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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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I’m sharing the secret to the ultimate fat and chewy chocolate chip cookies. This recipe makes perfectly thick, utterly chocolatey, addictively chewy cookies, finished with a sprinkle of sea salt. They’re the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever have!

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Perfectly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think every family has that chocolate chip cookie recipe. You know the one. Whether it’s your mom’s Tollhouse recipe or a family secret that’s passed through the hands of thirteen grandmothers, those chocolate chip cookies are sacred.

After years of making these chewy chocolate chip cookies, I think they just might be my generational cookie. These are chewy, irresistibly homemade chocolate chip cookies: soft-baked in the center, rich and buttery, and a little crisp at the edges. They stay soft forever, but they never last that long in our house.

Every bite balances the flavors of carmelized brown sugar perfectly with sweet vanilla extract and ooey-gooey chocolate chips. I top them with sea salt, and it’s perfection!

What Makes This Cookie Recipe So Good?

Let’s face it, there are thousands of delicious chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. If there’s one thing I’ve realized, it’s that there’s a difference between a good chocolate chip cookie and a cookie that you can’t get enough of. Here’s what makes this recipe the best:

  • Fat and chewy. These homemade chocolate chip cookies are thick in the middle with buttery, crispy edges. I make them with extra brown sugar, which helps the cookies stay soft and moist (and not cakey).
  • Simple ingredients. The ingredients you’ll need are readily available, and likely in your cabinet already.
  • Quick to make. This chocolate chip cookie dough comes together in 10 minutes. Plus, there’s no refrigeration time required. It’s perfect for last-minute cookie cravings!
  • Finished with sea salt. A sprinkle of flakey sea salt is my favorite garnish on top of a warm and melty, gooey chocolate chip cookie. If you’ve never tried it, it will change your life!
  • Small or large batch. If you have a craving for late-night cookies but don’t want to have too many leftovers, you can make a small batch which is just 10 cookies.
Close up of three baked chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt cooling on a wire rack.

Key Ingredients

You’ll need your usual baking staples like flour, eggs, and leavening to make these perfect chocolate chip cookies. Then, there are a few key ingredients that I go over below. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card for the full amounts and recipe details.

  • Melted Butter – This recipe starts with melted butter. I recommend unsalted butter, though salted will work (reduce the salt in the recipe by 1/4 teaspoon in this case).
  • Sugar – I use a combination of brown sugar as well as white granulated sugar for added chewiness.
  • Vanilla – You can never go wrong with high-quality, pure vanilla extract. The flavor is so much better than artificial vanilla.
  • Chocolate Chips – You can’t make the best chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips! For best results, I recommend using good quality semi-sweet or unsweetened dark chocolate chips, like the ones from Ghirardelli or Guittard. However, it’s really up to preference. You can use milk or dark chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate bars.
  • Flaky Sea Salt – Top your chocolate chip cookies with a generous sprinkle of flaked sea salt for the perfect sweet-salty combination with a bit of crunch. Highly recommend!
Ingredients for chewy chocolate chip cookies.

How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Get those ovens preheated to 350ºF, we’re about to make the best cookies you’ll ever taste! 

Prep your pan. I recommend lining your baking sheet with parchment paper or using a silicone baking sheet if you have one.

Combine the wet ingredients. First, melt the butter and then give it a few minutes to cool. Then, cream together the butter with both sugars, followed by an egg and vanilla extract.

Add the dry ingredients. Next, combine the dry ingredients, and then add these to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix slowly and as the dough thickens, fold in the chocolate chips.

Portion. Use a large cookie scoop to portion the dough onto your baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between each cookie. Add a pinch of sea salt to the tops of the cookies right before you pop them into the oven. 

Bake. Bake your cookies at 350ºF for 9-11 minutes, keeping an eye as they bake. Take the cookies out when the edges are set and they’re still a little underbaked in the centers. Once out of the oven, leave the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes or so before moving them to a rack to cool.

Overhead view of freshly baked chewy chocolate chip cookies on a Silpat lined baking sheet.

The Secret to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

When developing this recipe, I made eight different variations before finding the perfect one. It was a labor of love (and many, many cookies), but totally worth it to crack the code for the ultimate chewy cookies that stay chewy long after they’re baked. 

