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Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies

Or try my salted caramel dark chocolate cookies!

Super soft, thick, and chewy chocolate cookies made from scratch. Filled with white chocolate chips!

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Nothing beats a good ole fashioned chocolate chip cookie. I think we can all agree on that! Chocolate chip cookies are a timeless classic. An iconic dessert. I call them pure nostalgia-invoking comfort food. There are thousands upon thousands of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. While I believe to have the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe down, I felt the need to get a little feisty when my cookie craving hit over the weekend.

Meet the chocolate chip cookie’s sneaky step-sister… the Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookie. Adding more chocolate makes a chocolate chip cookie even better.

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Do you remember my Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies? Well, that cookie recipe won the $5,000 Nestle Dark Pinspirations Contest last month! Thank you all for your votes.  You all loved that cookie recipe so much, I decided to use the same homemade chocolate cookie dough and load it with white chocolate chips. Soft, chewy, and completely overloaded with chocolate flavor.

The very best thing about these cookies? The recipe is so easy to make. It’s a chocolate cookie recipe you don’t want to miss. Most certainly my “go-to” for chocolate cookie recipes.

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Now, there are a few key steps in this recipe. To make the chocolate cookies, start with some room temperature butter. Most of my cookie recipes call for room temperature butter.  Sometimes this is so inconvenient because I forget to set out the butter ahead of time! I know I’ve told you about my little butter trick before, but I’ll mention it again in case you missed it. Be careful doing it: in your mixing bowl, cut the stick of butter into 5 small pieces. Place the mixing bowl in the microwave for 5-10 quick seconds. You do NOT want to melt the butter at all, just soften it. In fact, start with 5 seconds to be sure. Cutting the butter into small pieces will allow them to warm up individually AND make the butter easier to mix. Putting the butter out on the counter 2 hours ahead of time is foolproof, but I can never remember to do it!

Make sure the egg is at room temperature. The warmer temperature of the egg will allow the yolk and white to be mixed evenly into the other ingredients. I have a trick for you to bring eggs to room temperature quickly: simply put the egg in a bowl with very hot water for 5-8 minutes. Voila! Room temperature egg!

Next up are your dry ingredients. Nothing fancy here: all-purpose flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Add these slowly to the wet ingredients. Sometimes I forget the next ingredient, but you can’t leave it out! The cookie dough is quite thick, so you need *some* liquid to thin it out again. Use 2 Tablespoons of milk. No more, no less. Any more will make your dough VERY sticky and unmanageable.

Chill the dough. This step is so important! The longer you chill the dough, the less sticky it will be – making it much easier to handle in the next step. I chilled mine for exactly 2 hours. Chilling the dough makes it easier to handle and makes your baked cookies even thicker.

Cold dough = thicker cookies.

The secret to making these cookies so soft comes in this last step. The baking time. The cookies will appear undone when you remove them from the oven, but that is what you want! Allow them to cool on the baking sheet, where they will continue the baking process for a few more minutes.

I always slightly underbake cookies so they remain soft. From making these so often, I’ve found that these cookies keep beautifully and are even softer on day 2. And you know what? These super thick cookies will remain soft for 7 whole days. But I promise, they won’t last that long!

The interior of these cookies are like fudgy brownies. Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies. I love soft-baked cookies! With an overload of white chocolate chips, these decadent chocolate cookies are perfect for desperate and intense chocolate cravings.  For the true chocoholic.  And I know there are many of you out there! Us chocoholics must stick together. 😉

Chocolate cookie + glass of milk + PJs= my slam dunk Sunday afternoon.

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Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature1
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature preferred1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (53g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (225g) white chocolate chips, plus a few more to sprinkle on top

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Switch to high speed and beat in the milk, then the white chocolate chips. The cookie dough will be sticky. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough. I always chill mine overnight.
  3. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes-- if the cookie dough chilled longer than 3 hours, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This makes the cookie dough easier to scoop and roll.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  5. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons of dough each, into balls. Place on the baking sheets.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. My oven has hot spots and yours may too- so be sure to rotate the pan once during bake time. The baked cookies will look extremely soft in the centers when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

Recipe Notes:

  1. See notes in the post about shortcuts to bring to room temperature.

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329 comments

  1. Hi, I loved this recipe! The flavour was so intense, but the top crackled, I had the dough chilling for 3 hours, but it was still very sticky. Was it meant to be like that? How can I make them smooth like yours?

