Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients

These easy chocolate chip cookies only require 6 ingredients! With only butter, flour, sugar, egg, salt, and chocolate chips you can make great chocolate chip cookies!


Cookies equal comfort. Especially warm right out of the oven eating them straight off the cookie sheet. It just feels like warmth, love, and home. And while I love fancy cookies, sometimes I just want easy chocolate chip cookies.

I don’t think there is any secret by now that I have a certain obsession affection for cookies. Especially the kind mentioned above. I have this memory of visiting my aunt in Alabama when I was very young. It was time to take a bath and I was protesting (I apparently hated being clean). My aunt told me “if you take a bath I will have warm chocolate chip cookies for you when you get out…” Sold. That’s all it took. Bribery via warm chocolate chip cookies and I’m diving into the tub.

I think sometimes people who don’t bake very often do not realize that cookies can really be a simple thing to make. You really only need 5 ingredients to make fantastic easy chocolate chip cookies and I bet most of us already have them in our pantry! I created this simple chocolate chip cookie recipe that comes together quickly and uses things that you probably only have in your pantry!

NOTE: If you are wanting an easy vegan recipe, check out my post specifically for Easy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

#1: Butter: The fat in the butter is important for creating tenderness and flavor. The moisture from the butter is also necessary to hold the cookie together and to create some tenderness when it heats in the oven and steam is released. This recipe is created for the use of regular butter, salted or unsalted. You can substitute margarine or vegan butter, but results will vary.

#2: Sugar: Sugar is for the purposes of sweetness as well as structure in the cookie. Brown sugar gives the cookies chew and moisture. Granulated sugar will not work for this recipe. You must use light or dark brown sugar.

#3: Egg: A large egg is preferable. This recipe has been made successfully with other vegan egg substitutions (such as Ener-G egg replacer) however, results will vary. Baking is science! When you alter recipes the results will also be altered. Check out my recipe for 6 ingredient vegan chocolate chip cookies if you are looking to veganize these!

#4: Flour: All-purpose, self-rising, or bread. All of them work! Because this recipe does not add any leaveners you can use self-rising flour in this recipe. To measure flour, lightly spoon it into measuring cups (do not pack down!) and level the cup off with a knife.

#5: Chocolate!: Chips or chunks. Milk, bittersweet, or Dark. I guess you could even do white, but don’t offer me any (who am I kidding, give me one!)

#6: Salt: If you used salted butter or self-rising flour, then the dough will already have salt in it. However, if you used unsalted butter and all-purpose flour or bread flour then you definitely need to add a bit of salt. While technically the cookies will bake perfectly fine without the salt, the flavor will be completely flat and just taste overly sweet without the addition of a little salt.

Optional Add ins: If you have the ingredients on hand you can also add 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp baking powder. These things will up the flavor and texture of the cookies. If you do have them, I say go ahead and add them!

That’s it! 6 ingredients: Butter, sugar, egg, flour, chocolate, salt. You don’t NEED vanilla, baking soda, or baking powder.. If you have the time and have all of those things on hand, then great. But this is that recipe for a quick, throw it together, I need cookies in my mouth in less than 15 minutes, kind of recipe. Easy chocolate chip cookies win! Go make them. It is time.

Note: The point of this recipe is that it is very stripped down and simplified. They are simple and perfect in that way. If you have the time and want to try more over the top cookies, check out this post for my Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These easy chocolate chip cookies only require 6 ingredients! With only butter, flour, sugar, egg, salt, and chocolate chips you can make great chocolate chip cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (4 oz, 113 grams, 1/2 cup) softened butter- salted or unsalted, at room temperature (*required)
  • 3/4 cup (5.6 oz, 158 grams) light or dark brown sugar (required, do not use granulated white sugar)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature (required)
  • 1 tsp (0.1 fl oz, 3 grams) vanilla extract (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or large pinch (required only if you did not use salted butter or self-rising flour)
  • 1 cup plus 1/4 cup (5.3 oz, 150 grams) flour, fluffed up & lightly spooned into measuring cup & leveled off, being careful not to pack down when measuring (required)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (any kind your prefer or have on hand)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer) cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. (NOTE: if you do not have a mixer you can do this with a wooden spoon. Beat together the butter and sugar until completely combined and fluffy. This will take some time.)
  3. Add the egg and vanilla (if using) to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until incorporated.
    Stir in the flour, salt (if using), and the chocolate chips just until combined. Do not mix for a long time after adding the flour, it will create cookies that are too tough or cakey.
    Scoop into mounds about 2 TBSP each onto ungreased cookie sheets (you can use a silpat or parchment paper to line your sheets). Do not put more than 9 cookies per sheet.
  4. Bake at 350ºF until just set on the edges and middle still looks a little bit undercooked. About 8-12 minutes. (these cookies do not brown as much as other cookies because of the lack of baking soda or baking powder.)
  5. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing. Cookies will continue to cook on the sheets for a few minutes.
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166 comments on “Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients”

