My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Erin

Looking for the perfect, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies? Then look no further! These are my favorite tried and true chocolate chip cookies.

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Graduation is today. Notice the lack of an exclamation point.

I’ve never felt so incredibly underwhelmed about graduation. It is likely due to the fact that after every previous graduation (highschool and undergrad) I had the next step solidified, but now I am in limbo.

It is a very helpless feeling not knowing whether you will get a job soon, where you are going to live, or how you are going to pay your bills. I am in a constant state of (barely) subdued panic.

Of course my family has offered to take me in during my down time but I can’t expect them to pay my bills too (as I will likely need to rent a storage unit until I know where I am moving). Thankfully, I have been saving some money over the course of my 6.5 years in grad school and am hoping it’ll be help tide me over.

Definitely not enough to live off of for longer than a month though. Transitioning to the real world stinks.

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Also, despite the fact that I have been looking forward to moving out of Memphis for years I am now not liking the idea of leaving.

Driving into lab the other day it struck me hard that all the people and things I love about Memphis will soon no longer be at my finger tips. Eventually I hope to be moving closer to those that I had previously moved further away from, but it doesn’t change the fact that moving sucks.

I’ve been here for 6.5 years and it feels like I am being suddenly removed and my day-to-day life is about to implode. All of these realizations have been putting a damper on my ability to be excited about graduation.

(Although I must admit it’s been hard not to flap my wings around like a bird in my graduation regalia – such huge sleeves!)

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As a distraction, I have been working on perfecting my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for quite some time now. I nailed it a couple weeks ago but had to remake them because my friends inhaled them when they were in town visiting – a good sign though! And probably a smart idea to make sure I could reproduce them anyway.

What did I do differently than in the past? I made some small changes that didn’t effect them too much such as reducing the brown sugar down to 1 cup and increasing the white to 1/2 cup. I have alternated between this and the original and haven’t noticed much difference.

I also used mini semisweet chocolate chips instead of a mix of the regular sized ones, but type doesn’t matter it’s the quantity. I did notice however that when I once made these with only 2 cups (instead of the usual 3) they spread out more. The chocolate must aid in binding the dough together.

I also felt like I got more consistent results using silicone baking mats versus parchment paper, but not drastic enough to swear off parchment.

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The biggest changes came with refrigeration and the bake time. I refrigerate this dough for at least 24 hours and have had great results even after being in there for a week!

The next tricks are to make the dough balls slightly taller than wide, to reduce spreading, and finally – underbake! They will be very soft to the point that if you try to move them off the cookie sheet right away they will mush up. Be patient and let them cool for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Finally, I found that they were even better the second day after being sealed in an air-tight container.

Do I have to chill cookie dough?

No you don’t have to. Technically you are never required to do so, but I can tell you from my own experience as others who have reported back, the texture always comes out better if you chill for at least 30 minutes. This allows the melted butter to solidify and will reduce spread while baking.

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Post updated 6/1/18, last two pictures above are the originals.

Two years ago: Dad’s Chili

Three years ago: Oven-Fried Onion Rings

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Yield: Approximately 3 dozen
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk, room temperature
  • 2-3 cups mini* or regular semisweet chocolate chips (or 1 cup each semisweet, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips)


  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended (1-2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended. Fold in the chips by hand.
  3. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough** into a ball that is slightly taller than wide and place on a plate or tray. Cover tightly and chill for at least 2 hours***, but overnight for best results (I’ve refrigerated for up to a week).
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats (or parchment paper); set aside.
  5. Place cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are barely golden (will look underbaked). Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


* I used mini chocolate chips in these photos. ** You can also use a 1/4 cup scoop and cook them another 2-4 minutes (will yield less obviously). *** Don't want to wait to chill? They will still bake just fine but the flavor/texture improves when chilled.

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So happy to hear that, thank you Amanda!

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Hey Amy, glad you enjoyed them! As for the baking time, that will vary depending on the size dough ball you make (larger take more time) and also personal preference (I prefer mine a little underbaked). It is possible that your cookies were slightly larger. I use a medium (~2Tbsp) cookie scoop for small (8-10 minutes) or 1/4 cup scoop for large (10-12 minutes). Hope that helps!

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Jen August 5, 2020 - 1:53 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have been making these cookies for family and friends for years now. My 4 children request these all the time so they always have the dough ready in my freezer. Your recipe is perfect and never fails!

