The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever - Mountain Cravings

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

This is a dangerously bold claim. Everyone has their own favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, possibly handed down from a mother or nonna, and a recipe from some girl on the internet cannot possibly be better.

Friends, I hear you. I have that perfect recipe from my own mom… but these are simply the very best chocolate chip cookies I’ve eaten in my entire life. So I’m eating my humble pie (cookies?) and sharing it with you, because everyone needs to experience the incredibly mind-blowingly-perfect toffee-flavored-browned-butter cookie magic going on here.

And if you need one more way to treat mom this weekend, I promise this is your key to being her favorite child. (Proud to say I’ve held that title for a quarter-century – being an only child has nothing to do with it. It’s all about the cookies.)

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Unlike most things I post here, these aren’t an original recipe. They’re from the good people of America’s Test Kitchen and I didn’t even discover them myself. A good friend hosts fantastic parties where everyone else has a great time on the patio and he & I have a great time in the kitchen, and last time we went over he pulled these out of the oven.

I was utterly addicted at the first bite. He sent us home with half a dozen and we devoured all of them the next morning for breakfast.

Brown butter is pretty much the most delicious thing that can come out of a saucepan but it’s tricky to adapt traditional cookie recipes that rely on cold butter. These cookies are soft and chewy all the way through except for a teeny bit of crunch at the edges, and the brown butter just melts in your mouth.

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Make a batch for your mom, make a batch for your neighbors, make a batch for yourself. They will all be gone within the day and you’ll have friends knocking on your door to see if there are any more in the oven.

These are perfection as-is, end of story. But I had a giant bag of peanut butter M&Ms staring me down as I mixed the first batch and I couldn’t resist because self-control = zero.

I’m happy to report that you truly can’t go wrong with this recipe and also that peanut butter M&Ms make even the very best even better. Amen.

The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Honest-to-goodness the very best chocolate chip cookies ever with toffee-flavored-browned-butter magic.
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 180 kcal
Author: Mountain Cravings
  • 14 T. butter
  • oz. sugar (1/2 cup)
  • oz. dark brown sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • oz. flour (1¾ cups)
  • cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Melt 10 T. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl constantly for another 2-3 minutes, until dark brown flecks appear and it smells wonderfully nutty.
  3. Remove skillet from heat and pour butter into a large mixing bowl. Add remaining 4 T. butter and stir until completely melted.
  4. Whisk in sugars, salt, vanilla, egg, and egg yolks.
  5. Let batter stand for 3 minutes, whisk for 30 seconds, and repeat twice more. Batter should be shiny and completely smooth.
  6. Fold in baking soda and flour, mixing only until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Divide dough in 16 balls. Arrange 8 balls evenly on one parchment-covered baking sheet.
  8. Bake one sheet on center rack at 375° for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown and puffy. Set baking sheet on wire rack to cool and repeat with remaining dough.

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen.

I’m almost always guilty of measuring by volume rather than weight, but this is a recipe where it truly counts – dust off your kitchen scale if you have one!

Nutrition Facts
24 servings per container
Serving size 1 cookie

Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 15g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 1g

Calcium 1mg 1%
Iron 6mg 34%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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