The Ultimate Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: kate jones


Soft, chewy, flavorful, and incredibly easy to make, these classic chocolate chip cookies will quickly become a family favorite!



½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
½ cup high-quality tub margarine (like Smart Balance) or butter-flavored shortening, softened to room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cup flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife (see note for altitude directions)
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Cream together butter, margarine, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop onto cookie sheet by tablespoon or with a cookie scoop. You should get 12 cookies per sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Naturally, you want to keep an eye on them because every oven is different. Makes about 3 dozen.Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.


If baking at a high elevation, be sure to add 2 tablespoons flour; for very high elevations, add 1/4 cup flour