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Simultaneously one of the most popular snacks, the first treats we learned to bake, and perhaps the most quarreled-over cookie, the chocolate chip cookie has a hard-won place in our hearts. Depending on your preferences—crispy? chewy? cakey? nutty? oatmeal-filled?—some will hiss sacrilege, while some will reach for another, and depending on who you're talking to, the conversation might reach levels previously left to debates over sports team affiliations.
Here's our definitive guide to the chocolate chip cookie, from nutty or bar-shaped to crispy or salt-topped. No matter what your ideal is, we've got the chocolate chip cookie for you:
If you're a classicist:
Toll House-style (plus walnuts), these are the quintessential chewy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside cookie.
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Ashley Rodriguez
Crisp edges, chewy middles, and hand-chopped chunks make this whole-wheat version of the classic a welcome one.
A handful of oats and an overnight rest for the dough makes these cookies shatteringly crisp (but still substantial).
If you resent anything that isn't chocolate:
Crispy at the edges, chewy in the middle, and kicky from two tablespoons of espresso powder, making it the perfect cookie (except maybe at bedtime).
Cross the classic, chewy chocolate chip cookie with the finely textured chocolate sablé and you get a very refined, very delicious World Peace cookie.
No-nonsense but still milky-sweet, these cookies have melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.
If you like a cookie to be a little irreverant:
Granola? A whole cup of it. Crushed pretzels? You bet. They make for a wonderfully chewy-crisp cookie, to boot.
If you want to eat cookies for breakfast (hey, who are we to judge):
The best possible use for your leftover quinoa? A chocolate chip cookie, which gains its toothsome texture and nuttiness.
Toasted-almondy, lightly sweetened with coconut, and generously packed with chocolate chips, these cookies are crackle-topped and chewy.
We'd gladly eat any cookies for breakfast, but these ones are packed with sprouted flour, oats, flax seeds, and walnuts.
What are your cookie must-haves? Tell us about the best chocolate chip cookie you've ever had in the comments.