These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies were gone quicker than it took me to blink! I had to make a second batch, then the third one - all within the same week! This recipe is a keeper! I also address common issues that you might have making cookies and tell you how to fix them, such as these: 1) The cookies spread out too much because the cookie batter is too liquidy or 2) The cookies don't flatten/spread.
This is my favorite recipe for soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare these, plus 8 minutes of baking time. Easy, simple, classic chocolate chip cookies. They are soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. If that's what you're looking for - that's the right recipe!
And, yes, that's all that is currently left of the third batch: a very pitiful single cookie:
If you love soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, then that's exactly what this recipe delivers (just make sure not to over bake them). You'll also love the simplicity - there is no need to spend more than 15 minutes on these cookies. Just keep in mind that it only takes about 8 minutes to bake these in a preheated 350-degrees-hot oven, and, when you remove cookies from the oven, they will still look somewhat uncooked in the middle (they will look cooked and set only around the edges). That's what we want! Cookies will continue to cook while they cool on a wire rack (not on a hot baking sheet!), and, once they have cooled off completely, they will look cooked and not at all liquidy in the middle.
How to fix common issues when making soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies
There are 2 mistakes that could happen when making this type of chocolate chip cookies:
The cookies spread out too much forming one giant cookie: cookie batter is too liquidy. That will happen if you melt the butter in the microwave instead of letting the refrigerated butter sit on the counter for an hour or so to soften naturally and not become liquidy.
The cookies don't flatten/spread. That happens if you measured flour incorrectly, packing too much flour into a measuring cup. Do not overpack flour into measuring cup, fluff it up or use scale. It can also happen if you did not allow butter soften enough at room temperature and your butter is too cold. Allow the refrigerated butter soften at room temperature for an hour or so.
The recipe makes 3 dozens of cookies. You can easily half the recipe.
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour or 270 grams all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter unsalted, (226 grams) room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so)
- ½ cup sugar granulated (100 grams )
- 1 cup light-brown sugar packed (220 grams)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract pure
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 12 ounces)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
- Using electric mixer, in a separate bowl combine the butter with both sugars. (The butter should be soft at room temperature, but it should not be liquid – do not use microwave). Beat butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the salt, vanilla, and eggs and continue beating on low speed. Beat until mixture is light, fluffy and very creamy, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined: do not overmix. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Form tablespoon-size balls of cookie dough and drop them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake until cookies are golden and set around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. The softer you want your cookies to be, the less amount of time you should bake, that is, no more than 8 minutes. Cookies will still look like they are not set in the middle – that’s OK. They should not be golden brown on top. Once removed from the oven, they will continue cooking for a little bit.
- Remove from oven, and let them cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Cut cookies if they’ve merged. Transfer to a wire rack or a sheet of foil, and let cool completely.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
The nutritional information on this website is only an estimate and is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. It should not be used as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Marina of Let the Baking Begin!
I made these a week ago and they were as good as they look on the piture. I keep taking out the butter out of the fridge, to make another batch, but time doesn't seem to be on my side lately))) I am craving these right now, soo bad))) Thank you for the recipe, it was awesome!
Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
Oh yum, these look like the most delicious cookies!
the ooey gooey chocolate chips look good.
Thank you so much! I must try these today 🙂
how many desilitres is one cup? or how much does one cup of sugar/flour approximately weight? i really want to try this recipe, but it would be easier for me to use desilitres or grams when measuring 🙂
Using this very handy chart: King Arthur Flour - Master Weight Chart, if I scroll down to All-Purpose flour, 1 cup equals 4 and 1/4 ounces, which in turn equals 120 grams. So, 1 cup of flour = 120 grams. And, you're absolutely right - in baking it's much better to actually measure flour using scale vs. just using measuring cups, because it's so easy to accidentally pack too much flour into a measuring cup.
About sugar: 1 cup of granulated white sugar = 200 grams.
1 cup of packed brown sugar = 220 grams.
By the way, I updated the recipe itself with grams, so you can just scroll up and see updated measurements.
Soft and Chewy are my fav! I'm in the middle of going 10 days without sugar to help get rid of my terrible sugar cravings and your cookies are so tempting me! They totally look like the best cookies ever. And I'm not just saying that because I'm starved for sugar 🙂
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate
Yes please 🙂
Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
Oh my, I am drooling here! Beautiful cookies Julia!! You describe my absolute favorite cookie - they MUST to be soft and chewy! Mmm..
Julia, these look so amazing - I love any kind of chocolate chip cookie!
what katie's baking
i LOVE thin, chewy chocolate chip cookies. my favorite kind! yum!