Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is the only recipe for chocolate chip cookies you will ever need. They are to this day my favorite cookies ever! Perfectly soft and chewy every time.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper

This Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a classic. It is one of those must-have family-favorite cookie recipes, much like our cut-out sugar cookies, easy no-bake cookies, or our classic peanut butter cookies.

When I say this recipe came from an actual bakery, I mean it. It wasn’t one of those recipes that came from an aunt’s cousin’s in-laws who used to work at a bakery. This recipe came from a bakery that I, myself, worked at. They are the best, most perfect, chocolate chip cookies ever!

How to Make Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

I loved the chocolate chip cookies that we made at the bakery. Not many things sound great at 4 am…but bakery chocolate chip cookies always did.

They are so soft, chewy and DELICIOUS! You are going to love them. One of my favorite ways to eat them is chilled. At the bakery, sometimes the cookies would be chilled in the walk-in refrigerator and then given to employees the next day. You had better believe I was back in the fridge at 4 am gobbling these up. I never got sick of chocolate chip cookies.

At the bakery, we would make HUGE batches of these in massive mixers. Obviously I don’t have a bear-sized mixer in my home so I had to figure out the correct measurements for a small batch. It took some time but I figured it out and it is PERFECT. So here is my recipe for perfect bakery chocolate chip cookies. I know you are going to love them!

dough in a mixing bowl with scoops of dough on a baking sheet with a scoop.

How to Get Your Chocolate Chip Cookies the Same Size

Ever wonder how bakeries have stacks of cookies that are all the same size? It isn’t by accident! The trick to getting bakery chocolate chip cookies all perfectly formed at the same size is using a cookie dough scoop.

I bought mine at a local restaurant supply store, but you can find them online. At the bakery, we would put on gloves, grab a big chunk of dough and scoop from our hand. I still like to do it this way, glove and all.

I like using the glove because when I do scoops I scrape the scooper along the palm of my hand to round off the dough and it protects my hands. Maybe that is my OCD coming out, but it is so satisfying seeing dozens of chocolate chip cookies, all the same size in perfectly straight rows coming out of the oven.

Close up of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

What Chocolate Chips Are Best?

I always like using mini chocolate chips. That is what we used at the bakery and it’s what I prefer today because you get the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite. Of course, if you don’t have mini chips, you can always use regular-sized. Because the dough, itself, is plenty sweet, you will want to stick to semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. Milk chocolate chips tend to melt faster and make more of a mess.

A bag of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips to make chocolate chip cookies

Mix-In Ideas

If you want to venture out of the box and try some different mix-ins, you can swap out the chocolate chips for any (or any combination) of these:

  • Peanut butter, butterscotch, or white chocolate chips
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Raisins
  • Chopped nuts
  • Chopped candy bars
  • Sprinkles
  • Pretzels
  • Cherry chips (these can be hard to find but they were my favorite from the bakery where we grew up)

The Secret To Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Want to know the secret to getting those cookies perfect every time? Do. Not. Over. Bake. When you pull these out of the oven they might not seem like they are quite done. That’s ok! 8-9 minutes is the perfect amount of time for perfectly chewy cookies. While they are piping hot, they may break apart but as they cool, they will be chewy and stack-able. It is also important to not that not all ovens and elevations are the same. Experiment with your cookies and note the amount of time that works best for you.

If you prefer you chocolate chip cookies to be more crisp, just bake them a bit longer. I like to take my cookies out before the edges turn golden brown. If you want lightly crisp edges, keep a close eye on them and remove them once you start seeing the edges start to turn golden-brown (another minute or two tops). If you like the whole cookie crisp, wait an additional minute or two until the whole cookie is a light golden-brown color.

Bakery Tip: When your cookies are still warm and on the pan, lift the pan a few inches and drop it flat on the counter (this works best on a granite countertop). You don’t want to do it so hard that you break anything. Just smack it hard enough so the cookies sink into themselves instead of puffing up. They will flatten and look like the cookies below.

Bakery chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Yes! It’s so easy to do. That way you can make this recipe (it makes 4 dozen) and freeze whatever you don’t use. There are actually several different ways that you can freeze chocolate chip cookie dough. You can freeze it in a loaf, in scoops, or in balls. I have laid out how to freeze cookie dough in a separate post so you can learn all about it and how to bake after freezing!

Chocolate chip cookie dough in a mixing bowl with a purple cookie scoop.

What Our Readers Say

Over the years, we’ve had thousands of people make this recipe. Here’s what a few of them had to say.

“These cookies have a great look to them, just like bakery cookies. They came out perfectly round with soft crackly tops, and they stay nice and soft. My family really enjoyed these.” – Nicole

“Great cookies! Made for the first time the other night and the family was super pleased thank you so much! After 3 days the cookies are still soft and taste great .” – Michelle

“I found this recipe around 2 years ago, I made it for the first time and fell in love – and have been using it ever since!” – Katie

Close up of a chocolate chip cookie being pulled apart to show chewy texture

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies made with sugar, butter flour, eggs, and chocolate chips on a baking sheet

Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 21 votes
This is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need. They are to this day my favorite cookies ever! Perfectly soft and chewy every time.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dutch
Servings 36 cookies

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, mix well. 
    Sugar, Eggs, and Butter creamed together in a mixing bowl to make chocolate chip cookies
  • Mix dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. 
    Flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl to make chocolate chip cookies
  • Add chocolate chips. 
    Mixing bowl with chocolate chip cookie dough with chocolate chips over the top
  • Scoop with cookie dough scoop or small ice cream scoop. 
    Chocolate chip cookie dough in a mixing bowl with a purple cookie scoop.
  • Bake at 325 for 8-9 minutes. Do not over bake!
    Close up of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

Notes

*This recipe has been updated and halved from the original recipe. The original recipe makes 6-7 dozen cookies and can be found HERE

Nutrition Information

Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 198mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 231IUCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey, I see you re-published this recipe using 1/2 the original ingredients. I think you missed the baking powder. Your original recipe called for a Tablespoon. I think this one should read 1 1/2 teaspoons. Thanks for ALL the amazing recipes. We absolutely love your website ❤️.

    1. Oh my goodness thank you so much for catching that! You are the best! We have changed it in the recipe.

  2. Bro I love these recipes. It’s the one thing that puts me to ease, ( Baking your delicious Recipes!) Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    I could eat these cookies everyday!! They are so soft & chocolatey. I love having them ready for my kids when they get home from school.

  4. 5 stars
    There’s nothing better than a bakery-style chocolate chip cookie!! They are my weakness & I can’t resist them!

  5. This is the BEST Chocolate chip cookie recipe I have EVER made!!! It will be the only one I use for chocolate chip cookies from now on and these are perfect for ice cream sandwiches!!!

    1. I would do a browser search on how to adapt gf flour for regular recipes. May need extra xanthan gum and possibly almond flour. Good luck, I’m gf and sugar free meself.

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