7 Tips For The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is a holiday in the Blakesley household. A huge one. Chocolate chip cookie baking has gone on for generations here. There is a legacy to live up to as a pro chocolate chip cookie maker. It all started with Ben’s dad (though many would disagree and say that there were others before or at the same time as him). His dad made the.best. chocolate chip cookies ever (and still arguably does) when we were in high school and all the way up until Ben started making them on his own.

The times changed in about 2006. We had just moved into our new home and had a baby. Ben was working from home as a recording engineer and had some time to perfect his chocolate chip cookie recipe. And that he did. Now listen, I am a good cook and baker, but this man bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie. Holy Moly they are good.

So, in honor of this year’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I am sharing with you some of the tips from the best. The best!

7 Tips For The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Butter 

Just recently, Ben has started using Kerrygold butter for the fat in the recipe. He will tell you that this change made the most amazing positive difference and now he will never go back. Nothing beats a good quality butter.

2. Hand Mix

Mix the dough with a wooden spoon. No ifs, ands, or buts, and definitely NO hand mixer!!!

3. Reasonable Amounts of Dough

You can’t make those cookies too big or too small. They need to be about 1 1/2 rounded Tbsp on the cookie sheet. And no, we don’t measure.

4. Don’t Overbake

Come on, a little underdone is key. The perfect cookie is just slightly crispy on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle! Pull them out just before they look ready.

5. Soften the Butter

That does not mean melt. I repeat, do not make the butter into a liquid!

6. Vanilla – 2 Times

Yep, just add it in there, twice as much!

7. Definitely Taste The Dough! 

Just don’t double dip;)

Now, go grab your favorite recipe and get baking. Maybe someday we’ll give away ours, there’s one other secret that makes it special;) Who’s recipe do you use for your chocolate chip cookies?


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I’m laughing over double vanilla, it was a running joke in an episode of The Michael J. Fox show, where he gets lured by a sexy neighbor how bakes and the wife mocks the cookies for “too vanilla.” Too bad they cancelled it! But ok, I will try it next time!
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  2. Double vanilla? Genius! I add it to everything – pancakes, waffles… Definitely a good idea to add MORE!
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  3. I guess I’ll HAVE to make chocolate chip cookies today :)
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  4. I always add in extra vanilla to whatever I’m baking!
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  5. Love the tips! I always increase vanilla, too. To me, most recipes don’t have enough flavor.

  6. Here’s a question for you, LB, which is better? BB’s cookies or fudge??? And how ’bout the Blakesley men’s brownies? Seems to me if chocolate is involved, those guys excel!!! Ha!
    Got another vanilla tip for you, too — I add it to my scrambled eggs, too. Hugs to your beautiful family.

    • Haha! All right, here’s my answer Gayla…BB’s fudge is def. better. And my Blakesley man’s cookies rock this house! Brownies? Eh. Mama H’s caramel brownies are the bomb! But you are right, these guys are pretty awesome:) And that vanilla and egg trick…I NEED to try it!! Love that you commented!


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