Having an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe in your recipe box at home is essential. A batch of cookies is just what you need to feed hungry kids when they come home from school, charm your neighbors when they pop by or satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner. And the easier this cookie recipe is, the better. So pull out your mixer, break out a bag of chocolate chips and get ready to master our Test Kitchen’s go-to easy chocolate chip cookies. You can make them in just three steps.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies in 3 Easy Steps
Our Test Kitchen loves this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe from contributor Art Winter. They stir up in a jiff and take less than 15 minutes in the oven. Within a half-hour, you’ll have tasty cookies for dunking in milk.
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
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Step 1: Cream the Butter, Shortening and Sugar
The first step to any good chocolate chip cookie, be they these simple ones or our famous big and buttery cookies, is creaming together the fats and sugar.
For this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe, cream together the butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar. You can do this with a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. When well combined, add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy.
Step 2: Mix in Dry Ingredients
Next, add in your salt, baking soda and flour and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix here—overworked dough can be tough. Finally, stir in your chocolate chips and walnuts. Not a walnut fan? Sub in any other nut or omit entirely. If you do love them, be sure to toast nuts first for more flavor.
Step 3: Scoop and Bake
Finally, shape dough into 1-1/2-inch balls. You can do this by hand, but a cookie scoop makes this process quicker and easier. Place on an ungreased baking sheet (you can line with parchment if you like) and bake at 350ºF for 10 to 13 minutes or until perfectly golden brown.
When they’re done, transfer to a wire rack to cool entirely before storing. These cookies are pretty tasty, so be sure to try one (or two) while they’re still warm and gooey from the oven.
How to Make These Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies Your Own
Making a straightforward chocolate chip cookie recipe like this one is always going to be a people-pleasing classic. However, you can customize this recipe to suit your tastes.
- Switch up the chips: You don’t need to limit yourself to semisweet chocolate chips with this recipe. There are all kinds of flavored baking chips that would work well in this cookie.
- Change the nuts: The same goes for the nuts. Stir in toasted pecans, sliced almonds or whatever nut you have on hand.
- Add other mix-ins: You can easily add or substitute other mix-ins as well. Try M&M’s candies instead of chocolate chips or add in a handful of coconut flakes or dried cranberries. Just be mindful to not go over the total amount of mix-ins in this recipe. So if you want Reese’s Pieces instead of chips, add two cups and no more.
How to Store Cookies
When you’re done making these cookies, let them cool completely before stashing them away. The best way to keep them fresh is to keep them in an airtight container. You can add layers of waxed paper between the layers if you like. Eat them within a week for the best flavor.
If you find the cookies have gotten a little dry or crisp for your liking, you can always revive them by popping a slice of bread into the container. The bread will soften the cookies up.
Want to keep your cookies longer? You can freeze chocolate chip cookies, too. For best results, pop the baked cookies onto a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for a half hour. When frozen solid, you can remove them from the tray and store in an airtight container. You can keep them in the freezer for up to a year!
Prep Ahead Tips
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is simple. You can have a batch stirred up in about 10 minutes. All that’s left to do after that is bake.
If you want to cut down on the prep time even more, you can make your cookie dough in advance and freeze it. In a real rush? Flatten the dough into a large disk and wrap tightly in plastic and freeze. When you’re ready to bake, you can defrost then portion and bake as normal.
You can also portion out individual cookies and freeze them. Scoop cookie dough onto a sheet pan and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until the cookies are frozen solid. Then transfer them into the container of your choosing and keep in the freezer until your next cookie craving hits!