Chocolate Chip Overload Cookies

Over the past year there has been a great discussion over which chocolate chip cookie is the best.  Is it the ingredients or the method making it spectacular? 

I have used the same chocolate chip cookie recipe for years and years and have been happy with it.  Until I saw this recipe for Chocolate Chip Overload Cookies over at Donna’s blogSomething about it caught my attention.  Not to mention it was a great way to use up all my chocolate chips before moving.

I’m pretty sure this recipe beat my old standby.  For a chocolate chip cookie, it was fantastic. 

Do you see all the chocolate chips?  It is true overload, and everyone loved it.

It’s my new go to recipe.  I didn’t think I’d ever say that.  I only grabbed a few shots of the cookie towards the end.  I had no idea I would like it so much.

Look at all those chips.

These also freeze perfectly.  Enjoy.

Chocolate Chip Overload Cookies
Adapted from
My Tasty Treasures

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, cold
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
36 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 sheet pans with parchment and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

Cream butter and two sugars until mixed bu not fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time and mix well.  Add vanilla and stir to combine.

Add the dry ingredients and stir until almost absorbed, then add chocolate chips and mix until fully incorporated.

Scoop dough into one inch balls onto prepared sheets.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until edges are golden brown.  Let the cookie finish baking on the sheets out of the oven for another
5 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. I think a truly delicious chocolate chip cookie is a combination of a good recipe, plus the best ingredients and good technique in mixing and baking up a batch.

    I have a tried and true C.C. recipe our whole family uses and it is flexible enough we can add or subtract some ingredients depending on personal preferences or available ingredients.

    This recipe seems just such formula for reliably good cookies.

  2. Your chocolate chip overload cookies are looking very appetizing. Already want to take a recipe and try it. Thank you for sharing a recipe.

  3. Your chocolate chip overload cookies are looking very appetizing. Already want to take a recipe and try it.

  4. deeba 4

    Do you know HOW envious I feel when I see overloaded cookies like that Cathy? We don’t get chcolate chips here & the few I have are the precious bags I lug from overseas…these cookies are absolutely dreamy!

  5. These looks GREAT! I’ll be back to give them a try. I tried the Not Neiman Marcus cookies yesterday, I was disappointed. They were eh.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Julia 6

    OK, so besides the overload of chips, what was the difference? I’m very scientific this way and inquiring minds want to know.

  7. OK, I have a question, I have always been told that eggs have to be room temp for cookies and have gone to GREAT lengths to get them there if I forget to take them out in advance. What is the rationale for cold eggs in this recipe? Doesn’t it tighten up the butter?

  8. You can never have too much chocolate! Wow – these do look great. I ,too, have my standard chocolate chip recipe – but I might have to give them one a try!!

  9. I have been looking for the perfect chocolate chip recipe. And I think you found it for me. Those look delicious. My Captain and Boo will thank you.

  10. 36 ounces of chocolate chips. Yeehaw!

  11. Lots of chocolate chips and more brown sugar than white? Sounds like a great recipe if you ask me…

  12. This recipe is definitely on my list to make soon!

  13. Mary 13

    These really do look incredible! Do you think there are enough chips in the recipe? Have a wonderful day, Cathy

  14. donna 14

    Cathy- I am beyond thrilled that you thought enough of them to try them. And I am so so happy that you enjoyed them! They are my childrens favorite –and my husbands also– thanks for the shout out. :)

  15. Katrina 15

    In my book, the great debate will never end, because I love trying new ccc recipes. I saw this recipe a few weeks ago and printed it out as a must try. Elinor Klivan has a recipe in her Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook that is called Chock Full of Choc Chip Cookies that I LOVE and I really want to “compare” with this one. Your awesome stamp of approval and photos move it way up there on my list!

  16. megan 16

    I tried those cookies too and they are delish. I devided my batter and added a little chipotle powder to half the dough. I loved them!

  17. Alisa 17

    Those look absolutely delicious!

  18. Trisha 18

    Another drool worthy recipe! In my opinion, chocolate chip cookies of any kind are wonderful!

  19. I think a lot of factors go into a good cookie. The two you mentioned PLUS the quality of your ingredients and your climate. YUP!! Climate! I have been in South Louisiana for 4 yrs now and have yet to find a recipe that produces the type of cookie I like, down here. My old standby that I used in California’s dry climate DOES NOT produce the same cookie here. I also found that I enjoy the taste of raw sugar in my cookies MUCH more than refined sugar!!!