Erin August 5, 2020 - 1:58 pm

This made my day! So happy to be a part of your family in cookie form ;-)

Jusel July 18, 2020 - 12:02 pm

I may have missed it in the recipe but how many cookies does it make? Excited to try, always looking for a good chocolate chip recipe!

Erin July 18, 2020 - 12:39 pm

No problem, approximately 3 dozen depending on the size you make (3 dozen small or 1.5-2 dozen larger) – it’s at the top of the recipe card ;-).

Hal May 1, 2020 - 8:25 am

Can the dough be frozen for later use?

Erin May 1, 2020 - 8:46 am

Yes it absolutely can! Just shape them into balls, layer on wax paper, and store in a zip top bag or other freezer safe container.

Kathy December 15, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Made these last year and making them again today! They are delicious and very easy.

spiffycookie December 15, 2019 - 8:59 pm

So glad to hear that Kathy, thank you!

Jamie December 7, 2019 - 8:08 pm

This is now our go-to ccc recipe! It’s also our neighbor’s favorite treat from us! Thanks!

spiffycookie December 9, 2019 - 7:27 am

Yay that makes me so happy!

Stephanie June 19, 2019 - 5:33 pm

I love chewy cookies so thank you for this recipe. A few notes though: 1. 3 cups of chocolate chips is far too much for an ideal dough to add in ratio, 2 cups are sufficient and will not cause the cookies to fall apart after baking; 2. Step 5. says to “place cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets”. Ok. All of it in one big mound or in smaller portions? I am not a novice baker so I understand one is supposed to make small balls, but please know that there are rules for recipe writing just like every other style of writing. One of those rules is to be specific in one’s instructions. Doing some research with professional recipe writing will help.

spiffycookie June 20, 2019 - 8:02 am

Hi Stephanie, thanks for your feedback! I actually find that 3 cups is best when using mini chips but you are right with regular sized sometimes I will only use 2 cups. That is why the ingredient list says 2-3 cups. As for step 5, that is after step 3 which says to roll the dough into balls and then in step 5 you place the dough 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. This is in line with many professional recipes from which I model the form of my own. If you need further clarification please let me know.

Leslie May 28, 2019 - 6:38 pm

I’m on my 6th batch of these cookies. My family thinks I’m a genius. Thank you so much for this recipe.

Kim May 24, 2019 - 9:04 am

I found your recipe on Pinterest. I must say the picture made me try them. I am so glad that I did. I absolutely love this recipe and it is now one of my favorites. I will never part with it. I always scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and freeze them on a pan. I store them in the freezer in an airtight container and bake them as we need them. Otherwise, the entire batch would be gone in a day. I bake them straight out of the freezer on 350 for 10 minutes. Sometimes I have to flatten the middle with a small spatula but other than that, they come out perfect every time.

spiffycookie May 24, 2019 - 10:20 am

I love this, thank you for sharing Kim! Having a stock in the freezer is always a good idea. I often have some myself;-)

Christine Driskill May 22, 2019 - 3:27 pm

I used the right amount of flour but I didn’t melt the butter completely so maybe that was it. I’ll be making them again so I definitely will then! ????

Christine Driskill May 22, 2019 - 11:17 am

I made these again today and they were great but they didn’t spread out like they always do so I had to flatten them out with a spatula before they cooled. What happened? I like them better when I didn’t have to flatten them

spiffycookie May 22, 2019 - 1:26 pm

Assuming you did everything the same unfortunately I would just be guessing at what could have gone wrong. The most likely is that too much flour was added.

Leslie April 24, 2019 - 6:34 pm

Hands down the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever made. A crowd pleaser too❤️

spiffycookie April 25, 2019 - 7:35 am

Weeee this makes me so happy!

Stephanie Mascarenas March 17, 2019 - 11:35 am

Hello, What brand of brown sugar is best recommended with this recipe?

spiffycookie March 17, 2019 - 7:24 pm

Hi Stephanie, I have used all kinds of brands and cannot say any one is better than the other.

Thuy Rodriguez December 8, 2020 - 6:06 pm

After scooping the cookie into a small ball. Chill for 2 hours in the fridge then bake it? I’ve been trying different recipes for chocolate chips cookies. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I wanted it flat, chewy in the middle and crunchy from the outside. Looking at the picture is what caught my attentions. I will use this recipe and crossing my fingers it’ll turn out right.

