Monday, July 20, 2009

Milk & Cookies

Ummm… Yummm!

Simple. Just the way I like it. Normally, if I want chocolate chip cookies, it’s due to an immediate craving for chocolate. Resulting in the purchase and preparation of a package of break and bake chocolate chip cookies. That’s right I don’t even bother with the cookie dough log anymore … too much trouble. It’s the pre-cut kind for me so I don’t have to waste any extra time.

But, then I realized I’ve never made basic chocolate chip cookies from scratch for the site before. Actually, I’m not even sure if I have ever made them from scratch at all … other than these pumpkin pecan chocolate chunk ones. So this obviously had to be corrected… right away. That’s one thing I love about this site. Gives me lots of excuses to bake sweet stuff.



Here’s the ingredients. I looooooooove looooove loooove brown sugar.

Cookie Dough

Anyone want to stop here and get a spoon?

Chocolate Chips

No. No. We must have chips. And lots of them.


Use an ice cream scoop and you can get your cookies to come out the same size when they bake.

When they’re done, let them cool slightly before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


Whoops… dropped one. Okay, so it was more like ten. (smiles innocently)


What to do? What to do? Why eat them right off the tray while they’re still warm and gooey and melty, of course. Continue until you are sick. It’s the best way.


Whatever is left after the craving is satisfied, you can store for an hour later when you finish off the rest with a tall glass of milk.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk and set aside.
  • With a mixer, beat butter and both sugars until well blended.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture in two additions until combined.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
  • Use a mini ice cream scoop to drop cookie dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Tip: About half way through baking, sprinkle reserved chips on top of cookies. This is just to make them prettier so, some of the chips are seen on top.
  • Makes about ??. (I ate too many before I counted. But a couple dozen for sure.)

But if that’s too plain for you, then have a little more fun with them and make some ice cream cookie sandwiches.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

You didn’t think I was going to stop tempting you, did ya?

All you’ll need for these is some ice cream and sprinkles.

Cookie Cutouts

  • Cut cooled cookies out with a circular cutter for smaller, more uniform sandwiches. Or just use the cookies au naturale. Either way, still good.
  • Place a small scoop of ice cream on one cookie. Then place the other cookie on top of the ice cream and press together gently.
  • Roll the sides in a small bowl of sprinkles if you so desire.
  • Make and eat right away before they melt.

Cookies & Cream!


And for a little more fun, check out Cakespy’s illustrated timeline of the chocolate chip cookie. Very cute!

Melissa said...

Love the idea of using an ice cream scoop to make each cookie the same size! Great tip! Speaking of ice cream, would you happen to know where I can purchase an old fashioned ice cream cone stand?

July 21, 2009 12:43 AM
mamakeith said...

looks yummy! Photographs are amazing! Great work…an inspiration.

July 21, 2009 12:59 AM
dtmckinnon said...

Thanks for this! especially the pic with the dough…had me drooling!
I can't wait to make them.
(I just made the burger cupcake and cookie fries for hubby's office for his birthday. A HUGE hit – but before anyone ate they all whipped out their blackberries and took pictures ! ha! thanks!

July 21, 2009 01:38 AM
kel said...

ahh! i love this blog!! it keeps getting sweeter and sweeter everyday! i cant resist!

July 21, 2009 01:55 AM
Annabelle said...

i love your sight for food and pics. So i know that you are great.

But for some reason today i was truly blown away with the cookie pics. the cookies – perfect. the lighting – perfect and the background blue – perfect.


July 21, 2009 02:43 AM
Shari and Amber said...

Hi there! I regularly visit your blog to ohhh and ahhhh at all the fantastic creations! You totally rock. I have a blog, related to my little girls shop-
and we would love for you to be a guest blogger! If you have any interest, you can email me at amber @ or comment on our blog. I posted one a while back about your cake balls. Thanks for being awesome!

July 21, 2009 02:52 AM
Samantha said...