With all that testing came extra wisdom. Three key things contribute tribute to a soft and chewy cookie:

  • The right ingredients. White sugar has less moisture than brown sugar. For this reason, using only white sugar would lead to a drier cookie. Chewier cookies call for more brown sugar and less granulated sugar.
  • Properly measure the flour. I always recommend using a kitchen scale to measure the ingredients (this is my favorite, affordable one), but if you don’t have one available, use the spoon and level method I show in this handy tutorial.
  • Proper mixing. It’s crucial that you only mix the dough ingredients until they’re just combined and smooth, and don’t overmix. Overmixing the batter activates gluten, which can lead to a tough, dense texture. (This goes for all cookie recipes, not just this one!)
  • Underbaking. Lastly, the final secret to chewy cookies is to take them out of the oven at the right time, when they’re slightly underbaked and just beginning to turn golden. They’ll finish setting up while they cool. Overbaking will lead to dry, crumbly cookies.
Close up of chewy chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt.

Tips for Baking Perfect Cookies

Now that you’re armed with the secret to the perfect soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie, here are some additional cookie-baking tips:

  • For photo-ready cookies, gently press a few chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies right when they come out of the oven. This way you’ll have nice, visible chocolate chips (and even more chocolate). If you’d like, add another pinch of sea salt after baking, too. 
  • If your cookies have spread a bit while baking, use a spatula or a knife to gently press the edges of the cookie back toward the center. This makes them a little thicker and rounder, but you have to do this when they’re hot from the oven before the cookie fully sets.
  • Bake the cookies in the middle rack of the oven. This is where the temperature is the most consistent. Also, take care not to overcrowd the baking sheet, and bake one tray at a time. If the baking sheet or oven is overcrowded, the cookies won’t bake evenly.
  • Not all ovens bake the same, so keep a close eye on your chocolate chip cookies so that they don’t overbake or burn. An oven thermometer is a handy kitchen gadget that you can use to monitor the temperature inside your oven, in case it runs hot.
  • To prevent the bottoms of your cookies from burning, use a silicone baking mat, or line the pan with parchment paper. Dark metal baking sheets also tend to make the bottoms of the cookies darker.

Common Questions

Why are my chocolate chip cookies crunchy?

This is likely because your cookies are overbaked. Try taking your cookies out of the oven sooner, and double-check your oven temperature to make sure that it isn’t running too hot (see my tip about ovens above).

How do I keep cookies from burning on the bottom?

The best way to prevent the bottoms of your cookies from burning is to use a light metal baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.

Should I refrigerate the cookie dough?

No, I don’t recommend refrigerating the dough for this recipe. However, the cookie dough can be frozen if you’re making it ahead. See below for make-ahead, storing, and freezing tips.

Overhead view of a row of chocolate chip cookies broken in half, showing the soft middles.

Optional Add-Ins and Variations

One more thing to love about this chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe is how easy it is to customize with your favorite cookie add-ins. Try these ideas:

Can I Make The Dough In Advance?

Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance, with one caveat: I recommend that you freeze the cookie dough rather than refrigerate it. When testing this recipe, I found that regardless of how much time the dough spent in the fridge, it changed the texture and made the outsides of the cookies rough after they were baked (see below).

To make the chocolate chip cookie dough ahead of time, pre-scoop the cookie dough and freeze the portioned balls in an airtight container. They can stay frozen for 2-3 months. Whenever you’re ready to bake, allow the cookie dough scoops to thaw at room temperature for about an hour before placing them into the oven.

To see the differences between the cookies that were refrigerated versus the ones that were frozen and then thawed before baking, check out the graphic below. 

A graphic showing one row of baked cookies after varying times in the fridge, and a second row with baked cookies after various thawing times from the freezer.

How to Store Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wait until your chocolate chip cookies have cooled completely before you store them. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. Adding a slice of white bread to the container can help to keep these chewy cookies extra soft.

Can I Freeze These Cookies?

Yes! The baked and cooled chocolate chip cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. You can freeze them in a resealable Ziploc bag or airtight container. If you can’t wait to thaw your cookies before you serve them, defrost the frozen cookies in the microwave for a few seconds.

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Close up of a chewy chocolate chip cookie sprinkled with sea salt.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 large cookies

Description

The secret to the ultimate chewy chocolate chip cookies! These chewy cookies are thick, utterly chocolatey, and addictively soft-baked, with buttery edges and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (113g)  unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (55g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (48g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup (135g) chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking sheet.
  2. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-45 seconds. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Combine the melted butter with the brown and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until well combined, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Next, add the egg and vanilla extract and continue beating until well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir to combine and slowly add the dry ingredients into the dough, mixing on low speed until dough starts to form. As the dough thickens, add the chocolate chips. Beat until incorporated.
  5. Using large cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto a baking sheet, placing 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes. The center of the cookies should be slightly under-baked but not too gooey. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Notes

