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Our Essential Chocolate Chip Cookie Guide

Food52 Logo By Caroline Lange of Food52 | Slide 1 of 19: Triple chocolate

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:

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