  20. I like a chocolate chip cookie that holds it’s shape instead of “melting out”. These appear to be perfect!

  21. Liz C. 21

    Who knew there was a better way to make chocolate chip cookies! Rather than eat them, I’ll just go ahead & rub them on my thighs & stomach, since that’s where they’ll end up anyway.

    Happy Packing!

  22. I always make the Nestle Toll House recipe–with about half the chocolate chips. Many chocolate chip cookie recipes are too sweet for me, and I find that it is the chocolate chip overload that does it. I like the juxtaposition of salty and sweet when I cut back on the chips in the old standby. My MIL would love these cookies though. For her it’s all about the chocolate.

  23. Marjie 23

    I’m thinking to feed my horde it would take at least 4 batches of these. It would be nice if Uncle Obama offered chocolate chip stimulus packages to all the home bakers who want to OD on these cookies.

  24. Sara 24

    Ok, I feel like running home on this dreary Chicago morning and baking these delicious little cookies to warm me up!

  25. Kayola 25

    Oooooooooooooo I am amking those today…I need chocolate to pick me up…I think I will drown my woest me attitude in the dough…thanks you ALWAYS have the best recipe’s…how is your packing comin’? Someone ought to be bringing you a plate of goodies…

  26. Deborah 26

    I can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes!

  27. elra 28

    Hmmm Yummy!
    Nobody will ever get tired of chocolate chips. Especially if they are as good as yours here.

  28. I think it’s a combination of things; the chips and a higher brown sugar to white sugar ratio might have something to do with it. Brown sugar has a higher moisture content, therefore a nice chewy cookie is produced. It all just worked, but you have to love chocolate.

  29. Using cold or cool ingredients when you are baking cookies will help in achieving a chewy cookie, so instead of using eggs at room temperature crack them into your batter right out of the fridge. This makes it so the dough doesn’t spread out as much or as quickly. To get a chewy cookie you need the dough to be firm, because again, it will spread out less, keeping the moisture in your cookies while baking.

  30. Laurie 31

    I should never visit your site before breakfast! Those cookies are gorgeous. Love the chip overload.

  31. dawn 32

    been a long time since I’ve made cc cookies.
    love that cc overload Cathy.

  32. Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect treat in my opinion and yours look amazing with all those chips. I love this recipe! Enjoy your day.

  33. I love chocolate chip cookies…without the chocolate chips!

    Yes, I am a chocolate hating freak, but I’m still going to make these because they sound good and because my family will love me afterward, just like they ALWAYS do after I make something you’ve posted, Cathy!

  34. Jacqueline 36

    I just read the recipe, and gained 3 lbs.

  35. Thanks for the excellent tip about using cold ingredients. I like chewy cookies. Looks like the purpose of the dough here is to hold all the chips together. My kind of cookie

  36. Lynda 38

    Wow, what great pictures of some decadent looking cookies! Chocolate chip are my favorite cookies; you can never have too many!

  37. Leslie 39

    yummy, i need these NOW! thanks for mentioning they freeze well – i’ve never thought to freeze cookies, and i never make them because there are only two of us and the last thing we need is to eat an entire batch of cookies!

    do you microwave them out of the freezer, or just let them thaw? thanks!

  38. Jennie 40

    Those look wonderful! I tried my own Great Chocolate Chipper Experiment last year and went through about 20 recipes before I gave up in disgust. (The guys at hubby’s work were pretty happy, though.) I still like my mom’s recipe the best (go figure) but it’s just not quiiiiiite what I’m looking for. I’ll be trying these very soon! (Just as soon as I can pawn off the baked goods already in the house calling my name.)

  39. We saw these on MTT, and yes, it is chocolate heaven for the chocolate lover. We’re working on the perfect chocolate chip recipe right now. It’s all about trial and error!

  40. That’s my kind of overload! They’re fantastic!!!

  41. grace 43

    it’s simple math. if you want to increase the deliciousness of your cookies, all you need to do is increase the chocolate involved. nice recipe, cathy!

  42. Brian 44

    Great pictures. Chocolate chip cookies are a definite favorite.

  43. Marlene 45

    I think I must hold a jury on this recipe this weekend. They do look so yummy.

  44. imom 46

    Yep, I’ll be making these!

  45. Ruth 47

    Those look like my kind of cookies! Yummy

  46. Yes–those look excellent! However–I typically make my choc. chip cookies w/ not too many chips–don’t know why I do it that way?? I make the basic Tollhouse recipe but w/ about half th echips and smush them so they’re really flat and crispy.

  47. I am all about the choc chip recipe and yours is almost identical to the one I first tried at 4 yrs old – The only difference is that my Aunt used Crisco instead of butter and wow what a difference.

