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Since August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, we rounded up the very best chocolate chip cookie recipes for your baking pleasure—no matter what your preference.

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate classic, of course, but the debate between soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy rages on. Then there are nouveau internet-famous versions that rely on upgraded ingredients and/or interesting techniques, not to mention bakery copycat recipes and nontraditional add-ins.

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Everyone has their own favorite recipe (many will admit to being fans of the one printed on the back of the Toll House bag of chocolate chips), but check out this roundup of 15 chocolate chip cookie recipes for some new suggestions to try out now, or bookmark for your holiday baking spree.

Just don’t forget to stock up on milk…and flour.

1. Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies


Another back-of-the-box gem, this recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies is from the Land O’Lakes butter box. It also includes a pretty unusual ingredient that makes for chewy, more cakelike cookies: baking powder. Get the Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

2. Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies


Jacques Torres doesn’t play around; the famous chocolatier’s take on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe contains Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces that he likes to use instead of chocolate chips. Get the Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. (Also try this adaptation that has cake flour and bread flour.)

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3. Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies


Before the inflammatory interview comments and Twitter beef with Chrissy Teigen, Alison Roman’s chocolate chunk shortbread cookies made with salted butter were her biggest internet sensation. Whatever your feelings on their creator, you can’t deny these are iconic (and they’re still in our permanent rotation). Get the Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookie recipe.

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4. Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies


Another internet all-star, the secret to these crinkly cookies from Sarah Kieffer is banging the pan on the counter midway through the bake! So you get to work out a little aggression and come away with fantastically rippled cookies. Get the Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

5. Levain Bakery Copycat Cookies


The famous Levain Bakery on New York’s Upper West Side makes deliciously gooey, warm, gigantic cookies that are recognizable from a mile away. They’re packed with chocolate chips and toasted walnuts; this recipe approximates the originals, and a tin of them makes an amazing holiday gift—or anytime treat for someone special (including yourself, of course). Get the Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

6. Spicy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Nik Sharma's Spicy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Nik Sharma

These game-changing gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from Nik Sharma’s “Season” cookbook are made from hazelnut meal instead of flour, plus jaggery (a type of dark brown sugar), chopped bittersweet chocolate, and crystallized ginger, with a bit of freshly ground black pepper for bite. Get the Spicy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie recipe.

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7. Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Our recipe for papery-thin chocolate chip cookies is perfect for the crisp cookie lover. Make sure to take them out of the oven when the edges start to turn brown, and you’ll be in for crisp cookie perfection. If you like Tate’s cookies, you’ll love these. Get our Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

8. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is a classic take on the chocolate chip cookie you know and love, rivaling the Toll House back-of-the-bag gem. As the recipe suggests, keep some unbaked cookie dough in the freezer so you can bake them one at a time or when the mood strikes. Get our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

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9. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

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Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that taste good? Finally! Our recipe has a combination of sweet rice flour, sorghum flour, and guar gum, and it rivals the regular old gluten-filled version. Impressive, and worth a shot even if you do eat wheat. Get our Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

10. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This recipe could fool even the most discerning dairy-loving cookie connoisseur. With vegan semisweet chocolate chips and margarine instead of butter (and no eggs!), it makes for a crisp and delicious cookie. A tablespoon of molasses is an unusual addition and provides a more intense flavor than the usual brown sugar. Get our Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

11. Oatmeal–Chocolate Chip Cookies

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With three whole cups of oats packed into the recipe, these soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies also have a great cinnamon flavor. They contain less than a cup of chocolate chips, so you could almost consider them a healthy treat. Get our Oatmeal–Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

12. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Brown butter adds a fabulous depth to anything, including chocolate chip cookies. Once you try it, you may never go back. Get the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

13. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Food pairings don’t get much more perfect than peanut butter and chocolate, so it makes sense to combine them in a soft, chewy cookie. Clearly meant to be eaten with a tall glass of milk. Get the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

14. White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Just like the ones grandma (or Mrs. Fields) makes! White chocolate may be controversial, but if you love it, these are for you. Soft and chewy, these cookies are super sweet. Get the White Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Related Reading: What Is White Chocolate?

15. Big Fat Double Dark Chocolate Cookies


If you are the total opposite of a white chocolate fan, double down on the darker stuff with double chocolate chip cookies. These do not mess around, and one will be more than enough. Get the Big Fat Double Dark Chocolate Cookie recipe.

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Caitlin M. O’Shaughnessy wrote the original version of this story in 2014; updated by Jen Wheeler.

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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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