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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

Why did my 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.

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.

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 2.5 g
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda 7 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 anย 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!

Video

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies - Easy Soft Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Notes

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

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94 Comments

  1. Hii, I was wondering which is better to use Light brown sugar or Dark brown sugar for this recipe??? ๐Ÿ™‚ please let me know!!

  2. Hi, Iโ€™m going to try this recipe soon. What would the effect of me using melted butter be? Also, for the brown sugar can I use half light brown and half dark brown? But I donโ€™t wanโ€™t to ruin the recipe.

    Thanks!

    • Hello, I have made it with both softened butter and melted. Melted butter will encourage the cookies to spread and be a little thinner. Which also gets crunchier sooner while baking. Yes you can use half light brown and half dark brown sugar! ๐Ÿ™‚ The dark brown just has a bit more molasses in it. Good luck, Selina! Let me know how they turn out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Alejandra Cordova

    5 stars
    Hi Matt!! I have a doubt, can I use just 1 egg or less butter cuz I donโ€™t want my cookies have that buttery taste or super greasy, what can I do? And whatโ€™s the key to not let them being flat when we put them into the oven??

    Good vibe from Mexico!!

    • Hello! These cookies don’t have a buttery taste and aren’t greasy. Honestly, I recommend trying them as is first. Cookies can be finicky when you start decreasing ingredients. If you don’t want them as flat, chill the cookie dough for at least an hour before baking them. Also don’t over mix the cookie dough. Thank you, happy you found this recipe in Mexico! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to get down there and buy some vanilla extract haha, my liter of it that I bought awhile ago from Rocky Point is all gone.

      • Alejandra Cordova

        5 stars
        OMG!!!!! Thank you so much for reply me so fast!!! I saw your YouTube video and I fell in love with your cookies and then I found the recipe on Pinterest and thought โ€œOk, this is a signal I have to try THIS recipeโ€ and you know what, Iโ€™m gonna do it like you said, with all the exact ingredients and everything, I was concerned if they will taste buttery but thank you to tell me that they donโ€™t taste like that! Iโ€™m gonna comment you back soon to tell you how was the cookie experience ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

        • You are very welcome! Yes please try them out and let me know how they turn out. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Alejandra Cรณrdova

            5 stars
            Hello again! I have a really huge doubt. Can I freeze the dough 30 min before I bake them? I planned make the cookie dough balls and put the in the freezer, cuz I donโ€™t have a lot of time to wait 1 hour or more ๐Ÿ™ or what can I do?

          • Hello, yes you can freeze the cookie dough balls before baking them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do it all the time.

  4. I’m always curious, which is best to use and when – golden vs dark brown sugar? I’m about to make your chocolate chip cookies but I’m curious if you are using the golden brown sugar or?

    • Hi Ana! I usually use golden or light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar works great as well. It adds a touch more molasses flavor. But light and dark brown sugar are interchangeable in most recipes.

  5. I love these cookies I just made a them for a second time.

  6. I brought out a batch of cookies from the oven and it’s been 15 min and they still haven’t st in the center when I let them cool? Is this a long process or do they need longer in the oven.

  7. Can i use light brown sugar, I suck at baking and i want to be sure i don’t mess this up.

  8. David Zepeda

    5 stars
    Best cookies youโ€™ll ever make

  9. Just made these. I’ve been looking for ages for a proper delicious cookie recipe and came across this today. Honestly the NICEST cookies I’ve ever had. Would 100% recommend trying them. Thanks again for the great recipe!!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. 5 stars
    This is the ONE! Best cookie recipe I’ve ever used and will continue to .
    Thanks Matt

  11. 5 stars
    If you like โ€œsoftโ€ choc chip cookie. This recipe is the best one ๐Ÿ‘

  12. 5 stars
    OMG! I highly recommend this recipe. After many years trying to make chocolate chip cookies. I FINALLY MASTERED IT WITH THIS RECIPE. THANK YOU!

  13. 5 stars
    These are absolutely amazing! My family finished them in literally 3 days! Amazing Recipe! Must make!

  14. Annamarie

    So I have literally watched I would say 17 different videos on how to make chewy chocolate cookies and every time they have been a disaster so decided as my last attempt to try this one going by the good reviews and omg it did not disappoint they taste AMAZING and the perfect consistency that I LOVE thank you soo much I will defo be hooked now and currently going to see what other receipts you have AMAZING work honestly canโ€™t say better about this and anyone who knows me knows how fussy I am with my cookies much love from Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

  15. Monique Lopez

    5 stars
    These cookies are soooo amazing!! I love them, thank you for this recipe. Although I do have a question, is there any way to save the batter and freeze it, what if I just want to make half the batter and but the half in the freezer? Do you have any recommendations?

    • Yep you can definitely freeze the leftover cookie dough. What I suggest and do often is form all of the cookies, but save the ones you want to freeze, place them in a single layer laying flat in a freezer bag. after they freeze you can move the bag and they can touch. Then when you want to eat some take them out of the freezer and heat up the oven and then bake them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Chloรฉ

    5 stars
    Sooo good! my family said it was their favorite dessert from now on! I didn’t change anything in the recipe. I left it in a container for like 3 days and it was still amazing! Thank you!

