Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (2024)

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Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe that makes super soft chocolate, super yummy chip cookies – no mixer necessary, no chilling needed.

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I’ve made a lot of chocolate chip cookies. A lot a lot. Probably more cookies than I should say. Sometimes, I break out my mixer and make a recipe like my brownie cookie recipe that needs time to chill.

Other times, I want cookies five minutes ago. When those cookie cravings hit, I need a simple, easy, go-to cookie that I can whip up in just a few minutes.

This Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is just such a recipe. The cookies can be made from scratch in less than 20 minutes, and there’s no need to get the mixer out or to chill the dough. All of which make this the simplest chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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What Makes This the Simplest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe?

This recipe uses just a few basic ingredients – flour, sugar, baking soda, salt.

Also, it is so fast and so easy – no mixer needed, no chilling required – that the cookies can be mixed up and baked in less than twenty minutes.

How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

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For this recipe, you’re going to start by melting the butter. The butter shouldn’t be sizzling hot. If you’re not sure how hot is too hot, you’ll want it about 90% melted, and then you’ll whisk it until it finishes melting.

Once the butter has melted, whisk in the sugars until well-combined. Mix in the vanilla extract and egg.

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Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in just until combined. You don’t want to overmix the dough.

Stir in the chocolate chips, and then scoop the dough. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until the cookies are set on the edges but slightly underdone in the middle, about 7-10 minutes.

Slightly under-baking the cookies helps to keep them soft. Since oven temperatures can vary, you may find that you need to adjust the baking times.

Can I Use an Electric Mixer?

Sure! You can use one if you would prefer. I do recommend mixing in the flour by hand, though, to avoid overmixing the dough.

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There are over 1,000 comments and questions on this recipe. I’ve added this section to answer some of the common questions in the hope that it saves people from having to try to sift through all of those comments. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please feel free to ask!

  • Gluten Free: I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard from several people who have used a measure-for-measure gluten-free flour in this recipe, and they’ve said that it worked well. However, I haven’t heard from anyone regarding other flours, such as almond flour.
  • Butter: This recipe begins with melted butter. I prefer to use salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter if you prefer.
    • The butter should just barely be melted. That means that it shouldn’t be sizzling hot or browned.
    • If you’re worried about getting it too hot, melt the butter about 90% of the way and then whisk it until it is completely melted.
  • Sugars:This recipe uses both brown sugar and granulated (white sugar). If you would like to use only brown sugar, check out my brown sugar chocolate chip cookie recipe.
    • Using only granulated sugar will give you crispier cookies.
    • For this recipe, you can use either dark or light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar will give you a slightly richer flavor.
  • Measuring Flour: If you aren’t weighing your ingredients, I can’t recommend that enough. If you are using measuring cups, be sure to sift or stir the flour before measuring. Flour packs easily and using too much flour in cookies will give you dry, crumbly dough and cookies that don’t spread.
  • Salt: Kosher salt is a larger-grain salt that isn’t as “salty” as table salt. If you’re using table salt, be sure to use 1/4 teaspoon.
    • Please note the measurements on the salt. I’ve seen people who have commented that the cookies were salty, and it turned out that they had used several times the amount of salt that the recipe calls for.
  • Chocolate Chips: I use semisweet chocolate chips. You can use dark, bittersweet, milk, or white chocolate chips.
    • People have used all sorts of mix-ins, like M&Ms or other candy and chip combinations, in this recipe.

Tips For Making Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best way to make soft chocolate chip cookies is to slightly under-bake the cookies. In order to slightly under-bake the cookies, the edges should look set (but not brown).

The center of the cookies should look soft and even a little puffy still. This trick will help to keep your cookies nice and soft.

Kitchen Tools I Use When Making Homemade Cookies

Here are some of my must-have kitchen essentials that help to make this recipe even easier.

Whisk: A good whisk doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s a kitchen must-have for really combining ingredients like the melted butter and sugars.

Cookie Scoop: I use my cookie scoop so often that I bought a second one. It’s great for scooping cookies, mini muffins, and even meatballs.

Silicone Spatula: A great all-purpose spatula is a must-have. They’re great for incorporating dry ingredients that are harder to whisk in and scraping the bowl.

Kitchen Scale: Using a kitchen scale is easier than measuring with measuring cups. It’s also more accurate! I was a holdout for a long time, but now I love using my kitchen scale.

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Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 8 minutes minutes

Total Time 18 minutes minutes

Easiest chocolate chip cookie recipe - no mixer, no chilling necessary. Also, check out the video just above the recipe!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour¹
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt2
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  • Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds. Butter should be completely melted but shouldn't be hot.

  • In a large bowl, mix butter with the sugars until well-combined.

  • Stir in vanilla and egg until incorporated.

  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Please read the recipe note about properly measuring flour.

  • Mix dough until just combined. Dough should be soft and a little sticky but not overly sticky.

  • Stir in chocolate chips.

