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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies is a simple and delicious cookie recipe. It makes a dozen cookies and the best refrigerated cookie dough that you will want to keep on hand to make cookies on the ready.

baked chocolate chip cookies on white dinner plate with cloth napkin

Do you have any refrigerator cookie dough in your refrigerator right now?

You know the dough that you buy that is next to the eggs and butter at the grocery store.

These cookies come in a convenient ready to bake package that makes it easy for you to have cookies at any time simply by popping them into the oven. These cookies are great and I have purchased them many, many times…especially the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

But what if I told you that you can make these cookies yourself and have the same cookie dough ready to go in your refrigerator or even your freeze and it will not even take you much time or ingredients. Would you give it a try?

Well, in that case, let’s get started!

What ingredients are needed for easy chocolate chip cookies?

ingredients for chocolate chip cookies in small bowls

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Baking soda
  3. Salt
  4. Butter
  5. Brown sugar
  6. Granulated sugar
  7. Egg
  8. Vanilla extract 
  9. Semi-sweet chocolate chips

How to make chocolate chip cookies:

In a small bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and salt and lightly whisk just until it is combined and set aside.

small white mixing bowl with flour, baking soda, and salt

In a separate medium-size bowl, with an electric mixer, mix together the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined. Then mix in the egg and vanilla extract until combined.

cookie mixture in stand mixer bowl

Slowly add in the dry flour mixture and add it in a little at a time until all of the flour mixture is combined into the batter and you do not see any traces of flour left in the batter. Be careful not to over mix or you will have tough cookies. 

flour mixture added to cookie mixture in stand mixer bowl

Set the electric mixer aside and fold in the chocolate chips using a wooden spoon or plastic spatula until they are well distributed evenly throughout the cookie batter.

chocolate chips added to cookie mixture in stand mixer bowl

Place the cookie dough on some plastic wrap and pop into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (until firm) or until you are ready to bake them. If you decide to only bake a few at a time, this cookie dough will last in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks and if you need longer time then that you may freeze it for up to 1 month. 

When you are ready to bake, remove the chocolate chip cookie dough from the refrigerator and using a knife divide the dough into 12 even cookies. Roll each cookie into a ball and place on a cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Leave 1 to 2 inches between each cookie dough ball/scoop because they will spread during the cooking process.

cookie dough scooped on to parchment lined baking sheet

Place the chocolate chip cookies into the oven and bake at 325 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove from the cookies from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before serving.

This recipe yields 1 dozen easy chocolate chip cookies, if you would like more, then feel free to double or triple the recipe. You can also add nuts and/or change the type of chocolate used.

stack of baked chocolate chip cookies

white plate with a batch of chocolate chip cookies on it

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies is a simple and delicious cookie recipe. It makes a dozen cookies and the best refrigerated cookie dough that you will want to keep on hand to make cookies on the ready.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add the 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and lightly whisk just until it is combined and set aside.
  • In a separate medium-size bowl, with an electric mixer. Mix the 1/2 cup softened butter, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, and 6 tablespoons granulated sugar until combined. Then mix in the 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until combined.
  • Slowly add in the dry flour mixture and add in a little at a time until all of the flour is combined into the batter and you do not see any traces of flour left in the batter.
  • Set the electric mixer aside and fold in the chocolate chips using a wooden spoon or plastic spatula until they are well distributed throughout the cookie dough mixture.
  • Place the cookie dough on some plastic wrap and pop into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (until firm) or until you are ready to bake them. 
  • If you decide to only bake a few at a time, this batter will last in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks and if you need longer time than that you may freeze it up to 1 month.
  • When you are ready to bake, remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and using a knife divide the dough into 12 even cookies. Roll each cookie into a ball and place on a cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Leave 1 to 2 inches between each cookie because they will spread during the cooking process.
  • Place the cookies into a preheated oven and bake at 325 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove the baked cookies from baking sheet and place on a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.
  • This recipe yields 1 dozen easy chocolate chip cookies, if you would like more, then feel free to double or triple the recipe. You can also add nuts and/or change the type of chocolate used.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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chocolate chip cookie cut in half to show the center

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4 Comments

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    Tamara
    June 15, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    I think that’s great! I’m a complete sucker for anything chocolate chip cookie related. And I like to keep dough around because you never know when you’ll need it.

    • Reply
      admin
      June 15, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      I could not agree with you more!! I love having cookie dough ready to go when the mood for cookies hits.

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    alli
    June 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    5 stars
    This is my new go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies! User error – I left out the egg and the vanilla by accident. But they still tasted great.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      June 9, 2020 at 7:27 AM

      Thank you so much Alli! I love that you left out the egg and vanilla and it still worked out, yay!!!

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