Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves the classic comfort that soft chocolate chip cookies can provide. Learn how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies with this super simple recipe!

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I’ve been on the hunt for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I could never find a something that was completely perfect. So I started playing around with a basic recipe — adding more white sugar here, less baking soda there and they have turned out so insanely delicious!

I’m no scientist, but it has been cool to see, and taste, all the different results. But I finally figured out the secret combination of ingredients to perfecting these chewy chocolate chip cookies.

The resulting cookie is decadent, warm and gooey. No more searching for cookie recipes that end up being a total flop. When you’re craving a warm chocolate chip cookie, turn to this perfected recipe and you will not be disappointed!

Eating just one of these chewy cookies will only have you reaching for another, then another, and then maybe even a cold glass of milk too. You can never have too many chocolate chip cookies, am I right?

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Do we have to choose a reason to love a batch of cookies with a gooey center and crispy edges? Definitely not! But you’ll find a few big reasons to love this recipe:

  • You can make 24 of the best chocolate chip cookies of your life with this recipe. Plus, it is very easy to double or triple so that you can have tons of cookies for any occasion!
  • A homemade chocolate chip cookie is the best shareable treat. Fill your cookie jar with fresh baked treats to give to any guests in your home. And a plate of freshly baked cookies is a universal gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.
  • Make chocolate chip cookies for any holiday, special occasion, or as an any day treat. There is never a bad time for everyone’s favorite cookie!
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Tools & equipment

First things first, make sure you have all the equipment needed to make these soft cookies.

You’ll need a cookie sheet or two, some parchment paper, and mixing bowls. Make sure you have a good whisk and silicone spatula to help incorporate all the dough ingredients together well. And you’ll need some measuring cups and spoons!

A wire cooling rack will help cool these cookies to room temperature more easily. If you plan to store cookies, make sure you have an airtight container or a plastic zip-top bag.

Ingredients for chocolate chip cookie dough.

Ingredients

Each of these key ingredients are a part of the secret to a chewier cookie — that are truly the best ever! Here is what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • all-purpose flour
  • unsalted butter
  • mini chocolate chip morsels
  • egg
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • pure vanilla extract
  • salt

Substitutions & variations

Semisweet chocolate chips are most often used in chocolate chip cookie recipes. However, you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate as well. You can even add peanut butter chips, white chocolate, or caramel chips to these cookies.

You can also make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies by using a 1:1 gluten-free flour substitute.

Reduce the amount of refined sugar in this recipe by using coconut sugar in place of brown sugar. Keep in mind it will change the flavor a bit, but will still be so yummy!

If you only have salted butter on hand, you can use that in place of unsalted butter. I would just omit the salt that the recipe calls for.

How to make Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat your oven to 375° degrees Fahrenheit and then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it to the side.

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A person mixing flour in a bowl with a whisk.

Add flour, baking soda and salt to a medium bowl and whisk together well.

Butter and sugar in a bowl on a marble surface.
A white bowl with a whisk in it.
A bowl of oatmeal with an egg in it.
A white bowl with a whisk in it.

Then add butter, granulated white sugar and brown sugar to a separate large bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, being careful not to over whisk the egg.

A white bowl filled with flour and other ingredients.
A bowl of dough with a spoon in it.

Combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients until just mixed. Then, use a silicone spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the chocolate chip cookie dough.

A bowl of dough with a spatula in it.
Chocolate chip cookie dough in a white bowl with a spatula.

Use a cookie scoop or small measuring cup and scoop the dough into balls. Place the cookie dough balls onto the baking tray with enough space between them, because they’ll spread out quite a bit when they bake.

Chocolate chip cookie dough on a baking sheet.
Chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.

Bake the homemade cookies for 10 minutes until the tops of the flat cookies are a light golden brown. Let them cool for 3-5 minutes on the cookie sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

Serve while warm, or wait until fully cooled to store!

Tips & tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • If you don’t have parchment paper, then grease your sheet pan well with non-stick cooking spray or butter. However, if you know that your cookie sheet tends to make cookies stick then you will likely have more success with parchment paper.
  • A key to make softer cookies is to not over-mix the cookie dough. This baking process isn’t difficult, but make sure you don’t over mix the dough and don’t over-bake the cookies. As a general rule, ingredients should be mixed until just combined.
  • Use room temperature butter in the wet ingredients so that it more easily incorporates with everything else.
A stack of chocolate chip cookies on a white plate.

What to serve with Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

A cold glass of milk is a classic favorite to serve with cookies like these, that have a lovely soft texture. But there are so many other incredible drinks to serve with chocolate chip cookies too! Hot chocolate is always a hit with chocolate chip cookies.

A classic Irish coffee pairs so well with these gooey and rich cookies. I don’t know about you, but I love the combo of chocolate and coffee. So these cookies with an espresso martini would be crazy tasty too!

If you’re looking for an extra fun boozy drink to serve with fresh cookies, spiced hot buttered rum would go so well with these.

Change things up and serve a warm cookie with a big scoop of cold vanilla ice cream!

FAQ

How should soft chocolate chip cookies be stored?

To keep the soft texture of these deliciously chewy cookies, store fully cooled cookies in an airtight container with a slice of bread. The bread will absorb air and keep the cookies soft! However, if you don’t have that just store them in an airtight container on their own and they’ll be ok. These cookies will last for 3 days at room temperature. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months!

Should eggs be cold or room temperature for baking cookies?

Allowing eggs to come to room temperature before adding to cookie dough helps them mix more easily with the other ingredients. It is best to bake with room temperature eggs.

Chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
These amazing soft baked chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
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ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a medium-size bowl, add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until all is mixed well.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and whisk some more, but make sure not to over whisk the egg.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  • With a small ice cream scoop or cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough on a lightly sprayed baking tray. Make sure to give the cookies space because they will spread out.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until light brown. Then let them cool off for 3-5 minutes on the cookie tray and then place them on a wired rack to cool off completely for at least 20 minutes.

notes

  • If you don’t have parchment paper, then grease your sheet pan well with non-stick cooking spray or butter. However, if you know that your cookie sheet tends to make cookies stick then you will likely have more success with parchment paper.
  • A key to make softer cookies is to not over-mix the cookie dough. This baking process isn’t difficult, but make sure you don’t over mix the dough and don’t over-bake the cookies. As a general rule, ingredients should be mixed until just combined.
  • Use room temperature butter in the wet ingredients so that it more easily incorporates with everything else.

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nutrition information

Yield: 24 cookies

amount per serving:

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 201kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 2g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 105mg Potassium: 27mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Vitamin A: 263IU Vitamin C: 0.05mg Calcium: 20mg Iron: 1mg
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