Chocolate Chip Cookies Bakery Style

Monday, May 17, 2021
Oh my goodness there are so many recipes on the web for Chocolate Chip cookies claiming the best, bakery-style, prize-winning, perfect and the list is infinitely mind-boggling.

The popular chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Wakefield, in the 1930s called the Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie, the cookie was named after a restaurant she and her husband ran in Massachusetts.

This super easy cookie recipe was modified back in the 1950s when mom made them for our beehive style cookie jar which by the way was always filled with the classics like Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and my favorite Snickerdoodles.

These cookies never made it to a holiday tray since we ate them warm out of the oven and mom had to make a double batch and hide them if she wanted them for Christmas.

We love all kinds of cookies and although these are a  family favorite we also have several other cookies for you to try in our  Holiday Collection that also was vintage recipes and childhood memories of mom.

The additions and changes are pretty much endless when you get creative so don't miss my optional suggestions below.

Back in the 1950s money was tight, so mom made her own Cake Flour,  using the addition of cornstarch (you will see that ingredient in this recipe I updated this as the question was asked several times, "why cornstarch" so that's the short answer and thanks for asking).

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this melt-in-your-mouth simple bakery-style cookie recipe.

a stack of chocolate chip cookies

Classic Cookies

If you're a simple classic cookie fan then these chocolate chips are divine and you'll be in awe of how easy they are to make and we will never claim to be your best but these are definitely in the running for being prize-winning to us.

The cookie is not only deliciously buttery, you can throw this easy recipe together in no time.

They can also be easily adapted for allergies just don't add the nuts, we are plain cookie lovers and prefer ours with pecans and chocolate, (there are several suggestions and additions to add below).

one chocolate chip cookies on a silipat mat

Other Additions:

  1. chopped caramels
  2. mini chocolate chips
  3. toffee chips
  4. orange, mint, maple, or other flavored extract substitutes
  5. coconut shredded
  6. white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or mint chips
  7. pistachios, macadamia nuts, pecan, walnuts, or for nut allergies pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  8. chopped maraschino cherries
  9. zest from lemon or oranges
  10. chopped dried fruits
  11. cranberries or raisins with cinnamon added to the batter

chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven

Ingredients You Will Need (scroll down for exact measurements)

  • flour
  • vanilla
  • butter
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • eggs
  • chocolate chips
  • Optional:
  • other flavored extracts
  • nuts or seeds
  • coconut

this is chocolate chip cookie dough chilled wrapped in wax paper


  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • fork or spatula
  • nut chopper if using
  • baking cookie sheet
  • parchment paper

this is cookie dough being made in a kitcheaid mixer bowl for chocolate chip cookies

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Chocolate Chip Traditional Cookies

These cookies aren't labeled unique or "best", they are a vintage cookie jar cookie, not claiming to be anything more, just a delicious classic tried and true simple cookie.

They're soft or crunchy depending on how long you bake them and you would have to be the judge of what you remember baked your favorite way as a child or make a new traditional family favorite.

If you have a chocolate chip lover, I am pretty sure these won't disappoint them, but of course, I am not going to convince anyone these are the best, after all, mom made them so they have to be good.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Bakery Style

Chocolate Chip Cookies Bakery Style

Yield: 28
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
There are so many chocolate chip recipes out there and we've tried so many. We always come back to mom's 1950s version. Easy, delicious, and foolproof


  • 1 cup butter softened 
  • 1 -  1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar 
  • 2 - 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk 
  • 2  teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • pinch of  salt 
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and use another 1/2 cup of bittersweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate ( use good grade chocolate and a little of each or all of just one), add more for the tops to decorate after baking if you wish!
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nuts you prefer


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Note: Cookies should be baked 8 - 12 minutes depending on soft and gooey or if you like crunchy. Try one and see which is your favorite.
  3. Add the salt, cornstarch, baking soda, flour and mix together in another bowl, set this aside.
  4. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugars with an electric mixer for 3 to 4 minutes then add the vanilla and eggs.
  5. Combine the two mixture evenly then fold in the chocolate chips ( and nuts if using).
  6. Wrap the dough in wax paper or use a plastic bag then refrigerate for at least 2 to 4 hours or overnight ( this will meld flavors and keeps the cookies spreading).
  7. Using a cookie scoop, place the cookies on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets or Silpat mats 2 inches apart for even.
  8. Bake 8 to 12 minutes see notes above for desired style soft and chewy or crispy.
  9. Cool for 5 minutes before removing it from the cookie sheet.