  • Scoop out 1.5 tablespoons of dough (medium cookie scoop) and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.

  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until cookies are set. They will be puffy and still look a little underbaked in the middle.3



  1. Be sure to fluff and then scoop and sweep to measure the flour. Too much flour will result in a dry or crumbly cookie. For the ingredient measurements by weight, please click "metric" directly underneath the ingredients.
  2. Or 1/4 teaspoon table salt.
  3. Don't over-bake the cookies, or you won't end up with soft cookies. Several people have said that they've needed to bake the cookies for longer. Since oven temps can vary, I suggest starting with the listed baking time and increasing the time as needed.
  4. If you're interested in the chocolate version of these cookies, you can find that recipe here.
  5. Nutrition facts are estimates.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 57mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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Published 8/16/16. Updated with new photos and tips 10/3/18.

Adapted from Pinch of Yum.

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    Comments & Reviews

  1. Dawn says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (9)
    These are by far the Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve Been searching for. They are Perfect!!!! Thank you 😊The Long Search has ended with a Most Yummy Victory🎉🪅👑


    • Kate says

      Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that!


    • Kate says

      Good luck! I hope they turn out how you’d like!


  2. Emily says

    This has become my go-to cookie recipe! Thank you Kate for sharing. 🙂


    • Kate says

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear that!


  3. Stephanie Deneau says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (10)
    Simple. Perfection.


    • Kate says

      Thank you!


  4. Jessie says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (11)
    Oh man, this was exactly what I needed. I had that “I require fresh chocolate chip cookies, and I require them five minutes ago” feeling that you described, and this absolutely delivered. Thanks!


    • Kate says

      I’m glad that they hit the spot! =)


  5. Holly says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (12)
    I’ve made these no exaggeration probably at least 15 times. My husband requests these every weekend. They are great!! And easy to make! I will say you have to make sure you have exactly half a cup of melted butter otherwise the cookies end up too crumbly and definitely sift the flour as you said. Thank you!!


    • Kate says

      Thank you! I’m so glad that they’ve been a hit!


  6. Serafina says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (13)
    These cookies are delicious!


    • Kate says

      Thank you!


  7. Kitty says

    Hello! I’ve tried your recipe twice now and mine don’t flatten, they’re more like biscuits than cookies. I fluff the flour and am using the same ingredients. Any reason this might be? And any tips to prevent this from happening again? Thanks!


    • Kate says

      Hi! There are usually three reasons why cookies don’t spread. First, there’s too much flour in the dough.

      Second, the leavening (baking soda) is old/expired. You can test your baking soda by putting a small amount in a dish and adding vinegar. If it foams well, then it’s working.

      Third, the oven is baking hot and setting the cookies before they can spread properly. When it’s the oven, the cookies are usually set outside but underdone on the inside.

      If it sounds like the second and third reasons aren’t an issue, you can try using less flour in the next batch. Try using 1/4 cup less to see how the cookies work. I hope that helps!


  8. Charlie says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (14)
    Great recipe, I make this for my partner once a month. The only change I’ve made is using the cooked egg yolk trick to make it even more forgiving with the timing.


    • Kate says

      Thank you!


    • Brandy says

      If you don’t mind me asking . . . . What on earth is “the cooked egg yolk trick” you speak of??? Inquiring minds need to know 🤔 Thank you in advance!!


  9. Jen says

    Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (15)


    • Kate says

      Thank you!


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While there may be countless variations, each cookie at the core has four ingredients – butter, sugar, flour & eggs. The proportions of ingredients and the methods of mixing are what define our cookies. Dough spreads – Inside the hot oven, the butter starts to melt and the dough gradually starts to spread out.

How to make perfect cookies every time? ›

The key is to always use top-quality ingredients as they'll result in a better cookie; it really is that simple.
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Shape the cookies: After the cookie dough has chilled in the refrigerator, scoop and roll the cookie dough into balls (or shape into tall columns, like I recommend for these chewy chocolate chip cookies). Place them on a lined baking sheet or plate, making sure to keep them from touching each other.

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The biggest secret is to not over bake them. Cookies will set once they are out of the oven. Take them out of the oven when they look slightly under baked. Second, depending on the recipe, chilling the dough can make it easier to work with.

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Cookies become hard when the moisture in them evaporates. This can be caused by leaving them out in the air for too long, baking them for too long, or storing them improperly. The lack of moisture makes the cookies hard and dry, which makes them difficult to enjoy.

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If you enjoy your cookies soft and chewy, chances are likely the recipe contains a common ingredient that serves a very specific purpose. No, it's not granulated sugar, nor the butter. It's not the egg, all-purpose flour, or even the vanilla extract. The simple, yet oh-so-necessary component is cornstarch.

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One mistake that is often made when baking cookies is using too much butter when softening it. This can cause the cookies to spread too much and become thin and crispy. Another mistake that is sometimes made is not using enough butter, which can cause the cookies to be dry and crumbly.

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Overmixing your batter can lead to runny cookies.

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