Over the weekend, my best friend’s mom commented on my Instagram post about buckwheat chocolate chip cookies and said that I should make a definitive list of my best chocolate chip cookie recipes. She was so right. Today I took a deep dive through my archives to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipes for you.
The following list isn’t ranked in any particular order. It includes some of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes, including one for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. There are a lot of naysayers about those kind of cookies, but people need to relax. Once you try this recipe, you’ll be a believer, too.
Without further ado, here is my definitive list of best chocolate chip cookie recipes:
1.) Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
These beauties get a big boost from buckwheat, an ingredient that might make some scratch their heads. However, buckwheat gives the cookies a soft, chewy texture that remains for days after baking. Make sure to sprinkle them with sea salt when they come out of the oven.
2.) (Almost) Perfect Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies received top marks from my best friend and her mom over the summer when she was in town visiting. They’re puffy, light, chewy, and soft. Basically, they’ve everything that a good chocolate chip cookie should be. The picture makes them look like scones, but trust me, they are way lighter.
3.) Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cherries
Now comes the time when I convince you that oatmeal chocolate chip is just as good as regular chocolate chip. If you need some extra convincing, consider that I make a batch of these cookies every couple months, freeze most of them, and eat one every night for dessert with a scoop of ice cream. They’re that good.
4.) Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is a pretty standard chocolate chip cookie recipe except it calls for salted butter instead of unsalted. That being said, they’re not too salty. I personally like the balance of sweet and salty. I’m not a big fan of overly sweet chocolate chip cookies.
5.) My Go-To Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Although this is no longer my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, it definitely deserves a place of honor on this list. It’s simple and easy, and it has withstood the test of time. I’d recommend eating some dough while you bake them.
6.) The Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
Have I mentioned how much I like sea salt in chocolate chip cookies? This recipe came to me via my friend Anna, who said that it was one of her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. It calls for instant vanilla pudding, which initially freaked me out but I shouldn’t have worried. The cookies are light and fluffy. I guess the vanilla pudding gives them a boost.
7.) Alison Roman’s Salted Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
If you’re unfamiliar with this recipe, you probably don’t spend a lot of time on Instagram. A couple years ago they went viral on social media. I resisted making them for a while, and then I thought, why am I resisting making something that will probably be delicious? Armed with my newfound clarity, I made these cookies and brought them to work. My one coworker told me they were the best thing I’d ever made.
8.) Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies
The tahini-in-baked-goods trend started a few years ago and it’s still going strong. These salted chocolate chip tahini cookies are a product of that time. The tahini gives the cookies a peanut butter-esque flavor. I brought the cookies into work and one of my coworkers, a grumpy man who hardly ever smiled at me, came to my office to tell me how much he liked them. Maybe they’ll work some magic for you, too.
9.) New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies were all the rage many years ago, when the NYT published a chocolate chip cooke recipe from French pastry chef Jacques Torres. The recipe calls for refrigerating the dough for at least a day, which seems excessive but it creates a cookie that is chewy and soft in the center. I’d recommend investing in chocolate disks or wafers instead of chips for these cookies. They’ll distribute more evenly in the dough, creating a better ratio of dough to chocolate in the finished product.
Enjoy these recipes! Here’s a song to get you started.