15 Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

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The chocolate chip cookie is a classic for a reason. Whether you like them soft and chewy, crispy, with just chips or nuts, frisbee-sized, or small enough to devour in one bite, pretty much everyone loves this childhood favorite. We found our best chocolate chip cookie recipes, so you can enjoy them, too.

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    Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Browning butter gives it a toasty nutty flavor that levels up these chocolate chip cookies. It only takes a few extra minutes but makes this childhood favorite taste all grown up. Watch the butter carefully when browning to guard against scorching.

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    Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Toll House Cookies recipe

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    This fan-favorite recipe makes large cookies with crispy edges and chewy centers—perfect for dunking in a cold glass of milk. Using dark chocolate chips gives them even more chocolatey flavor, but you can use semi-sweet chips, too, to keep it traditional.

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    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their tender texture: instant vanilla pudding mix. They make a great addition to your kid’s lunchbox or your own, not to mention a surefire bake sale contribution.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

    Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Adding chopped pecans to this classic chocolate chip cookie recipe gives them a nice crunch and nutty element that compliments the sweet chocolate perfectly. If you don’t have pecans, try walnuts instead.

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    Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies

    basic chocolate chip cookies

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    Plenty of butter gives these chocolate chip cookies a tender texture and rich flavor. Feel free to add chopped pecans or walnuts or even more chocolate chips if you have a real sweet tooth, but they taste great as-is, too.

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    Big Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies

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    This basic chocolate chip cookie recipe makes a big batch—about 5 to 6 dozen. They freeze well, so you can sock some away for later. But, these classic after-school treats also make excellent gifts, so you can boost a friend’s day. It also scales down if you don’t trust yourself not to eat the entire batch.

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    Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Dairy free chocolate chip cookies

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    If you avoid dairy, try this tasty chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses shortening instead of butter, and dairy-free chocolate chips. You can also make it totally vegan by using an egg replacement instead of eggs.

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    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe

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    Try these delicious vegan chocolate chip cookies that contain no eggs, dairy, or animal products of any kind. The kids will never notice the difference, and you’ll find yourself making them over and over again.

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    Chocolate Chip Icebox Cookies

    Chocolate Chip Icebox Cookies

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    These slice-and-bake cookies have more of a shortbread texture than the traditional kind, studded with ground chocolate chips that distribute more evenly in the dough. They do need to chill for at least four hours before baking, so plan ahead.

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    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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    With rolled oats, bran flakes, and less sugar than many other chocolate chip cookies, these tasty treats are healthier than the traditional. Walnuts give them a nice crunch, but you can leave them out if you don’t care for nuts or need to avoid allergens.

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    Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

    Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

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    This rich and decadent chocolate chip cookie has a gooey molten center, like the cookie version of the popular molten lava cake. Sandwiching melting chocolate between two scoops of cookie dough gives them that ooze. For a fun project, try putting several different types of chocolate in the center.

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    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    If you can’t choose between chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies, make this delicious cookie recipe, so you don’t have to. They come out soft and chewy with lots of chocolate chips. Use creamy peanut butter for a smoother cookie or crunchy for a little more texture.

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    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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    Sneak a little fiber into your kids with these chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Leave out the nuts if you aren’t a fan, or swap them out with butterscotch, peanut butter, or simply more chocolate chips for a sweeter cookie.

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    Lower-Calorie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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    While chocolate chip cookies are never a diet food, this recipe has fewer calories than the traditional for those trying to watch what they eat, along with oats for texture and nuttiness.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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    If you love Mrs. Fields' treat, make this awesome chocolate chip cookie cake at home for a birthday party or other special occasion. Because it doesn’t require shaping dozens of cookies, it’s easier than making a batch of them too. Don’t forget to frost the edge and sprinkle it with your favorite colors.