Wow… those look sinfully delicious. They look like they melt in your mouth, and I bet they're perfect for dunkin' in a nice big glass of milk. Can't wait to give this one a try… chocolate chip cookies are a favorite at my house! :)

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14 Quinn March 27, 2010 at 7:50 AM

I know the pain of the search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe all too well! I've ended up with bland cookies, tough cookies, cakey cookies…then the so-so cookies, and ONE good one. But never …THE ONE. I've loooved chocolate chip cookies all my life. With one look I can tell if it's going to be a good cookie or a bad one. And this blog has given me hope that the search has finally ended here because these cookies look DELICIOUS. Will DEFINITELY try! :D

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15 ILikePaperCutting July 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

hmm.. love it, devil chocolate cookies.

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16 MAMTA MANGALDAS November 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Hi,

Please post the OTHER chocolate chip cookie recipe that you love…

Thanks

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17 Neha December 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Hi Shaheen, these cookies look crazy good! I have a sweet tooth and LOVE cookies but have never been able to whip up a batch that are absolutely amazing. But this recipe (and those pictures!) give me faith! In fact, my brother-in-law (my true critic) just saw the pictures and told me to get working on these immediately! Which is why I had a quick question – where can I get the Ghirardelli chocolate chips from? Those are clearly the most important part of any cookie recipe so I would really appreciate your help! Thanks!

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18 The Purple Foodie December 5, 2010 at 3:06 AM

Hi Neha, Unfortunately you won’t find Ghiradelli here..

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19 Neha December 14, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Hi Shaheen,

Made my second batch today. Better than the first try! :)
There was only one tiny thing that was brought to my notice though. I was told that the sugar I used was too granulated (I know its a little finer in the States). So I was wondering if there was any solution to this? Maybe a particular brand of sugar? Do let me know.

Thanks a ton!!

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20 The Purple Foodie December 20, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Grind it up a little, and that should help! Otherwise use caster sugar.

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21 Jazlynn July 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Big help, big help. And sueprlavtie news of course.

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22 Sarah January 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I would love to make these for my manfriend, but he’s allergic to eggs. Do you know of an appropriate egg substitute for this recipe?

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23 Stefani May 30, 2011 at 12:38 AM

These look so good right now… YUM!

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24 Deepti June 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Hi Shaheen,

I tried these cookies today. Though they taste good, they turned soggy after abt 3-4 hrs. I had cooled them completely on a wire rack and transferrd them to an airtight glass container. So can’t understand what’s the problm. Also, is the recipe above the edited version? since u ve mentioned that u would like to reduce the amount of butter used.

Thanks

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25 Ingrid August 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Ohhh I just made these and will try this recipe again for sure! I used less butter and they were quite a bit ‘fluffier’… so delicious nonetheless. My new choc chip cookie recipe for sure! Thanks for sharing.

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26 maria September 3, 2011 at 11:28 PM

CanI claim them as my own. Haha!!! Their amazing, you should get an award!!!

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27 vinita September 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

tried it and really loved it! thank you!

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28 Dawn October 12, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Where did you find the Ghiradelli chocolate chips in India?

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29 Park City Lodging October 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM

This is a wonderful recipe, thanks so much for sharing. You did a great job with the images too; I will definitely try this recipe this weekend.

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30 Nuttella November 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Soz but the choc chip cookies were yuck and tasteless they had no flavor at all disgusting and turned out like cake

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31 maria November 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I think you just did it wrong………

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32 Kitty September 28, 2012 at 2:31 AM

OMGosh OMGosh!!! I’ve been trying to make cookies from scratch that taste as good as my moms and had failed miserably. they were always so bland.
Until this! They’re such a hit with with my family and anyone else who tries them.

Thank you so much <3

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34 Anupama July 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Me again!! :) So i beat the sugars and butter and eggs, and the mixture kinda curdled….. i don’t have any mixers and all (i just bought an oven, remember) so i beat the stuff by hand.. Did i end up overbeating? Anyway i went ahead with the mix, and the cookies turned out good!!

Btw, i had a cake-y texture to the cookies.. the bottoms were brown so i had to remove them, but i felt like they shud have been slightly harder… maybe i’ll reduce the temp and try baking for longer?

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35 Meenal October 19, 2013 at 4:46 AM

Dear Shaheen

I try these cookies all the time & they turn out to be awesome ! I had attended your 1st baking workshop. You had given us a telephone number to procure chocolate chips from a vendor in Mumbai. I seem to have lost it. Can you please tell me where I can get good quality chocolate chips.

The ones available at Arife are very local &
Just for decoration I guess. I normally chop
My Mordes chocolate bar to make chips .. but they land up melting & aren’t as effective

Please help

Thanks !!

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36 Shaheen October 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Hi Meenal! Lovely to hear from you. You should be able to find Hersheys chocolate chips at Alfa. Unfortunately, I don’t have the number with me after changing phones. I’ll try and look for it and pass it along if I find it.

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37 Nikky July 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Hello,
Can I use only light brown sugar without the caster sugar?

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38 Shaheen July 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Yes, you can.

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