The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – after many years of recipes and experiments, this is the the final result of tweaking what I I think is the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Soft and chewy with crispy edges and the perfect amount of rich chocolate morsels. I’ve never had better anywhere.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 - 18
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or butterscotch flavoring or both! Hint, hint.
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray one cookie sheet with spray oil or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix only enough to incorporate flour. Do not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Form cookies by dropping a rounded teaspoon of dough on the prepared cookie sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake until light brown around the edges, about 12-15 minutes, depending on cookie size.
  7. Over baking is the biggest problem with most chocolate chip cookies.
  8. Your oven temperature and the type of cookie sheet you use will vary the baking times considerably. When they are golden brown around the edges is the time to remove them from the oven. Thinking they are a little underdone is probably a good thing. Experiment by baking only a couple of cookies at a time to see what the perfect baking time is for your oven
  9. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.