Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I search for a recipe on my own blog. Have you ever done that? One of the reasons I started blogging was to record all my recipes and have them in one place for easy accessibility. So many times I would go to remake a recipe and couldn’t remember which one, out of what cookbook I used or find the scrap of paper I had cut out or written it down on.

…This time my search came up empty!

What? No chocolate chip cookie recipes? Every well-rounded blog should have at least one chocolate chip cookie recipe! Granted, the Nestle Tollhouse recipe is my favorite. I’ve made others and they didn’t compare. I failed to post them because of the competition; chocolate chip cookie recipes are plastered all over the Internet, many claiming to be the best.

Fear of falling into a Nestle tollhouse cookie rut I turned to my favorite bakers at King Arthur Flour. They never let me down!

This recipe is different with a teaspoon of vinegar added to the dough, an ingredient I’ve never seen before in a cookie. Not sure what it does but I did notice they bake up a dark caramel color and almost look overdone. But in truth, they’re perfectly baked with crispy edges and soft, gooey middles. The vinegar may play a part in keeping them soft, just like adding vinegar to pie crust makes it tender.

I’m not claiming these are the best. They could and should be in the running and are definitely worth making!

If you have a favorite I would love to hear about them and/or have the link.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with crispy edges and soft middles!


2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter* at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, Combine the sugars, butter, salt, vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda in a large mixing b owl and beat together beating until smooth and well-combined.
  3. Beat egg in until well-combined, scraping sides of bowl. Mix in flour, followed by the chocolate chips. Mix in the flour, then the chips. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes (or up to 12-24 hours).
  4. Scoop 1 1/4? balls of dough onto baking sheets spacing about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake about 12 minutes, edges should be chestnut brown and tops lightly golden. Cool on pan 5-10 minutes, remove to wire racks until completely cool. Store in tightly covered container.
  6. *Substitute shortening for 1/2 cup of the butter if you like a crispier cookie.
    Tips: Add a sprinkle of sea salt over top before baking if desired.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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  1. Julia says

    I’ve seen vinegar in ginger-snaps before.  For those cookies I think it’s about activating the baking soda…

    I find the toll house cookies too sweet.  I use the recipe from Bo Friberg, and use 1/3 whole wheat flour instead of all white flour.  I feel slightly virtuous eating them like their health food. LOL.

  2. Anonymous says

    I made chocolate chip cookies earlier today. Wish I would have seen this sooner I would have tried it out. I’ve never heard of putting vinegar in cookie dough before. I just use the good old tollhouse recipe

  3. Debbie says

    I love Toll House cookies too!  These do look really good though too….hmmmm…looks like a little competition! 

  4. Claudia Haas says

    I look up recipes in my blog all the time! I actually like the crunchy outside quite a lot. Now, you have me going to my files looking at chhocolate chip recipes! 

  5. Anaritam3 says

    Hi Reeny,

    I’m on a quest to find my favourite recipe of chocolate chips cookies.I have some in my blog but haven’t found it yet.i’ll try yours because  the vinager made me curious .I’ll let you know then…


  6. faith says

    Oh Reeni, Those look delicious!
    Just kidding :) I use my blog like a personal cook book too!!! It just seems like there are some recipes no matter how many times I cook them, I cant remember what I put in them or how much!!! There must be something in the air about chocolate chip cookies!!! I have seen them everywhere this week! Including my cookie jar!

  7. Tammy says

    You had me at ‘chocolate chip’!!! Your cookies look fabulous. Gorgeous. DELICIOUS 😉 !!!! Send me some!!


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