The “BEST” Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

by Sharlene Habermeyer

Inside: These are the most amazing chocolate chip cookies—crisp on the outside and chewy and gooey on the inside. I’ve made these cookies for 40 years and counting. Included are two recipes: one if you live at sea level or close to sea level and one if you are living at high altitude (4,000 feet and higher). If you do live at high altitude, recipes need to be adjusted for the best result. I love chocolate chip cookies! And I’m pretty sure my recipe is the best in the world. For almost 40 years our family lived in Southern California. We were 10 minutes from the ocean. Because we were at sea level, everything I baked turned out looking like it came right out of a bakery. They were that perfect. Then we moved 4500 feet up in the air. I’m now at high elevation and everything I’ve baked for the last 2 years looks like crap. I’ve spent the last year trying all kinds of recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookies at high elevation with no luck. Who knows why!? I’ve followed the rules, the directions, and all the tips…still a lousy flat cookie. I want a cookie that is crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, plump and oozing with melted chocolate. So, after experimenting, failing, experimenting some more, and ignoring everything the “experts” of high altitude baking tell you to do, I’ve FINALLY come up with the perfect recipe. Yes, it’s my own and I’m willing to share it (in some ways, it’s the opposite of what I’ve read about high altitude baking). This first recipe is the one I used when I lived at sea level. The second recipe is the one for high altitude. If you run into any problems, let me know.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever (sea level)

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These are the most delicious chocolate chip cookies. And they look amazing, too!

  • 1 ½ Cups White Sugar
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 lb. Butter (four sticks) Do NOT use anything but butter. You want the taste of butter and it’s 100x more healthy than shortening
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
  • 6 Cups Flour (see notes below)
  • 1 ¼ Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 ¼ Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 2 12 oz. pkg. Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped walnuts, as desired (at least 1 cup if you add nuts)
  • Mix together the white and brown sugars
  • Add the butter and beat until light and fluffy (I’ve never understood what recipes mean when they say “light and fluffy” because beating together butter and sugar does not result in something fluffy)
  • Blend in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda
  • Add to the butter/sugar mixture
  • Mix well but do not overbeat
  • Add the chocolate chips and nuts
  • Form into balls about the size of a large walnut
  • Place on a un-greased cookie sheet
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes


Flour: I used the brand, Wheat Montana. You can purchase it at Walmart. The one I use is the white flour and it comes in a blue bag. It’s an organic flour made from organic wheat. If you have any gluten issues or have celaic disease, you will LOVE this flour. Most gluten issues are caused from using GMO wheat (genetically modified organisms) which has 40x the amount of gluten. Sugar: If you live by a Costco, purchase their organic sugar. It’s a larger grain and it’s not pure white, but it’s better than ultra-processed sugars that will result in a slow, painful death (just kidding!) Freezing: You can roll the dough into balls about the size of a walnut or slightly larger. If you don’t want to bake all of them, put them in freezer bags and place in the freezer. When you are ready to bake the cookies, do NOT defrost them, just heat the oven and bake on a cookie sheet as directed.

A Little History:

I’ve been making these cookies since 1978. They are by far, the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. There are variations that I’ve read, such as ones that use pudding in the mix, but I still like the texture and taste of these the best.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever (high altitude)

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If you live at high altitude, this recipe that I took over a year to develop, is the one for you! The cookies turn out plump, crisp on the outside and soft and chocolaty on the inside.

  • 1 Cup Butter—can be at room temperature
  • ¾ Cup white granulated sugar
  • ¾ Cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tsp water (see note below)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt (this is more than most recipes call for, but it tastes right)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda (I played around with the soda and this is the perfect amount)
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour (use the brand, Wheat Montana (Walmart)—it’s organic)
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts (optional)
  • Mix together the white and brown sugars
  • Add the butter and beat until incorporated
  • Blend in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda
  • Add to the butter/sugar mixture
  • Mix well but do not overbeat
  • Add the chocolate chips and nuts (nuts are optional)
  • Form into balls about the size of a large walnut
  • Place on a un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best! There’s nothing like these cookies coming hot out of the oven and eating them with a cold glass of milk!


Vanilla: Instead of using the 1 tsp. water, I use 3 teaspoons of vanilla. If you use a really good quality Mexican vanilla, I would stick with the 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 tsp. water Salt and Baking Soda: I increased rather than decreased these. I did not like the taste of the final product using less. They turned out bland. More enhances the flavor. Oven Temperature: Bake at 400 for about 9-10 minutes—keep the dough balls about the size of a walnut. Most recipes for chocolate chip cookies bake at 350 or 375 degrees, but because of high altitude, I raised the temperature of the oven from 375 to 400 and they came out better. What I noticed at high altitude is that things seem to cook slower. If you cook these too slow, they will flatten. I tried 375 degrees and that was okay, but when I increased the temperature to 400 and baked the cookies for about 10 minutes they turned out perfect…slightly crisp on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Oven: I have a gas oven. You may need to experiment with the timing of your oven. This recipe goes with my blog: Combining Children’s Books with Food Is the Best Way to Go. It talks about combining children’s books with food. These cookie recipes go perfectly with the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. So, that’s it. Try these and let me know what you think in the comment section below. I hope you find them equally as amazing! Enjoy!   The post The “BEST” Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever appeared first on Good Parenting Brighter Children.

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Sharlene Habermeyer is the author of “Good Music Brighter Children.” A blogger (Good Parenting Brighter Children) and educator; she has lectured all over the U.S.; holds a Master’s degree in Education and started a community orchestra in 1999. Visit:

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