The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (8 oz/226g)
  • 1¼ cups packed light brown sugar (9 oz/250g)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar (6 oz/175g)
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled *(see note below)* (10.5 oz/300g)
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt or ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12-ounce bag (2 cups) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt

Method

  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whisk both sugars in a large bowl and make sure to break up any large chunks. If there are any stubborn lumps, break them up with your fingertips. Add the melted butter and whisk vigorously for about 1 minute, until the mixture forms one mass and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a flexible spatula.
  3. Whisk in one egg to the sugar-butter mixture, stirring until it’s fully mixed in. Scrape the sides of the bowl with your spatula. Whisk in the second egg and the vanilla and scrape the sides of bowl again.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with the spatula to fully combine. Make sure you’ve scraped the bottom of the bowl and there are no streaks of dry ingredients left. Stir in the chocolate chips.

To bake right away: Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Refrigerate the dough for at least 10 minutes while the oven preheats, then scoop the dough in 2-ounce portions with a cookie scoop (or you can measure out ¼ cup/4 tablespoon scoops with your hands) and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Bake the cookies 3 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet (about 6 cookies per baking sheet) for 10 to 14 minutes, until the edges are set and the cookie is beginning to turn golden brown throughout. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To bake after the dough rests (recommended): Scoop the dough into 2-ounce portions with a cookie scoop (or you can measure out ¼ cup/4 tablespoon scoops with your hands) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Wrap the baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days. You can also freeze the chilled balls of dough in an airtight zip-top bag for up to 1 month.

Thirty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Sprinkle the dough with flaky sea salt and bake 3 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 12 to 16 minutes, until the edges are set and the cookie is beginning to turn golden brown throughout. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note

When you’re making these cookies, make sure to use the spoon-and-level method of measuring flour.

This means that you stir the flour with a spoon to aerate it, and then spoon flour into the measuring cup. Level it off with the flat side of a knife before pouring into your mixing bowl.

Of course, if you have a digital scale, that is the best way to bake accurately. (And you don’t even need to get out your measuring cups!) There are both ounce and gram measurements in the recipe below.

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