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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft chewy chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookies to make and eat. This recipe is fantastic the cookies turn out oh so amazing! You won’t want to eat just one.

It is time to make the “King” of the cookie. These soft chewy chocolate chip cookies are incredible. Looking for something to make to bring to the neighbors or family members? Make these!

Time to impress your friends and family with this easy yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking! 🙂

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homemade soft chewy chocolate chip cookies sitting on a wire cookie rack on a wooden table.

Step 1: Gather all the ingredients

In order to make these chewy chocolate chip cookies you will need:

  • Flour – I always use All-Purpose flour (plain flour).
  • Butter – I generally use unsalted butter, but you can use salted butter. If you do, just reduce the salt that is added. Butter gives the cookies texture, flavor, and helps with the structure.
  • Brown sugar – The brown sugar contains molasses which help add moisture to the cookie. In turn, making the cookie chewier.
  • White granulated sugar – an essential ingredient for making the perfect cookie.
  • Eggs – The eggs will add structure to the cookies as well as a bit of leavening and essential moisture.
  • Vanilla extract – this will add lots of flavor and enhance the flavor in the other ingredients.
  • Salt – Use a good table salt.
  • Baking soda – the main leavening agent for the cookies.
  • Chocolate chips – chocolate chips are the key ingredient in chocolate chip cookies. You can use all kinds of different chocolate chips if you like.
An assortment of large and small glass bowls sitting on a wooden table holding various chocolate chip cookie ingredients.

Step 2: How to make soft chewy chocolate chip cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (177 C). Then cream together the softened butter with the white and brown sugars with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

If your butter is not quite soft enough, go ahead and put it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl afterward to make sure everything gets mixed in.

White hand mixer blending butter and sugars in a large glass bowl of cookie dough.
Hand holding a white spatula scraping the sides of a large glass bowl with chocolate chip cookie dough.

Step 3: Add eggs and vanilla extract

Next, let’s add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between, and scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.

Then add the vanilla extract, again mixing after until combined, then scraping the bowl after.

Step 4: Mix dry ingredients

After that add the baking soda and the salt to the flour and mix with a whisk or sifter, until well combined.

Hand holding green whisk mixing flour and other dry ingredients.

Step 5: Add flour to the soft chewy chocolate chip cookies dough

Next, add the flour about a third to a fourth of it at a time to the dough, mixing in between, and scraping the sides as needed. Leave about a half of cup of flour remaining.

Hand pouring flour into a large glass bowl of chewy chocolate chip cookie dough.

Step 6: Add chocolate chips and then rest of the flour

Time to add the chocolate chips, you can’t have chewy chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips! I normally use semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can use milk chocolate ones too if you like.

Again mix with your mixer, once those yummy chocolate morsels are nice and mixed in, add the remaining flour and mix again until combined. Then scrape the sides, a few more seconds of mixing, and then your cookie dough will be done.

Make sure to clean your beaters afterward. I just use my spatula to push the dough away from the beaters.

When I was a young kid and would make cookies with my mom, cleaning the beaters was my favorite part, because she always gave me a taste. However, she never gave me quite as much as I would have liked.

Finished chewy chocolate chip cookie dough.

Step 7: Bake those yummy chewy chocolate chip cookies

Now take a spoon or small cup or ice cream scoop, and get about 2 tablespoons worth of dough, depending on the size of the cookie that you want, and then place on your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or an Artisan Mat (Silicone Baking Mat).

I absolutely love my baking mat, it lasts a super long time, very easy to clean, and helps to prevent the cookies from burning on the bottom. Parchment paper will work great too.

If you would like to watch my full video product review of the silicone baking mat you can find it here. Bake the cookies in the oven at 350 degrees F for 8 to 12 minutes depending on the size of the cookie, start with 8 minutes and go from there.

Bake them until you see the edges getting brown. For soft chewy chocolate chip cookies bake them for a little less time then you think.

It’s always a good idea when trying out a new cookie recipe to do a trial bake with three or four cookies, so you can get the time down.

Step 8: Finished chocolate chip cookies

Once the cookies come out of the oven, you will notice a little browning around the edges and a bit on the tops. Let the cookies sit on your cookie sheet for about 3 more minutes, then transfer to a cookie rack to cool completely.

Hand showing the back of a homemade soft chocolate chip cookie.

Serve them warm, or cool if you like. Notice the bottom of the cookie, nice brown color. 🙂 Enjoy those cookies with your friends and family!

How long do soft chewy chocolate chip cookies last?

If stored in an airtight container or zip lock bag, the cookies will last a few weeks at room temperature. After a few days they won’t be as soft, but they will still be super yummy.

Can I freeze the leftover chocolate chip cookie dough?

