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The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Updated on August 31, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Lots of people who have tried these cookies have said that they were the best they'd ever had. These chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy with a little bit of crispiness at the edges and a not-too-sweet flavor. I don't know if they're the best in the world, but they're pretty darn good, and if you follow this recipe and my simple tips and tricks you can decide for yourself.

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fresh eggs for chocolate chip cookie recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ingredients

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips
Makes about 5 dozen.

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TIP: Use extra flour

This recipe uses a little extra flour to give the cookies that rounded, lumpy look. Try this trick with any other cookie recipes you have that taste good but turn out flatter than you'd like.

The extra flour also helps to give the dough a slightly salty, less sweet flavor that goes great with the chocolate chips.

chocolate chip cookie photo by superfloss at sxc.hu
chocolate chip cookie photo by superfloss at sxc.hu

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Mix the sugars, butter, vanilla, and egg until well blended and creamy.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt together. (You can do it right on top of the wet ingredients, mixing the soda and salt into the flour a little with a dry spoon before mixing the flour into the wet ingredients.)
  4. Stir wet and dry ingredients together until well blended. The dough is very dry and stiff, and it may seem as though it is too dry to combine, but it will come together.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Put rounded spoonfuls of dough on a cool cookie sheet a few inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are just beginning to brown. For best results, use one cookie sheet at a time in the center of the oven.
  8. Cool 2 to 3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

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Are these the world's best chocolate chip cookies, or what? - If you tried the recipe, give us your verdict.

Lots of people have commented in the guestbook below with their opinions on this recipe, with responses ranging from "These really are THE WORLD'S BEST." to "We ended up throwing them all out." (!) So, what do you think?

Is this the World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe?

The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

TIP: Cool the cookie sheet

For lumpy, rounded cookies that are not too flat or too browned, allow the cookie sheet to cool completely between batches. If the cookies are still coming out too flat, try chilling the dough for a few minutes in the refrigerator.

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Betty Crocker Cookbook chocolate chip cookie recipe

The Betty Crocker Cookbook

This recipe started with a chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have made some adjustments and figured out some tricks to get consistently good results. I don't use the original Betty Crocker recipe anymore for chocolate chip cookies, but I do use the book for lots of other dishes and cooking basics.

TIP: Put bread in the cookie jar

To keep the cookies soft and chewy longer, put a piece of bread in the container you are storing them in. You can use any kind of bread, and it will become stale and dried out in a day or so, but the cookies will stay soft. If the bread gets completely dried out before the cookies are gone, you can replace the bread or pour a glass of milk and eat more cookies!

The bread trick even works to bring past-their-prime cookies back around.

Are you drooling yet?

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      Chocolate Chip cookies are one of my all time favorites, especially with a big cold glass of milk.

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this delicious lens "The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just made these up and the doe is good.

      Got some in the oven, look pretty good.

      Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes. I really like the recipe. I hope that I do not put to much flour. Thank you. I will give this a try.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Yep

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      baking time!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Just ate a few chocolate chip cookies from a mix. I love them.

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      Yes! Yummy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I made these today! And I'm only 14 :D They turned out to be one of the best cookies I've ever tasted!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I love chocolate chip cookies especially the chewy ones.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These cookies are the best!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute fav, can't wit to try out your recipe.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      LOVE chocolate chip cookies

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      drooling no...ok maybe alittle on the other hand im amazed

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      miauw99 5 years ago

      Chocolate chip cookie is a must have cookie on holidays

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      so delicious, everyone who tried them thought so too. finally a successful cookie.thank you for sharing !

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum, I think I'm going to make these RIGHT NOW!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These look good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Yes, I'm really hungry now!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Mmm, good! Thanks for sharing! I am featuring this on my "Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie" lens.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Yum, you really know your choc chip cookies and offered some great tips here. Thanks

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yum! Added to My Favorite Chocolate Desserts lens

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      aexwai 6 years ago

      yesss yesss i do!!:))))

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      what a yummy lens

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      Buchamar 6 years ago

      Actually, I love cookie in general :-)

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      raychic200 6 years ago

      Coolio!

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      privresearch 6 years ago

      This is one great lens! love the recipe

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      It's been way too long since I have had a chocolate chip cookie... or two... or three. Thanks for the tip about the flour. Appreciated!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      So yummy!!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Yeah! I adore chocolate chip cookies! Blessed!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Chocolate cookies are my favorites!

      Angel Blessed**

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      ErHawkns7100 6 years ago

      I thinking about baking these right now.

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      CuteNewt 6 years ago

      Great lens, I have been wondering if anyone else knew this recipe, other then my mom.

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      SummersSorbet 6 years ago

      Can't wait to try this recipe! Sounds fabulous, and great pics, too!!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'll have to try these!

