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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

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Deliciously chewy cookies with tons of chocolate chips. They bake up picture perfect every time.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 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!


  • Heat oven to 325 degrees with racks in the upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
  • In a medium bowl mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes. Cookies should be slightly undercooked when you remove them from the oven. Cool cookies on baking sheets.


Recipe Source: Cook's Illustrated


Calories: 232kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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31 thoughts on “Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. 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!

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Any chocolate chip cookie is an instant winner in my books. These chewy cookies look delicious and I bet tasted amazing.. great recipe Christin!

  3. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    I love how big these are! They do remind me of the cookies you can get at a bakery. ๐Ÿ˜€ Chewy is by far my favorite type of chocolate chip cookie (far more than crispy) and these look perfect!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I always love finding new chocolate chip cookie recipes!! these look fabulous.. pinning and trying this recipe soon!!!

  5. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Chocolate chip cookies are my love language and yours look amazing!!!! I’ve never tried Cooks Illustrated’s recipe, but I definitely have to now! And chewy is where its at!

  6. Love those cookies, saved the recipe to make next time I do cookies. They look soft and chewy just perfect.

  7. 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!

  8. 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 http://lovelyrecipesforyou.weebly.com and I genuinely enjoy them. Anyways, thanks for posting this dish, I really need to make this more often!

  9. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    My mouth is just watering looking at these! Love me some classic chocolate chip cookies – thanks for sharing the tip for the rippled top too, Christin!

  10. 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!!

  11. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Oh my gosh, these TOTALLY look like they came from a top-notch bakery. That’s an awesome tip about getting those perfect ripply tops!! These are just pure perfection, Christin. And your photos are stunning! Pinned.

  12. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Now these are my kind of cookies! i love how soft and chewy they are! Cook’s Illustrated knows what they’re doing!! Pinned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jess @ Sweet Menu

    These really do look like bakery cookies – love them! They gorgeous rippled top and their extra large size – my kinda cookie ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Now you have me craving chocolate chip cookies, Christin — these are my kind of cookies! Soft and chewy any day, and these look perfect.

  15. Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    I adore chocolate chip cookies, but have never tried CI’s version. They look fabulous! Pinned!

  16. Isadora @ she likes food

    Soft cookies are my favorite and I can’t imagine eating any other kind! These look perfect and I love your tip about pulling them out a little undercooked, that always makes the best cookies!

  17. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure

    Love chocolate cookies.. no matter if chewy or cake like.. they all taste awesome. That 90 degrees rotation of the dough sounds interesting.. need to try it too.

  18. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! I love your tips of using melted butter and an extra egg yolk. Sounds like chocolate chip perfection!

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