I was just thinking about making chocolate chip cookies too! Except you actually made some and I was too lazy to wait for the butter to become room temp. Your cookies looks so yummy that I have to make some tomorrow!

July 21, 2009 03:00 AM
Bakerella said...

Miiitch – great tip. Can't wait to try it.

jillianaiden&clan – I wish I considered myself a teacher. I'm more like a sharer. I don't know enough to teach. But I think I'll try you tip next time. thanks.

Jessica – here's a link so you can convert the butter into the measurement of your choice

Also … it's packed brown sugar.

Nouveau Stitch – Maybe I should try the plastic wrap. Mine were kinda melty. But I also think my freezer is on it's last leg.

Jennifer – Use the kind with the release mechanism

Ginger Harvey – I love Toll House. That doesn't surprise me.

Lisa Ryan – OKAY. I'll try those next time.

Chris – YAY!!!!!! Glad you like them.

Lisa – Don't give up. You can do it.

wandering nana – I actually have some cappuccino flavored ones I need to try

Michael – Not really. These were actually on the softer side.

Becky – colored papers, that's it.

Jenn – Cool. Good to know.

Melissa – Sorry. I don't even know where you can find a new-fashioned one.

Annabelle – Thanks. That made my day.

July 21, 2009 03:40 AM
Heidi said...

I have a bag of chips in my cupboard that is now calling my name. My kids and I love to make cookie ice cream sandwiches. Our favorite is peanutbutter cookies with chocolate ice cream. Now I'm thinking we could roll the edges in mini chocolate chips. Yum!

July 21, 2009 03:43 AM
Bakerella said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. I think I want some of those, now.

July 21, 2009 03:46 AM
Kate Craig said...

Ice cream scoop! Why did I never think of that!

And yes, until you are sick. That is my way

July 21, 2009 04:45 AM
KreatesKards said...

Oh my gosh, now I want cookies so badly. This site is not fair!!! LOL

July 21, 2009 04:51 AM
Tash said...

Your site is amazing and you have inspired me to make cake pops. I have made them several times and they have always been a hit.

Keep on baking

July 21, 2009 04:58 AM
Shea said...

You are so bad for posting this. OF COURSE I am craving them now. Thank goodness my husband was at the store tonight, and I phoned him to get some last minute ingredients before he left. He'll be very thankful.

July 21, 2009 05:31 AM
Teresa Rebelo said...

I love your gorgeous blog! Few time ago I'd tried one of yours recipes – the lemon bars. They were great. You can see them here:
Unfortunatelly, my blog is written in portuguese…
Thanks for your sweet inspiration.
Teresa Rebelo from Oporto – Portugal

July 21, 2009 09:01 AM
Maybe said...

I want one ! I want one ! I want one ! And maybe a few ice cream sandwiches… Seriously, your "basic" cookies look delicious ! And what is great is that I just got a KitchenAid for my birthday ! Yeah !

July 21, 2009 09:39 AM
Donna said...

Love the photos, I've not yet seen the mention of multiple chocolates for the cookies. Our favorites are dark, milk and white chocolate chip cookies….Yummy 3 times the sweet fix!

July 21, 2009 12:05 PM
Anonymous said...

Mmm … Now I'm craving some cookies. Guess that's what I'll do with my kids today!

Thanks for sharing your recipe (and those great pictures too!),


July 21, 2009 01:06 PM
The Toll House Cookie said...

YUMMY!!!! I'm ready to make some now!!

July 21, 2009 01:18 PM
raj said...

oh my god!! this is making me want to bake me some right away!! i just might do it!

July 21, 2009 02:18 PM
Kelly said...

I made these last night! Best chocolate chip cookies I have EVER had!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

July 21, 2009 02:18 PM
Jessica said...

I had to go home and make these last night. They were AWESOME! :) I got 40 cookies out of this recipe (that is even after I sampled the dough a few hundred times lol) They are super yummy and super easy. Thanks for keeping the awesome recipes coming! :)

July 21, 2009 02:32 PM
***Positively Preppy in Pink*** said...

