A chewy, chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll make over and over, These cookies have crispy edges, chewy insides and gooey chocolate chunks.
Judging by the amount of chocolate chip cookies appearing in our social media feeds we must all need a lot of comforting right now.
So much for those resolutions!
I know it can be tempting to try to “healthify” cookies so they seem less indulgent.
But here’s what I think:
If you bake a batch of cookies with “wholesome” healthy ingredients — say, with sprouted grain flour, natural sweetener like maple syrup, coconut oil and superfood powders — you’ve still made dessert.
So why not just make a great cookie every once in a while and enjoy it?
Search the internet for “chocolate chip cookie recipe” and you get a lot of results.
Sifting through the list of “perfect chocolate chip cookie” or “best ever” recipes begs a question.
How do you make the “best” chocolate chip cookie?
I mean the ultimate, top-of-the-heap great?
Well, from what I’ve learned, the answer depends on what you’re looking for in a cookie.
Out of curiosity, I conducted a casual Instagram poll.
Survey says: 87% of the respondents picked chewy chocolate chip cookies as their favorite.
Ever since I was a kid, my benchmark chocolate chip cookie recipe has been the one on the back of the Tollhouse chocolate chips bag.
There’s a reason those cookies are the one and only for me.
It’s because they have that iconic ratio of crisp edges to chewy middles.
How to make chewy chocolate chip cookies:
This recipe is just about identical to the tried-and-true classic.
The dough has a bit more brown sugar than the Tollhouse recipe (adding moisture and upping the overall chewy factor).
It also contains slightly more flour, which binds with the butter and keeps the cookies from spreading out into a puddle.
With those two tweaks, you get a cookie with a perfect ratio of chewy and crunchy.
These cookies keep a hefty mound-like shape and don’t flatten too much during baking, something even my childhood favorite cookies do.
And they taste perfectly balanced in sweetness, with the proper chew and crisp edges.
There’s just a few basic steps that elevate these cookies to “the best” label (it’s all in the details, folks):
You need to plan a little bit ahead and use butter that’s not straight from the fridge cold. I made these cookies with butter that sat on the counter for about 30 minutes.
But it really depends on the temperature in your kitchen on any given day.
A clue that the butter is soft enough is when it’s still cool to the touch and your finger leaves an indentation, but not so soft that the butter squishes.
Speed up the time to soften butter by unwrapping the sticks and slicing into tablespoon-size pieces.
The chocolate chips:
To paraphrase Ina Garten, the usual store-bought chocolate chips are not fine to make these cookies.
I’m gonna be a little annoying and insist that you splurge on a good bar of chocolate.
For one thing, additives and emulsifiers in regular chocolate chips are added to maintain their shape, which prevents the chocolate from melting into gooey goodness.
For another, they can often be a tad too sweet.
Instead, use whole dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate bars and chop them up, or buy high-quality chocolate chunks.
Bags of excellent chocolate baking pieces are available in most well-stocked supermarkets.
The cookie dough:
It is SO irritating to start a baking recipe only to learn that you have to chill the dough for hours.
Everybody knows that when you get the urge to make chocolate chip cookies it’s because you want them now, not sometime in the let-the-dough-rest future.
For this recipe, you can chill the dough while the oven heats. It’s an easy compromise!
Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 2 3/4 cups (570 g) all-purpose flour (use the scoop and sweep method)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 (240 g) (8 ounces) sticks unsalted butter , at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (120 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (220 g) packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 ounces (225 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- Cream the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-low speed (or use a hand mixer) using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, 3 or 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at time, mixing until each one is incorporated. Add the vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 2 additions, beating on low speed just until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate. Put the bowl in the refrigerator while the oven heats, about 20 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 350 (175C) degrees with the rack in the center of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Scoop 2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 13 -15 minutes, until the edges turn lightly golden. Cool on the pan for 3 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely,
- This cookie scoop makes perfectly sized blobs of dough and uniformly-shaped cookies.
- Storage and make ahead: The best way to keep these chocolate chip cookies is to store them in a zippered plastic bag.
- Make the dough through Step 3 up to one day ahead.