Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Bake my soft chocolate chip cookies next!

An easy, no-mixer required recipe for super chewy, soft, and perfect chocolate chip cookies.

This post has a lot of text! I really want to explain exactly what makes these cookies so chewy, soft, and thick so your cookies can be a success. You can simply skip down to the recipe if you don’t want to read it all. 🙂

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There are hundreds of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. Everyone has their favorite! But today’s recipe stands out in my mind. They are the chewiest of chewy. The softest of soft. Thick, underbaked, buttery dough, and exploding with chocolate. Warning: this chocolate chip cookie requires a tall glass of milk. See for yourself right here:

Wednesday is National Chocolate Chip Day, so I made you a new chocolate chip cookie recipe to celebrate! And I’ve made them 5 times in the past two weeks. No lie. I tested them over and over and over again to make sure they were as good as the first time before sharing with you. You only get the best of the best. I made 2 batches with chocolate chunks and the rest with other goodies inside. And yes, each batch is perfection.

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Don’t get me wrong.  I still have a huge space in my heart (and tastebuds) for my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  It’s one of the most popular recipes on my website. You all love them!

Today’s recipe is similar, but I increased the chewy factor. 

The cookie dough is made from standard cookie dough ingredients.  Flour, leavener, salt, sugar, butter, egg, & vanilla.  It’s the ratios of those ingredients that make this recipe stand out against the rest.  2.25 cups of flour is mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and my favorite: cornstarch!  I used 1.5 teaspoons of cornstarch in this recipe.  It gives the cookies that ultra soft-baked consistency we all know and love.  Plus, it makes the cookies super thick.

You’ll use melted butter in this cookie recipe. Most of the cookies on my website call for creaming softened butter with the sugars.  My new chocolate chip cookie recipe requires melted butter.  It increases the chewy factor in the baked cookie. Melted butter can make your baked cookie greasy, so I made sure there was enough flour to avoid that from happening.  Since you are using melted butter, you don’t need a mixer for this cookie recipe! Ironically, I’m giving away a free KitchenAid Stand Mixer right now.

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies - learn the secrets to making them extra soft and thick! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies - learn the secrets to making them soft and thick! sallysbakingaddiction.com

To the melted butter, add 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar. Extra brown sugar increases the moist-factor, softness, and chewiness in the final cookie.  The white sugar induces slight spreading so your cookies don’t remain balls of dough in the oven.  A little bit of spread is a good thing.  Too much spreading? No thank you. Thankfully, these cookies remain nice and thick in the oven because of the cornstarch, flour, and baking soda.

Another way to ensure these cookies are extra chewy is to add an extra egg yolk.  The extra egg yolk adds richness, soft tenderness, and binds the dough. So you will need 1 egg and 1 egg yolk.  You can freeze the extra egg white in a ziplock baggie for up to 1 month or use it to make my Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes.

Finally, add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and your chocolate chunks.  I used a combination of Nestle Chocolate Chunks and Mini Chocolate Chips. You can use standard size semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips if you prefer.

The dough will be soft and the chocolate chunks may not stick because of the melted butter. Just keep stirring it. Next step is to chill the dough. I can’t stress this step enough.  Chilling the dough is mandatory for most of my cookie recipes. It allows the ingredients to settle together after the mixing stage. But most importantly: cold dough results in thicker cookies. This cookie dough will spread in the oven if you bake it at room temperature. Cover the cookie dough and chill the dough for at least 3 hours, and even up to 3 days. I chilled this dough for 1 day. After chilling, let your cookie dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before rolling into balls.

After chilling, sometimes I roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze them in a large zipped-top bag. Then I bake them in their frozen state – keeping them in the oven for an extra minute.  This way you can have just one of two cookies whenever you want!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

These cookies are huge. About 3 Tablespoons of dough is rolled to make one cookie. The batch only makes about 16 cookies since you will be rolling them so large. It was the perfect amount to share with Kevin’s family for Mother’s Day and have extras for our cookie jar. Feel free to make the cookies smaller (about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) instead. If you do that, be sure to reduce the baking time to 10-11 minutes. For me? Well, sometimes you just gotta have a monster size chocolate cookie.

When you remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator after chilling, the dough will be slightly crumbly.  The warmth of your hands rolling it will make it stay intact. Roll the cookie dough balls taller, rather than wide as I discussed and showed here. This little tried-and-true trick will result in thicker cookies. I do it for every single cookie I bake.

In short, here are my secrets to thick, soft, & chewy cookies: 

Underbaked cookies are the secret to softness. Using cornstarch in the dough is another secret to softness, as well as the secret to thickness. Using more brown sugar than white sugar results in a moister, softer cookie.  Adding an extra egg yolk increases chewiness. Rolling the cookie dough balls to be taller than wider increases thickness. Using melted butter (and slightly more flour) increases chewiness. Chilling the dough results in a thicker cookie.

I love these super chewy cookies as much as my original chocolate chip cookie recipe. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

More chocolate chip cookies to enjoy:

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with M&Ms by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Bonus: try them with half M&Ms and half chocolate chunks!

Click HERE to pin this recipe for later!