  • Chocolate chips: Any type of chocolate chips can be used
  • Butter: I’ve made this recipe with both salted and unsalted butter. Either will work. If using salted butter, reduce the added salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Gluten-free flour: these can be made with a measure for measure all-purpose gluten-free flour (that includes xanthan gum).
  • Pro tip! Right when you pull these from the oven, place a few chocolate chips on top of the cookie for extra chocolate goodness.
  • Storing and Freezing baked cookies: These are best stored in an airtight container once completely cooled. You can also freeze these baked cookies in an airtight container. Microwave the frozen cookies for approximately 15-20 seconds.
  • Storing cookie dough: If needed, it’s best to freeze the dough directly after preparing, I would recommend freezing single scoops of dough, thawing to room temperature for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and then bake.
Nutrition Information:
1 Cookie
293
25.4g
159.6mg
14.6g
8.9g
38.7g
1.6g
3.6g
43mg
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chewy chocolate chip cookies, best chocolate chip cookies, chewy cookies

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  1. Christina

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Looking for a pizookie recipe? I doubled this and baked it for about 25 minutes in my Le Creuset enameled braiser. It came out amazing!!! I did spray nonstick just in case. It came out perfect

  2. Desiree

    Best cookies ever! Works best when weighing the ingredients. Everyone raves about how good these cookies are.

  3. Renae

    So happy I found this recipe! This will be my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on! Easy to make and they come out perfect every time. Love the addition of the sea salt…. It adds such a good flavor and pairs perfect with the chocolate.

  4. Bea

    I’m making these for a special occasion and would like to know how many days they stay soft and chewy….if I were to make them 2days in advance would they still be chewy? My problem is I tend to over bake my chocolate chip cookies. Any pointers?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Bea- If made correctly, and stored in an airtight container, then these should keep well for at least 3 days. My recommendation is to pay attention to the suggested baking time. I pull my cookies while the middles are still slightly underdone, which is one way of keeping them moist and chewy. Try baking one test cookie and seeing if you want to adjust. But if you are over baking them, then you just need to pull them out of the oven sooner!

  5. Christina

    These are my go-to chocolate chip cookies! They are incredibly easy and have so much flavor without even being refrigerated (which is the best!). I’ve tried many chocolate chip cookie recipes and these are, by far, the best!

  6. Stephanie

    Best chocolate chip recipe ever! I’ve experimented with several recipes during Covid and this one, hands down, is our all time favorite. Per Julieanne’s suggestion, I refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes so the cookie stays fuller during baking and doesn’t flatten out! I’m going Into my son’s kitchen right now to make a batch while I’m out of town visiting him!

  7. Neha Anand

    I loved the recipe however before baking would like to know, do I have to melt both the sugars in butter while combining and does the butter have to be straight out of oven.

    Thank you 😊

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Neha- melt the butter and then add the sugar. Do you mean should the butter be straight out of the fridge (not the oven)- if so, yes, it can be straight from the fridge because you are going to melt it. I recommend watching the step by step video, it might be helpful for you.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Paola, with proper storage they will still be good of course….but 5 days layer you may want to toss in the microwave for 10 seconds.

  8. Eve

    I honestly love this cookie because it’s just with all the ingredients I normally have in my house so it is easy and also IT TASTES SOOOO GOOD especially when warm!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      I am right there with you Eve! It’s great for late night cravings too- and since it’s not a huge batch I don’t even feel guilty about it LOL

  9. Shirley Alderson

    Another question? Taking to my granddaughter and want to make 6 days before. Should I freeze or just refrigerate the baked cookies?

  10. Shirley Alderson

    I read another recipe that called for 1 cup of brown sugar and a 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Reasoning was more brown sugar keeps them more chewy. What are your thoughts about the different amounts of sugars?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Yes, in my blog post I talked about how more brown sugar than white contributes to the chewiness of the cookies

  11. Theresa

    Hi,
    Looking forward to trying this recipe! Question though – does it matter if you use salted or unsalted butter?
    Thanks,
    Theresa

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Theresa, the recipe itself will work either way. However, if you use salted butter, I would cut the salt in the cookies in half. Then you can add salt on top accordingly. I prefer a salty cookie but I use unsalted butter, so if you’re using salted butter it might be too much for some! Enjoy!

  12. Ashley Watts

    These were just what I needed on a Monday afternoon. Soft, chewy and delightful! I have had quite the battle finding a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and I’ve FINALLY FOUND IT. Thanks Beyond Frosting for putting the time and effort to share this perfect recipe with all of us!

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