  1. These are the absolute best cookies and my go to favorite recipe. I have made them so much, I have memorized the recipe. I usually put in all the extras and they are amazing. Thanks for sharing with us!
  2. I craved this cookie dough one night. I'm poor, and don't have half the ingredients on the fancy chocolate chip cookie list. This was the last resort.
  3. I just made these and they are yummy! I doubled my recipe, added vanilla and a pinch of salt and instead of 2 cups of chips (remember doubled) I used 1 cup and a cup if walnuts! Deliciousness!!!!
  4. Can you freeze this batter?
  5. Heya! Was wondering do these cookies go hard straight after? If so how do I store them so they don't go hard or what ingredients do I add? Thanks 
    • Hi there, these cookies will stay soft for about a day without being stored. The best way to keep them soft is to store them in an airtight container after they are completely cooled.
  6. How much baking soda and baking powder do I need to add if I happen to have these items?
  7. These turned out terrible when we put them in the oven they all flattened out and are a huge square now. 
    • Hi Kayla! So sorry to hear these didn't work out for you. It sounds like you may have had one or a combination of these issues: not enough flour in your dough, too many cookies on one sheet pan, or your oven not cooking hot enough. Too many cookies on the baking sheet can mess with the heat distribution in the oven and the butter will melt before the outside of the cookies have time to set, causing them to spread. This same issue can happen if your oven is not reaching the proper temperature. It might be worth it to put an oven thermometer in your oven to test that it is calibrated properly and is reaching the proper temperature that you set it at.
  8. I NEVER comment on things like this but today I am making an exception. I made these cookies an hour ago (used all the ingredients except the baking soda) and I need to go to the store to buy more ingredients because my family already devoured them! Absolutely delicious, chewy middle; to die for! And in the words of my 17 year old son, "keep making these cookies and I'll never buy any other cookies again".
  9. I made these tonight during a need for sweets moment. Mom doubted me but I swore in 17 min I'd have cookies in her mouth. She can't say anything now because I made good on my promise and her mouth is full. Aside from accomplishing that, these were amazing! I added vanilla because I just feel like it goes in cookies and I had home made vanilla extract that is just too good not to use whenever I can. They are definitely a do again recipe. They are definitely not a low cal, low fat, or low carb treat. I considered trying to make them a little more health friendly but it seems Bettie has tested and tried every way to do this. So, I say enjoy the cookie. Have one instead of five. They're rich, sweet, chewy, chocolatey, and substantial. There are only whole foods in this recipe, all the things your body naturally knows how to process. So, no worries! Heck, have two! Thank you Bettie for a great, fast, cookie in my mouth within minutes, recipe.
  10. They did not come out good I wasted all my stuff on these "cookies" so it did not comr out good
    • Hi Grace! I would love to help you troubleshoot this recipe. Can you tell me what specifically didn't work out for you? Did they spread out too much or not spread out at all? Were they too dense or too crispy? There are a number of things that could affect these not turning out well for you. Let me know if I can be of assistance!
  11. Omg this recipe is fool proof! I've never made cookies before, but had all the ingredients and decided to try. And they came out perfect! Soft, most and chocolatey! I happened to have vanilla extract ,baking soda and baking powder. So I incorporated it into the recipe! I'm so glad i ran across this recipe, Best cookies ever!
  12. First time making cookies from scratch and they came out perfectly! Kids think I'm a genius! Yum!
  13. These are so amazing. I read some reviews and was skeptical to say the least but they truly are so amazing. I was looking for a softer cookie and these win. I'll be making more soon. . Thank you so much
  14. The cookies were amazingly moist and the texture was just right! Thanks for the great recipe! I would like it to be less sweet, wonder if I shld be adding more salt or can afford to take out some sugar?
    • Hi Nicole, You can definitely reduce the sugar in these to 1/2 cup if desired to make them less sweet. A touch more salt would balance the flavor of the sweetness but it would not be a substitution for the sugar. Hope that helps!
  15. I was bored and wanted to bake something, so I saw this recipe and immediately I was like delicious. The cookies came out perfect and my sister's loved them. Thank you so much Bettie, your recipe made my day
  16. These are THE BEST!!! These cookies stay soft for a very long time! I will never use another recipe!
  17. The first time I made this recipe, I only had 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in the house, so I chopped up 1/2 cup of dried apricots to make up to 1 cup. It was about 1:00 am and my web search was centered on super fast cookies. I froze half of the dough and made some luscious moist cookies. Next day I made the rest of the cookies for my sister and her husband and the day after that, my sister bought me some more chocolate chips - they NEEDED more of these cookies. This is the best chocolate chip cookie that I have ever made, and let me tell you, I have tried many recipes. My mom like crisp cookies, so for her, I take the soft cookies out of the oven, loosen them from the cookie sheet, turn off the oven and pop the cookies back in while the oven cools. Thanks for a go-to recipe for life.
  18. Hi Complete baking novice so I'm excited to try these! Quick question - if I add the baking powder and bicarbonate soda, at what stage do I add them? Thanks!
  19. I just made these, AMAZING! I used 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, and 1/4 cup of walnuts. Not too sweet, just right, and.... My oven broke so I used a toaster oven on foil. Great!
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