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, melted1
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature2
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

Directions:

  1. Click here for step-by-step photos and careful explanations of all of these steps. Great for visual learners!
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft, yet thick. Fold in the chocolate chunks. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine them. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or up to 3-4 days. Chilling is mandatory. I highly recommend chilling the cookie dough overnight for less spreading.
  4. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  6. Roll the dough into balls, about 3 Tablespoons of dough each. The dough will be crumbly, but the warmth of your hands will help the balls stay together. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide, to ensure the cookies will bake up to be thick. See this post for more clarity and a photo. Place 8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet. Press a few more chocolate chips/chunks on top of the dough balls for looks, if desired.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make ahead tip: 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 5. 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. Salted butter can be used instead. Reduce salt in the cookie dough to 1/4 teaspoon.
  2. Room temperature egg + egg yolk are preferred. Typically, if a recipe calls for room temperature or melted butter, it's a good idea to use room temperature eggs as well. To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, simply place the whole eggs into a glass of warm water for 5 minutes. What to do with the extra egg white? Make these or these.

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Updated: click here for step-by-step photos of how to make these cookies.

My other favorite chocolate chip cookies are just as soft & thick as today’s. They are not as chewy, but still a winning recipe in my heart and with my tastebuds.

Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is a post I created with 25 of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. This is a must see!

25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies have been pinned on Pinterest over 1 MILLION times. My most popular recipe!

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies have been pinned on Pinterest over 1 MILLION times. My most popular recipe!

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Comments

  1. Jen on July 29, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Hello! I LOVE this recipe but I need to make it without the dairy. My good friend is dairy free due to nursing and her baby boy not tolerating dairy.. any suggestions on substitutions for the butter? Thanks!

    • Sally on July 30, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Hi Jen! You can try coconut oil which seems to have been successful for some readers.

  2. Christine on August 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    What effect does adding cornstarch have on the final product? I have never made a cookie with cornstarch .

  3. Penny on August 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hi Sally! Can you clarify something for me? I chilled the dough overnight, but after sitting out on the counter for 30 minutes it was still extremely cold and hard to scoop. Am I supposed to let it sit out until it’s room temperature? Or just muscle through it? Thanks so much! I just love your site! 🙂

  4. Jeanna on August 13, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Hi,

    I was wondering what you would recommend for a bake time if I wanted to make smaller cookies (~32 yield) ? Thank you!

  5. Allison on August 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I have a 1.5 tbsp scoop too! In the notes it says 10-11 mins for a 2 tbsp cookie scoop, so I’m gonna test a few at 10 mins and see how it goes.

Reviews

  1. Kristi on May 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    YES YES YES, thank you, yes. My search is over. I FINALLY found the best, perfect chocolate chip recipe. It took me a few trial and error recipes before I found this one. Now I finally have the amazing one. Thank you again for posting this. (Even if it’s been 5 years!!! Better late than never, eh 😉

  2. Rianne on May 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    This cookie had literally every single thing I never knew I needed in a cookie. It was buttery, soft, chewy, and the edges had just the right crispiness! Thank you sallyyyy

Questions

  1. Rae Ru on May 24, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Hi, Sally! Made these again yesterday. They are fast becoming a family favorite, and disappear even faster. I’ve been doubling the batch by default every time now.

    The recipe works extremely well except for one thing: they don’t actually spread for me? I’ve done everything to the letter, and refrigerated it overnight and let it come back down to room temp before baking. I use a cookie scoop so everything’s even. I have to flatten them with a spoon before baking, otherwise they look like half a ping-pong ball. I mean, they taste GREAT, but look more like the top of a muffin than a cookie. In having to flatten the dough balls, I keep mushing the chocolate chips so that it’s more of a marbled cookie than a chocolate chip cookie… (I just stick more chips on the top after baking)

    Any suggestions? I’d love to know what you think~!

    • Sally on May 24, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Hi Rae Ru! This can happen. My suggestion is to chill the cookie dough for a shorter amount of time so it’s not as firm going into the oven. Alternatively, you can reduce the amount of flour by 2 Tablespoons. This will help!

  2. Jillian on July 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Sally. Just tried your recipe. It did come out very thick and chewy. But it’s a little on the pale side and I want them to be a bit on the golden side. Got any suggestions on how to do that? I’m assuming leaving them in longer will just overbake them.

  3. Jenn Geraghty on July 20, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Hi Sally!

    These cookies are my absolute all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, they are simply amazing and come out great every time! My question is, in your video, you have cylinder type measuring cups for your vanilla, where on earth did you find them? I have been looking for those for a while now and haven’t had any luck. Thanks in advance!!

    Jenn

    • Sally on July 20, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Hey Jenn! My videographer purchased them at a specialty store (I think) but try Amazon!

  4. Jen on July 29, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Hello! I LOVE this recipe but I need to make it without the dairy. My good friend is dairy free due to nursing and her baby boy not tolerating dairy.. any suggestions on substitutions for the butter? Thanks!

    • Sally on July 30, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Hi Jen! You can try coconut oil which seems to have been successful for some readers.

  5. Christine on August 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    What effect does adding cornstarch have on the final product? I have never made a cookie with cornstarch .

  6. Penny on August 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hi Sally! Can you clarify something for me? I chilled the dough overnight, but after sitting out on the counter for 30 minutes it was still extremely cold and hard to scoop. Am I supposed to let it sit out until it’s room temperature? Or just muscle through it? Thanks so much! I just love your site! 🙂

  7. Jeanna on August 13, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Hi,

    I was wondering what you would recommend for a bake time if I wanted to make smaller cookies (~32 yield) ? Thank you!

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