Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla extract, mixing well after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts (if using), distributing them evenly throughout the dough.
  • Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. You can also use a cookie scoop for more uniform cookies.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are still slightly soft.
  • Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool on the sheets for a few minutes. Then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Repeat the baking process with the remaining cookie dough until all the dough is used.
  • Once the cookies are completely cooled, enjoy them with a glass of milk or store them in an airtight container for later enjoyment.

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding different mix-ins like nuts, dried fruits, or even swapping out the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or other flavored chips. Enjoy your homemade chocolate chip cookies!