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. 🙂

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

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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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:

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

Click HERE to pin this recipe for later!

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies


  • 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


  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.

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

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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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  1. lei on August 16, 2016 at 8:31 am

    i’ve made this recipe several times and the taste is awesome every time 🙂 can i ask how many minutes would the baking time be if I only roll out 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie? i’d love to make smaller versions of this!

  2. Andrea on August 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I have to make cookies, brownies, and krispie treats this weekend for our son’s home cross country meet. Guess whose cookies and brownie recipe I’m using. If you had a krispie treat recipe on here I’d use it too…. but I think there is really only one way to make them. Lol

  3. Akaleistar on August 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Those chocolate chip cookies do look perfect 🙂

  4. Doner on August 22, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Can I replace the melted butter with brown butter?

  5. Jasmine on August 30, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I thought I would be looking for the perfect chocolate chip recipe for ages but you made it SO easy! I have made these cookies about four times and people LOVE them (especially my husband who would devour them all in about two days if it was up to him). So thanks heaps 🙂
    I was also wondering if you use a fan-forced or regular oven?

  6. Theresa grimaldi on August 31, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Great recipe, the choclate chips incorporate better if you mix them with 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture.   I also added 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder.

  7. Jode on September 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Sorry to say mine were greasy and cakey. Still on my search for chewy.

    • Tor on September 30, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Did you chill it? What time of flour/butter you use if important as well.

  8. Courtney on September 6, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I made these over the weekend. I have looked at the recipe so many times, and now I know I waited WAY to long to make them. They were the best cookies I have ever made. I think leaving them on the cookie sheet to cool/cook made such a difference. Everyone loved them. They tasted like I bought them at a bakery. I see there will be another chocolate chip cookie recipe coming soon (saw it over on the photography bog) Beautiful pics as always, by the way. I will not wait as long to try that one. Thanks again for another great recipe.

  9. Lina on September 8, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I love your recipe, tested and approved. Thanks for the explanations

  10. Kristen on September 8, 2016 at 10:58 am

    These cookies are incredible! I made them last night because, for whatever reason, I *NEEDED* cookies at 9:00 pm. It’s been a while since I’ve made good ole chocolate chip cookies, so I knew it was time to make these.

    What I loved was how fast and easy they were! I couldn’t find a whisk, but that didn’t pose a problem. The prep time truly was ~10 minutes and all ingredients that I had readily available! I used mini chips because that’s all I had, with a few milk chocolate added in. I couldn’t wait, so I made 4 cookies right away and chilled the rest over night. You were so right, that chilling was mandatory! Without chilling the dough, they were still delicious, but the next morning I made the rest to bring to work and the difference was extraordinary! With the cold dough, the texture was better, and you could really taste the butter. My coworkers said these were the best chocolate chip cookies they have ever had!

    I always trust you for the best recipes, and once again you provided an incredibly easy way to make bakery-quality cookies. Thank you!!!!

  11. Jenni on September 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Evert time I try to print this recipe it has the big ad of the video of how to make it. When I print a recipe, I don’t want to print a half page ad as well. Is there a way to fix this?

    • Cathy on September 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

      I had same problem, copy and paste into word then print. You can delete picture and shrink to one page.

  12. Cathy on September 11, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Best recipe! My other half is obsessed, he begs me to make them every week!

  13. Sophia on September 13, 2016 at 5:47 am

    what a great recipe! and the step-by-step photos were perfect- i am very much a visual learner! i followed all of your tips to include not completely melting the butter and leaving the dough in the fridge before baking and these made the cookies chewy, soft, and just what i dream of when i dream of chocolate chip cookies! i even added some butterscotch chips- yum! i brought them in to work today and they were a hit- thank you so much, sally!

  14. Michelle on September 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Can i add some quick oats? 

  15. lizy on September 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Mine don’t bake as perfectly as yours. They stay kind of chunky vs melting down to a perfect round shape. What could I be doing wrong?

  16. Leighton on October 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve made these before with M&M’S and they’re so good! I’m planning a Halloween party with 100+ people and I’m planning on making several batches of these cookies. Up to how many batches do you recommend I make in one bowl? Two maximum per bowl? Thanks!

  17. L Oudomphong on October 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Sally. Can I use cornflour instead of cornstarch?

  18. Zain on October 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Hi! I’ve made these twice now and mine come out thick and more cakey than chewy. I use Robin Hood all purpose flour and Lactancia butter. I chill overnight with Saran Wrap pressed into the dough. Any ideas on what I could be doing differently?

  19. Aly on October 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve made this recipe on more than one occasion, and every single time my cookie come our flat. They are still chewy, but flat as a pancake!! What am I doing wrong?! I do not substitute anything and I always measure correctly, and it’s so frustrating!!!

  20. Beth on October 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Will it work if I combine all the dry ingredients including the sugars and chips and then put it in a ziplock bag so it is like a bag mix you buy at the store? And then when I want to use it I just add the egg and butter and extract

  21. diana on October 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Can I half this recipe? If so, will I just be using one egg?

  22. Daniela on October 16, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you very much for a great recipe! All the family loved it! I made them like an hour ago and they’re almost gone! Thank you

  23. May on October 24, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Hi, what about if I want to have oat raisin instead of chocolate chips?  If I reduce the sugar, will it be affect the chewy?  Many thx

  24. Jenny on November 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I tried this recipe for the first time today and it didn’t work as it was supposed to! They turned out very flat and thin. I stuffed the dough with Nutella. What am I supposed to do? I appreciate your help x

  25. Amanda on December 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Can these be made as bar cookies?

  26. Douglas Michael Kingman on December 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve never made chcolate cookies before. My 4 kids and wife ate the whole batch in 1 day. thanks..

  27. Mary on December 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I made 7 of Sally’s desserts for a holiday party at work and this recipe was the biggest hit. Good old chocolate chip cookies! I guess I should have just made 7 batches of this recipe.

  28. Michelle Robinson on December 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Would love to know how much chopped nuts or oatmeal (and what type oatmeal) could be incorporated. Thanks!

  29. Kim on December 23, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I have made these cookies multiple times, with butterscotch chips, mint baking chips, and regular chocolate chips. Follow the recipe to a tee EXCEPT I increased the bake time to 14 minutes per batch. 12 minutes left my cookies a little too underbaked for my taste, and 14 leaves them still supersoft but fully cooked through. Thanks so much for this recipe! Will try making them with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts soon! Please post more melted butter cookie recipes!

  30. Traci on January 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I make these cookies all the time to the point that everyone calls them “Traci’s famous cookies” (but I always throw the credit back at you). This recipe is so perfect and aside from tasting amazing they always come out looking like perfection to the point where people think they are not homemade. There is no recipe that beats this one. Thank you!

    • Tara on January 3, 2017 at 12:31 am

      How? How are some of you getting such good results? I follow Sally’s instructions and recommendations exactly and I NEVER have success with chocolate chip cookies. They’re always flat and greasy looking. The taste is usually fine but I’d never want to display them. This recipe was another bust for me. Too brown on the bottom, not done enough in the center, too flat and greasy on top. I place the rack in the center of the oven; use silpat.

      I love all of Sally’s recipes and use her blog as a go-to for baking and dinner! I guess chocolate chip cookies just aren’t my thing 🙁



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