Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been making homemade chocolate chip cookies forever.  I have definitely made more batches of these cookies than any other of my recipes.  The reason I made and still make them so often is because I love seeing the reaction of my kids when they realize this treat is coming.  As soon as the cookies are out of the oven and on the cooling rack, I call my kids into the kitchen with “The chocolate chip cookies are ready!”  Then they come bounding out of their rooms (yes, still at 24 years old for Danny and 21 years old for Benji), they grab plates, and then they very carefully select somewhere between 4 and 6 of what they consider the perfect ones.  Sometimes they fight over which cookies they want.  Then they sit down in front of the TV to eat their cookies.  The expressions on their faces are worth a million dollars to me.  Benji makes sounds and his eyes just say it all.  Danny just eats more quietly, but loves them just as much.  As Randi is in her own house, she gets them the next day, but loves them just as much.  In fact, Randi usually begs me NOT to make them in the interest of her health and figure. I love it all!  When my children were growing up, these cookies were a staple in our house.  I often would make up the batter, and bake one or two batches of cookies, and then refrigerate the remaining batter in a tupperware container. Then I could make a fresh batch of cookies every night until the batter ran out, and my children just loved eating them right out of the oven.  There really is nothing like a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie. Here are the recipes I have made over the years:

Standard Toll House Variety:

    • 2 sticks butter (unsalted)
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon  salt (if your butter or margarine are salted, decrease to 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (I sometimes throw a pinch of baking powder in too)
  • 1 12 oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips


Same as above except increase light brown sugar to 1 cup and decrease granulated sugar to 1/2 cup

OR this one- which is perfect for baking in a 9 x 13 pan for some yummy chocolate chip squares (originally call Toll House Chocolate Chip Treasures)

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine or a mixture of both (I use butter)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 extra large or jumbo egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add a little more salt if using unsalted butter or margarine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 12 oz. bag of semisweet chocolate chips (I used about 10 oz. on Sept. 7, 2015)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream room temperature butter or margarine in mixer with paddle attachment, food processor with metal blade, or by hand.  Then add sugars and cream till fluffy.  Add egg or eggs, and vanilla, and mix till fluffy.  Add flour, baking soda (and powder), salt  on very low speed or by pulsing in processor, just till blended.  Mix in chocolate chips by hand.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheets about 7-9 minutes until just browned around the edges and till the tops of cookies appear dry.  Let cool for a minute, and transfer to cooling racks.  Store in ziploc bags at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer.

For chocolate chip squares, grease a nonstick 9 by 13 pan with butter (sides and bottom) and spread the batter evenly over bottom of the pan.  Bake for about 20-25 min. till nicely browned (not too dark!) all over.  Cool and cut into 24 squares.

Note:  You can use as much batter as you like, and just refrigerate the rest for up to a week and a half.

Another note:  I saw a video of Martha Stewart Chocolate Chip Cookies 101, and she uses my first variation under the recipe on top, the one changing the light brown sugar to 1 cup and the granulated sugar to 1/2 cup, but she uses all butter which I often do,  she uses 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, with everything else remaining the same, so I may try that next time and see how they come out.

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  1. Please let me be the first to tell you that your recipe is PERFECT!!! I tried quite a few recipes, but this is one of the few that lives up to its name of “Melt-In-Your-Mouth”! You’ve got a winner here, and thank you so much for sharing!

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