Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

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These Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies are like sugar cookies, shortbread cookies and chocolate chip cookies all in one. The combined flavors and textures create this heavenly cookie recipe that is always such a hit with everyone that tries it!

The chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack.

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie

These chocolate chip sugar cookies are one of the best recipes for you to make. Not only do these wonderful cookies come out super soft and tasty, but the recipe is also very simple to follow along with. The cookies take just under 15 minutes and maybe the go-to recipe for you to bake the best chocolate chip cookies. If you want a twist on chocolate chip cookies, you can try Banana Chocolate Chip CookiesMint Chocolate Chip Cookies {Video} or Cappuccino Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ingredients You Will Need

(full amounts in recipe box below)

  • Butter- Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar- This sugar is the best for homemade frosting.
  • Brown Sugar- This sugar will add moisture to your cookies.
  • Egg- Use an egg at room temperature.
  • Vanilla Extract- Use pure vanilla for the best flavoring.
  • Flour- Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
  • Baking Soda- This will allow the cookies to rise in the oven.
  • Cream of Tartar- This will help with the consistency of the batter.
  • Salt- This will bring out the flavors in your recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips- These will be folded into the batter.
  • Sugar- This will be used to roll your cookie dough in.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

In the bowl of a standing mixer, put in the butter and sugars and use a paddle attachment to beat on medium speed until combine for about 10 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl. The mixture should look pale and fluffy when done.

Add in the egg and vanilla and beat again until combined.

Next, add the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt into a mother bowl and pour in the butter mixture, then stir to combine until fully incorporated.

The butter and sugars in an electric mixer.

Add the chocolate chips and use a spatula to fold to combine.

Use foil or plastic wrap to cover the mixture and put it into the fridge to chill for 1 hour.

Set the oven to 350 degrees after the batter is done chilling. Use parchment paper to line a cookie sheet.

Add a scoop of dough into your hands and roll into a ball using a medium cookie scoop.

Scooping the dough into a medium scooper.

Then, place into the granulated sugar and roll to coat.

Rolling the dough into the sugar.

Arrange the dough balls about 2 inches apart and place them into the preheated oven for about 12 minutes. The edges should become light brown in color and the tops paler in color.

Take out and let the cookies rest and cool for a few minutes, then place onto a wire rack to finish cooling to room temperature.

Serve and enjoy with a glass of milk.

The cookies stacked on top of each other with one with a bite taken out of it.

What is the Best Chocolate for Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies?

Chocolate chip cookies can be made with many types of chocolate. These Chocolate chip cookies are made with normal milk chocolate, which I prefer over most chocolate. However, you can choose to add whatever chocolate you want most, like semi-sweet, dark chocolate, or white chocolate.

How Do I Keep Chocolate Chip Cookies Soft?

We want to enjoy cookies for a while and there are two simple ways to keep them soft. First off, you want to make sure to not overtake your cookies in the oven. Also, you want to store them in an airtight container to keep the moisture locked in.

A hand holding one of the cookies.

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Cookies stacked on top of each other on a wire rack.

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies are like sugar cookies, shortbread cookies and chocolate chip cookies all in one. The combined flavors and textures create this heavenly cookie recipe that is always such a hit with everyone that tries it! 
Servings: 30 cookies
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 32 minutes



  • Add the butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 10 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every few minutes. The mixture will be really pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla just until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt and add it to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • After chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough and roll it into a ball and then roll it in the granulated sugar and place cookies dough balls at least 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and bake for 1o to 12 minutes until the edges begin to turn a golden brown and the tops are still light.
  • Cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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The timing of the mixing is incredibly important, do not shorten it or it will change the texture of the cookies.
Granulated sugar may be used in place of light brown sugar, but brown sugar is a very traditional ingredient of chocolate chip cookies.
The cookies should remain good for a few days at room temperature in an airtight container.
Balls of cookie dough can be frozen on a cookie sheet then transferred to a freezer bag and stored for up to 3 months.


Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

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