  17. Tom Morton

    5 stars
    These cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat. Lol!
    True soft and chewy. Not sure how long they stay chewy because they are gone too fast. Great job!!

  18. 5 stars
    these are the. best. cookies. perfectly soft, you can make huge ones or little ones. i made 0 alterations to the recipe and it turned out fantastic. i wish i could attest on whether or not they keep well, but thatโ€™s something we never found out! absolutely delicious.

    • Thank you so much, Cass! So glad you made them and like them. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay just as an experiment. The next time you make them safe two or three and place them in a ziplock bag and place them in the pantry then give them a try 3 or 4 days later and see how you like them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Madison Gonzales

    5 stars
    I made these last night. These cookies were so soft and delicious! My family was fighting over them. My favorite cookies and the recipe is so simple! All the other ones Iโ€™ve tried required extra complicated steps and they never came out right or soft and chewy like the title said they would be. But these cookies by Matt are everything the title says! Thank you so much for these โค๏ธ

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe is so awesome I make them all the time and there delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‹

  21. 5 stars
    I’ve tried so many chocolate chip cookie recipes (other YouTube bakers, Buzzfeed’s Tasty, the BA kitchen, and so many others) and they all claimed to have a chewy cookie or required way too many extra steps, like Browning butter, using extra egg yolks and getting rid of the egg whites, which annoyed me. And their videos even showed a chewy cookie, and I never understood why my cookies would come out cakey. I really thought it was something I did wrong. Maybe an ingredient wasn’t the right one? But then I tried THIS recipe. And I can honestly say it’s the best recipe I’ve come across. It’s exactly the type of chewy I look for, crispy on the edges, and not at all cakey. I was just about to give up on finding a recipe and just stick with the regular Toll House recipe. BUT LOOK NO FURTHER. I CAN ATTEST, THIS IS *THE* RECIPE FOR CHEWY COOKIES. Be sure to chill the dough, be sure to space them out at least 2 inches, be sure to let them cool completely (don’t be like me, I waited like 40 seconds to eat the first cookie. No regrets, but that really burned). And I think if you use a good butter (what’s good butter? I don’t know, high fat I guess?), it wouldn’t spread as much as it would using a 63% vegetable oil spread type of butter (ya know what I mean, the “I can’t believe it’s not butter”– it’s not butter, guys. It says it right there.) Just follow everything he says. Literally everything. And I promise you, your cookies will look like his. Mine did. I cried on the inside. And then ate 5 cookies. Totally worth the trials and errors to get here. Thanks for sharing, Matt!

  22. Hi!
    Seeing all the reviews, I can’t wait to try this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have one question though as it’s the first time I’ll bake cookies : if I want to just do a dozen, will it alter the end result if I half the recipe?

    Thank you !

    • Hi there! Yes, you can totally half the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not it won’t alter the end result. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how they turn out and if you run into any issues. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. 5 stars
    Perfection

  24. 5 stars
    These cookies were absolutely perfect! My dad is such a huge chocolate chip cookie critic, and he absolutely loved these. Thanks so much! Happy baking.

  25. I like your writing style really enjoying this site.

  26. Just by looking at the photo, I can tell these cookies are insanely moist and chewy! Ughhhhh! I wanna sink my teeth into a batch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. 5 stars
    Oh, these Chocolate Chip Cookies look amazing! Soft cookies are my favorite.

  28. Melanie williams

    You had me at the word cookie lol. these sound super and I bet that they taste yummy too xx

  29. Soft and chewy is my favorite kind of cookie. These sound delicious.

  30. 5 stars
    Soft chocolate chips are my favorite kind of cookies! I want to bake this asap.

  31. 5 stars
    I’ll need to give these chewy chocolate chip cookies a try! I love everything about baking cookies, more so how it makes our home smell.

  32. You have so many great recipes! Chewy chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite cookies for sure! I can’t wait to start baking holiday cookies at the end of the month! I have an Artisan Mat too and I really love it!

  33. My nephews and nieces always visit me. I will try this for their next visit! I really think this is going to make me the best aunt ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. Yum! I love chocolate chip cookies. I have so many different recipes — you generally can’t go wrong. But I will have to try this one! Thanks!

  35. Oh yum! Give me all the cookies! I love soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They are my favorite!

  36. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh so delicious! I just love soft and chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies and this recipe is perfect!!

  37. katrina Kroeplin

    looks like a great recipe. soft choc. chip cookies are the best. i could go for one right now.

  38. the cookies look delicious! thanks for all your yummy looking photos. step by step photos are helpful!

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  39. 5 stars
    This is the real Macoy! Just like I learned to make them as a child. Brought back great memories just thinking about making these.

  40. 5 stars
    Such a perfect recipe! My kids will enjoy baking these over the weekend! Yum!

  41. 5 stars
    Soft & chewy are how I like my cookies! These are so good!! My favorite cookie!

  42. 5 stars
    These cookies were a hit! My kids love them!

  43. 5 stars
    I feel like it’s so good to find a REALLY GOOD chocolate chip cookie recipe. I like them super soft and these came out perfectly! My new go-to recipe!

  44. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    these are so great!

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