The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies have a little crisp to their outer shell but are soft on the inside, and extra chewy. They’re easy to make (you don’t even need a mixer!), no chilling the dough, and they stay soft for days. This is the perfect chocolate chip cookies recipe you’ve been searching for!
Today I’m sharing the most basic, amazing recipe of all–Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. Anyone reading this probably already has at least 1 or 2 chocolate chip cookie recipes they love. I get that–it’s a classic, and I’m one of those people, but these are my all time favorite! Coming in close second is Mrs. Fields Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies , because I love the addition of oats.
Apparently chocolate chip cookies were invented in 1938 by a women named Ruth Graves, who was an American chef. I could just kiss her for bringing such a perfect dessert into the world :).
What’s so special about these cookies?
I am boldly declaring these the best chocolate chip cookies out there, and for good reason! This chocolate chip cookie recipe has been specifically tailored and tested to produce the perfect CHEWY chocolate chip cookies. Three factors make-up the chewy cookie heaven that’s achieved here:
1. Melted butter
Unlike most cookie recipes, these chocolate chip cookies are made with melted butter, instead of softened or room temperature butter.
Typically melted butter in cookies has a reputation for producing cookies that are flat and thin, but not here, thanks to recipe testing by Cook’s Illustrated. Since we know that melted butter in brownies and other baked goods makes them extra chewy, Cook’s Illustrated created this recipe with that in mind, but calculated the other ingredients to ensure the cookies would hold their shape, and stay thick and chewy.
2. Extra Egg Yolk
This recipe also calls for an extra egg yolk, rather than a whole egg. The extra egg yolks helps with the thick and chewy texture and helps the cookies to stay soft for days longer than regular cookies.
3. More brown sugar than granulated sugar.
Moisture content in cookies helps to make them chewy, and that is why this recipe contains more brown sugar than granulated white sugar. Brown sugar has molasses in it, making the sugar more moist, which will lead to a chewier cookie.
So, thanks to the recipe tester’s at Cook’s Illustrated for creating the perfect thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies of my dreams!
How to make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Start by melting the butter for about 45 seconds in the microwave. You want it mostly, but not completely melted.
Remove it from the microwave and stir it with a spoon until it’s completely melted. Allow the melted butter to cool off while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl: flour, baking soda and salt.
Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix in the melted butter, mixing until smooth.
Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined.
Stir in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips.
Just as with most baked goods, once you have added the dry ingredients, don’t over-mix the batter. If your cookie batter is beaten too much, the cookies will be more dense.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Scoop the cookie dough and place on baking sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees F (yes, you want to bake them at 325 degrees, not 350 degrees.) for about 10-12 minutes or until they’ve lost their sheen on top and just barely look like they’re starting to set. They won’t be golden brown around the edges.
The cookies will continue to cook and will harden as they cool on the hot baking sheet, out of the oven, so don’t be tempted to over-bake them. You can always put them back in the oven for additional time, if needed.
CONSIDER TRYING THESE POPULAR COOKIE RECIPES:
- Mrs. Fields Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Chocolate Nutella Sandwich Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Triple Chocolate M&M Cookies
The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies have a little crisp to their outer shell but are soft on the inside, and extra chewy. They're easy to make (you don't even need a mixer!), no chilling the dough, and they stay soft for days. This is the perfect chocolate chip cookies recipe you've been searching for!
- 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled until warm
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk chocolate)
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
Melt the butter for about 45 seconds in the microwave, until it's almost completely melted. Remove and stir it, allowing any remaining butter to melt. Allow the butter to cool until it's almost room temperature, but still a liquid.
In a medium bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.
In a separate large mixing bowl mix the butter and sugars together until well combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until combined.
Stir in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips, just until combined. The dough will be soft.
- Gently scoop dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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I originally shared this recipe Feb. 2015. Updated May 2018.