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      ThomasJ4 LM 6 years ago

      Warm and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the best

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      My husbands family uses bread to keep the cookies moist when shipping them to relatives out of town. That was the first I had heard of it, but it works great! Nice lens.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Bread is a funny tip. I use it myself and people always pull the bread out and give me a puzzled look. Then it makes sense when I explain why.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      it should say how many cookies it makes, PLEASE!

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      i love choco-cookies:-)

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      AnnsHomeDecor 6 years ago

      Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. Plan on trying your recipe soon.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Getting ready to eat!

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Mmmm... I shouldn't have read this when was already hungry. :)

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      Barbara Isbill 7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      I probably shouldn't but I will need to give this a try! Thumbs up!

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      glenbrook 7 years ago

      I'll have to try this.

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      Yummy lens

      i will try this recipe

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I tried a little variation, and i thought it came out pretty well. Try adding 3-4 table spoons of golden syrup. You'll also need to cook them on a slightly lower heat for 15-20 minutes. Still nice and chewy though. Thanks for the recipe, they are awesome.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I have put crackers in the cookie jar. Love you lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I made these one day for when my daughter came home, and when she took her first bite you could tell by the look on her face what she thought of them. She thought they were awful. I tried one, and they aren't what I was expecting at all. My husband tried one, and he had the exact same reaction as my daughter. We ended up throwing them all out. It calls for WAY too much flour. It might give them that lumpy look, but also makes them very dry.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Couldn't sleep, thought I'd do some baking. This looked like a good recipe. Just finished cooling, about to try one....Mmmm! Delicious!

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      VBright 7 years ago

      CC cookies are my absolute favorite. Thanks for the recipe and lens! Imma try it soon

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I hacked this one because the flour was a little much for my taste. Here is how I hacked it. First of all, let me just say that Chipits are ok, but Baker's is where it's at. I am not scared to use Chipits though - they make a quality product. But that aside, here is how I hacked this recipe: A. I used 1 cup of the brownest brown sugar out there (Rogers), and 1/2 cup white instead of the 1:1 ratio you use. B. I also toned down the flour to 2 cups max, and used a completely level teaspoon of baking soda. C. I am cooking these at almost 4000 feet above sea level at 380 degrees for 10 minutes. I am not saying mine are any better, but given my preferences, these cookies come out slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. ALSO: Do not roll these into a perfect ball before baking. Just pinch off a bit and throw it down, trying to keep a consistent size. This gives you a nice lumpy cookie rather than something that looks like a freaking sugar cookie your great auntie would make. Save that rolling BS for when you replace the flour with whole wheat flour and use red currants instead of chocolate chips. I know this comment sounds intense, but I take my cookies seriously. If you really want to take your cookies to the next level, add 1/8th of one teaspoon of nutmeg to your flour before you combine it with the wet ingredients. DO NOT GO BEYOND 1/8th! You will not regret how it plays off the vanilla and then gets followed up by the chocolate. OMG I think I almost died when I did this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These worked great! And tasted delicious! Mixture looked dry and I had concerns about it not working, but in the end it all worked out great (:

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      mto92 7 years ago

      I just made these on a whim, mostly out of boredom and loving to bake at midnight, and they were great! I followed the recipe exactly except I replace 6 oz of chocolate chips with butterscotch chips. I'm definitely going to copy down this recipe to make for future occasions.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      that's the toll house recipe!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: you just suck at baking them that time cuz you got so excited with them the second time =]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These really are THE WORLD'S BEST. I went on the hunt for the best recipe and tried 5 different ones, same basic ingredients, just different proportions, and these are THE BEST. The key ingredient though is Ghiradelli bittersweet (60% chocolate) chocolate chips instead of semisweet chips. Tee-rrific!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wow they're good! nice and sweet an' chewy! if u don't add salt then the flavour is much worse! GOOD JOB ;)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Heba- First make sure you ae using butter not margarine... I grabbed it once by mistake and couldn't figure out what went wrong lol ... Second try mixing the butter (room temp) and sugar first till it is whipped the whole idea of mixing the sugar and the butter is when the sugar granules pass through the fat it creates a whole that will store the steap which in turn is a leavener, then add the eggs slowy along with the vanilla. Hope your cookies turn out better :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i like em! instead of white sugar i used brown sugar !

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: well i usually add a bit of milk!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I tried this out. I didn't have brown sugar so i just used white- but it still came out fine! Thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      First time I made these cookies they were a great success.. however the second time something went wrong with the dough.. Cookies were cracked and the sugar didn't melt in the oven.. do you have any idea what could have went wrong?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: these were completely awesome. my cookie search is over & im sticking to this recipe. the cookies were chewy fluffy gooey in middle and crisp & goldish on the outside. so perfect. thank you to the person who gave this recipe! gina you must be a retarto baker. sorry but why the hellll would u leave cookies in the oven for 18 minutes! of course they turned out gross. you shouldve taken them out at 8 minutes. And don't give the "they didn't look done at 8 minutes" bull shiz. Trust me- they were done. cookies don't need to be brown or burnt to be done, they just need a tinge of golden. that's a commen mistake people make, they leave cookies in the oven way too long. FYI, they're supposed to be kinda doughey when u pull them out. they harden a lot more as they sit

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      freaknoodles1 7 years ago

      @anonymous: So glad they were good for you! I agree about the vanilla. I've never tripled it, but I do tend to let it overflow into the bowl when I measure it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I made these this morning and they were the first truly successful completely yummy cookies I've made in 4 years. The extra flour works really well for the lumpy look. Also , try doubling or tripling the amount of vanilla. Cheers!