  2. Hi Sally,

    I’m bally from Bangkok, Thailand I follow your blog for a while and you inspire me to have a passion for baking I just made the chewy chocolate chunk cookies 3 times in a week, the result came out good, it’s super delicious and everyone around me loves this cookies.

    So now I’ll try this recipe but I do have a question, instead of using 2 tablespoons of the dough, how many oz if I want to measure them in oz ? Like you did in the chocolate chip cookies (2 oz each ball) please advise.

    • It will be around 1.5 ounces of dough. Thanks Bally! I love those chewy chocolate chunk cookies.

      • Thanks for your reply, Sally

        Ordering your cookbook via Amazon right now hope to get this soon.
        Can’t wait to see more recipe and lovely photography in it. 🙂

  3. Wanted to experiment and used this recipe as a starting point (because I’ve tried other recipes of yours and they are UHmazing!). I used special dark cocoa instead of regular, did 1/2 c dark chips, 1/2 c white chips, 1/2 c pistachios, and 1/2 c dried cherries. I must say, they are deeeeelicious! Thank you so much for all your hard work and experimentation to find the perfect cookie recipe, my tummy is much happier because of it!

  4. Sally, I wanted to thank you for another amazing recipe! My boys come home from school on breaks and put in their orders for Sally’s cookies. Last week I made these with peanut butter chips, your classic peanut butter cookies with choc chips added, and to take back to school a double batch of these, and your oatmeal raisin! They were all amazing and there are many appreciative college kids enjoying your cookies. 🙂 With your site I know I have a ‘go-to’ list of no fail recipies for cookies (and a lot more) I can count on!

  5. Hi Sally,

    It’s me again, now I’m obsessed with this chocolate cookies I made this too often and now just want to make some twist in here.

    Is that possible to put half chocolate chips and half maccademia in this recipe instead of whole chocolate chips, wanna have some crunchy & nutty taste in this cookies at the same time lol.

  6. These were delicious and relatively easy to make! I’m thinking peanut butter chips would be pretty awesome as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Dear Sally,
    I absolutely adore your simple chocolate chip cookie recipe! And my second favorite is your red velvet cupcakes.
    However, I have this problem where I measure out about tablespoon balls of dough, and I place them on the pan. The cookies don’t want to spread out when they are in balls. I have to pre-flatten them. Do you have any suggestions?
    I have a convection bake oven (does this make any difference?)

    • The convection bake option doesn’t have much to do with it. Is your dough super stiff? Having to flatten the cookie dough balls isn’t a big deal at all and depending on the cookie recipe, I do that as well. Try chilling the dough for about 1 hour less. That should help.

  8. Hello! i was wondering if i can use another kind of sugar is not brown sugar? can i makee the whole recipe with granulated sugar and does it changes the texture of the cookie? Thanks so much, ¡besos desde México!

    • The cookies may spread a little more and *might* be a little dry tasting without the moisture of the brown sugar. Let me know if you try it.

  9. These are amazing!! I just made a triple batch for a party I am baking for tomorrow. Delicious! I had to taste test them;)

  10. Hello! In your chocolate chip cookie dough recipe, you said that cornstarch is the secret ingredient to making soft and chewy cookies. Just wondering why this recipe doesn’t need cornstarch but looks just as soft and delicious. 

    I am new to baking and am just curious. Thanks for your time!

    • I find these cookies extremely soft even without the cornstarch! Feel free to add up to a teaspoon if you’d like.

  11. Would it taste just as good if I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips instead? Thanks

  12. I really love your recipes and they always come out good. Except for this one 🙁 I have no idea what happened but they spread out so much and are now paper thin 🙁

    • I had the same problem! I make recipes from this website all the time. It is my go to for all things baking except these were a nightmare. I have no idea what the heck went wrong. Today I added 1/2 cup of flour in an effort to save them, they are better but not what I expected. 

  13. I made these cookies today, but mine are not as thick and puffy! They taste very good! I chilled the dough over night. Any suggestions?

  14. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I will be using your hints on bringing butter and eggs to room temp many times in the future! 

  15. I just made a batch of these cookies and they are to die for! They are so fudgy, soft and super chocolatey! Mine didn’t turn out quite like yours in the pics, but they weren’t flat either. Could the temperature of my butter and eggs affect the outcome?

