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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you’re one of those people in search of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes this is one you must try. Not only is the texture amazing, but these cookies are also chock full of chocolate chips.

Chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.

You may think all chocolate chip cookie recipes are the same. Yeah, I used to think so too. But I was wrong!

My go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe was always the Nestle Toll House recipe. I’ve always felt my results were inconsistent. Then it got to a point where my family was asking to try other recipes.

So my kids and I started looking around and tried a few that were good but this one is definitely standing out.

When you read through the recipe you’ll see an unusual ingredient. White vinegar isn’t usually in cookie recipes.

But vinegar is sometimes used in baking. My chocolate chip chocolate muffins have red wine vinegar in the recipe. 

Chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

Why do you use vinegar in baking?

The vinegar reacts with the baking soda to produce carbon dioxide which gives the cookies a better rise, or fluff, as my son likes to say. You can’t taste it at all, trust me. My kids wouldn’t eat them if you could. 

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You may think these cookies are more cake-like. We didn’t think so. They are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. 

My teenage boys actually made this batch of cookies and they asked if they could be big. Why not? So they used my #40 scoop. They weren’t too big basically because they didn’t spread much.

Balls of chocolate chip cookie dough on a baking sheet.


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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 24 - 3" cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.


  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 bag (11.5 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with Silpat liners or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine brown and white sugar, butter, salt, vanilla extract, vinegar, and baking soda. Beat until smooth and creamy and ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Beat in the egg until thoroughly mixed in, scraping the side and bottom of the bowl.
  4. Mix in the flour and then the chocolate chips.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" between dough balls.
  6. Bake cookies 10 - 12 minutes, until edges begin to brown and center is set.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on the pan 5 -9 minutes until they've set enough to move without breaking.
  8. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.


Adapted from King Arthur Baking Company.

If you want more cookies, use a smaller scoop and bake for a few minutes less.

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Elisa L

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Fantastic!! As I hoped...maybe better!! Don’t overbake. Thank you Ellen!


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

They look perfectly chewy in the middle and crispy on the outside. Just the way I like them!

Rebekah Hills

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Ohhh these have those crispy edges! Love chewy crispy chocolate chip cookies!

Peabody Jennifer Johanson

Monday 17th of August 2020

Always great to have a classic cookie! And it doesn't get more classic than chocolate chip!

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