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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Big, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies loaded with a variety of chocolate and oats for the best taste and texture!
Course cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword best, chocolate, chocolate chips, cookies, easy, oats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened to room temperature (do not melt)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup Quick-Cooking 1-minute Oats
  • 3 cups chocolate baking chips (use 2 cup semisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup dark chocolate, 1/2 cup milk chocolate)


  • Line a large baking try with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
  • Mix in salt, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice until creamy. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and oats.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients into wet ingredients until a dough has formed.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Using an ice cream scoop (1/4 cup worth) scoop out the dough and place onto the prepared cookie sheet
  • Flatten each ball of dough slightly and shape into small puck.
  • Freeze for about 1 hour or until dough is frozen.
  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Remove a few cookies from the tray so that cookies are 3 inches apart.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes. The center of cookies will appear slightly underdone when removed form oven but will continue cooking as they cool.
  • Let cookies sit on hot pan for about 2-3 minute before removing to a cooling rack to finished cooling. (I usually let them cool completely on the pan)
  • Once cooled store in airtight container. Texture gets ever better a few hours later!



Feel free to change up the ratio of each chocolate or to cut back if you don't like a really chocolatey cookie.
Be careful not to overcook. The center of these cookies should be slightly underbaked when they come out of the oven.