If you’re looking for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, this recipe is the answer. Crunchy on the outside, and chewy and soft in the center!
What makes these the BEST
Every household should have the perfect chocolate cookie recipe somewhere in their recipe box.
And they only way to find out? Keep on baking. Trial and error.
That’s exactly how I stumbled upon these. Trying to figure out if I should use Crisco or butter, melted or softened, etc etc etc.
These chewy chocolate chip cookies have the perfect texture. With a crisp out coating and chewy center, I have found MY perfect cookie.
Take these cookies a step further and dunk them in chocolate…like I did with these Double Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Everyone has a favorite cookie, here’s why these are the best:
- No Chilling
- One bowl (no mixing dry ingredients first in a separate bowl)
- Bursting with chocolate chips!
- Secret ingredient: ALMOND EXTRACT!
Crisco– you can swap for butter, but it will change the texture for sure!
Brown sugar and granulated sugar– a combo of sugars will give you the chewy texture you love!
Extracts– I use both vanilla extract and almond extract in my cookies. You’ll love the added flavor!
Learn how to make vanilla extract at home with my simple recipe!
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine crisco, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and eggs. Beat until well blended.
- Add in flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat until fully combined. Fold in milk chocolate chips.
- Using a 3 Tbsp scoop, drop onto parchment paper lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until outside of cookie is lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes on baking sheet. Remove and cool completely on wire rack. The number of cookies is determined by the size scoop you use. I prefer these to be larger…which yields about 3-4 dozen cookies.
Drop cookie dough balls onto parchment paper and freeze for 20 minutes. Then take firm cookie dough balls and place in ziploc bag. Freeze until ready to bake. You can bake these from frozen, but add on a few extra minutes to your bake time. ENJOY.
Yes! After cookies have cooled, slide into a ziploc bag or airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 30 days.
Use brown sugar! Store cookies with a slice of white bread to keep them soft and chewy!
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Why use shortening in cookies
I will tell you right now, butter is not best for this recipe. Some of you will ask. Some of you will tell me you don’t like using Crisco. That’s okay.
Do a search for another cookie recipe on the blog. This one though is most successful with Crisco. If you MUST use butter, make sure it’s softened. And you’re going to want to chill your cookie dough for at least 24 hours before baking.
However, what the Crisco does in this recipe is provide a nice crunchy exterior on the cookie while maintaining a soft chewy center. Truly, a perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in my opinion!
Add pudding mix to your cookies like I did in these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies to create a soft and chewy cookie recipe!
More Cookie Recipes
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies: three ingredient cookies sandwiched around jelly. YUM.
- Twix Cookies: seriously what’s not to love? Shortbread, caramel and chocolate!
- Butterscotch Toffee Cookies: you’ll love the chewy texture of these cookies!!
- Thick, moist, and flavorful describe these delicious Gooey Butter Cookies. Made from scratch, but I’ve got a cake mix option if you’re in a pinch!
- Chewy M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are thick and delicious and perfect when you need a quick dessert. Perfect for holidays and bake sales too!
Whether you like a classic chocolate chip cookie or one fully loaded, this basic cookie dough has lots of stability for all your favorite mix-ins.
Morsels: swap out the chocolate chips for peanut butter morsels, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, or anything in between.
Candies: you can’t go wrong by adding some toffee bits, M&M’s, chopped rolos, peanut butter cups, or whatever candy you love to this cookie dough.
Nuts: walnuts go great in chocolate chip cookies. You could also try macadamia nuts with white chocolate chips!
Anything else? Add in craisins, raisins, shredded coconut. The sky is the limit here! A handful of colorful sprinkles for a festive party treat!
More Easy Desserts
- Chocolate Pound Cake
- Indoor S’mores
- Peanut Butter Shortbread
- Chocolate Cake Bars
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
- Apple Empanadas
- Rice Crispie Treats
- Almond Bars