Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a few tricks that make these the best soft chocolate chip cookies that you’ll ever try. With hundreds of positive reviews from bakers around the world, I’m confident you’ll fall in love with this chocolate chip cookie recipe too. Chilling the cookie dough is imperative and cornstarch makes them extra soft and thick!

Rows of chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a household favorite, a timeless classic, an unparalleled snack, warm, cold, dunked in milk, in dough form, or in baked form. No one can resist the comfort of a chocolate chip cookie and everyone has their favorite recipe whether it’s on the back of the yellow Toll House bag or scribbled in your grandmother’s recipe book.

Heck, I even have separate recipes for crispy chocolate chip cookies and chewy chocolate chip cookies!

Like many of you, I’ve searched far and wide for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe: the best chocolate chip cookies, a recipe I can bake again and again for years. I’ve lost sleep, I’ve burnt dough, I’ve tested and retested and retested… and retested countless times. And I’m so happy to report that I finally found a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I’ll treasure for years. And I know you’ll enjoy these cookies too!

Chocolate chip cookies

How to Make Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Start with Butter: Use room temperature butter. You can soften butter quickly with this trick or set the butter out 1-2 hours before you begin.
  2. Use a mix of Sugars: Cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together. This process aerates the butter, which promises soft chocolate chip cookies. Brown sugar yields soft chocolate chip cookies and white sugar helps the cookies spread. For chewier and more flavorful cookies, use more brown sugar than white sugar.
  3. Dark Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar and dark brown sugar are interchangeable in most recipes. Though either works in this chocolate chip cookie recipe, I love using dark brown sugar for extra flavor because it holds a little more molasses.
  4. Add Egg & Vanilla Extract: Eggs provide structure and richness, while vanilla adds flavor.
  5. Use Cornstarch in Dry Ingredients: Cornstarch, a thickening ingredient, is the secret weapon in this cookie recipe. 2 teaspoons give the cookies extra lift and leave them extra soft. You can’t taste it! You also need all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add Dry Ingredients to Wet Ingredients: Combine all the ingredients, then add the chocolate chips.
  7. Chill the Cookie Dough: For extra thick chocolate chip cookies, chill the cookie dough for at least 1 hour. Chilling cookie dough will make or break the recipe! The colder the cookie dough, the less the cookies will over-spread. If you’re interested, here are 10 tips to prevent cookies from over-spreading.
  8. Extra Chocolate Chips: This is optional, but as soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press a few chocolate chips on top. They’ll melt right down into the cookie, making them extra pretty. And melted chocolate is never a bad thing!

Room temperature butter

Room temperature butter is cool to touch and about 65°F (18°C), which may be cooler than your kitchen. To test it, poke it with your finger. Your finger should make an indent without sinking into the butter. The butter should not be shiny or greasy. You can’t cream cold butter and you can’t cream partially melted butter either. Room temperature butter is imperative to the outcome of these cookies! You need 3/4 cup, which is 1.5 sticks.

Warm chocolate chip cookies on silpat

Don’t Have Time to Chill Cookie Dough?

If you don’t have time to chill the chocolate chip cookie dough, try my Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies. Or even these soft chocolate chip cookie bars, which don’t require individual cookie rolling either!

I also have an entire section of no chill cookie recipes. 🙂

warm chocolate chip cookies

How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Freezing chocolate chip cookie dough is really easy.

  1. After the cookie dough has chilled in the refrigerator, roll the cookie dough into balls. Chill the cookie dough balls in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. Place the solid and cold cookie dough balls into a labeled zipped-top bag– large or small depending on how much dough you have.
  3. Label the bag with the month and the baking temperature and place the bag in the freezer.
  4. Freeze cookie dough for up to 3 months. The date will help you determine when the cookie dough is fresh and the temperature is written for obvious reasons. Really, you can write whatever is helpful to you. The date, temperature, time, recipe name, etc.
  5. When it’s time to bake the cookies, remove them from the freezer. Preheat the oven according to the recipe’s instructions.
  6. Bake the cookies for a minute or two longer since the dough is frozen.

Bake the frozen cookie dough balls whenever the craving hits or when you need a big batch of fresh-baked cookies. I do it all the time!

Chocolate chip cookies on black plate

Sometimes the simplest recipes are what stick. I really don’t need to convince you– it’s a chocolate chip cookie. THE chocolate chip cookie!

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warm chocolate chip cookies

The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

I have a few tricks that make these the best soft chocolate chip cookies that you’ll ever try. With hundreds of positive reviews from bakers around the world, I’m confident you’ll fall in love with this chocolate chip cookie recipe too. Chilling the cookie dough is imperative and cornstarch makes them extra soft and thick!


