We’re all about healthy food that nourishes the body, but we’re also big fans of nourishing the soul. And let’s be honest: there are few things more satisfying than biting into a soft and gooey (or crispy if that’s your thing!) chocolate chip cookie. But actually making a batch of cookies that ticks all of those boxes can be tricky for even the most experienced bakers. That’s because the classic cookie is only deceptively simple—and the wrong recipe can leave you with gooey puddles or rock-hard hockey pucks. These 15 chocolate chip cookie recipes, however, won’t lead you astray.
From traditional versions of the crowd favorite to vegan and paleo variations, each of these recipes brings something a little bit different to the table.
If you only have time to test one out this weekend, we’d suggest starting with Camille’s best chocolate chip cookies on the planet recipe (see below.) Then, work your way through the other chocolate chip cookie recipes to give as a gift or a thoughtful thank you, and be sure to always have one on hand should you need to whip something up to bring along to a party. Happy baking!
Why we love it: As stated above, these chocolate chip cookies simply cannot be beaten. They’re full of nuts, coconut, and oats, which just might qualify them as a monster cookie. Regardless, you don’t want to miss out on these delicious, flavorful, perfect cookies.
Hero ingredient: Toasted coconut gives it an unexpected texture and a burst of smooth flavor.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kirbie Cravings
Why we love it: These cookies are bakery-quality but just so happen to also be flourless, paleo, and gluten-free. It’s a simple one-bowl recipe that is as tasty as it is easy to make.
Hero ingredient: The almond butter gives the cookies a subtle nutty flavor without overpowering all the chocolate goodness.
Magnolia Table Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Kitchn
Why we love it: It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t involve complicated ingredients, tools, or measurements. You’ve probably already got everything you need to make these light and fluffy cookies ready to go in your kitchen.
Hero ingredient: Lots and lots of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Why we love it: Super soft and chewy cookie bars that look and taste like they are from the fanciest restaurant in town. We can practically smell them through the screen. I’m obsessed with a thick cookie, and this one fits the bill. They’re so easy, even a kid can make them on their own.
Hero ingredient: Chips of your choice! Go traditional with semisweet chocolate chips or mix it up with white chocolate, peanut butter, milk, or dark chips instead!
Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat the Love
Why we love it: This chocolate chip cookie recipe is not only thick, chewy, and packed full of chocolate, but it has tips on how to make these delicious treats look and taste like professional bakery cookies. Your loved ones won’t believe you made them at home!
Hero ingredient: Flaky sea salt elevates the entire experience.
Why we love it: Few things please a crowd quite like a skillet cookie. Delicious, warm, easy prep and clean-up—what more could you want? It turns every dessert into a party.
Hero ingredient: Chocolate candies give this delightful skillet cookie a fanciful and celebratory vibe.
Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread from Bon Appétit
Why we love it: If you haven’t tried Alison Roman’s viral cookies yet, consider this your sign to do so ASAP. They’re the perfect homemade cookie no matter the season. Think of it as an elevated take one you everyday slice and bake chocolate chip cookie recipe. Yum!
Hero ingredient: Salted butter and flaky sea salt give this cookie a nuanced and complex flavor.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from Baker by Nature
Why we love it: These cookies are so scrumptious that both vegans and non-vegans alike can delight in these sweet treats. They’re warm, sweet, gooey, and perfectly chewy.
Hero ingredient: Coconut milk gives these cookies a lovely consistency and a subtly delicious flavor.
Oatmeal Pecan Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Why we love it: Get a little nutty with this oatmeal and pecan variation on an everyday chocolate chip cookie recipe. It combines everything we love about a chocolate chip cookie with an oatmeal cookie. What more could we want?
Hero ingredient: Room temp butter makes all the difference in this recipe. Don’t even think about melting it or the cookies will spread like wild!
Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Half Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Combine your love of pumpkin spice with that of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. It’s the best of all worlds—chewy, soft, warm, melty, and utterly delicious.
Hero ingredient: Spiced pumpkin butter will give you a chewier, less cakey cookie than pumpkin puree on its own.
Milk Bar’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies from Foodie Crush
Why we love it: It doesn’t get much better than Chef Christina Tosi’s cookies, and this DIY version of one of her most famous treats is as good as the OG. They’re soft and chewy, come together quickly and easily in one bowl. No mixer necessary!
Hero ingredient: Powdered nonfat milk is surprising and unusual, but Carnation makes it in a small packet that can be easily tucked away if you don’t want to buy a large container.
Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Fed and Fit
Why we love it: Can you say easy clean up? This gluten-free cookie cake is everything you never knew you always wanted. Warm, gooey, and perfect for a crowd. This recipe also comes with lots of possible substitutions, so you can make it regardless of dietary restrictions.
Hero ingredient: Dark chocolate chips give this a rich and delicious flavor.
Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Treat Cookies from Spoon Fork Bacon
Why we love it: Rice Krispies make the cookies super chewy, and the marshmallow and chocolate chunks are the most deliciously sweet flavor vessels you can imagine. It’s an imaginative spin on your everyday chocolate chip cookie recipe that will make your day even more special.
Hero ingredient: It’s hard to pick between the marshmallow and the Rice Krispies, TBH, but just trust that you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Travelling Oven
Why we love it: They’re the perfect cookie when you’ve got a surplus of hazelnuts and are tired of making homemade Nutella. Even better, they’re absolutely delicious, soft, chewy, and special.
Hero ingredient: Coconut sugar makes for slightly sweet soft cookies that pair really nicely with the hazelnut and dark chocolate flavors.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Little Box Brownie
Why we love it: Sometimes you want to double down on the amount of chocolate that you are getting from a chocolate chip cookie and that’s where this next-level yummy double chocolate chip cookie recipe comes in. They’re super soft, chewy, gooey, and fudgy. Be still my heart!
Hero ingredient: Instant coffee make the flavor even richer and more layered!
This post was originally published on July 21, 2019, and has since been updated.
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