These are the best chewy chocolate chip cookies, and they’re so easy to make! They’re going to quickly become a go-to in your house!

Close-up image of chewy chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

When it comes to cookies, what side are you on? Are you team chewy or team crispy? Or maybe crispy edges and a chewy center? Cakey? So many delicious options! 

I’m solidly on team chewy, while my mom is 100% team crispy.

These cookies most definitely fall into the chewy category. They’re thin, ultra chewy, and just the perfect amount of crispiness around the edges. If you like crispy chocolate chip cookies, make sure to check out my whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. They’re more on the crispy side, with chewy centers. 

Cookies studded with chocolate chips on a cooling rack.

About these cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are a take on my popular M&M cookies (read the reviews, people love those so much!). You can really put anything you’d like in those cookies and end up with a perfectly chewy cookie. If we could have peanut butter in our house, I’d 100% be putting Reese’s pieces in them. 

However, you can’t go wrong with the classic chocolate chip! They’re my husband’s favorite, and the kids love them too. 

The secret to making these extra chewy? Cornstarch! Give it a try, can’t wait to hear what you guys think of these. 

They’re really easy to make, and only require about 30 minutes in the fridge before you bake them (longer is great, too, though!). 

What you need

All the basic cookie ingredients! As always, scroll down to check out the recipe for ingredient measurements and a printable version of the recipe.

  • All-Purpose Flour – We’ve tested this recipe with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour and it turns out well, but we haven’t tested it with any other alternative flours.
  • Cornstarch – The secret ingredient that makes these ultra-chewy and irresistible! Don’t skip it!
  • Baking Soda & Salt – Usual suspects in cookies.
  • Brown Sugar & Granulated Sugar – The combo indicated in this recipe will also help you get the chewiest cookies.
  • Butter – Please don’t substitute with margarine!
  • Egg – You’ll need one large egg for this recipe.
  • Vanilla – We recommend either vanilla paste for a concentrated vanilla flavor, or a good amount of pure vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate Chips! Save a few for putting on the top of each ball of cookie dough for a pretty appearance.

FAQ

What is the secret to soft cookies?

Three things will help make your cookies super soft. The first is cornstarch. The second is a higher amount of brown sugar than granulated white sugar (this recipe has 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar). And lastly, you’ll want to make sure you don’t over-bake your cookies. Remember that they’ll continue to bake a little bit as they cool on the baking sheet.

Can I use melted butter instead of softened butter?

We don’t recommend it as it can’t incorporate with the sugars in the same way and may lead to flatter cookies. You want your butter and sugar mixture to get light and fluffy, and using melted butter will not allow for that.

Can I use margarine or shortening?

We don’t recommend using anything but butter in these cookies! Butter will result in the best taste AND texture.

Overhead view of 8 chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: about 2 dozen
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These are the best chewy chocolate chip cookies, and they're so easy to make! They're going to quickly become a go-to in your house!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips, more for topping if desired

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), cream together butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). With the mixer on low, add in egg and vanilla. Return mixer to medium and mix until incorporated. Scrape sides if needed.
  3. With the mixer on low, add dry ingredient mixture gradually until dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat, and set aside.
  4. Form balls from approximately 1 tablespoon of dough. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before removing and placing on wire rack to finish cooling. Store in airtight container.

Notes

  • If desired, place 2-3 chocolate chips on top of each ball of dough before baking for a pretty appearance.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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