Looks like it's going to be a chocolate chip cookie day for me now that I've read this post! YUMMMMMM! :)

July 21, 2009 03:06 PM
ChristineM said...

Mmm! Yes, I tend to "drop" a few of those deliciously warm and gooey cookies myself! THE BEST! Great pics, as usual!

July 21, 2009 03:54 PM
Atticelf said...


July 21, 2009 04:39 PM
postcardgirl said...

Wow, yours hung around long enough to make ice cream sandwiches with them?! I baked a batch of chocolate chip on Saturday and they about disappeared instantly! Of course, that could be b/c DH walked in as I was pulling the first batch out of the oven (he's a cookie monster!)….

July 21, 2009 05:42 PM
foodnfit said...

Those look like the most delicious chocolate chip cookies EVER!

July 21, 2009 07:35 PM
Ashley said...

These look so good! I can't wait to try these out!

July 21, 2009 07:59 PM
Jenny said...

I use the box mix with the Ghiradelli chips and have needed a scratch recipe, thanks for that, and I see you used my favorite chips. Have you tried silicone bakeware? My muffin tins always end up burning the bottoms after a year or so and my hubby hates paper cups. Thoughts?

July 21, 2009 08:16 PM
Cathy said...

made them, ate them, bought the t-shirt!!!! thanx for the reminder of just how wonderful a warm cchip cookie can be!!!!

July 21, 2009 09:12 PM
Cindy said...

i just made them and they have to be some of the best cookies ive had in a while! your fan and ga neighbor cindy!

July 21, 2009 09:17 PM
Cakespy said...

I think that yours could kick the butt of the Chipwich any day of the week, Bakerella! Nice presentation with the sprinkles on the side too. As you can tell by the timeline I've been cookie-obsessed lately, and once again you've deliciously indulged my obsessions! :-)

July 21, 2009 10:34 PM
Anonymous said...

I always look forward to your weekly posts! They always get me in the mood to bake…inspiring and fun! I did have a question, though and since I don't have a Google account I'll have to ask "anonymously". If I don't have a stand mixer, like you do, will one of those hand mixers do the trick in this recipe? Thank you.

July 21, 2009 11:40 PM
7aneen said...

yummooooo!!! LOVE the ice cream sandwich idea!

July 21, 2009 11:59 PM
Lianne said...

You're near me here in GA…can I just come and clean up the crumbs for ya??!?!! :o) …no, really…

July 22, 2009 01:41 AM
Janine said...

My kids love chocolate chip cookies warm and I feel so mean when I don't let them eat more than four at a time… especially when i eat a ton of them after they go to bed!

July 22, 2009 02:50 AM
Cari said...

Yum! I think I will have to make those with buttercream icing in the middle…my favorite!

July 22, 2009 02:52 AM
-Julie said...

Oh yum! I am recently having some troubles with my favorite jeans not fitting anymore. I'm pretty sure it's due to fresh baked chocolate chip cookies! Or maybe it's because of the bazillions of cupcakes I've been making! You're a bad influence!

July 22, 2009 03:06 AM
Lady P said...

you – just when I think, hey! she's just like me, a simple cookie recipe will sometimes do – you then pull out the sprinkles and the cutters and the glorious photography stuff
man, I love it!

July 22, 2009 05:12 AM
Gourmet said...

These look fantastic! I'm totally craving cookies now! I guess that's a hint to get in the kitchen….

July 22, 2009 02:19 PM
The Fajdich Times said...

OMG looks sooooooooo good. How fun:)

July 22, 2009 02:28 PM
Mara said...

I love your blog! My sister just told me about it recently and it's great. I am hooked :)

July 22, 2009 02:31 PM
Jessica Morris said...

I adore brown sugar too!! Have you ever had Hagan Daaz "Five Ingredient" Brown Sugar Icecream before?! It is TO DIE FOR.
Sooooo yummy!! It's a must try for brown sugar lovers :)

July 22, 2009 02:44 PM
AlanaStacy said...

An amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe is the Nestle Toll House recipe. Honestly one of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made!

July 22, 2009 03:12 PM
thriftylittleblog said...

Wow… first you post the most perfect looking chocolate chip cookies then you add ice cream too them!

July 22, 2009 05:14 PM
My Feet Hurt said...

Those ice cream sandwiches look GOOD!

July 22, 2009 05:22 PM
spencer said...

Oh don't use Lilly White flour for CCC. Makes them too soft. Try good old gold medal or one without soft winter wheat.

July 22, 2009 07:56 PM
JennyMooMeow said...

I was hungry for cookies before I saw this and now I'm really drooling.

July 22, 2009 10:16 PM
Lizzie Fish said...

Dear Bakerella,

I love this blog.

Liz Fischer

July 22, 2009 10:42 PM
Nancy said...

Your photos are yummilicious!!!

July 22, 2009 10:58 PM
the southern hostess said...

These look absolutely perfect!

July 23, 2009 12:11 AM
Stacey said...

Those cookies are making my mouth water.
Oh my…they look incredible.

July 23, 2009 12:22 AM
Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oooo yummy, you make me want to go in my kitchen and bake up a batch right now!

July 23, 2009 02:26 AM
Polly said...

you are such a gorgeous and wonderful person..thanks for all your precious all your fantastic decorations^^

July 23, 2009 06:32 AM
nyonya pendek melaka said...

wish i could have some of the cookies right now! so delightful!

July 23, 2009 06:53 AM
Olivia said...

These little gems are heaven to chocoholic like me… just love to munch them while working on my project : ) Thanks for sharing the recipe.


July 23, 2009 07:31 AM
Maryam said...

They look extremely heavenly…

I just can't take my eyes of them…

July 23, 2009 10:32 AM
Aislinn said...

made these for my kickball team last night, i mixed milk and white chocolate chips b.c. i didn't have enough of either to make a full batch. these are the moistest cookies i have ever made, and for the first time ever even the girls on my team came back for a few more cookies! awesome recipe thanks!

July 23, 2009 12:50 PM
LoriLyn said...

You just can't beat Chocolate Chip Cookies.I am craving some now!! By the way, I like the cookie tower with ice cream and sprinkles :)

July 23, 2009 01:38 PM
bebe bobbin said...

i'm not sure if you'll see my comment because you always get so many, your photography and baking skills are amazing!

those ice cream sandwiches look so GOOD!

try this chocolate chip recipe, it's chocolate chip cookies with a twist. it has coconut, milk chocolate chips and rice krispies in them mmmmm :

July 23, 2009 03:01 PM
We Are Not Martha said...

I don't know if these look really delicious or if you're just an amazingly fantastic photographer!! Oh, I think it's both!!

Those cookie sandwiches look awesome!!


July 23, 2009 05:00 PM
Sandy Morgan said...

YUMMY! Can't wait to try these out for my 4 year old! Be sure to drop by my blog! I have having a Free Friday giveaway! The drawing will be next Friday for a Personalized Magnetic Message Board! All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered and if you become a follower you get a 2nd entry for the drawing!!

July 23, 2009 06:42 PM
The Gomes Family said...

Yummy, great stuff!

July 23, 2009 07:01 PM
Farmhouse Kitchen said...

OH, those ice cream sandwhiches with the sprinkles are adorable.

Looks just like the middle of summer!


July 23, 2009 08:26 PM
It's Bunny! said...

seriously, your photos are so good!

July 23, 2009 10:08 PM
Kylie said...

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are the best!!! We make them so much that my mom can get them in the oven in under 8 minutes! I will definetely try this recipe! Yum!!!

July 23, 2009 11:00 PM
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July 24, 2009 04:02 AM
Nicole said...

your post made me make cookies, temptress!

thanks for the recipe

July 24, 2009 08:53 PM
Kelly said...