Yep you sure can! What I recommend is form all the chewy chocolate chip cookies dough into the cookie shapes and then place them on a pan, they can be close together. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze it for a few hours. Once frozen they can be moved off the pan and into a freezer bag, and stored in the freezer that way. As opposed to just freezer the leftover dough as one big ball. Then when you want to bake some you have individual cookies already to be baked.

Why did my chewy chocolate chip cookies turn out cakey?

One reason you cookies may have turned out cakey is you might have added too much flour. When measuring the flour, loosely scoop the flour and then level the top of. Be careful not to pack the flour in.

You also may have added a bit too much baking soda. Don’t add a heaping teaspoon of baking soda, make sure it is only 1 tsp. Or slightly under even. You may also add an additional 2 tablespoons of butter which will help.

Why did my chewy chocolate chip cookies turn out flat?

The most common reason for chocolate chip cookies going flat is the butter was melted or much too soft. First try chilling the cookie dough for 1 to 2 hours and see if that helps. Also, avoid putting the cookie dough on a warm or hot cooking sheet. Another reason is you may have not added enough flour.

Try adding a few tablespoons of flour to the cookie dough. It is always a good idea to try baking 2 or 3 cookies first to see how they turn out. Then if needed you can adjust the chewy chocolate chip cookie dough.

What if I don’t have brown sugar, can I use all white granulated sugar in the cookies?

Yes, you can use all white granulated sugar if you like. The cookies will turn out a bit differently and not be quite as chewy. Brown sugar has more moisture content than white granulated sugar and lends to the chewiness of a cookie.

You can try adding a tablespoon or two of molasses along with the white granulated sugar if you have it, and that will help.

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Soft Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time to make the "King" of the cookie, the chocolate chip cookie. This recipe for soft chewy chocolate chip cookies is amazing. It is my go to recipe when I want to make cookies. They are in fact my favorite cookies of all time. 🙂 And they are super duper easy to make.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, easy, treats
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 235kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt

Equipment

  • Silicone Baking Mat
  • Whisk or Sifter
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • spoon
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 310g
  • 1 cup of unsalted softened butter 225 g
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar 200 g
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar 100 g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract 10ml
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt 2 g
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda 5 g
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate about 2 cups or 350g

Instructions

  • First let's preheat our oven to 350 degrees F. (177 C). Then lets cream together our softened butter with our white and brown sugars. If your butter is not quite soft enough, go ahead and put it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. Now use your hand mixer or stand mixer to cream the ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl afterwards. We want to make sure we get everything all nice and mixed together.
  • Now let's add our eggs one at a time, mixing in between, and scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Then add your vanilla extract, again mixing after until combined, then scraping the bowl after.
  • Next we add our baking soda and our salt to the flour and mix with a whisk or sifter, until well combined.
  • Then we add the flour about a third to a fourth of it at a time to the dough, mixing in between, and scraping the sides as needed. Before you add the last amount of flour go to the next step.
  • Now we add our chocolate chips. I am using semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can you milk chocolate ones too if you like. Again mix with your mixer, once they are nice and mixed in, add your remaining flour and mix again until combined. Then scrape the sides, one final few seconds of mixing, and then your dough will be done. Make sure to clean your beaters afterwards. I just use my spatula to push the dough away from the beaters.
  • Finally we take a spoon or small cup or ice cream scoop, and get about 2 tablespoons worth of dough, depending on the size of the cookie that you want, and then place on your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or an Artisan Mat (Silicone Baking Mat). Parchment paper will work great too. We bake our cookies in the oven at 350 degrees F for 8 to 12 minutes depending on the size of the cookie, start with 8 minutes and go from there. You will bake them until you see the edges getting brown.
  • Once the cookies come out of the oven, you will notice a little browning around the edges, and a bit on the tops. Let the cookies sit on your cookie sheet for about 5 more minutes, then transfer to a cookie rack to cool completely. Serve them warm, or cool if you like. Enjoy those cookies with your friends and family!

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Notes

These values are based on 24 larger cookies. You can make smaller cookies and the values will be lower of course. 

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134 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    10/10 highly recommend! I’ve been making these cookies since last year! This is my go to (and only) recipe for Chocolate chip cookies and everyone LOVES them! I love how they come out just about the right size you would expect for a cookie. I also appreciate that no chill is needed which saves me time to deliver these tasty baked goods. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Baking is a little hobby of mine. I have quite the trouble following and making desserts turn out great and I’ve tried a couple of recipes for chocolate chip cookies but they never turn out right and I came across this recipe. I am in love with this recipe. Since its the lockdown I’ve been baking a lot and I am a foodie. I’m the middle child in my family and so since I bake my siblings love to eat as well and they love the chocolate chip cookies I’ve made with your recipe and they instantly fell in love as well. They are often asking for these cookies and since I am a high schooler and I’ve got a lot going on and I can only make them sometimes which is great because I’ll never get tired of these cookies. This is an amazing recipe. Thank you very much!!!!

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