  48. Melissa 50

    YOUR new GO TO recipe?? Whoa. I think I’ll have to try it then because that’s saying a LOT.

  49. dawn 51

    I love the fact that these don’t spread out! I’m making them.

  50. Wow, that looks like a lot of chocolate chips! I’d love a couple of those on each side of a scoop of ice cream right now.

  51. Paula 53

    Oh my gosh, I think I’d have a hard time refraining from eating the raw cookie dough! I’m bad that way. The baked cookies look amazing, too!

  52. These do look like the best ever!!

  53. Bev 56

    no nuts? Can’t have great CC cookies w/o nuts!

  54. That looks to good to make, it would not get past dough status in front of me. YUM!

  55. liv 58

    Why not just take a piece of chocolate and it a piece of plain cookie with it?

  56. Pam 59

    I would like 2-3 with ice cold milk please. They look delicious.

  57. Fred 60

    Just love your recipes!! Tho’ curious to what brand of chips you used in this recipe?

    Thanks for all the goodness you share!

  58. I think there are so many good cc cookies out there I would have a hard time saying which one is the best. These do look pretty awesome.

    I read your post from last year and I thought you might be interested in this.
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  59. lo 62

    Now you’ve got me wishing I could do more baking… these cookies look so incredible. I’ll take two. With a glass of ice-cold milk!

  60. Biz 63

    I have cinnamon chips to use up – I may sub those for this cookie recipe!

    It’s funny, since being diabetic I tend not to make cookies or muffins much – I’ve deprived my family too long!

    Hope all is going well with the move – have a great weekend!

  61. Debbie 64

    I also saw these on Donna’s blog and have been meaning to make them too! Yours look soooo good! I’m sure I would eat way too many……

  62. Julie 65

    So tired…all my brain can think is mmmmm coooookie!

  63. Elyse 66

    OH WOW! These chocolate chip cookies look spectacular. My mouth is totally watering right now. Oh, how I want some!! I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Sorry I’ve been away for the past week; I had a good friend in town and wasn’t able to do much on the computer. I’m back now, though :)

  64. Memoria 67

    I like how it doesn’t use any granulated sugar. Wow. I will have to try this one now that I’ve tried the Alton Brown Chewy and the NY Times/Let’s Consummate (smitten kitchen) cookies. Thanks for posting this! I can make a pizookie out of it.

  65. Memoria 68

    Oops, now I see the granulated sugar!

    Well, at least there is more of the brown sugar than the granulated variety. I also like the idea of using cold eggs. I tire of getting them to room temp,.

  66. I’m always looking out for good choc chip cookies! I’m bookmarking this!

  67. gp 70

    yummers a must try for the cookie jar here.. thanx

  68. Leslie 71

    i made these thursday night and they are ridiculously good. i thought i burned them, in my piece-of-crap-who-knows-what-temperature-it-really-is oven. they looked too dark, but they were actually perfect. not burned at all, perfectly chewy, and insanely chocolate-chipy. oh, and i only baked them for 12-13 minutes.

  69. Lisa 72

    tzzz-zzz–zzzzt! I’m drooling all over my laptop!

  70. Laura 73

    I think that people fall into 2 camps–those who want fewer chips (my sister) and those who think more is better–me, me, me! I will have to try this recipe!

  71. Cassie 74

    Ummmm, *any* cookie YOU make is the best cookie!

  72. Bunny 75

    I saw these too and thought they looked great!! Your cookies are excellent!

  73. Memoria 76

    I made these yesterday and refrigerated the dough (after taking out a chunk of dough for a pizookie). Today, I ate them in regular cookie form. I think I prefer them in pizookie form than cookie. They were a little too salty for my taste but tasted incredible in the individual ramekins with homemade chocolate ice cream on top. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  74. I’ve been thinking about these cookies … The basic recipe is very similar to my brown sugar chocolate chip cookies that people rave over, but WOW on the 36 ounces of chocolate chips! Of course, I’ll have to try them, but I don’t dare do it for just hubby and myself. LOL


  75. Kim 78

    Isn’t it great when we find a keeper! I have a few chocolate chip recipes that I want to try, and yours is added to the list. Thanks, nothing like chocolate overload.

  76. I know I am a total freak…but I don’t care for chocolate chips. I love the cookies, and I have a great recipe, but I half the chip amount and like to add nuts instead-or nothing. I just like the cookie!

  77. Oh I can’t wait to make these! I have lots of unused half bags of chips :)

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  80. These sound so good! How can you go wrong with anything called chocolate overload?

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