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar together on medium speed until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Add into the wet ingredients, then beat on low speed until combined. The cookie dough will be slightly thick. On low speed, beat the chocolate chips. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.
  3. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  4. Once chilled, the dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together when you work the dough with your hands. Roll balls of dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each, into balls.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. The cookies will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. If desired, while the cookies are still warm, press a few extra chocolate chips into the tops. This is completely for looks!
  6. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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 preheating the oven in step 3. 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.
  2. Adapted from Anna Olsen

Keywords: cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate

Soft-batch style chocolate chip cookies using a few tricks to make them extra thick and soft! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

1229 Comments

  1. Stop looking for any other chocolate chip cookie recipe and make this one. Crispy edges, soft centers, and they stay fresh for days. Sally, thank you for this flawless recipe. I followed it exactly and they were perfect!

  2. These are perfect every time! I roll these into balls before I refridgerate them to save messing with the “fresh out of the fridge” crumbly dough. Literally the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever!

  3. Sally;
    Hi,good morning,I am going to make your chocolate chip cookies this month or next month and I will let you know what my mom,niece,nephew and I think of your cookies and how much we enjoy eating them.When my aunt made cookies she would roll the dough into logs and freeze them until she was ready to bake her cookies.
    Can I roll your chocolate chip cookie dough into a log cover it in plastic wrap and foil wrap and freeze it until I want to thaw the dough and bake the cookies after cutting them into sliced cookies?
    Kim

    1. Hi Kim, for slice and bake cookies you usually want a bit sturdier dough – this dough will spread a bit so it’s best for it to go into the oven in a ball shape. I do have several slice and bake recipes that you might enjoy like this one: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/salted-pistachio-chocolate-chunk-cookies/

  4. Sally;
    Hi and good morning.Thank you for replying to my letter about your cookie recipe and I will make them into a ball and slightly flatten the balls like the photo on your website.I will also make your pistacio cookies and your chocolate chip cookie recipes at home as well.
    Kim

  5. Sally… Sally … Sally…
    I just needed to tell you that your recipe’s are superb! I Have been using your recipe’s for years, to a point where I no longer bake anything without checking to see how you did it first. Thank you! From a cook who likes to bake.

  6. Hi Sally, I am going to make these cookies and mail them to my son. Do you have any suggestions for packaging for mailing? I will be using US Post office three day delivery.

    1. Hi Carol, Here is my favorite way to package and mail cookies: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/heres-the-best-way-to-ship-cookies/

  7. Hi Sally; I have been making your 6 Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies for the last 2 months, probably 8 times, but I make smaller ones and everybody thinks that is the best, but now I have to try this one today. Thanks for always making all your followers happy.

  8. I have always loved this cookie recipe but now find i must cater to some gluten free family members. Do you think i could substitute almond flour for the regular flour?
    Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tested these with gluten free flour, but if you wish to try it I recommend any all purpose gluten free flour that says to use at a 1:1 ratio. Let me know if you try it!

      1. Hi Sally, I will definitely let you know if I try them with gluten free flour. I am not a fan of the gluten free craze but a member of my family might have celiac disease and we are waiting for the test results.

  9. GoodDay Sally.
    I can’t find any AP flour. What can i use as a substitute? Will coconut flour work? Almond flour?
    All i have is cake flour which i see isnt giving a cookie-like texture to the cookies. I have tried this recipe before with cake flour, but now im looking for alternatives.
    I knew you would know what to do in this situation, any recommendations?
    Thank you!

      1. Thank you for the recommendations! I will definitely try out the lace cookies. They look delicious.
        Unfortunately i live down over here in S.A where there isnt much of a variety of…anything. I cant even find chocolate chips!?
        But i really want to make these cookies as close to your cookies as possible.
        Cake flour (that i have currently) seems to make the cookies too ‘cakey’. What do you think about white bread flour? I use the Golden Cloud brand.

  10. I have never been know for my baking skills until I made this recipe! Best soft chocolate chip cookies ever!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Hi Sally.
    I dont have any baking soda at the moment.
    Can i put the cookie dough that i already made in the fridge, take it out tomorrow to come to room temperature then add the baking soda in? Or should i substitute it, add it in then leave in the fridge for 1 hour?
    I did not add the chocolate chips yet.

    1. I recommend making the cookie dough after you have all of the ingredients. I don’t recommend adding baking soda after– it wouldn’t incorporate.

      1. Absolutely. There’s really no need to change the added salt amount, though you could reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon if desired.

