Hands down, these are the best and most perfect chocolate chip cookies! Big, soft-baked centers with buttery and chewy edges. Studded with milk chocolate chips. The secret is in how you shape the dough balls before baking. You MUST TRY this recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies.
I know people may roll their eyes when they see a recipe labeled 'perfect', but I promise you that these chocolate chip cookies really are so incredibly perfect. They are big cookies (¼ cup of cookie dough each!), they have soft-baked centers and they have buttery chewy, slightly crispy edges.
Plus..... the best part is that they are thick cookies with lots of texture and studded with milk chocolate chips. My mouth is seriously watering as I write this post. I am also really regretting sending ALL of these cookies to my kids' elementary school bake sale.
What in the world was I thinking?!?
I have made these cookies for a few years now and I've perfected the recipe over the years with only a couple minor changes to the original recipe. To say my family loves these cookies would be an understatement.
When I told my daughter that I sent all of these cookies to the bake sale, she was mad at me. Like really, really mad at me that I would just give them all away and not save some. I told her we could just buy one at the bake sale...... yea, that did not work out as planned.
The cookies were gone! It was only about 15 minutes from when I dropped them off to when my daughter went over to the bake sale to buy one. I am pretty sure a batch of these are in my near future again. Yay! No complaining here.
-------------This tip on shaping the dough is super important! Must read!------------
The secret to these cookies is how you shape the dough balls before baking. It's really easy and yields a super thick cookie with the soft centers and chewy, slightly crispy edges.
Use a ¼ cup measuring cup and scoop out the dough. You will have enough dough to get about 14 large cookies. Once you have the ¼ cup of cookie dough roll it into a ball and then with your hands on both sides of the dough ball, break the dough in half by pulling it apart.
You will end up with two smaller dough pieces with a smooth round side and a rougher side where you pulled it apart. Take one dough piece and put on the cookie sheet with the rough side down. Take the other piece and place on top of the other dough ball with the rough side up. I included a picture above to show what it should look like.
Your dough balls will be taller than normal and that is exactly what you want.
Please try these! If your first time making these is not perfect then keep trying. I remember the first time I made these I was not in love with them. I thought they were too sweet & rich and I could not master the technique to shaping them. But over the years I've reduced the brown sugar and vanilla extract and that's made all the difference. I have also found that after stacking the dough pieces on top of each other, you gently press the dough together where they meet in the middle. This way the top dough piece does not fall over while baking.
The other key is to use really good quality milk chocolate chips. DON'T use semi-sweet because I promise the cookies will not taste the same. The milk chocolate chips are a must! No exceptions 🙂 I love to use the Ghiradelli or Guittard brand of chocolate chips. They are big chips that have a real and pure rich chocolate taste.
If it wasn't midnight and I didn't just run on the treadmill...... then I would totally run up to the kitchen and make a batch of these! I'm dying over these pictures and I really want a chocolate chip cookie now 🙂
Try these and let me know what you think. Please let me know if there are any questions about this recipe because these cookies are so good and I want them to be perfect for everyone.
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