  16. If I make the cookies 1 tablespoon instead of 2, should I reduce the baking time? 

  17. Hello sally! I am a long time follower and love all your recipes! I tried this one yesterday but the spread 🙁 I even let them sit for 24 hours and they were still sticky and spread please help me out so I can try again 🙂 thank you so much!

  18. Ive made these quite a few times now and was just munching on one when i realised i HAD to leave a comment. They are seriously the best chocolate-chocolate chip cookie ever. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Hello!! I LOVE this recipe so much! In fact, I love everything I’ve tried from your website!! I figured it was about time I left you a comment I think I got this idea from you (or maybe not) but I often make these at Christmas time and sub in Andes mint pieces (regular or peppermint crunch] for the white chocolate chips. Heaven on Earth You are absolutely right when you say these are a very soft cookie and stay soft for awhile. It’s quite literally the best cookie I’ve ever put in my mouth. However, mine never look like yours. They never stay puffy. Yours look sort of chunky and thick and mine spread way out and get kind of thin. They stay incredibly soft, which is odd because usually a thin cookie is a crunchy one. I usually bake them straight on the Pampered Chef stoneware cookie sheet, maybe that’s effecting them? Any thoughts? I’m very pleased with the recipe I just thought I would ask your opinion on this so I could try to make mine appear a little better this Christmas season ☺️

    • Blair, are you sure to chill the cookie dough? Perhaps chill it a little longer? OR you can chill the cookie dough for 2-3 hours, then roll into balls, then chill for 2-3 hours more or overnight. You want very cold dough. I suggest baking on a silicone baking mat. If you still find that the cookies are spreading, you can add 2-3 Tablespoons more flour. This should all help!

  20. Not that these need another comment but, geez, these are so good! I refrigerated the dough overnight and the cookies turned out just like yours pictured. Also, I chopped up a Ghiradelli white baking bar, otherwise, stuck to the recipe. I’m now interested in trying the other variations using the dough. Thank you for another great recipe!

  21. Hi Sally,

    Can I add corn starch to make it help with extra chew and puffiness? Or would this ruin the recipe?

    • I don’t find that necessary– if you’ve made them as written, you know they are extra puffy and soft! Cornstarch doesn’t really add any chewiness to cookies. If you’d still like to add some, you can add 1 tsp.

  22. I made these and they came out completely flat. Any guesses why? I weighed  every ingredient perfectly.

  23. I omitted the white chocolate chips & used earth balance soy free margarine because i cant have dairy and they turned out perfect! i turned them into sandwiches with vegan mint buttercream and can not get enough. your cookies are the best!

  24. I wanted to make this cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it. When baking the cookies, should I bake them from the frozen state or thaw before baking?

  25. Hi Sally! Can I use dutch process cocoa in this recipe? Thanks

  26. Hi Sally, does it matter if the unsweetened cocoa is natural or dutch-processed or will either do for this recipe? 

  27. Hi, Sally. I’ve made these cookies quite a few times, and they’ve turned out delicious every time! However, they always seem to turn out a bit flat. Right when I take them out of the oven, they look thick and beautiful but they tend to flatten out as they chill and end up looking way flatter than yours do. I usually chill them overnight. Am I doing something wrong? What can I improve?

  28. Hi Sally! I’m interested in trying this recipe as a skillet cookie- I was inspired by the other one you posted with m&ms! I have made both these chocolate cookies and that skillet cookie multiple times, always to rave reviews 🙂 Do you have any tips on how to successfully go about that? I’m guessing the cooking time will be increased to roughly 35-40 minutes but I’m curious about the amount of dough. Do you think this will fit in a 10″ skillet or should I halve the recipe? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Bake time for this as a skillet cookie would be the same as the M&M skillet cookie. 🙂 It will fit into a 10 inch skillet.

      • This turned out GREAT! Instead of white chocolate chips I used a combo of pb chips and chocolate covered espresso beans. So freaking delicious. I think skillet cookies are my new favorite thing. I may never go back. Thanks for the recipe and your help!

  29. Can I cover these cookies with sprinkles, like you did with your Cake Mix Cookies (https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/02/03/devils-food-cake-mix-cookies/) ? I would like to bake them for Valentine’s, and thought it would be a good idea. 

  30. Does the baking time or the oven temperature varies when the oven is smaller? My oven is small and sometimes I’ve had to take out the breads or cookies before time, otherwise they would burn. I’m not saying it happened with these cookies, its just a general question. 

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