Marci's Popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Indulge in Marci's homemade chocolate chip cookies with this easy recipe. Whip up a batch of buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies studded with chocolate chips. Perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings!

The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe balances richness, sweetness, and structure. It also includes high-quality chocolate chips for rich flavor and a chewy texture. Baking the cookies just until the edges are golden brown but the centers are still soft ensures they're perfectly gooey and delicious. This easy recipe brings all of this and more!

Why Marci Loves This Recipe

  • I have perfected this recipe over the years.
  • It's a tried and true recipe that friends ask for on repeat. 
  • If I show up to the track or a party and don't have cookies, I shouldn't even come. 
  • I often double the recipe to feed a crowd!
  • Typically have everything on hand to make chocolate chip cookies.
  • Perfect warm from the oven with a glass of milk!

WARNING: Be ready to share the recipe with whoever you feed them to!

 

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Ingredients Needed

  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 2 c semi sweet chocolate chips

 

How To Make Marci's Chocolate Chip Cookies

In a large bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in :30 second increments. 

Next, add in the granulated and light brown sugar. Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth and combined. The butter will soak into the sugar and should be light and fluffy.

Next, add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. 

Add in the cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt. Stir until combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl and add in the flour. With your hand mixer on low speed, incorporate the flour until just combined.

Add in the chocolate chips and stir. 

To a baking sheet, line it with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, place the dough about 1"-1 1/2" apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the center has just set.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. The cookie is a super soft cookie and will either break apart of deform in shape if you move too soon.

Variations

There are many variations you can try to customize your chocolate chip cookies:

Add nuts: Stir in chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, or almonds for added crunch and flavor.
Use different chocolate: Experiment with different types of chocolate chips or chunks, such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate.
Add coconut: Mix in shredded coconut for a tropical twist and extra texture.
Try different extracts: Add a teaspoon of vanilla, almond, or coconut extract to enhance the flavor profile.
Use flavored chips: Try using flavored chips like butterscotch, peanut butter, or mint chocolate for a unique twist.
Add spices: Mix in spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for a warm and cozy flavor.
Make them gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour instead of regular flour for a gluten-free option.

How to Store

To store chocolate chip cookies, let them cool completely, then place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag at room temperature. If you prefer them slightly warm, you can reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds. 

How to Freeze Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

To freeze chocolate chip cookies, first make sure they have cooled completely. Then, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place the sheet in the freezer for about an hour, or until the cookies are firm.

Once frozen, transfer the cookies to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag, placing parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. Store them in the freezer for up to three months.

When ready to enjoy, thaw the cookies at room temperature or reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds.

FAQs

How do I prevent my cookies from spreading too much?

To prevent your cookies from spreading too much, make sure your butter is at room temperature and not melted. Also, chilling the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking can help prevent spreading.

Can I use a different type of sugar in this recipe?

Yes, you can experiment with using different types of sugar in this recipe, such as brown sugar, coconut sugar, or maple syrup. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary slightly.

Can I freeze the dough instead of baked cookies?

Yes, you can freeze cookie dough by shaping it into balls and placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for an hour or until firm, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. You can bake the frozen dough balls straight from the freezer, just add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Can I double or halve this recipe?

Yes, you can easily adjust this recipe to make more or less cookies. Simply double all ingredients for a larger batch, or halve them for a smaller batch. Keep in mind that baking times may vary slightly depending on the size of your cookies.

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