You have me CRAVING choc chip cookies now. They look so scrumpscious. Unfortunately at the moment I can't chew, oral surgery, so I'm left with unsatisfied cravings. But…time to plan out some homemade choc chip cookies for when I can eat them. Yes!

July 24, 2009 10:09 PM
Doreen said...

yummm, i want my self some milk and cookies!

July 25, 2009 02:33 AM
florence said...

Hey! I came across your cake balls and I was so inspired by them! Lovely blog btw:D

July 25, 2009 06:59 AM
MindyMac said...

Just checking out your site for the first time! I saw you area a Cake Art fan……I LOVE that place! Just picked up some powder food coloring there! I grew up in that neck of the woods! You must be a neighbor! Can't wait to make some of your amazing recipes!

July 25, 2009 06:39 PM
The Sexy Pedestrian said...

Is it wrong that I can actually taste those photos?

July 25, 2009 06:43 PM
catty said...

I'm officially inspired. Making choc chip cookies tomorrow :)

July 25, 2009 08:21 PM
Lina said...

milk & cookies… a match made in heaven

July 25, 2009 09:10 PM
The Scootabaker said...

I need a good, no, great chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have to say, for something that looks so easy, chocolate chip cookies have to be the hardest recipe to get right! You rock!


July 26, 2009 05:06 PM
TiredGirl said...

THANK YOU BAKERELLA! This is the first scratch cookie recipe I've successfully made. You are blessing woman!

July 26, 2009 08:07 PM
Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Wow… very nice. Love the ice cream sandwiches. I am lazy and make mine with graham crackers. I bet my boys would love them with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

July 27, 2009 02:23 AM
Alia said...

You rock! You are so funny and informative. I love baking and baked sweet goods. I am so homesick as I live in the Middle East! Chocolate chip cookies are my very favorite!! Thanks again for this site!

July 27, 2009 01:05 PM
Emily said...

I made these cookies over the weekend…couldn't figure out why mine didn't look like the pictures, even though my wonderful hubby tried to assure me that they did. Half way through the batch, I realized I left out the last 1/4 cup of flour!! At that point, I decided to make bar cookies with the rest of the dough…I spread the dough in a round cake pan (lightly sprayed with PAM), and baked until the top was uniformly golden brown. Delish! My mom would make bar chocolate chip cookies instead of drop cookies when we all wanted choc chip cookies but didn't have the patience for drop cookies…it's still my go-to speed cookie baking method!

I will definitely try this recipe again, and be sure to add all of the flour! Thanks for the recipe!

July 27, 2009 01:41 PM
Janice said...

I shouldn't have looked :o Now I want to eat cookies!

July 27, 2009 09:03 PM
Saunders said...

hi! i tried this recipe yesterday and mine tasted too salty =(

i added a heap of brown sugar and they tasted better <3

July 28, 2009 04:41 AM
Chris Moore said...

My mom makes fabulous chocolate chip cookies. A few tricks she uses that make a huge difference is butter flavored crisco (instead of butter). She also says when she uses milk chocolate chips she puts in the amount of salt the recipe calls for. If she uses semi-sweet chocolate chips she reduces the amount of salt a little. Hope this help. I LOVE your site. You are super amazing. Thanks for all your great shares. :) Terri Moore

July 29, 2009 06:34 AM
bluecakes said...

this is just delicious 8D)b like really delicious =D

I wonder why mine got soft after an hour (or two) on the wire rack D:

P/S: would totally try your pound cake next >.<

July 29, 2009 04:01 PM
Bakerella said...

Kelly – Whoo hoo… glad you liked!

Jessica – Yay, too!

Jenny _ don't really use silicone except for the mats. Those are great

Cathy – Yes! It's my downfall.

Cindy – Fantastic!

Cakespy – It was just too cute.

Anonymous – Sure!

Cari – I like that, too!

Jessica Morris – No, but now I am going to hunt it down. Thanks

spencer – really, I'll try to remember that for an experiment.

