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7 of our best chocolate chip cookie recipes

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Cookies sit atop a cooling rack
(Silvia Razgova / For The Times)

Bake a batch to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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Aug. 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and a perfect opportunity to whip up a batch of said cookies. For some, chocolate chip cookies are an American cultural icon not to be meddled with. For others, the recipe is a starting point for creative expression, respectful of tradition while embracing new flavors. These recipes play off of the classic — some just a little, some a lot.

If you are only allowing yourself one cookie and you want it to be “the real thing,” Oven Spoonful’s giant chocolate chip cookies are the go-to for you. Crisp on the edges and chewy-gooey on the inside, each cookie is made from a full ¼ pound of dough — way more cookie than you would get from one 3-inch cookie.

Also rather large, Mom’s chocolate chip cookies are a somewhat updated version of what a mid-20th century mom might have made as an after-school snack. The recipe calls for unsalted butter instead of Crisco and 71% Valrhona chocolate in place of generic bittersweet chocolate chips. It also includes rolled oats, which give additional texture and allow for a claim that they are healthy-ish.

Incorporating rye flour into the dough brings a more complex flavor to Sycamore Kitchen’s chocolate chip rye cookies. Accidentally vegan chocolate chip tahini cookies with halva and cardamom sport an unmistakable sesame flavor from the combination of tahini in the dough and halva on top.

Fragrant with vanilla, vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies taste extra rich from a generous amount of coconut oil yet still have the crunchy edges of a classic chocolate chip cookie — and one would never guess that they are either vegan or gluten-free.

A bit more cakey than chewy, tangerine and thyme chocolate chip cookies feature a soft balance of chocolate and citrus and a hint of the fresh earthiness of thyme. The instant espresso powder in uber-rich brown butter espresso cookies adds a depth of flavor that plays well with the browned butter and chocolate chips.

Whichever you choose, each of these variations on the classic chocolate chip cookie will surely delight and perhaps even astound whoever is lucky enough to eat one.

Mom's chocolate chip cookies

My mother made these cookies with Crisco and generic bags of chocolate chips. I use unsalted butter and coarsely chopped Valrhona chocolate (71%) for the chocolate chips.
Time45 minutes
YieldsMakes 2 dozen cookies.

Oven Spoonful's chocolate chip cookies

These gigantic chocolate chip cookies, called a Quarter Pound of Dough, are crisp on the edges, soft and chewy in the center and taste of vanilla, salt and caramelized sugar.
Time45 minutes
YieldsMakes about 10 quarter-pound cookies

Tangerine and thyme chocolate chip cookies

The tangerine has a mild and sweet citrus flavor that is not as bright or prominent as lemon or orange zest, so it doesn't overpower the thyme.
Time45 minutes
YieldsMakes about 3 dozen cookies

Sycamore Kitchen's chocolate chip rye cookies

The addition of rye flour gives these chocolate chip cookies a complexity of flavor not achieved with all-purpose flour alone.
Time50 minutes
YieldsMakes about 1 ½ dozen cookies

Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies have the crunchy edges of classic chocolate chips. Fragrant with vanilla, the cookies taste extra rich from a generous amount of coconut oil.
Time2 hours
YieldsMakes about 3 1/2 dozen

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies With Halva and Cardamom

Halva candy melts atop these vegan, tahini-based chocolate chip cookies for a double dose of sesame flavor.
Time45 minutes, plus 1 hour chilling
YieldsMakes 32 cookies

Brown Butter Espresso Cookies

Dry milk powder turns into thousands of browned butter bits in these rich chocolate chip cookies balanced with espresso.
Time1 hour, plus 6 hours chilling
YieldsMakes 3 1/2 dozen