Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When it comes to baking cookies, you can never, ever go wrong with a big ol’ chocolate chip cookie! These homestyle chocolate chip cookies are thick and chewy, and they’re loaded to the brim with chocolate chips!

A bunch of cookies laying on a cookie sheet with an old spatula.

Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies Make Everything Better

Can we just take a minute here to talk about how how chocolate chip cookies can make anything better? It’s an amazing thing, really. No matter what’s happening in your life, the act of baking and eating chocolate chip cookies will make everything at least a hundred times better.

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The Ingredients You’ll Need to Make These Cookies

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Egg
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Flour
  • Chocolate chips (any kind, but I used semi-sweet)
A closeup of a cookie laying on a cookie sheet with an old spatula.

How to Make These Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Start by creaming the butter, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2-ish minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing for an additional minute.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together.
  4. Add flour to wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  5. Using your heart as a guide (or about 3/4 cup), add the chocolate chips and fold them in with the spatula.
  6. Scoop the dough right onto the baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake, cool, and devour!
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Why These Cookies Are the Best

These cookies are some of the best I’ve ever eaten. They’re large, and chewy, and loaded with chocolate (because we measured with our heart, remember?).

My favorite thing on earth is to eat one when it’s freshly out of the oven; when it’s almost too hot to handle. It’s so, so, so good – you should definitely try it.

A bunch of cookies laying on a wooden table with an old spatula.

Notes About This Recipe

This recipe is made with primarily brown sugar to ensure the cookies have a really good chew and don’t spread too thin. Make sure to measure your sugars and your flour accurately (by weight, if possible).

The cookie dough is sturdy and can handle a decent amount of add-ins, so don’t be shy about adding the chocolate chips. You put as many in there as you want to. I support you!

Many people prefer baking chocolate over chocolate chips. Rough chop the baking chocolate into chunks and fold it into the dough instead of chocolate chips.

The cookies won’t have the same bumpy texture with baking chocolate, since the baking chocolate melts into the cookies, but the’ll taste incredible.

These cookies are best slightly underbaked. They’ll lightly brown on the top and around the edges, but definitely don’t over-bake them or you’ll lose some of the tenderness and chew.

Both options work really well. You can also scoop the cookies and freeze the premade scoops of dough. Thaw the frozen dough in your refrigerator overnight and let the dough come up to room temperature before baking.

Frozen cookies will thaw in about 20 minutes on the counter, less if you take them out one at a time.

A bunch of cookies laying on a cookie sheet with an old spatula.

That’s all you need to know to make these mood-elevating, happiness-creating homestyle chocolate chip cookies for yourself! This recipe is so simple, and the cookies so delicious, it’ll absolutely become your go-to everyday chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
A thick and hearty homestyle chocolate chip cookie that's loaded with chocolate chips. You'll love how easy and reliable this everyday recipe is.
4.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 164 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • cups flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until smooth, light and fluffy.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Add milk, vanilla extract, and egg and mix for an additional minute.
    1 tsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together.
    1/2 tsp baking soda, 1½ cups flour, 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Add flour mixture, half at a time, stirring with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
    3/4 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • Using a 3 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. 
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cookies will be just barely brown on the bottom and may not look done. Do not over-bake.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Make sure to read the cookie baking tips to get answers to common questions about baking cookies.


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 20.5gProtein: 1.8gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 13.9gCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.7mg
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    1. Thank you so much Alina! I am so glad you enjoyed the too; they are one of our favorites!

  1. These cookies are perfect and so easy! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and these are just wonderful!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Caitlyn! I’m thrilled to hear you loved them. I could bake a batch of these every day, haha!

  2. Oh yum! That’s all I can say. We loved how thick and chewy these cookies are. Right out of the oven is definitely the way to go!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I agree completely, homemade cookies fresh from the oven are THE BEST!

  3. My son is a crazy big fan of chocolate chip cookies and I made him these yesterday. They were crunchy and perfectly baked. We can’t stop eating them!5 stars

    1. Both of my kids are too! We literally fight over these cookies. Thank you so much Bhawana, I’m glad they were a hit!

  4. These are the perfect classic chocolate chip cookies! My family adored them. I’ll be keeping this recipe handy for our cookie weekends at my house 🙂5 stars

    1. EEEK! I’m so glad you guys loved them! This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies too. Happy baking!

  5. Funny you say that because *eating* cookies is my therapy. Chewy ones like these are the best medicine and these were just what the doctor called for! LOL!5 stars

  6. It’s impossible to beat a classic chocolate chip cookie and this recipe called out to me! It’s perfect for my sweet cravings and the cookies were superb!5 stars

  7. I’ve baked a million chocolate chip cookies, but when I saw these I had to try them out too. They’re SO easy and SO yummy! Thanks Kristine.5 stars

    1. You bet, Mary. I’m so happy you gave them a go. They really are the best!

  8. I agree, if there was the most traditional recipe ever, it would be chocolate chip cookies. The funny part is that every recipe is so different, especially if you stick to the instructions. Yours is so good and so easy, thanks!5 stars

  9. There is nothing better than a delicious classic chocolate chip cookie and these were just that! So, so good!5 stars

    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear it! Glad you enjoyed them, Sharon!