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:
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Ashley Rodriguez
If you resent anything that isn't chocolate:
If you like a cookie to be a little irreverant:
If you want to eat cookies for breakfast (hey, who are we to judge):
What are your cookie must-haves? Tell us about the best chocolate chip cookie you've ever had in the comments.