If you know me (hi mom!) or have been around the blog and follow me on Instagram then you know I LOVE me some chocolate chip cookies! If you’re new here, welcome! Let me fill you in! You haven’t landed in the wrong corner of the internet. This blog is mostly all about interior design BUT I am a self-proclaimed chocolate chip cookie lover. Part of my quest in life is to find THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. And, it’s only natural that when I stumble upon a good one that I want to share it with those I love.
There are SO MANY recipes out there claiming to be THE BEST. And while I LOVE to get in the kitchen and bake, I realize that’s not everyone’s jam. BUT, everyone wants a good recipe, right? My hope is that by doing what I love and sharing every now and again the recipes I come across that work for me, it helps someone else out. If I can’t drive over and drop a warm batch of cookies off to you, It’s the next best thing I can do right?!
I’m not a recipe developer. In fact, I ALWAYS seek out a recipe on Pinterest when I’m looking to bake something. I’m not afraid to mix things up and experiment when cooking, but baking is a whole other science thing. I don’t love the idea of having to be precise. When it comes to baking, I do what works for me and let the experts do the teaching! That’s why you won’t find many actual recipes here, but rather links to my favorites by those who have perfected it!
The best chocolate chip cookie recipes on pinterest
Below are pictures and links to recipes for the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve found on Pinterest. I have some weird tricks and thoughts that I’ll share as to why I think mine turn out pretty good, but I’m no expert. Just a girl pursuing a passion. Even with recipes that I know work for me, I get bad batches or a less than desirable result. And it’s probably because I rushed it or wasn’t precise enough with my measuring. So be warned. My tips and tricks may work for you but when in doubt, trust the recipe creator. Because, ya know, everyone’s oven is different :).
Some weird tips and tricks I found that work for me
Ok, so let me again state for the people in the back that “I’m no expert”. And some of these tips/tricks may seem a little weird. All I know is that they work pretty well for me and so I keep doing them. If you’re curious, give one or all a go sometime to see if they work for you as well. If you feel so inclined, come back here and let me know if you do. Hopefully, it was a success and not an epic fail.
- My first weird tip is to rotate your cookies in the oven. I don’t think I EVER read this anywhere but it was something I noticed when I first started baking when I was young. My kid brain was like “I bet these would bake more evenly if they spent half their time on the lower rack and the other half on the upper.” Insert shrugging shoulders emoji. No clue if there is actual science to back this but again, it works for me. When baking my cookies I pop the first tray in the oven on the lower rack for about half the time. I then move that batch up to the higher rack to finish and add the next batch to the lower.
- This may be controversial but I use SALTED butter most of the time in my recipes. I liken it to making pasta (ha, again sharing my weird, crazy thought process). The professional chefs are always recommending seasoning at every level. And salted pasta water makes pasta taste SO MUCH better. So, why not salt your butter?
- I used to add slices of white bread to my cookies when storing on the counter to keep them soft. This was a trick my mom taught me and it worked pretty well. I now usually store my cookies in the freezer. I like to leave a handful out but the majority of them go straight into the freezer after they’ve cooled. I’d like to say it’s because I’m less likely to eat them all in one sitting. You know, “out of sight, out of mind.” But, my tummy’s no dummy. It knows where they are AND I’ve discovered that they’re EVEN BETTER straight out of the freezer. With minimal to no thawing! Call me weird, but try it! I bet you’ll love em too!
- I’ve come to discover that certain ingredients or methods tend to yield a cookie that I will love. For instance, melted butter. I’ve found cookie recipes with melted butter are some of my faves. I’ve also found that recipes with melted butter need to be and usually require chilling in order for them to work their magic and produce a chewy, soft cookie. Cornstarch is another must-have ingredient of mine. It makes cookies super soft. I’ve also learned that recipes with extra egg yolks add incredible richness and that I prefer cookies that have a mix of both brown sugar and white sugar. Although the measurement of brown sugar should be higher than white for maximum chew factor.
