The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Magnolia Table Volume 2 book cover
I have been on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe for years. If you have also been searching, look no further! This is hands down my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Of course my favorite recipe would be by Joanna Gaines. If you haven’t heard of her, she makes up half of the Joanna and Chip Gaines duo on their hit HGTV series, Fixer Upper. They take homes that need some T.L.C. and make them look like new using Joanna’s farmhouse-chic style. Now she has written her second cookbook Magnolia Table Volume II. I was given the first book, Magnolia Table as a gift. It is definitely one of my favorite cookbooks that I own and contains the following recipe.
lemon pie
Not only are the recipes great, the photos are beautiful too! Admittedly, I am not much of a cook, but I do love to bake. The dessert recipes are not super complicated, but the results can fool anyone into thinking you have spent hours in the kitchen. I made her lemon pie for Thanksgiving last year and it was so delicious.
My most favorite has to be her chocolate chip cookies. I have tried so many different chocolate chip cookie recipes over the years. Some are too sweet, too small, too thin, or too crispy, too salty, you name it. Her recipe makes the perfect, fluffy, chocolate chip cookie. The one thing I have found that can make or break the recipe is the consistency of the butter. You want it soft, but not melting at all. If it melts then the cookies spread too thin. Probably one of my favorite things about her recipe is that it only uses brown sugar. The molasses in the brown sugar gives it the best warm flavor that reminds me of home.​
If you are tempted to give it a go, I urge you to try! We have both of her cookbooks, in eBook via OverDrive (or Libby), or you can place a hold on the hardcover copies and pick up via curbside service.
Brown sugar and butter. I accidentally let my butter get too soft in this batch:
butter and brown sugar in mixing bowl
With the dry ingredients:
cookie batter in mixer
Ready to go in the oven for 10-11 minutes. I ended up baking mine for a few extra minutes.
cookie dough on baking sheet
The finished result:
baked cookies
Photos and blog content by Alexis Dixon.
By BethN on August 6, 2021