Erin December 9, 2020 - 9:23 am

Correct, chilling is key. To achieve the flatter cookie, it is best to use mini chocolate chips or chop up regular sized ones. Fingers crossed for you too!

Cj December 21, 2016 - 6:19 pm

Thank you for your help! And your quick response :-) my son and I made them today and they came out delicious . definitely our favorite chocolate chip recipe. Don’t know if they’ll make it to the familiy for Christmas LOL!!

spiffycookie December 22, 2016 - 7:20 am

Haha you’re very welcome! And I wouldn’t blame you if they don’t last for Christmas. Could always make a second batch ;-).

Cj December 21, 2016 - 9:15 am

Thanks for the recipe. Excited to make these for Christmas this year :-) two quick questions: 1. do you think it’s OK if I don’t have parchment paper and just use baking sheets? 2. did I understand correctly, that each cookie should be 2 tablespoons of dough rolled into a ball?

spiffycookie December 21, 2016 - 9:24 am

You’ll love them Cj! It will be okay to not use parchment paper, I just find that they cook slightly better on parchment or silicone baking mats (and it makes for easy clean up). And yes, I use a medium cookie scoop which is about 1.5 tablespoons, so I rounded up to 2 for those of you who don’t have a cookie scoop.

Megan October 9, 2016 - 2:48 pm

Just put the batter in the fridge, it taste and looks like too much vanilla extract, but I will find out tomorrow when I bake them tomorrow! I am always looking for the best chewy flat chocolate chip cookie

spiffycookie October 9, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Obviously I am biased and think that the vanilla should turn out fine haha. I have high hopes that you enjoy them!

Gabby September 9, 2016 - 4:08 am

Made the cookies last night and they worked out amazing! I added some chopped up snickers bars as well as the plain chocolate and it was really really yummy a hit with all the family! Thank you!

spiffycookie September 9, 2016 - 7:38 am

Awesome! Love that you got creative and added the snickers.

Salina June 11, 2016 - 1:15 am

Hey, I was just wondering, how firm should the dough for these cookies be, because I’m not sure if I’ve messed up or not.

spiffycookie June 12, 2016 - 7:14 pm

Hi Salina, before chilling the dough will be slightly sticky, but not so much that you cannot form balls (if you didn’t let the butter cool completely it will be too sticky). After it should be pretty firm, almost too firm to scoop, which is why I prefer to roll the dough prior to chilling. Hope that helped!

nafesa June 6, 2016 - 2:47 am

lovely blog

Teea Lynn April 11, 2016 - 8:49 am

These look delicious!!!! I never thought to refrigerate them over night, so i’ll try that. Also the amount of chocolate chips I use bothered me anyways, so I’m going to try your suggestions.

spiffycookie April 11, 2016 - 8:53 am

You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

Pearl March 9, 2016 - 1:59 pm

Do you think this recipe could be used to make a deep dish cookie?

spiffycookie March 10, 2016 - 8:29 am

It definitely can! I cannot say for sure what the baking time would be exactly, but I would guess somewhere in the 20-30 minute range if you bake it all into one 10-inch or so pan. If you do that, report back and let me know how it went!

Michelle February 8, 2016 - 5:11 pm

My 7 year old made these by herself, they were delicious! She did not sift the flour and her measurements were not exact. She added all of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and turned on the mixer. She didn’t chill the dough as suggested in the recipe and they came out perfect. She makes better cookies than me! This recipe is a keeper :)

spiffycookie February 9, 2016 - 7:57 am

I have to admit, that while all those steps she skipped are what I did to create the perfect cookie, I too have skipped them in the past and they still come out great. I love that she made them all by herself!

Cindy February 11, 2016 - 2:38 pm

How did things turn out? Did you get a job? I would say so, but I kept wondering as I was looking through the posts.

spiffycookie February 11, 2016 - 3:22 pm

I did Cindy, I moved to Columbus, OH!

ac November 24, 2015 - 8:39 pm

I’m sure this recipe is good, because it’s almost the same as the one on a bag of Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels. Only difference is instead of 1 egg and 1 egg yolk it says 2 eggs. Also to make up for the lost liquid, you have 1 tablespoon vanilla. Trader Joe’s uses 1 tsp vanilla. So this is really Trader Joe’s recipe…

spiffycookie November 24, 2015 - 8:49 pm

AC, you are right, many of the better chocolate chip cookie recipes follow the same basic trend but I actually did come up with this recipe before I even knew what Trader Joe’s was! I tinkered with this recipe for many years to get it just the way I like it so I guess it is just a happy coincidence that it strongly resembles the recipe by Trader Joe’s.

