Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Rosemary Mark

  • Yield:

    3 dozen (3-inch) cookies

  • Course:



1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 3/4 cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour, (lightly spooned into level measuring cups)
1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips, or 8 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter and sugars with electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes until mixture is very fluffy and turns several shades lighter in color.
  3. Beat in eggs, vanilla and baking soda for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl.
  4. Mix in flour just until blended. Stir in chocolate and nuts if using.
  5. Drop dough by 2 tablespoonful scoops onto baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on pan then transfer with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.