Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Okay guys. I must say,
this is the best chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have ever made.
They are extra soft.
Extra thick.
Extra gooey.
And extra chocolatey.


I have so many fond childhood memories of warm cookies baking in the oven on a chilly afternoon. Or being cheered up with a plate full of chocolate chip cookies and and tall glass of milk after a tough day. Or baking cookies on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus. Or baking with my Mom after school.

And just like his Momma,
my Wesley looooves a good chocolate chip cookie.
The chewier, the better.

But no matter what…time after time, they never turned out how I hoped they would…they were just off. Too hard. Not sweet enough. Too sweet. Not salty enough. Or too flat. I couldn’t seem to find a recipe that was just right.  So I decided to ask a bunch of my baking expert gal pals for their advice on baking the perfect cookie.  They all had amazing tips to offer, and after a few test batches using a dear friends recipe, I finally settled on a recipe and technique that was PERFECT.

For a the complete version of this recipe check out the amazing blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction (you’ll be addicted to it)!

Here are my friend’s TIPS for PERFECT chewy, gooey, fluffy cookies:

  • Christy’s Tip: Use the BEST chocolate available, NOT the chocolate on sale. The better the chocolate the more rich and smooth the flavor. My favorite are the Semi-Sweet Ghirardelli Premium Baking Chips. Christy also recommends using Guittard milk chocolate.
  • Christy’s Second Tip: Remove the cookies from the oven when they are still soft. They will continue to cook on the baking sheet for a bit–but pulling them out early will keep them nice and chewy.
  • Brittney’s Tip: Use parchment paper! No matter how great your baking sheets, use parchment paper to make sure your cookies aren’t overcooked on the bottom.  Also, don’t reuse your parchment paper. Be sure to use a fresh sheet for each batch.
  • Brittney’s Second Tip: Use melted butter instead of chilled or room temperature butter.
  • Gillian’s Tip: Use high quality vanilla extra, and add a little bit extra (see exact amounts in recipe below). Gillian recommends William Sonoma’s vanilla extract–I didn’t have any, so I used some I purchased in Mexico.
  • Tips from Magazines: Add a small amount of corn starch to increase cookie  softness and thickness (see exact amount in recipe below). Chill the dough for at least 2 hours before baking.

















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    May 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, will definitely try, the cookies look very delicious and chewy in your photos. I just need to work out the cup conversion to English weights. My son used an American recipe to make cheesecake recently. We had trouble with the measurements and ended up with three cheesecakes, which I guess is not so bad!

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    May 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Christy is absolutely right. The chocolate makes all the difference. I’ve tried every chocolate chip brand on the grocery store shelf and Ghirardelli is the only chocolate chips I will buy now. One thing I have found to make good chewy cookies is the silicone baking mats. The cookies come out soft every time; no parchment paper or corn starch needed.

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    Erin @ The Grass Skirt
    May 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    OMG. These look SO good- even at 8:30 am. I am definitely pinning this recipe!

    The Grass Skirt

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    May 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    These look so yummy.

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    Rachael B
    May 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Those look insanely good! Think I’ll be making a batch this weekend for my cheat day;)

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    May 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Yummy! Another trick that my aunt taught me is after you bake your cookies, let them cool, and once you put them in a tupperwear container (etc.)…to put a slice of bread in with them too! Sounds weird, I know! But, it totally works! The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread…and it keeps them chewy! (The slice of bread will become has hard as a rock!) Try it – I promise it works! xo

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      January 19, 2019 at 4:58 am

      For over 20 years I’ve used this trick. Whenever I buy Oreos I put them in a cookie jar and add a slice of white bread and it makes them wonderfully soft. I know I’m weird for preferring Oreos soft 🙂

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    Julie Tate
    May 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Those look amazing! Does it matter if you live in higher elevation? I used to live in CA and my cookies always turned out great but then I moved to Utah and they always turn out flat. Would I need to adjust the recipe since I am in higher elevation?

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    May 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I thought I’d let you know, I just made your cookie recipe with my kids and they ARE delicious! Thanks for sharing a good thing!

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    May 24, 2013 at 3:27 am

    extra thick, extra gooey, and ghirradelli?? You have me, you absolutely have me.

    Gonna have to bake:)

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    May 24, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Gorgeous! I can’t wait to bake them!

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    May 24, 2013 at 4:15 am

    delish. i often add a tbs or two of cocoa powder to the batter and sub a bit of peanut butter for a bit of the butter. you get an extra choco-peanut butter cookie. yum.

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    May 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    These look amazing! Nothing beats a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of milk! I found a really good recipe about a year ago, and it calls for a sprinkle of sea salt on top of each cookie… so good!

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      May 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Oh, and I totally agree about using good chocolate. I’m with you on the semi-sweet Ghiradelli!

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    Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.
    May 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    These look fantastic! Definitely saving for later!
    xx lexi @ glitter, inc.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction
    May 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

    So glad you made my cookie recipe. They look wonderful.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Sally’s recipe is a keeper and I use the same one. It’s my go to for choc chip cookies, M&M cookies, Snicker Cookies and so many more. Yours look wonderful!

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    May 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Made these last night and they turned out wonderful!! So gooey and chocolatey. Will make this my normal recipe from now on for cookies!

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    June 3, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I had a little boutique at my house, with a few vendors and made these…..they were FABULOUS!!!! The girls ate these more than any other little thing I made……YUMMY!!! Thank you for sharing. A for-sure keeper in the recipe book 🙂

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Ok, I must be thick but I don’t see the actual recipe, just pictures. HELP!

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      June 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      These look great but I don´t see any recipe either!!

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      Sian Couper
      June 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      There’s a link under the second picture – the line starts:

      For the complete version of this recipe

      the word “this” is in in turquoise and it’s the hyperlink

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    Stephanie Miller
    June 11, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Hi Ashley,
    Thank you! I have made these cookies 4 times. And love them.

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    June 27, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I am drooling over this. I can not wait to try this Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie and so easy too! Thanks for sharing! I had featured U in the post of To Better Enjoy Your Spare Time with These 7 Fabulous Cookie Recipes
    on AllFreshRecipes. Looking forward to ur Refreshing Eats!

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    August 17, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    whew…they look great, nothing better than a hot chocolate chip cookie. thanks for sharing.

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    August 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m a senior in high school hoping to open a bakery after college and I’m on the search for the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever… these are definitely on the list! (:

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    October 17, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Where is the recipe??

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    November 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Hey there,

    I’m longing to make these gorgeous looking cookies but hav a cple of
    questions, and wonder If you could help me, when you say baking soda,
    should I use baking powder or bicarbonate of soda?? Also you use cornstarch,
    I’m not familiar with that either, do you hav any suggestions for something to
    use instead?
    Thank you ever so much for your time, I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards

    Paula (England) xxx

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    December 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Where is the recipe? I see the tips, the pics, and the comments, but no recipe. 🙁

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I just made these. Delicious and loaded with chocolate chips! The best I have ever made! Thanks for sharing:) xo

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    May 31, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Just pinned this, it looks HEAVENLY!

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