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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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On our way home yesterday, Maggie asked if we could make real cookies not pretend ones when we got home.  I was not sure what she meant by pretend cookies as I like to think that all of my cookie recipes are real.  She continued to tell me that pretend cookies are the kind that comes in a box.  Her wish was my command.  I could not think of a better way to spend a rainy afternoon then baking a batch of my real chocolate chip cookies with one of my favorite people.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few years back my friend Evelyn introduced me to the Barefoot Contessa’s chocolate chip cookie.  I had been a faithful Toll House cookie baker prior to then, and never strayed.  While the recipes were very similar, the use of more brown sugar and less granulated as well as less flour was about to make my usual chocolate chip cookies boring.

After a few years of following Ina’s recipe, I strayed again, and began to make the chocolate chip cookie recipe my own.  IT IS SO GOOD!  You can stop looking anywhere else!

I started doubling up the number of chips or chocolate chunks.  As well I used lots of really good unsalted butter.  These chocolate chip cookies come out thinner, crispier, and super chocolatey which is perfect for dipping into a glass of milk.  Or even enjoying with an afternoon coffee.  I love how the chocolate melts into the coffee, so good!


Speaking of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, we had the honor of meeting her at the Fancy Food Show this past Monday.  We talked to her for a bit and she even let us snap this photo.  Ms. Garten is a delight, so sweet, and soft-spoken as well she seemed interested in what we are doing at Chez Us, maybe she was just being nice, regardless it was fantastic to meet the woman who is hanging out with us in our PJs every Saturday morning!  



Look no further as I am now sharing the perfect as well as the best ever chocolate chip cookies.  This recipe is going to please all cookie monsters in your life.  Bonus, they pack up very well for mailing.  Whenever I feel an urge for a cookie I make a batch of these chocolate chip cookies and mail them off to my dad or our nephews.  


  • Use butter – lots of really good unsalted butter.  This cookie recipe is not good made with shortening, margarine, coconut, oil, etc…  go for the gold with butter!
  • Bring the butter and eggs to room temperature as the dough will come together easier.
  • DO NOT OVER BEAT the butter and sugar unless you want cake like cookies.  
  • Use a really good quality chocolate – we like Guittard as well as bittersweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.  This recipe also works with semi-chocolate chips or Akoma Semi-Sweet.
  • Use a sharp knife (carefully) if making chocolate chunks instead of using chips.  Or a food processor.


  • Mixer
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Kathy Sieber

Thursday 14th of April 2022

I am having a great deal of trouble using your website. I first could find the recipe, just the ingredients. Now I can’t find the baking instructions. Is it only me?

Denise Woodward

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hello Kathy - we are not sure why it isn't showing for you as it is for us. We will email you the recipe.



Friday 17th of December 2021

I can't seem to find the recipe for these amazing sounding cookies! (I keep scrolling / but I don't see it?) Would you mind sharing it? Thank you!

Denise Woodward

Friday 17th of December 2021

Hi Mari! You are right these are amazing. We are not sure why you are not seeing the recipe - we just checked and it is there, at the bottom of the post with a print option. Maybe clean out your cache?


Sunday 20th of January 2019

I meet Ina at William Sonoma in Baltimore, several years ago, she was there for her cookbook signing! She was just a delight, soft spoken and had something nice to say to everyone! I can make any of her recipes and know they will be delish! Love these Chocolate Chips!


Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Hi ina, are these cookies crispy? I love crispy cookies Thank you Ina


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

The recipe for these cookies appears in one of Ina's recipe books. The one in the book says to cook the cookies for 15 minutes....not 12 which they show here

Denise Woodward

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Hello Katy - thanks for reaching out. There are a few changes along the way such as the timing. Twelve minutes works best for us in our location with is the Bay Area - fifteen minutes made the cookies a bit too crisp for our liking. Where are you located?