Katie November 13, 2015 - 9:14 pm

I wanted to thank you for this recipe. I came across it a year or so ago and it is my go-to and never fails to receive the highest of praises and an empty plate in less than 10 minutes! My absolute favorite recipe – thank you thank you

spiffycookie November 14, 2015 - 8:18 am

YAY!!! That makes me so happy to hear Katie! I obviously agree that they really are the best and I’m glad you agree ;-)

andi November 1, 2015 - 5:15 pm

These were good! My cookie scoop is a 1T, so that’s what I used. Convection bake for 10 mins, pan rest for 10 mins. They were perfect! Thanks for a yummy recipe I will continue to use.

spiffycookie November 1, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Awesome to hear Andi!

levisa September 13, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Me and my daughter tried this recipe and we LOVED it. Thanks for this amazing cookie recipe

spiffycookie September 13, 2015 - 4:03 pm

So glad to hear it! I obviously agree :-)

Dawn March 1, 2015 - 1:04 pm

I just went over the recipe, and got the answer to my question about the butter.Sorry

spiffycookie March 1, 2015 - 8:29 pm

No worries, Dawn. Glad you found the answer to your questions and I hope you enjoyed them!

Dawn March 1, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Hi Erin.Just wondering if I should let the butter cool before mixing it in? Thanks.

Tommy February 21, 2015 - 10:46 pm

I just made these cookies but skipped the refrigeration step, and OH MY GOD!! These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! I think probably due to the melted butter, but they are to just die for! Crunchy on the bottom, ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness inside :-). I also buttered my pan instead of spraying and only used 2 cups of milk chocolate chips (which still seemed like a lot when making the balls). Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ll be keeping this one for sure!

spiffycookie February 21, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Yayy!! So glad you made them your own and enjoyed them so much! I agree, sometimes 3 cups can be a lot when using regular sized chocolate chips, but when I use the minis I prefer 2-1/2 to 3 cups.

Quintanar1 February 7, 2015 - 2:05 pm

These look so good! Do you use bleached or unbleached flour?

spiffycookie February 7, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Thanks! They are my favorite ;-). In answer to your question, I typically use unbleached but I sometimes vary between the two. I don’t notice that it makes a difference.

emeline December 3, 2014 - 3:31 pm

How many cookies does one batch make.

spiffycookie December 3, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Around 3-4 dozen depending on how big you made the cookies.

Amy October 26, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Maybe ccc making is your calling!

Chanel August 16, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Tonight will be the second time I’m using your recipe, and both time they came out perfect! My 2 year old daughter loves them the most. Thanks for sharing!!

spiffycookie August 17, 2014 - 4:25 pm

So glad to hear this! Thanks!

Emma August 11, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Amazing cookies!!!! I have been searching far and wide for a recipe as good as this one! Thank you so much for posting this. Definitely will be sharing these cookies to friends and family!

spiffycookie August 11, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Thanks so much Emma!!

Vivien Heck July 1, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Oh my gosh i an\m 12 and love to bake. I have triedso many recipes but this was the best by far!!!

Erica June 11, 2014 - 11:32 pm

I tried your recipe tonight, and they turned out SO well! I am a terrible baker, but these were absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.

I hope the job search is going as well as job searches can go!

spiffycookie June 12, 2014 - 10:21 am

So glad they turned out great for you, Erica! And thanks for the job searching well-wishes.

Flutterbye April 7, 2014 - 9:58 pm

OMGosh I’ve been looking ALL over for the perfect cookie recipe and I have FINALLY found it!!!!!!!! Sooooo So good! I followed the recipe exactly as written. I can throw away all my other recipes..seriously! Thank u for such an awesome recipe!! My husband and 4 kids loved them as well =)

spiffycookie April 7, 2014 - 10:52 pm

So glad to hear this! Thanks so much :-)

Miraj March 11, 2014 - 10:44 pm

just made it. and it came out excellent. thank you for sharing and your honesty! :)

Ifdy March 8, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Just wanted to tell you I just baked these cookies and they came out FANTASTIC! They’re chewy, gooey, chocolatey, and delicious!

spiffycookie March 9, 2014 - 10:01 am

Awesome, glad you enjoyed them!

