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By Amy Capetta

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day, so take that as your license to eat those sweet little morsels from the crack of dawn until it's time for a nightcap. These recipes feature chocolate chips in everything from over-the-top brunch dishes to delicious desserts and ingenious cocktails—and in some unforgettable chocolate chip cookies, too. 

Chocolate chip cookies


Take a traditional chocolate chip cookie and sneak some cream cheese into the recipe, and you get an outrageously tasty treat with an extra-chewy middle.

Double chocolate chip cookies


Cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips join forces in this super-indulgent—but also grown-up—spin on the chocolate chip cookie.

Chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies


These brilliant cookies are made with gluten-free oat flour—and manage not to sacrifice any of the lusciousness of the classic version.

Brownie-stuffed chocolate chip cookies


As if a chocolate chip cookie weren't heavenly enough on its own, these cookies have a surprise hidden inside: a gooey chocolate fudge brownie.

Chocolate chip brownies


Who said chocolate chip cookies have to be be round and thin? This recipe makes excellent use of a square pan to create extra-thick, melty bars that meld a cookie and a brownie into one perfect dessert.

Chocolate chip cake


There’s nothing ordinary about this old-fashioned yellow cake: It's filled with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with an espresso-spiked chocolate frosting.

Chocolate chip pancakes


Got hungry weekend guests? Treat them to these chocolate chip pancakes, which you can whip up in just 10 minutes using four ingredients: eggs, ripe bananas, baking powder and (yes!) chocolate chips.

Chocolate chip waffles


A brunch classic easily turns into dessert when you pack it with chocolate chips and add berries and whipped cream—or your favorite ice cream—on top.

Chocolate chip cocktail


Happy hour suddenly got a little sweeter: This drink recipe doesn't hold back, blending flavored vodka, cocoa powder, miniature chocolate chips and more in one seriously decadent cocktail.

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