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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. mmmh. I love lots of vanilla in my chocolate chip cookies

  2. That's so cool that you figured out a childhood favorite! It's amazing how smells and tastes can literally transport you to another place.

  3. @miranda oh I love vanilla do and make my own love it!
    @tastytrix yeah miss going home and not being able to actually go there anymore, but everything changes so this was the next best thing....thanks

  4. I love trying out small changes in recipes and the figuring out what I like best. Now if I can only remember to write what I do, which I often do not remember to do, then I could recreate things as you've done.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love how you bundled them up with a ribbon -- Great idea for a giveaway gift for my party in 2 weeks

  6. Great cookies. My son likes chewy choc chip cookies, so I try not to bake them too long.

  7. Delicious! I've seen a million cookie recipes but for some reason this one reminded me of home....

  8. I just had to smile when I read your email title on FB, A cookie I grew up with. It's amazing what is burned into our hearts as children and how it ends up on the table years later! [still smiling]

  9. @the chocolate priestess I know what you mean :)
    @dining with batali thanks glad it gave you the idea...I love ribbon
    @no frills recipe hope he likes lots of chocolate chunks!
    @bianca thanks
    @redkathy its amazing the taste is does linger for ever....

  10. Mmm, two kinds of brown sugar. These look really good!

  11. Yum! I feel the need to bake another batch of chocolate chip cookies now!

  12. I'm a flat chewy cookie fan, like shown in your pics. I bet these make your kitchen smell wonderful!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! I love anything with chocolates.

  14. Since I was a child I have been baking and looking for the most perfect chocolate chip cookies. I am thrilled about your recipe and am very excited to try it. Sidebar-when I was very young child, my single-mother was a waitress after her secretary job at night. She would bring me and my brothers home monster-sized chocolate chip cookies and I can still taste them to this day. What a yummy memory.

  15. @ the pizza cutta I absolutely love you can relate to this story....its amazing to me how you can go through your whole life trying to find that one taste you remember, it may be grandma, aunt, or any other food you had along the way that you can't seem to duplicate, thanks for sharing your wonderful story :)

  16. I know what you mean about cooking time. They look really gooey though, with chewy edges. Perfect!

    Do you like black and whites too? Loved those in NYC!

  17. I'd love to bake up a batch of these lovelies, but your recipe is lacking the amounts of baking soda and salt to use.. could you please post them?

  18. I can always go for a great chocolate chip cookie. I have never seen cornstarch in a cookie recipe! So now I have to try this.

    1. cornstarch is a homemade mixed with flour Cake flour instead of buying it, at least thats what mom told us :) I probably should have mentioned that

  19. Mmmm yummy!!! This looks so easy and quick to make, and if only you can smell pictures... I'm sure these smells heavenly! Gonna give it a whirl this weekend.

  20. I love lots of chocolate chunks and pecans in my cookies. These look so GOOD!

  21. Bakery style cookies are the absolute best! I can't wait to try these delicious looking cookies!

  22. These cookies are fantastic and so delicious! My hubby was all over these when then came out of the oven. They are so delicious and perfect for our sweet tooth!

  23. My advice is make sure there are others at home when you make these otherwise you might be tempted to eat them all yourself, haha! They're so good!

  24. These really did remind me of some of my favorite bakery's cookies!! They were chewy and soft and delicious!

  25. Oh my do these look perfectly delicious! I also agree that the older recipes are the best.

  26. I am a huge fan of the nuts that you added. Don't know why I haven't thought of that before.

  27. Wow! This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I ever tried! SO simple and delicious!

  28. There is so little flour in this recipe that I am going to try it gluten free!

    1. thanks for catching that, I must have incorrectly typed the flour its fixed now!


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