The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


The perfect chocolate chip cookie. Brown butter and a heavy hand of vanilla extract are the secrets. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup minus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling the pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the skillet from heat and transfer butter to large heatproof bowl.
  5. Add both sugars and vanilla to bowl. Whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and egg yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth and no lumps remain.
  6. Using a spatula, stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips and give the dough a final stir to ensure every thing is well mixed.
  8. Drop dough by the spoonful on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake cookies 10-11 minutes until cookies are still puffy and golden brown.
  10. Transfer cookies to cooling rack and cool completely.
  11. Devour.


This recipe was adapted from a Cooks Illustrated recipe for high altitude. If you don’t need to adjust, increase baking soda to 1/2 teaspoon, and add a tablespoon both of brown and the granulated sugar.