Pinned over 3 million times, these super soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the most popular cookie recipe on my website. Melted butter, more brown sugar than white sugar, and an extra egg yolk guarantee the chewiest chocolate chip cookie texture. Big chocolate chunks promise chocolate in every single bite. The texture and flavor of these cookies is unparalleled by any other recipe. No mixer required!
There are hundreds of chocolate chip cookies recipes out there. Everyone has their favorite! But, in my mind, this recipe really stands out. These chewy chocolate chip cookies are:
Warning: these chocolate chip cookies require a tall glass of milk. Watch me make them from start to finish in my own kitchen:
I tested today’s cookie recipe over and over again to make sure they’re absolutely perfect before sharing the recipe. I still have a big space in my heart and tastebuds) for my soft-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re one of the most popular recipes on my website! Today’s recipe is similar, but I increased the chewy factor.
How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
The cookie dough is made from standard ingredients: butter, salt, sugar, flour, egg and leavener & vanilla. It’s the ratios of those ingredients that make this recipe stand out from the rest. Mix 2 and 1/4 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and my favorite: cornstarch. I use 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch in this recipe.
Use melted butter in this chocolate chip cookie recipe. Most of the cookies on my website call for creaming softened butter with the sugars. Chewy chocolate chip cookies require melted butter.
Since you are using melted butter, you don’t need a mixer for this cookie recipe.
Use More Brown Sugar
Use a mix of brown sugar and white granulated sugar in your chocolate chip cookies. I prefer more brown sugar than white granulated sugar because the moisture in brown sugar promises an extra soft and chewy baked cookie. White granulated sugar is still necessary though. It’s dry and helps the cookies spread. A little bit of spread is a good thing.
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Extra Egg Yolk
Another way to promise a super chewy chocolate chip cookie is to use an extra egg yolk. The extra egg yolk adds richness, soft tenderness, and binds the dough. You will need 1 egg and 1 egg yolk. You can freeze the extra egg white in a ziplock bag for up to 1 month or use it to make my Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes.
The dough will be soft and the chocolate chunks may not stick because of the melted butter. Just keep stirring it I promise it will come together.
The most important step is next.
Chill the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chilling the cookie dough is so important! Unless you want the cookies to spread into a massive cookie puddle, chilling the dough is mandatory for this cookie recipe. It allows the ingredients to settle together after the mixing stage but most importantly: cold dough results in thicker cookies. Cover the cookie dough and chill the dough for at least 2-3 hours and even up to 3-4 days. Let your cookie dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before rolling into balls after chilling.
After chilling, sometimes I roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze them in a large zipped-top bag. Then I bake them straight from the freezer, keeping them in the oven for an extra minute. This way you can have just one of two cookies whenever you want!
These cookies are huge–about 3 Tablespoons of dough is rolled to make one cookie. The batch only makes about 16 cookies since you will be rolling them so large. Feel free to make the cookies smaller (about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) instead. If you do that, be sure to reduce the baking time by a couple minutes.
When you remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator after chilling, the dough will be slightly crumbly. The warmth of your hands rolling it will make it stay intact. Roll the cookie dough balls taller, rather than wide as I discussed and showed in my cake batter chocolate chip cookies recipe. This little tried-and-true trick will result in thicker cookies. I do it for every single cookie I bake.
Secrets to Thick, Soft, & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bonus: try them with half M&Ms and half chocolate chunks!