All The Secrets For The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

My brother in law Matt makes the best chocolate chip cookies…sorry to my Mom and my sister…but it’s true. He shared all his secrets with me and said that I could share them with you! So take notes, this is a good one!

#1 The Recipe. He sticks with America’s Favorite Recipe. Because it’s the best and he’s American. ;)

#2 The Key Ingredient. He uses Butter Flavored Crisco instead of butter. This is the key my friends.

#3 The Shape. He molds them uniformly. I love my small ice cream scoop for this one to get the job done fast.

#4 The Smash…this is crucial for even baking. (Loved this tip!)

#5 The Helper. She needs to be smart, sassy and love to eat lots of cookie dough. :)

#6The Method: Undercook & Cover. About 10-11 minutes then cover them with your notsofavorite okaytogetgreasy designated cookie covering hand towels. Then walk away. Leave them there on the (preferably air bake w/parchment) cookie sheet and let them cool.

#7 Enjoy! …the perfection in a cookie. Mmmmm.

(Thank you Matt!)

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  1. 1

    I love being the first one to comment. Maybe it’s because it’s like 5 am over there right now:)
    I am going to have to try those cookies. They look yummy!!! And the cookie dough from Costco just isn’t cuttin’ it these days:)

  2. 2
    Pedaling says:

    oh, how i do love it when you share secrets with me!

  3. 3
    Vanessa says:

    The butter flavored Crisco makes them fat free, right? :)

  4. 4
    Tiffany says:

    You wrote this for me, even if you didn’t know it. I’ve been in a years-long battle with the chocolate chip cookie. Now I have a new game plan. Thanks!

  5. 5

    I think my husband is going to love you, or your bro-in-law… wait, that’s not quite right…

  6. 6

    I have heard that but I have never tried it, now I will. Especially because it’s low in fat, right?!?

  7. 7
    tiburon says:

    I think I might need to taste them.

    When can I drop by?

  8. 8
    Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    They look yummy! You should do a giveaway with them :)

  9. 9

    I think Matt learned this recipe directly from Phoebe’s Grandma (4 minutes long…but worth the watch considering this post).

  10. 10
    Melissa says:

    Take out the chocolate chips and there my friends, you have the PERFECT cookie!!mmmmmm

  11. 11

    Ok Matt and Becky and Kami, I am throwing down the gauntlet. Let’s have a cookie bakeoff contest. I will win, won’t I Becky??
    I have to admit those look perfect. And I love the model.

  12. 12

    Okay, now I am going to have to try. I love cookies! Thanks for the tips.

  13. 13
    bethany.j says:

    um, yes please. YUM! thank you to matt for letting you share this!

  14. 14
    Seth, Sarah and the kids says:

    mmmm, I love chocolate chop cookies!! Thanks for the inside scoop!!

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    MiaKatia says:

    I will take a plate of those to go please!!!

  16. 16

    Thanks for the tips Kami! I can use all of the help I can get around here. I have heard about covering the cookies with a towel before but not tried it yet.

    Thanks! And cute pictures!!!


  17. 17

    I was a chocolate chip cookie idiot and then about 10 years ago a nice little girl named MINDI shared the recipe of all recipes… 4 sticks of butter, vanilla pudding, 61/2 cups of flour… it will kill average mixers, but the bosch and I can whip this together in no time! I knew we were friends when I saw the just say no to the chopped nuts!

  18. 18

    I still can’t believe Matt let you share all his secrets. They really are the best. Kyle’s brownies should be next!

  19. 19
    Julie and Matt says:

    Yeah! That is such a great blog. I can’t wait for Matt to see it. He finally gets the credit he has deserved for so long. Thanks Kami!

  20. 20
    Lorilee says:

    wow, thanks for sharing of Matt’s methods. there’s nobody who loves a good cookie recipe with lots of secrets more than me.

  21. 21
    Marie {Make and Takes} says:

    Whoa! Those are some seriously fabulous tips! And AMAZING looking cookies. I’m putting butter flavored crisco on my shopping list!!

    And I’m happy to have found another “no nuts” girl!!

  22. 22
    Ferrara Family says:

    Yummy!!! I can’t wait to try this secret out, thanks for sharing!!!! You are the BEST!

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    gina bina says:

    You just can’t beat the Toll House. I’ve tried a few other recipe’s (and actually heard my Grandmother rolling over in her grave) and there is nothing that holds a candle to the Toll House.
    I use some of the same tricks too, except I never use all Crisco. Have you read the NYT article on chocolate chip cookies? It’s bee on my blog to-do for ages.


  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Did you just use the one stick of Crisco or two?

  25. 25

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve always poked fun at Ben when he talks about his mom’s cookies. Growing up she would always have freshly baked cookies on hand and Ben would eat two or three every day after school. But they weren’t just any cookies…they were the tollhouse recipe! And Nancy would make them with a wooden spoon. He always says they were “flat”. So I’ll try this and see if they stack up to his memories.

  26. 26

    Ugh… one more thing to miss about Utah! I don’t care you ‘ya are- you don’t make them as good as Matt!

    Rachael Ray eat your heart out!
    (Although I guess she doesn’t “cook” does she…)

  27. 27

    Just one stick…”anonymous”.

  28. 28

    It’s late, I’m hungry, and I’m going to have to make those soon! Also I love your photo wall, great idea. I love Tara Whitney!

  29. 29
    Brittany says:

    i went and got my needed ingredients and i’ll be making them today ! Yay!

  30. 30
    Catherine says:

    im making these today! and im soooo excited. ill tell ya’ll how it goes.

  31. 31

    Those look good, but I like my cookies thicker. I think I’ll try this and skip the smash step.

  32. 32

    I made these yesterday (had to search a couple stores to find the Butter Crisco), and they were delicious! Sad to say, they are all gone today. Thanks for sharing!

  33. 33

    Definitely going to try these, because I’ve been craving cookies, and I love them soft :) Though its not letting me Pin it for some reason :(

  34. 34
    Krystal Campbell says:

    I have been using this recipe for YEARS!!! I have always substituted the butter for crisco!! I feel like a rock star right now because I have already been making the BEST cookies!!!

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    Annabelle says:

    So how long do you bake them if you are “underbaking”? Thanks. So want to try.

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