Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

I realized this week that I’ve never featured a basic chocolate chip cookie.  There have been many cookies, usually with other mix-ins like dried cherries, nuts or espresso powder. But a good-old fashioned chocolate chip cookie, nope.

A co-worker approached me earlier in the week. Many years ago, I made a batch of Martha Stewart chocolate chip cookies. They clearly made an impression on Shirley. She asked if I’d make a batch of these cookies for an upcoming vacation. How could I resist? Particularly after being reintroduced to this classic recipe in Martha’s newest cookbook, Martha’s American Food. It’s an especially beautiful cookbook, broken down by regions of the country. The photographs will make your mouth water. The cookies are found in the first section, the All-American collection.

A few notes about the recipe. These are so simple to put together. Even better, there are none of those fancy-hard-to-find ingredients that Martha is occasionally known for. Use good, pure vanilla extract.  That’s my only demand for your cookies. Recently I found the most incredible cookie baking tip. Don’t you hate it when you bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, but all the chips are hidden inside the baked cookie? From now on, after you’ve scooped your dough, place 3-5 reserved chocolate chips on top of the dough mounds. Voila! Chips on top of your baked cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookiesadapted slightly from Martha’s American Food

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl

In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and both sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla, beating until combined, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Reserve the other 1/2 cup for topping the dough balls later.

Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Top each ball of dough with 3-5 reserved chocolate chips. Bake, rotating sheets half-way through, until cookies are golden around the edges but still soft in the middle, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.


27 Comments Add yours

  1. These look great! I had a craving for good ol fashioned choc chip cookies a few nights ago and made a batch when a friend called to say they were dropping in for coffee. I just want to make a batch every week…they are wonderful…thank you for your wonderful posts 🙂

  2. PS: I’m reblogging this 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on pantryobsession and commented:
    This is one of my favourite bloggers…love the cookie 🙂

  4. inherchucks says:

    drool…ill take mine with a cold glass of milk please 🙂

  5. Those look mighty fine. Great idea too to put a few chips on top. I do that for muffins and strangely never thought about doing it for cookies!

  6. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at, making, or eating choc chip cookies. Are these soft / chewy or crisp?

    1. Crispy around the edge and chewy in the middle.

      1. perfect for dunking in milk (my personal favorite way to eat them) 🙂

  7. kaceytorres says:

    It’s hard to beat a good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookie! Thanks for sharing this recipe…I enjoy trying different chocolate chip cookie recipes to see how they differ and what I like about each one!

  8. Vicky says:

    Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie! That’s a great tip about placing a few chocolate chips on top of the dough. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Spencer says:

    I love a good cookie and this recipe certainly looks as if it is touching upon perfection!

  10. Nate Celnik says:


    She allows a crap chocolate chip recipe in her app, but just happens to include a perfect one in her latest book? Uncalled for.

  11. Christine says:

    Ooh, chocolate chip cookies… how I love thee. While I still haven’t found THE ONE (y’know… that all-holy PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe that every baker searches for), this is definitely looks like it deserves to be on any to-do list. 😉

  12. mydearbakes says:

    Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing! =)

  13. kerrycooks says:

    I recently realised re putting chocolate chunks/smarties/m&ms ON TOP of the cookies (blueberries etc too in muffins). Now I find it weird that it took me so long to realise!

  14. Great tip and the cookies look delicious! I love a cook book with pictures! I’ll have to pick up Martha’s book asap!

  15. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! These cookies look absolutely perfect, like store-bought but better! I’m really impressed, I always call my baked goods “rustic” because they look so misshapen lol

  16. Your blog always makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake even when it’s over 90 degrees here! These cookies are definitely on the to-do list!

    1. Your corn on the cob eating photo made my day. And your mom is so right.

      1. Ha! I’ll tell her you agree. The corn was pretty damn delicious though…

  17. Karen says:

    I got that cookbook too…I couldn’t resist! Those cookies look wonderful! I will have to try the recipe.

  18. egg me on says:

    You don’t mess with a classic. Nicely done!

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