Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes Ever

10 Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Todd Coleman / Katie Workman /

I am the go-to girl for how to make chocolate chip cookies. It's a bit of a sport for me. They're my favorite kind of cookies, and I love playing around with different elements to change the texture and flavor.

If you think about it, it's a simple concept really - a basic drop cookie punctuated by bits of chocolate. But there are so many ways to make chocolate chip cookies special. You can change the cookie base (make it healthy, whole wheat, chocolate, pumpkin), the texture (soft,...MORE chewy, crispy) and the add-ins (oatmeal, nuts, banana, even pretzels). You'll find recipes here for all of those variations and more!

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    Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. Susie Cushner/Getty Images

    These are the kind of cookies you definitely want to eat right out of the oven when the chips are warm and gooey (be sure to have an extra napkin and a tall glass of cold milk on hand). An extra egg yolk in the batter is what gives these cookies their wonderfully soft and tender texture.

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    Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Getty Images/Inti St. Clair

    A lot of times cookies that claim to be healthy aren't really so healthy. They have a lot of added sugar to make up for less fat. Not so with this recipe. Made with rolled oats, bran flakes and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate chips, these healthy chocolate chip cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth and give your body something to keep it going strong, too.

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    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Annabelle Breakey/Getty Images

    Oatmeal and chocolate chips are such a wonderful combination together in this dense and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. Vary this recipe by choosing different types of chocolate chips - kids might like milk chocolate chips. Adults might prefer dark chocolate chips.

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    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oatmeal, Coconut and Nuts. Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

    If you like a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie that retains its texture even after a few days, this recipe is for you. The melted butter and extra egg yolk give these cookies their incredible texture.


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    Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Chip Cookies. Stephanie Gallagher

    This is my "go to" recipe when I want a classic chocolate chip cookie that I know will please a crowd. Whenever I make these cookies for parties or bake sales, they disappear immediately, and everyone wants the recipe.


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    Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Stephanie Gallagher

    Big, fat, chewy and moist, this really is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (shh - don't tell the others). It's not the size -- I hate oversized food. It's the way these cookies have the perfect soft and chewy inside with a light, golden brown crust. And this recipe has an unusual ingredient: yeast. The directions for shaping and baking these cookies are precise - and I urge you to follow them exactly. This is what gives these cookies their incredible texture and flavor. Try...MORE these! I know you'll agree they are the best.


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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies. Stephanie Gallagher
    With a chocolate cookie base and peanut butter chips, this recipe turns the classic chocolate chip cookie on its ear. Anyone who likes the combination of chocolate and peanut butter will adore these cookies. They make a nice snack, picnic treat or holiday cookie.
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    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies. Stephanie Gallagher
    A lot of times people get frustrated baking with whole wheat because it yields a tougher cookie. But these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies have all the softness of a traditional chocolate chip cookie. Hint: The secret is the addition of honey. These cookies aren't any lower in calories than regular chocolate chip cookies, but they do have more fiber and other nutrients.
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    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. James Baigrie/Getty Images

    Whole wheat flour and oatmeal give this moist chocolate chip cookie recipe texture and chewiness. Pumpkin pie spice adds a warm, homey aroma to these cookies that makes the whole house smell good. I like to make these chocolate chip cookies in the fall for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzels

    Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzels
    Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzels. Stephanie Gallagher

    If you like that sweet-salty flavor combination, you will love these chocolate chip cookies. Crushed pretzels in the batter add crunch and saltiness to this recipe. Kids


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    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Katie Workman /

    It’s like someone took the most beloved three cookies in the world and smushed them into one.


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    Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Todd Coleman / Katie Workman /

    If cookies were to elect their king, it would undoubtedly be the chocolate chip cookie.