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      freaknoodles1 7 years ago

      @anonymous: 18 minutes is way too long! The cookies should take only 8 to 10 minutes, and they should be just beginning to brown at the edges and set but still soft in the middle.

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      Swagger1 7 years ago

      I love chewy chocolate chip cookies and sometimes with nuts. The recipe looks delicious.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      They took about 18 minutes to cook, and did not turn out good at all.

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      Criket1979 7 years ago

      Here's a wonderful trick that I've learned through the years....instead of 1 tsp of vanilla, use a small package of instant french vanilla pudding. You've got to make sure you have your butter at room temp and spend the time to fluff it good with a blender before you get going. If you don't, they cookies will turn out real flat. Also...after blending the butter, add the sugar and pudding, mix that well before adding your eggs. Gradually adding the flour mixture will keep a mixer from burning up, seems to distribute better too.

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      Johanna Eisler 8 years ago

      Mmmm... I was without an oven for several months, and now I can't wait to bake up a storm!

      Question: do you (or anyone reading this) know where I can buy a really thin, flexible spatula for removing cookies from the pan? My old faithful Ekco is about to bite the dust, and I need a good replacement. Any ideas?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      mmmm these sound delicious i think i will try out this recipe very soon i need a good cookie recipe

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      Themiscorkscrew 8 years ago

      yes i'm a cookie fanatic and chocolate chip are my favorite so so delicious 5 stars

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      how much does it yeild.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what if you used extra large egss instead of large eggs? this recipe soundsd great can't wait!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i LOVE cookies!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It turned out terrible. With all that butter it just flattened down to nothing. It was horrible

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      I tried your cookie recipe today and it was a huge hit in my household!

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      I am going to try your recipe.We love chocolate chip cookies!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love these cookies!! My husband says they are the best he's ever had!

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      cookiefan 8 years ago

      I love all cookies, especially chocolate chip and yours sound great. Another great tip for making thicker, chewier cookies is to let the dough chill in the fridge for several hours before baking.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this recipe! just reading it makes my mouth water.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I make cookies all the time and have been throuhg 3 cookies recipes, this one being the third and I think this one might be the best one yet!Thnx

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I also have to agree with Froggersue, your cookies WILL be burnt, we tried it for a school project, if you don't take them out before 20 minutes. Gosh, get your facts straight please!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      No chewy chocolate chip cookie is complete without coconut and golden raisins!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love the lens. Awesome recipe too! I love all the tips you give, very helpful, especially the additional flour. If you find a moment, check out my site Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      I love it. It is a real challenge to prepare really good chocolate chip cookies, and your recipe sounds delicious! Also, I would like to invite You to join our project at http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo_recipes_cookbook. Please add this great recipe (or any other if you want)! See you there =)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Becca] I would take your cookies out well before 20 minutes. You're cooking them to death.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      they are very good but my cookies are bit fat balls

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i hope they turn out really well fingers crossed

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i don't know how they will turn out all of my cookies usually end up HARD after 20 minutes no matter what i do!!!!!! Let's hope that the extra flower helps!!!

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      unique freak77 8 years ago

      Great lens and recipe! My first time making cookies from scratch, and I used your recipe, they turned out great! 5 stars!

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      greatspiderweb 9 years ago

      Great recipe ! You have an awesome lens, you have inspired me....can you check out my lens. I'm new at this and would love your advice.

      Thanks, Pat

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This delicious lens is being featured today at www.cabaretsquidoo.com!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      BEST COOKIES EVER!!!! I love all tips before my cookies didn't taste good but now they are amazing.

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      Janet2221 9 years ago

      Great lens! I have lensrolled it to my Novelty Cookie Jars lens. :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love this recipe! But don't be fooled! The only change this cook made was to add a bit more flour. Otherwise it is verbatum Betty Crocker cookbook! There is no shame in that, as it's a great recipe!

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      I am a chocolate chip cookie NUT. I do the extra flour thing. (I've even increased the baking soda in a pinch) Anything for a "fluffier" cookie! Great lens!

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      newmania 10 years ago

      These are by far the best cookies I have ever had. EVERYONE I know that has tried them has agreed. I have made them severals times and they are always delicious. The only problem I have is that there is a lot of mixing involved, but it is well worth it.