Best ever chocolate chip cookies (gift-giving mix!)


This is a recipe I've been tinkering with for a while. Initially I wrote it as a layered baking mix to go in jars or clear bags for gift-giving. The more I tinkered with the recipe the better it got, and now, whether I'm preparing the make-ahead dry mix or making up a fresh batch in my kitchen, this is my go-to cookie recipe.

These cookies are buttery, chewy and chocolatey without being too sweet. For me, this is the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, right at home with a glass of cold milk. Best of all, they are easy to make, requiring only one mixing bowl. No creaming butter with sugar. No adding dry ingredients in stages. Just mix all the ingredients together and roll into balls. And now I'm sharing my easy, best ever chocolate chip cookie recipe with you.


If layering the baking mix ingredients in jars or bags as gifts, I like to pack down each layer after it's added and attach the written baking instructions with ribbon.


Here's how I make them:
makes 14-16 cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 cup butter, melted (warm, not hot)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

TO MAKE FRESH: While my oven preheats to 350 degrees (F), I combine the first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir evenly. I add the melted butter, egg and vanilla and stir until blended. The dough gets rolled into balls and placed 2-inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet to bake for 10-12 minutes, just until the bottoms are golden. They cool on the pan for a few minutes before being moved to a wire rack to cool completely.

FOR MAKE-AHEAD BAKING MIXES: Combine the first 7 ingredients in a cellophane bag or glass jar and seal until ready to use. For gift-giving, attach a tag that reads, "Add 3/4 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix and roll into balls. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 10-12 minutes."


Easy and ooey gooey.


Do you do any make-ahead baking mixes? What food gifts do you like to give? Leave a comment!

22 comments:

  1. Oh, these look so good! Yay to no creaming of butter and sugar I say. Can't wait to try them. Tomorrow. or maybe tonight.

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  2. These cookies look great - love the melted butter :)
    I've been baking like a mad woman too - chocolate caramel bars, chocolate shortbread, jam jams, and soon cranberry blondies! Need to get them in the mail soon:)

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  3. Just made these. I am not a great cookie baker (more a burner). These were quick, easy and very tasty esp. fresh out of the oven. Parchment paper is a key baking ingredient. I think I will fold some and pack it with the mix as part of the gift. Am putting the mix and a sample of the cookies toward a bakesale.

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    1. Yay! I'm glad to hear even a cookie burner enjoyed making these. And, yes, parchment is key in my kitchen too :)

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  4. This is just what I have been looking for! Thanks, I will have to try bake them tomorrow. I usually try to do some homemade food gift, either summer canning or such, but I haven't done much this year, so this recipe is perfect! Does this recipe double well? Kimberly

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    1. Hi Kimberly - I can't see any reason why it wouldn't double just fine in a large mixing bowl. Go for it! Happy baking!

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  5. So naturally since I've never made these before I decided to triple the recipe. Hmmm... Somewhere along the way things went wrong and there was too much butter for the mix. So I added some flour after they came out of the oven resembling a pancake. They got better. But I also was so concerned that the warm/hot butter would cook the egg prematurely that I completely forgot that it would melt the chocolate chips. Oops. I guess it wasn't a great day to try my hand at baking :)

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    1. Oh goodness! Sorry to hear the recipe didn't work out for you. What a waste of ingredients :( The butter shouldn't be hot, but just melted. I've made it several times without issues. Hmmm... Sorry, I don't know what else to say!

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    2. I was able to rescue them and so far the family isn't complaining so it's all good. I just thought it was funny how I could screw up such a basic recipe! Thanks again. I'm planning on making your gingerbread pie for Christmas dinner. I'll be sure to just make one this time ;)

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  6. Hi there!
    These look super YUM!
    Just wondering...
    For the gift bag of dry ingredients, will this fit in a small mason jar?

    Thanks!
    L

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    1. I've tested the recipe in mason jars and the trouble is the 500 ml/pint jars are too small and the 1 L/quart jars are too big. So, if you were to do it in jars you'd need to use jars between those sizes (maybe at a dollar store?). I'm going to look for some while I'm out shopping today!
      I hope that helps!

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    2. A bit late, but if you can find 24oz jars of spaghetti sauce with the mason style lids, this recipe works perfectly (adding a few extra chocolate chips to fill the varying space left after packing). I have a huge stash of those I set aside figuring I would find a use for them one day and just made 24 of these for gifts.

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  7. Thanks! It does!
    L

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  8. I just made these and they were SO delicious and SO easy. LOVE this recipe. That said, mine definitely spread to a more traditional cookie (flat) than yours appear to be in the photo. Any pointers? Again, they tasted great, just not sure if I did something wrong. YUM!

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    1. Hi Kate - I'm glad you love these. The only things I can think of is if you were a little short on flour or a little heavy on butter? Or perhaps you used an extra large egg? Oh well, yummy comes in all shapes and sizes! ;)

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  9. My new default cookie recipe! This was so perfectly simple and they came out looking EXACTLY like the pictures. So wonderful :)

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  10. Love the way you add chocolate caramel bars in these cookies....looks delightful and delicious too.I follow your recipe and try to make it for my family....I also think why don't send these cookies with diwali dry fruits gifts to my brother' place. hope he like my creativity!!

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  11. can you make this cookie without the oats? will it have the same texture?

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  12. Ultimate chocolate-chip cookies! These cookies look very buttery, chewy and chocolaty. I'll definitely try this at home. Thanks for sharing it.
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  13. What size cello bags did you use for these?

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  14. These sound awesome! I'm going to experiment a bit, add a few more add-ins so it'll fit (or sorta fit) into a 1L mason jar.. I was thinking: White chocolate chips, craisins, and maybe chopped pecans.

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