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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every kitchen needs a gold standard recipe for chocolate chip cookies. This one has earned its stripes under fire, over many seasons, through countless licked spoons, spilled vanilla and extra chips in the batter. Its quick baking time is the key to addictively chewy cookies that friends and family won’t be able to resist.




1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

Using a stand mixer or a food processor, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. If you don’t have a stand mixer, beat vigorously by hand in a large mixing bowl.

Add the corn syrup, egg and vanilla and continue beating until well combined. Scrape down the bowl and gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a spoon, scoop out a ball of the dough, roll it for a moment in your hands and then drop it onto a lightly greased cookie tray. Slightly flatten the balls but leave lots of room in between to allow the cookies room to expand.

For a soft, chewy cookie, bake for exactly 12 minutes. For a cookie with a bit of crispy crunch, bake for exactly 15 minutes.

Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove and cool further.


  1. Erin said: On Mar 12, 2014

    Yumm! This recipe is my new go to for chocolate chip cookies! Thanks Michael!

  2. Diane said: On Feb 17, 2014

    Yum..yum… Just finished making the first of many batches. One change, let cookies rest in the frig for an hour before cooking to firm up the butter as I wanted a thicker cookie. They turned out great.. Thank you Mike for the receipt.

  3. Very good cookies

  4. Tory said: On Dec 6, 2013

    These cookies one of the two recipes I now keep in my repertoire that can rival my mothers cookies. I absolutely adore them and my friends and family never let them last more then a few hours (if that) after I make them. Thanks Michael, another family hit!

  5. Heather said: On Nov 18, 2013

    I tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe and they turned out beautiful. Thanks Michael for sharing your recipe. You can send more of your recipes anytime.

  6. FP said: On Oct 28, 2013

    Not sure what I’m missing here, but have tried this recipe twice now and both times didn’t work at all. The dough seemed too dry, and the cookies didn’t spread at all. They weren’t chewy, but rather cake-like in themiddle. I played around with the baking time the second time round, but still no luck. Any suggestions…??

    • Sharon said: On Nov 11, 2013

      Me too exactly. I followed the recipe and my cookies did not spread at all. Stayed the very same as I had spooned them on the sheet. They taste good but…

      • sf said: On Dec 8, 2013

        that’s because u guys do not know how to make stuff…….

    • Jamie said: On Dec 3, 2013

      I had the same problem. I have never been so disappointed with chocolate chip cookies until I tried this recipe. Simply awful.

  7. Rachel said: On Aug 9, 2013

    Great cookies! Very chewy. I love them a bit under cooked!

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  14. Sylvie said: On Jun 9, 2013

    I have never been confident with baking. These cookies turned out divinely! Thanks, Chef Michael.

  15. zainab said: On Mar 26, 2013

    My kids all time fav…

  16. Ottawa said: On Feb 27, 2013

    fantastic cookies! i didnt have corn syrup, so replaced it with maple. syrup.i baked them for exactly 12 minutes and they turned out chewy and delicious.

    • Nathalie said: On Nov 6, 2013

      I did also replace the corn sirup with maple sirup, they are great, the kids love doing them.

  17. Jenine said: On Feb 4, 2013

    I have been making these cookies for over a year now since i saw it on your show, and it is a fabulous recipe, thanks Chef Michael. Just checked out your website for the first time today, so had to comment.
    I use the base recipe and change the ingredients. Instead of choc chips, cranberry and orange zest, yum! Peanuts, peanut butter and chic chips, also yum.
    A great easy recipe for a perfect chewy biscuit!!

  18. Marcella said: On Sep 26, 2012

    I have baked your chocolate chip cookie recipe many times since I first saw it in the Journal Pioneer from November 8, 2003. The measurements are different from this recipe which begs the question, shouldn’t there be a standard?

  19. Wendy said: On Sep 9, 2012

    I’m sorry, I doubled the recipe and ended up with a bowl of very crumbly dough! I ended up adding some water and more butter to even make the mixture able to stay together! No sure what happened, but was very frustrating as my daughter was helping me…

  20. josie said: On Aug 8, 2012

    these cookies r great they r soo yummy and very easy i am only 13 and they work like a charm but i love cooking:) ten stars:)

  21. Annie said: On Jul 10, 2012

    I just love to see you cooking it looks so easy and simple. frankly, you shouldn’t cook for your wife you should let her cook, I am so jealous to see you cooking for her….hahaha…. good husband…

  22. Casey said: On May 31, 2012

    These cookies are amazing!
    I made them today by myself and my mom, my family loved it!!
    It’s easily and simply even a 14 year old like me can make it!
    I can’t wait to make more cookies :)

  23. Jackie said: On May 23, 2012

    I make all kinds of cookies, but don’t usually make chocolate chip because I don’t like the way they turn out. These, however, were well worth it. They were a little crispy on the outside and soft and chewy inside. Best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made or tasted. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe….it was a huge hit with my family : )

  24. sbjdhduaknjidsuikjkgdughsjkhjjcbsjks said: On Apr 23, 2012

    Delicious! Best cookies I ever ate! I rate it 5 stars out of 5 stars! Make more cookie recipies on the show so I can make more.Bye.

  25. Cris said: On Jan 6, 2012

    The first epicode of your show that I watched was when you made your chocolate chip cookies. I loved all the tips you gave the viewers about how to make soft yummy cookies. Your tips are appreciated as I just got married and am a beginner cook & baker.

    I am going to check out your book. You made a fan out of me. :)

  26. lizzy134 said: On Dec 20, 2011

    THey were great thank you so much for the recipe and ideas…me and my family watch u every day we are ur biggest fand thnxs bye

  27. renata said: On Dec 9, 2011

    these were the best cookies ever but then again all of michaels food always turns out yummy.
    Question why did they turn out dry??

  28. Gabriel said: On Jul 9, 2011

    Awesome cookies thx michael

  29. P.Denise said: On May 27, 2011

    I know its an unspoken rule not to change recipes, but I did and they turned out amazing. I added in 1tsp of Rum Extract and a sprinkle more of flour and they made great chocolate chip rum cookies. Next time I’ll probably do 1/2 and 1/2 Vanilla and Rum extract, but these still turned out amazing. Thanks Chef Michael!

  30. Jana said: On Apr 9, 2011

    Delicious!! Best cookies I’ve ever made.

  31. MariaM said: On Mar 26, 2011

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. My children’s school was having a fundraiser for the Japan earthquake and I made these, The cookies were gone in no time and I actually had teachers come up to me and ask for the recipe. I told them I found the recipe on Michael Smith’s website.
    Wonderful recipe! Thank you! My kids loved these cookies.

  32. annieG said: On Mar 15, 2011

    hi, i actually half the butter as mom didn’t really like butter. They turned out to be yummy too! Thanks Chef Michael. Cheers!

  33. kathy said: On Feb 26, 2011

    wishing for spring, so I just made these cookies and turned them into ice cream sandwiches. My kids said they would be my official dessert tasters forever.

  34. trish said: On Feb 23, 2011

    I absolutely agree I made these awsome chewy cookies twice in a week, for my family. I am going to make them again for our church. So yummy! Thanks Michael.

  35. dorothy said: On Jan 22, 2011

    Best chocolate chip cookies ever …. many thanks for sharing the recipe … now a family standard .

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For a richer chocolate flavour, add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients.
For an extra special treat, substitute M&M’s for the chips.