Chocolate chunk cookie on a pale grey work surface

Easy chocolate chip cookies

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(100 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins


makes 10

Learn how to make classic chocolate chip cookies and enjoy them still warm from the oven. Perfect for a bake sale or with your afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per cookie

  • kcal308
  • fat16g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g


  • 120g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 75g light brown sugar
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 150g dark chocolate, cut into chunks
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    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line two baking sheets with parchment. Cream the butter and sugars together until very light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Once combined, stir in the flour, bicarb, chocolate and ¼ tsp salt.

  2. Scoop 10 large tbsps of the mixture onto the trays, leaving enough space between each to allow for spreading. Bake for 10-12 mins or until firm at the edges but still soft in the middle – they will harden a little as they cool. Leave to cool on the tray for a few mins before eating warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Will keep for three days in an airtight container.

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11th May, 2020
These are great, I've tried so many cookie recipes to try and recreate those you buy in super markets and they usually turn out too cakey or like hard biscuits. These however, are crunchy on the edges gooey in the middle. Marvellous!!
29th Apr, 2020
The best cookie recipe!
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Katie Wilson
12th Apr, 2020
Mine worked perfectly, I did have brand new bicarb so thats maybe why its not 'soapy'. Also used milk choc chunks so the choc wasnt too stong. Also made a double batch.
9th Apr, 2020
These turned out amazing. They are nice and gooey in the middle too. I used Reeses peanut butter chips and chocolate chips instead of the chocolate chunks and the flavour is nicely balanced. Would definitely recommend!
5th Apr, 2020
This recipe is great! I slightly reduced the quantity of sugar and butter to 100g and replaced the bicarbonate by baking powder. Cook until the borders of the cookies are slightly golden.
8th Feb, 2020
Many people have commented that this is not a good recipy because it tatest soapy due to the bicarb, however If you use self raising flower and dont use any bicarb or backing soda it works MUCH better. I do this with many of my recipys and they have not yet failed me!
14th Jan, 2020
I used baking powder as read in the comments below and it worked well! I'm gluten free so I tried using the 'dove,freeeee' flour and no-one even noticed. If you are not keen on strong chocolate this recipe is probably not going to work for you.
24th Dec, 2019
This does not work! You end up with a horrible cake hybrid that tastes of bicarb of soda (wrong surely?) Please take it off the website or amend the recipe. I ruined two lots of ingredients as I thought it must be my error on the first batch. I only wish I had read the comments first and saved the expense and time.
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Tallulah Lloyd
5th Nov, 2019
Awful, too much bicarb. Turned Into small because of it. It needs Baking soda instead.
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Bertegue 5
16th Jun, 2019
Tasted like soapy trash... Issue was that recipe recommends bicarbonate of soda, instead of baking powder. Two batches of ruined cookies is plentiful evidence.


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Logan Fyfe
2nd Jul, 2020
Do we NEED baking soda
30th May, 2020
Is it salted or unsalted butter?
lulu_grimes's picture
7th Jun, 2020
Hi, You can use either, if you use unsalted butter then add a pinch of salt. Lulu
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Katie Wilson
12th Apr, 2020
Do I freeze this as batter or as baked cookies? Not sure how bicarb reacts once defrosted.
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
15th Apr, 2020
Hi, Esther from the food team here! We would recommend freezing these pre baked then baking from frozen for around 15 mins. Thanks for your question.
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Unicorn Bookworm
2nd Apr, 2020
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Katie Wilson
12th Apr, 2020
Didnt use it but I have an orange flavour, might be nice with the choc?
9th Feb, 2020
TIP FOR THE PEOPLE WHO COMMENTED it tatest soapy due to the bicarb, If you use self raising flower and dont use any bicarb or backing soda it works MUCH better. I do this with many of my recipys and they have not yet failed me!
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Megan lewis
17th Nov, 2019
Use baking powder!! Bicarb will make it taste soapy.
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