Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 24 cookies

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Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies: my own mom’s recipe that she’s been making since I was a kid. These cookies are soft, chewy, perfectly golden, and ready in under 20 minutes!

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  1. Ingredients Needed:
  2. How to Make Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. FAQs
  4. Tips and Notes for Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
  5. More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes You’ll Love
  6. Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

My mom was always one who found a good recipe and stuck to it. Which means that I have a whole arsenal of perfect recipes just waiting to be made again and shared. And Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are nothing short of perfection.

These cookies are quick and easy to make and simple enough that you probably already have what you need in your fridge and pantry. They’re perfect for after school snacks, for lunch box desserts, or for when you’re just craving the goodness of a home-baked chocolate chip cookie!

If you’re looking for more of my mom’s recipes, see these Mom’s Double Chocolate Cookies, Mom’s Homemade Buns and Mom’s (Almost) No Bake Pineapple Squares!

Want to mix things up? Try my M&M Cookies!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Butter: make sure you use unsalted butter so you don’t end up with salty cookies…unless you’re into that!
  • Brown Sugar and Granulated Sugar: using a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar results in moist and chewy cookies with the perfect crispy edge.
  • Eggs: helps the cookies hold shape as they bake.
  • Vanilla: adds flavor depth and warm sweetness to the cookie dough.
  • All-Purpose Flour: gives the cookies their structure.
  • Baking Soda: keeps the cookies a little lighter and helps them achieve that
  • Chocolate Chips: just use your favorite variety!

How to Make Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies come together in under 20 minutes! No chilling necessary!

  1. Combine the wet ingredients: In your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla, then beat until smooth.
  2. Add the dry ingredients: Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat until combined, then stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Portion the dough: Use a cookie scoop or your hands to portion the dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake: Bake the cookies at 350ºF until they’re golden on the edges, but slightly under-baked in the center.
overhead image of chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper


What is the secret to making soft cookies?

Underbake them! The key to perfectly soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies is to pull them out of the oven when they are turning golden on the edges but are still slightly glossy in the center. They will continue to set as they cool, and the texture will be perfect!

Why do my chocolate chip cookies come out flat?

If your chocolate chip cookies are flattening too much in the oven, chances are the butter was too warm. Avoid letting it sit out on the counter too long before you cream it with the sugar. Cold butter creates thicker, fluffier cookies.

How to fix cookies that spread:

If you notice your cookies spreading too much, don’t worry. You can fix this by using a spoon or butter knife to gently press the edges back in. Be sure to do this while they’re still warm!

Can chocolate chip cookie dough be made ahead of time?

Totally! You can assemble the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a couple of days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To freeze chocolate chip cookie dough, portion the dough out onto a baking sheet, flash freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container or ziplock bag for long term storage.

How to store:

Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 2 months. To enjoy again, serve cold, at room temp, or warm in the microwave!

close up image of chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper

Tips and Notes for Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Line the baking sheet. Lining the baking sheet with parchment paper helps prevent the bottoms of the cookies from burning. It also helps prevent the cookies from spreading too much.
  • Give them space. These cookies will spread a little bit as they bake, so I recommend giving them 2″ of space on the baking sheet.
  • Don’t over-bake! I can’t stress this one enough. Under-baking is the way to go. Over-baked cookies are hard and dry.
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Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies: my own mom's recipe that she's been making since I was a kid. These cookies are soft, chewy, perfectly golden, and ready in under 20 minutes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 214cal


  • 1 ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with an electric mixer), cream together butter and sugars.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Add flour, salt, and baking soda and beat on low speed until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Roll cookie dough into balls (1-2" rounds) or scoop with cookie scoop and place 2" apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on how large you made them. Bake until light golden at the edges but still slightly glossy in the center — trust me! They will continue to set as they cool. Overbaked cookies are hard and dry.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 214cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. pablo gonzales 2007 says

    The cookies are perfect, very flat and very tasty my favourite part of making them is creaming the butter, its a really nice workout!

  2. Melissa says

    The video shows more than chocolate chips. Is it butterscotch and chocolate squares and chocolate chips? I read through the comments but seems I’m the only one who noticed this huge difference.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Melissa! I did this video and posted it to Instagram so it is pretty new to the website. I really just used whatever I had in my cabinet! The whole point is to go crazy and use up whatever you have! Hope you enjoy them!

  3. Oluwanifemi Adebosola Odeyemi says

    I really love this. It’s a different way of baking chocolate chip cookies to me. Mine would come out full and playful. The chocolate chips would be large 😊.
    Super excited about this. It must have been really fun for you to do this. Kudos β™₯οΈπŸ§πŸ–ŒοΈπŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ˜˜.

  4. Alice says

    My cookies turned out more soft than chewy πŸ™ Do you have any tips? I followed the recipe exactly. I may have overbeat the eggs though. How long would you say to beat the eggs and sugar mixture for? Also, I use a paddle attachment and not a whisk. Is that correct? Thanks! The cookies were delicious regardless.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Alice! When creaming together butter and sugar you can use a paddle attachment to beat together until light and fluffy. Usually about 2-3 minutes. (There are lots of guides online that talk about the science of this). As far as adding in the eggs, just beat them in until everything is incorporated and smooth.

  5. Kathryn says

    I bake almost every Sunday, typically chocolate chip cookies and this is probably by far my favorite recipe. They’re chewy, have the perfect thickness, and came out perfectly round.

  6. Debbie says

    My son leaves for university this weekend. I am making up a recipe book for him. He looked through my recipes and picked his favourites. This is one of them. Thanks Ashley.
    I’ll also be printing a number of our favourite Instant Pot recipes as well plus I’ll give him the Recipe Rebel URL as a resource.
    Thanks again Ashley! Your website is amazing!

  7. Karolina Bobek says

    Thank you so much for this beautiful recipe πŸ’— πŸ’• 😘 πŸ’– My children love these cookies 🧑🧑🧑🧑

  8. Sharilee Ensz says

    I’m 14. just made the choco chip cookies! they are the best things iv ever made. they turned out sooo good. we’re going to serve them for refreshments at church tonight. i only made a minor change (because we didnt have the right ingred.) πŸ™‚ i did a gob of mini semi sweet chips! and i made a half recipe. I DIDNT OVER BAKE!!!!!!!! bravooooo:)
    thanks for this yummy recipe!!!

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