The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The secret ingredient is bread flour! It makes the cookies nice and chewy. SO yummy! Bread flour, baking soda, salt, butter-flavored shortening, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. One bite and you will be blown away. This is our go-to cookie recipe!

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Homemade Cookies with Bread Flour

I’ve been making these cookies for years and realized that I’ve never shared them on the blog. I had to remedy that situation, so I whipped up a batch. This is the best of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes! One bite and you will be blown away. They taste amazing!! The cookies are soft on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect! This recipe has one difference from most classic recipes. It uses bread flour. The bread flour makes the cookies nice and chewy on the inside. Give this recipe a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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How to Make The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Whisk together bread flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter-flavored shortening, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Slowing add in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a medium cookie scoop to scoop the dough and place it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake cookies in the oven until they are golden brown. Cool on the baking pan for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

How to Measure Flour

One cup of flour weighs 4.25-ounces. To properly measure flour, give the flour a stir to loosen it up in the container. Use a spoon and lightly spoon the flour into your measuring cup. Use a flat straight edge (like the straight back of a knife) to level off the top of the flour in the measuring cup. Do NOT compact the flour in the measuring cup.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why use shortening? Shortening makes the cookies crumbly, flaky and tender. Shortening is 100 percent fat as opposed to butter and lard, which are about 80 percent fat. Using shortening results in especially tender cakes, cookies, and pie crusts.
    • Can I substitute butter? You can, but it will change the texture of the cookies.
  • Can I substitute all-purpose flour? Yes, but it will change the texture of the cookies. Bread flour has more protein than all-purpose flour. The higher protein content produces more gluten in recipes resulting in a chewier cookie.
  • I make the cookie dough in an electric stand mixer. You can mix the dough with a handheld mixer or by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • For larger cookies, use an ice cream scoop and increase the cooking time by a few minutes.
  • Feel free to substitute your favorite baking chips for chocolate chips. Chocolate chunks, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips – anything goes! Sometimes I also mix in chopped nuts or sprinkles.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I Make Cookie Dough in Advance?

  • Yes! You can make the cookie dough a few days in advance and chill it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the cookies.
  • Can Chocolate Chip Cookies be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the cookie dough or the baked cookies.
    • To freeze the unbaked cookie dough, scoop the dough and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer. Once the dough is frozen, transfer cookie dough balls to a freezer bag and store the balls in the freezer for 3 to 6 months. When ready to bake cookies, simply add a few minutes to the cooking time.
    • To freeze baked cookies, allow the cookies to cool completely and place them in a freezer bag. Place the bag in the freezer. The cookies will keep about 3 months in the freezer.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies from Scratch

This is our go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is simple to make and has tons of great flavor! All you need is a big glass of milk and you are set! I like to whip up a batch of these cookies for cookouts and parties. I NEVER have any leftovers and everyone asks for the recipe! You need to make these cookies ASAP! These cookies also make great gifts!

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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The secret ingredient is bread flour! It makes the cookies nice and chewy. SO yummy! Bread flour, baking soda, salt, butter-flavored shortening, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. One bite and you will be blown away. This is our go-to cookie recipe!

Ingredients:

  • cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Whisk together bread flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat together shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla to the batter. Mix well.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixer.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough and place it onto the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are slightly golden brown.
  • Cool the cooking on the baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

Steph

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  1. I made your chocolate chip cookies today and my husband said “these are the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever made, so whatever you did differently, keep doing it!
    So YES! The bread flour is the key!! Thanks Stephanie!

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