  12. I made these cookies for a dessert table for a wedding. They came out looking just like the picture. No more deflated cookies! Thank you!

  13. Yes, I’m giving your cookie recipe a five star rating BEFORE I bake them! If (most) everyone is in agreement vs. trying to change your recipe, they have to be great! It always baffles me why people ask if they can substitute ingredients or change up the way an original recipe is stated … if you don’t want to go by the recipe, make another one! I can’t wait to make this, “exactly as directed”

  14. Hi Sally, I felt like baking yesterday and made these soft chocolate chip cookies.! I’ve never used cornstarch in cookies…let’s just say these are amazing. My husband said they’re better then Entermans…a big company in the New York area…soft chewy…I’m adding them to my Thanksgiving dessert roster. Thank you for all your delicious recipes and tips. Baking is my therapy

  15. Hiya I have a wee question about brown sugar. I popped to the shops and there was so much choice! There was light and dark, but it was soft, almost fluffy, there was Demerara and Muscovado, there was a few different ones labelled as raw.
    Sadly nothing actually said “brown”

    So which of these sugars would you consider brown/the best to use with this recipe?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Izzy, Great question! You want either light brown sugar or dark brown sugar. Demerara and Muscovado have slightly different textures. It should almost feel like very soft wet sand. Light brown sugar and dark brown sugar are interchangeable in most recipes. Though either works in this chocolate chip cookie recipe, I love using dark brown sugar for extra flavor because it holds a little more molasses. I hope this helps!

  16. I followed the directions carefully, but the baking time wasn’t right for me. I like my cookies a touch under-baked, but these were VERY under-baked. I thought that maybe they were supposed to look they way they did, so I set them out to cool. Nope. They were delicious, but I didn’t feel comfortable giving them away, as had been my plan. I’ll try Sally’s chewy chocoloate chip cookies next time.

    1. I made these once and the best recipe I ever had thank you ..Im making again tomorrow using peanut butter chips and freezing on a cookie sheet and then freezing in my vac food saver Worked great last time took them out and thawed they tasted like I just made them Yvonne

  17. Sally,
    I just happened to fall upon your website and all the wonderful recipes you have available yesterday!

    The chocolate chip recipe hit me first so having all of the ingredients I made the cookies. They are the best ever. So simple yet so delicious. I made the dough yesterday and chilled until I was ready to bake today. WOW! Just WOW!

    Today I’m also making your Spritz cookies. Can’t wait for the cookies to be done so I can decorate.

    Thank you so very much. I have you on Instagram.

  18. Hands down, these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I only use your chocolate chip recipes. This year we are gifting these for my kids teachers! As a teacher myself I love getting homemade treats! I would love to get these cookies!!! Thanks for the fantastic recipes!

  19. Hi Sally,
    I was wondering about your thoughts on using the convection option on my oven for cookies. I’ve checked a few blogs and there are very mixed opinions. I’m checking with you’re my go-to for homemade classics!

    1. Hi Christine! That’s completely up to you, but my opinion is to keep your oven on the conventional setting. Convection can simply be too hot for small baked goods like cookies, even if you reduce the oven temperature.

  20. I live w/my 85-year-old widowed father (the original cookie monster) who loves chocolate chip cookies, but he wears dentures & occasionally the cookies I bake get a little too crisp (depending on the recipe), so we have to put bread in the cookie jar to keep them soft, but sometimes we both forget. I started looking around for a soft chocolate chip cookie recipe & decided to try this one, hoping it would be a hit, and it was–the most delicious, soft cookies ever! Has to be the cornstarch! So I’ll be making this recipe every week, my father loves them. thanks so much!

  21. The BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made! They stay soft after cooling and I really liked the salt addition, it adds great flavor to the cookies! Thank you for the great recipe!

  22. Hi! I was wondering whether the cornstarch was necessary or not. It’s my first time using one of your recipes and I’m really excited to try it out!

  23. After eating these cookies, my boyfriend stated that you have to be lying about these cookies staying fresh for days. I asked, why he didn’t think they would. He said, there was NO WAY these cookies would survive because they would all be eaten. I have to agree, I might never know due to the fact we ate them all! So not sorry either… Thanks for this recipe! ❤ Next I plan on making your recipe for The Worst Chocolate Chip Cookie, which is how I found your site. I just didn’t have any maple syrup on hand. I told My boyfriend about that recipe and he went out and bought me some. I LMAO and promised to make them tomorrow.

    1. Haha – I’m so happy that you both enjoyed these so much, Gwen! I think The Worst Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is another site, but let me know how you like them with the maple syrup!

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