Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with chocolate chips and cook up picture perfect every time.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not only do these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies taste wonderful, they cook up picture perfect just like the ones you see in bakery shops. And I love the giant size of them. I feel like I’m REALLY getting a treat when I eat one.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies cook up soft, but chewy in big, perfectly shaped rounds.


There are many chocolate chip recipes that produce different types of cookies. Some are thin and crispy, others soft and cakey. Chewy cookies are my favorite.

As far as chewy cookies go, I think this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated is the best there is.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. They bake up big and soft and are fantastically delicious!

There are three things in this recipe that help produce a chewy cookie: extra fat (in this case an egg yolk), using melted butter instead of softened butter, and a shorter cooking time.

When you pull the cookies out of the oven they will be slightly undercooked, but just perfect once cooled.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cook’s Illustrated even has a trick for getting that gorgeous rippled top. You measure out 1/4 cup batter, pull the dough into two pieces using your hands, rotate each piece 90 degrees so that the ripped parts are now facing up, and then you press it back together into one piece. You’ll feel a little strange doing this to the dough, but it really does result in beautiful cookies that look like they were purchased at a bakery.

Bakery-style Chocolate Chip Cookies that bake up soft and chewy.


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Deliciously chewy cookies with tons of chocolate chips. They bake up picture perfect every time.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour (10 5/8 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark, (7 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips of course you know 2 cups is best!
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees with racks in the upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Mix in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in chips.
  4. Roll a scant 1/4 cup of dough into a ball. Holding the ball in both hands, pull ball apart into 2 equal halves. Rotate just 90 degrees so jagged edges face up and press the two pieces back together again. Place on baking sheet with jagged edges facing up, spacing 2 1/2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 15-18 minutes. Cookies should be slightly undercooked when you remove them from the oven. Cool cookies on baking sheets.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source: Cook's Illustrated

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


30 thoughts on “Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. These look fantastic! This is going to be the last chocolate chip cookie recipe I try, since no matter what they always turn out dry and cakey! Quick question, you specified the position of the oven racks, but which rack do we bake the cookies on? I’m sorry if this sounds ridiculous or if I missed something! I can’t wait to try these.

  2. I’m just having my cup of coffee for today and your cookies would be perfect next to it. Can I have one.. two.. three.. please?! They look just like my type of cookies, pinned!

  3. These seriously do look perfect, Christin! Soft and chewy cookies are my favorite and I can never resist chocolate chip. They look better than the bakery and I can’t wait to try this recipe – pinning!

  4. This recipe looks great! I actually tried something like this a while back, and this just brought back so many nostalgic memories, haha! I love cooking stuff like this. I always try to find new recipes on forums and I got great ones emailed to me from and I genuinely enjoy them. Anyways, thanks for posting this dish, I really need to make this more often!

  5. Oh gosh these look amazing. Is it bad that I want some for breakfast?? And I love using that shaping method – it makes such pretty cookies!! Happy weekend!!

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