- I also like to slightly underbake my cookies. I just think they taste better :).
The best chocolate chip cookie recipe – hands down
You could in theory stop right here and you would be set for life! 99% of the time this is the chocolate chip cookie recipe that gets made in the Lowe household. It’s the one that gets sent out to family and friends. The one I bring with me to almost every holiday event. It’s THAT GOOD!
Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction knew what she was doing when she created this recipe. It’s seriously SO GOOD! Soft and chewy and super easy to make! When I first read this recipe a few years ago I thought it was weird that you used melted butter. Let me tell you. I’m a convert for sure. In fact, some of the recipes I’ve found to be the best are ones where melted butter are involved.
Sally has a couple of other tricks up her sleeve that make these winners. Adding in an extra egg yolk gives them richness and a bit of cornstarch helps with the softness. She also shares some other great tips with the recipe on her blog. Giving you the science behind what each ingredient does and how it contributes to the greatness of this cookie.
Besides being delicious, it’s really easy to make. You can make it with just one bowl and mix it all by hand. No mixer needed! I do give myself a bit of a workout though with this one. I like to whisk the melted butter and sugars together until they’ve gone a little pale and feel blended well. Switch to a spatula or spoon to mix the dry ingredients and chocolate chips though to make it easier on yourself.
The only downside, and it’s minor, is you need a bit of patience and some planning with this one. The dough needs to chill at least a few hours before baking. I think it’s best to let the dough sit in the fridge overnight but I have baked them the same day if I can at least chill for 6 hours.
If you want a cookie that’s super soft and falls apart
You can’t go wrong with pudding cookies! If you’re looking for a super soft, fall apart cookie, this is it! The box of instant pudding mix powder that gets mixed into the dough ensures these cookies come out soft and stay soft every. single.time!
I typically make the chocolate version of these for the holidays but thought vanilla with chocolate chips would be a nice change for once. This recipe makes a double batch and I usually cut it in half when it’s not the holidays.
You could really get crazy with this recipe and change up your pudding flavor and mix-ins if you wanted. Banana with vanilla wafers would be AH-MAZING and I’ve been wanting to try a cookies and cream version too.
I recently came across a recipe that used red, white, and blue m&ms to turn these pudding cookies into a festive, holiday version. I made them for the 4th and shared them and a few other favorite recipes here.
Sometimes I even leave out the chips in these cookies. But, it’s usually when I’m desperate for a soft cookie and we’re out of chocolate chips. Just wanted you to know its possible if you are desperate too!
When you want to be fancy and really treat yo self
I think I’ve made my obsession with this next cookie pretty well know. I first shared it along with a few of our other favorite, go-to recipes when we were deep into quarantine. You could say this cookie has been a bright spot in our long days of social distancing.
Since discovering on Pinterest, I think I’ve made these 4 other times so far! They are a little involved but the chilling steps go pretty quick and the cookies can be made the same day.
When I first saw the words brown butter + Nutella + chocolate chip cookie together in one sentence, I’m not gunna lie. I just KNEW these were gunna be good! We don’t always keep Nutella on hand though so I decided to tweak these a tad. I know, going against my motto but I feel confident with this minor switch-up.
When I don’t have Nutella on hand, I turn these into simply a brown butter chocolate chip cookie. It’s that easy! Just eliminate the steps where you scoop out and freeze dollops of the hazelnut spread and stuff into the cookies. When I do this, I do add a bit more chocolate chips to the mix to make up for it though.
I still get a great cookie and that yummy brown buttery goodness I’m craving!
The best chocolate chip cookies I’ve found on pinterest
There you have it! My go-to recipes for the best chocolate chip cookies from Pinterest. Don’t worry, if I come across any more I’ll be sure to add them here and alert you when I do!
If you’re looking for more of my favorites, check out my Christmas Cookie Roundup from last year. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to Cookies where I’ve pinned recipes I’ve either tried or am dying to try!
Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie that you adore? Share the love in the comments below!