The Best Recipe, Tips & Techniques for the YUMMIEST & Most Beautiful Chocolate Chip Cookies You Will Ever Have!

I think one of the biggest reasons my husband married me was my chocolate chip cookies. No kidding! 🙂

My Grandma, Mama, has the reputation for bring the best cookie-maker on this earth. We moved all the way across the country from her when I was 10, but that didn’t stop her from sending us boxes of her cookies in the mail. Let me tell you, those cookies were just as good as if they had been taken right out of the oven. You never would have know they had traveled from California to North Carolina. It has always been my goal to live up to her reputation. Which is why I have devoted a whole post to everything I have learned about making the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
My favorite recipe is the good old Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on the back of the bag:


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temprature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
To read a more detailed account of this recipe go here.
Work with COLD cookie dough. If it’s too hot, or even room temperature  once you put it in the oven it’s going to pancake… and you will have very sad looking cookies. 
Don’t roll your cookie dough into a ball in the palm of your hands. This gives you a boring shape that deprives your cookies of a gourmet appearance. Don’t believe me? keep on reading. 🙂
(Don’t roll them out in the palm of your hand)
(Use a “bunching” up the dough approach instead)
Told you there would be a difference! And yes, this is the SAME batch of dough.
Maybe /some/ people do prefer rolly poly cookies, but I think “defined lumpy mounds of chocolate chips” looks much more appealing. 
Don’t over bake your cookies. It’s not like you’re cooking chicken people! Seriously! 🙂
Above is what I consider a good example of an “over baked cookie” to be. It’s still totally edible, yes, but it had so much more potential.  These overly browned cookies may be fine and fully yummy right  out of the oven, but give them 10 minutes or so and they quickly become stale.
This is why the most important thing I would tell someone is to under bake  your cookies just slightly. They should be at the point of “just a hint of golden brown” when you take them out of the oven. Don’t be afraid if they look a little gooey.
This method allows for cookies that store really well. People are always raving about how they taste like Mr. Field’s Cookies. 
If your cookies did get a little over baked, no worries, just sprinkle a little water in a sealed container and put your cookies in it right after taking them out of the oven. If you seal your container with a lid it will lock in the moisture.
Disclaimer: some people like crunchy cookies… 😉
To have sturdy, flat bottomed cookies, stop being impatient and wait to take them off the pan until they are almost completely cooled. (Not that I would ever be guilty of “feeling rushed to get all 100 other cookies into the oven” and prematurely take them off the cookie sheet, only to result in a crumbled mess! No, that would never happen to me!)

So there you have it! All my secrets to chocolate chip cookies. I may not be a master chief of all foods, but I do know my cookies! 🙂
Hope these tips & easy techniques help you on your quest to achieve the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

thank you for stopping by!

  1. Alison Chan

    July 14th, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Spend the whole night reading your blog after knowing you from pinterest! ♥

  2. Hannah Hathaway

    July 14th, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Aww! Thanks! 🙂

  3. 19thmainstreet

    July 16th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Hi, is there any chance that you know the ingredients values in grams rather than cups? We have no way of measuring cups in England! Thank you!

  4. Hannah Hathaway

    July 19th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Supposedly this is the same recipe in grams. Hope that helps! 🙂

  5. marinmade

    July 23rd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I'm a die hard believer in the Nestle Tollhouse recipe as well! Great tips 🙂

  6. Shauna

    August 6th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    My husband says shortening is better than butter to helping keep it's shape, have you ever seen a difference. I dislike flat cookies, but I like using butter more than shortening 🙂

  7. Hannah Hathaway

    August 7th, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Well, I can't give an honest comparison because I always use butter. I think it all depends on the temperature, so from my experience warm butter (warm dough) = flat cookies, and cold chilled dough (with cold butter) = cookies that keep their shape. 🙂

    Try it out and see if your husband notices a difference! I'd like to know too.

    <3 Hannah

  8. Lindsay

    November 21st, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I always use shortening, and it works great. 🙂

  9. Nina

    October 9th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Die sehen so lecker aus. Das Rezept werde ich auf jeden Fall auch ausprobieren.

  10. Hannah Hathaway

    October 9th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks! 🙂

  11. Lindsay

    October 5th, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I enjoy baking chocolate chip cookies for friends. Thanks for these tips! I'm going to have to try this recipe soon.
    Maybe for my best friend after he finishes Basic. 🙂


  12. Lindsay

    November 21st, 2014 at 2:51 am

    So, I decided to make chocolate chip cookies today… I got out my recipe, and comparing it to this one, realized it's exactly the same as yours. 🙂 They always turn out wonderfully. I made a dozen gluten-free/no-chocolate-chip cookies for myself (cuz allergies); a dozen for my best friend after his graduation from Boot Camp on Tuesday; and three dozen more to freeze and send to him for Christmas in A-school. 🙂

    I've always used tips 1 and 4, but didn't know about 2 and 3. Played around with those today– really helped.
    I used whole wheat flour, though, and shortening instead of butter. Also, I didn't have any eggs, so I had to use solely egg whites… but, the cookies turned out great. (I can't taste the chocolate-chip ones, but they look and smell delicious.)


  13. La pequeña Lulu

    July 23rd, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you very much….recepies are nice, but to give tips it is a great action…. to share …..

  14. Unknown

    February 1st, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Hanna! this looks amazing I cant wait to make them! Do your think you can email me the recipe? I have the ingredients you listed but sure how to prepare the cookies.

    Many thanks :)!

  15. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    February 1st, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Hey! this is the one I use:

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