Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Cookie of the Day

There’s always going to be the “best” chocolate chip cookie recipe, or the famous $250 Neiman Marcus recipe or that debate over whether or not a chocolate chip cookie should be soft, hard, chewy, flat or round and the list goes on! To tell you the truth, I’ve never met a chocoalte chip cookie I didn’t like. Honest. So these are not the claim to fame world’s best chocolate chip cookie, but I have made them before and they are a favorite of mine. I like my cookies chewy and crunchy sometimes, but when I want a softer one I reach for this recipe. It’s from Martha’s cache of cookie recipes and Im sure she even has more than she can count, nor could she sooner choose a favorite.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies – Martha Stewart

*Update: this is Feb 17th’s Cookie of the Day


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk-chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with sour cream, and beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  2. Cover, and freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing about 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly. Bake until centers are set and cookies are pale golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes.
I am so happy to finally have a cookie jar!! While girls my age (twenty) were asking for UGG’s and LuLu Lemon pants for Christmas I was wishing for a cookie jar! (true story, and no I dont already own UGG’s or even one pair of LuLu Lemons) I had wanted a cookie jar for so long and I dont know why but I could not find one anywhere, and I mean anywhere! I had looked high and low, at Homesense, WInners, JYSK, The Bay and everyother homestore. Then on a last trip to the mall before Christmas I spotting this glorious shining Jar Of My Dreams! I quickly explained where exactly it was located along with a picture of it and sure enough someone bought it and placed it under the tree =) And now I am so happy to christen it with it’s first of many cookie inhabitants!
Enjoy =)

14 Comments on Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Cookie of the Day

  1. Donna
    January 14, 2009 at 5:41 AM (6 years ago)

    These look wonderful. I must try them with the sour cream. Photos are great. Thanks for sharing

  2. VeggieGirl
    January 19, 2009 at 1:49 PM (6 years ago)

    I agree – it’s pretty difficult to find a “bad” chocolate chip cookie out there. Such a classic cookie variety, and always a winner!! :-)

    Just found your blog today – I love it!! Looking forward to reading more.

  3. flutterbyblue
    January 19, 2009 at 2:10 PM (6 years ago)

    These sound perfect! I’m going to try them out this afternoon! Thanks!!!

  4. Alicia
    January 19, 2009 at 2:26 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks Veggie Girl! Im checking out yours right now! I actually think i stumbled upon it a few days ago from tastespotting as i remember the top logo.

    I hope you enjoy them Flutterbyblue! I also was looking at your blog when you posted the crabs! i was intrigued by the tastespotting post and love the pics with the dimes and toonie! Enjoy!!

  5. flutterbyblue
    January 20, 2009 at 2:33 PM (6 years ago)

    Made these yesterday and they turned out PERFECTLY. Was it the sour cream? I made a few into ice cream sandwiches (a bit difficult as they were quite puffy!) These were delicious as well. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe – it’s a keeper!

  6. Sara
    January 21, 2009 at 10:03 PM (6 years ago)

    These sound great, it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. I made some sugar cookies from Everyday Food that had sour cream in them, it added a lot to the flavor and texture.

  7. zestycook
    January 26, 2009 at 7:06 AM (6 years ago)

    Hello, I just found your blog today and I love it! I will be visiting all the time now :) Great looking cookies… tough to beat Martha in the cookie department

  8. Alicia
    January 26, 2009 at 10:20 AM (6 years ago)

    Thanks everyone!

    Flutterbyblue: Ice cream sandwiches with these cookies sound so good!! I’ll have to try those next time!

    Sara: I agree with the sour cream added to the cookies, and I also don’t think you can go wrong with any chocolate chip cookie! =)

    Zestycook: Thanks so much! Im glad to hear it! Martha is definiltely hard to live up to!

    Thanks everyone =) I made Peanut Butter Cookies yesterday, so i will be posting soon! Another Martha favorite!

  9. anickh
    September 8, 2011 at 4:03 AM (3 years ago)

    i always crave the soft pillowy cookies too. im gonna try this recipe for sure. the buttery little flat cookies never get me excited but the picture alone of this cookie gets me way excited so i think this is one ill definitly like


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