Megan February 9, 2014 - 4:10 pm

First off, congrats on graduating! I’m super excited for you:)
I just got finished making these cookies, and sadly they didn’t turn out at all like they should have. I followed the recipe step by step, but my cookies are the total opposite of chewy…they are rather crunchy. Also, they spread out in a very weird way, so they’re super thin. I even turned the oven down to 350 and let them bake for a minute less for the second half of the batch, and I still got the same result; thin, brown, and crunchy. Any tips or advice as to what I may have done wrong? The only thing I can think of is that I didn’t use parchment paper. I don’t have any in the house at the time, so I just baked them straight on the cookie sheets. If you have any extra tips, I’d love to have them! Thanks!

spiffycookie February 9, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Thanks for the congrats! I am sorry these did not turn out for you. I am uncertain what could have gone wrong if you used the exact same ingredients and followed the steps exactly. It could be differences between the types of cookie sheets or even the oven – not all ovens bake at the temperatures they claim (and I am not excluding mine from this). I will admit I have noticed that my cookies do spread a little more when I don’t use a silpat or parchment paper. But it shouldn’t have caused that drastic of a change. One suggestion: try scooping the dough prior to refrigeration, then place straight onto the cookie sheets and bake. Being colder may help them spread less.

Joanne December 14, 2013 - 6:13 am

That limbo does seem hard. I know a few people who are going through it at the moment and who had to move back in with families also while they search…not ideal but better than the alternative! You’ll find something!! I have confidence.

spiffycookie December 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

Thank you! I am really hoping with the new year I’ll finally hear something.

Vicki @ WITK December 13, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Congrats on finishing and graduating. You definitely deserve a little celebration, even if you feel stuck. I went the PostDoc route because I found it easier to get a postdoc than a job. Then you can be a postdoc for as long as your new professor will have you.

(Novartis (NIBR) is on a major hiring spree if that fits your experience? They need people in Cambridge to work in oncology & translational biology, can you do an ELISA? :) )

spiffycookie December 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

Thanks I’ll look into it. I have never done an ELISA.

Susan December 13, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Erin, I feel for you about your limbo. We’re getting ready to take off on a long trip, and I’ve been in great suspense about whether I would get my camera back (thanks to phone calls by my husband I did) or if i’d get my snorkel mask back with the prescription lenses 9I’ve got it, but without prescription lenses) and now we’re waiting on FedEx labels for shipping luggage… thanks to the weather (we’re supposed to get those tags a week ahead of time, but they’re not here yet and pick up is Tuesday. The one thing I can assure you of, at least from my point of view, is that retirement is wonderful, not underwhelming – it’s wonderful, especially when you have plenty of outside interests. I know that’s a long way off for you, but at least it’s something you can look forward to. :-)

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 13, 2013 - 3:14 pm

transitioning from school to real world effing SUCKS. Good luck hun, I know you’ll maneuver these waters well, even if you seem overwhelmed.

and these cookies look so great, so classic, love em!

Christina December 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

these look amazing. i am a huge ccc fan!!!! all the pieces will soon fall into place i’m sure ;-)

natalie@thesweetslife December 13, 2013 - 1:40 pm

congrats grad–maybe you feel underwhelmed but it’s still a huge accomplishment! exciting things ahead!

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey December 13, 2013 - 11:26 am

These look amazing! I’m glad that you found your perfect chocolate chip cookie! And congratulations on graduation, that is a huge accomplishment!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 13, 2013 - 11:20 am

Don’t worry about not running in circles and busting high kicks – you can celebrate graduating in any way you see fit! And the limbo thing is totally weird….I actually went BACK to school because of it! haha Also, these cookies truly look perfect Erin! Love the recipe.

spiffycookie December 16, 2013 - 10:11 am

Haha I did consider another degree. But I would rather not accrue more student loan debt.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

These. Look. Perfect.

Also – congrats on graduation, regardless of the lack of exclamation. Totally know where you’re coming from on the limbo thing, but you should be super proud of this accomplishment. And flap those wings!

spiffycookie December 16, 2013 - 10:12 am

Thanks! And yes I totally flapped around :-P

Stephanie @ Plain Chicken December 13, 2013 - 7:25 am

Congratulations on graduation!! The cookies look like a delicious distraction to facing reality.


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