Aislinn – Glad they went over so well

We Are Not Martha – you're too sweet!

MindyMac – Tucker is close to my heart

TiredGirl – glad I could help

Emily – love the make it work mentality

Chris Moore interesting – thanks!

bluecakes – hmmmm

July 30, 2009 02:53 AM
MJ said...

These are SO GOOD! I have made 2 batches in the past week and everyone that has tasted them LOVES them. Even my husband – who typically only likes chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven – liked the one that he ate the day after I baked them. Big thumbs up! I will have to be careful about baking them often, as I tended to grab two or three every time I passed by the jar. :)

July 31, 2009 04:06 AM
Robin said...

Just had a dental student tell me about your website and was doing a little browsing – when I go to the trouble to make homemade chocolate chip cookies I stick to the recipe on the Nestle bag EXCEPT – I use the butter flavor Crisco AND I refrigerate the batter just a bit and roll each cookie in regular granulated sugar before cooking – gives it a nice bakery shop look and great taste and texture.

July 31, 2009 08:42 PM
Eddie said...

Its impossible for me to express just how hungry this post made me :-D

August 13, 2009 02:44 PM
Lauren said...

I just made these about 2 hours ago. And I have only had one. I had been busy cleaning up and right before that I made blueberry waffles and bacon so I was already full. But I found I was out of brown sugar so i made it with the white sugar 3/4 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup Natural sugar and with that it still came out great maybe the best I ever had.

August 17, 2009 06:13 PM
Vince said...

Man they look good – especially in the ice-cream sandwich. What a great idea!

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August 18, 2009 11:47 AM
Jenny said...

I just pulled my first pan out of the oven – delicious and the house smells great. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe.

August 18, 2009 08:52 PM
Emma said...

Can I just say how much I LOVE your blog Bakerella! I loved this reciepe, I live in the UK and we dont go on cup sizes but grams and all of that, but i luckily have my own set of cups i brought to weigh out the ingredients after i brought the Magnolia Bakery cookbook (amazing cupcakes and peanut butter cookies) but i have to say this reciepe was amazing.
Although, first time I made them i made them way too big and they just fel apart! Do you think two eggs is too many and makes the mixture too wet? I'm gonna try just one large egg this time. Making them tomorrow for my neices 2nd birthday and she LOVES chocolate, so i'm sure these wont hang around for long!
Thanks again for the reciepe, apart from making my cookies too big (doh) its fool proof!

August 21, 2009 02:29 PM
Renee said...

These sure look yummy!ice-cream sandwich. What a great idea!They look extremely heavenly…thanks!!!

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August 22, 2009 08:41 AM
Annebella said...

Oh my god I made these and they were AMAZING! So yummy! Keep blogging!

August 22, 2009 10:47 PM
Cookie Queen said...

Bakerella, you're a genius! These are so good, I just made them and ate the first as it was still warm and gooey, as you wrote. Sooo good! Thank you so much!

August 28, 2009 05:01 PM
christinecnv said...

Next time add a spoon full of smooth peanut butter. It keeps them crunchy on outside and soft in middle. I have people at my office that hate peanut butter but they can't taste it in these cookies.

August 29, 2009 11:19 PM
Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and am excited about your site. The sales lady at Cake Art told me about you. I've just taken my first Wilton course and am looking forward to baking, decorating and learning more. I've really enjoyed seeing what you do…thanks for sharing.

September 7, 2009 01:07 PM
Clef said...

I’m baking this right now and I gotta say I did stopped and got a spoon :P Just great cookies….

September 24, 2009 01:19 AM
Lana said...

The first tray of these is in the oven as I write this, the batter is chock-full of chocolate chips! i love it. I used mini ones, so I could put more of them in…*laughs*

September 30, 2009 05:50 PM
Elin said...

oh my, you’re giving me such cravings!
unfortunately we’re redoing our kitchen at the moment so I don’t have an oven but these might be the first thing i bake in the new one!

October 4, 2009 02:55 AM
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