Sprinkled Episode 4: Chocolate Chip Cookies

sally in the kitchen holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!! Today, August 4th, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and that’s not a holiday I take lightly. You probably don’t need any convincing to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, but maybe I can convince you which chocolate chip cookie recipe to bake. To celebrate, we centered Sprinkled episode 4 around the cookie of honor!

Chewy chocolate chip cookies are the most loved cookies on my website. The number of comments on the recipe speaks volumes to its popularity. Big, bold, dense, and chewy, these are my go-to chocolate chip cookies. I love the recipe so much that I published it in my cookbook Sally’s Cookie Addiction. In the Sprinkled episode below, I explain why an extra egg yolk is used, why chilling the cookie dough is crucial, why I prefer more brown sugar over white, why I use melted butter, and how I shape the cookies, and more. Each of these characteristics work together to make the softest, densest, chewiest chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever taste. Promise.

Looking for a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe? Here are my soft chocolate chip cookies. They aren’t quite as chewy, but have the same soft-baked texture. So good!

hands dunking a chocolate chip cookie into a glass of milk

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Episode 4

Episode 4 recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is Sprinkled?

View all Sprinkled videos.

Earlier this year, a video production crew filmed me at work in my kitchen. Most of the time was spent filming step-by-step recipe tutorials, but they also filmed me working, writing, photographing, and recipe testing. The series is called Sprinkled. 🙂 For the recipe tutorials, I selected my favorite blog recipes ranging from cookies and cake to brownies and pie.

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  1. Vicki Skonieczny says:

    Hi Sally,

    I think you are adorable, I think your love of baking is infectious and I think that “Sprinkled” is now one of the most fun and inspiring aspects of your blog. Cannot wait for Episode 5! And I’m still making the hubs watch every new episode with me.

    1. Hi Vicki! Thank you so much for your kind feedback – I love that your hubby watches, too 🙂 Thanks for your loyalty!!

  2. Kristine Volmar says:

    WOW! I loved this epsiode! Visually, it was so amazing. Am I the only one with major pantry envy over here? LOL It looks like the baking aisle of a grocery store, but better! Love it! Sorry for all the exclamation marks = ) These videos really get me inspired and excited to start baking. Thanks, Sally! Keep the amazing and delicious content coming.

  3. You are just a doll Sally! Thank you for this darling video and recipe.

  4. Your video is wonderful! I would be baking today…but Europe is in the middle of a heat wave and I have no AC. I just cannot turn on my oven in a 33 degree kitchen (91 degrees Fahrenheit)

  5. Great video! Love your energy and how clear your instructions are. You make it look so easy to bake these cookies, and I like how the video goes from baking instructions, to tips, to explanations, and back to the instructions. Keep making these videos!

  6. Another amazing video! I am enjoying these so much 🙂 Does it matter if the cookie dough balls are shaped before or after chilling as long as they are chilled?

    1. Thanks Dawn! It doesn’t matter if you shape before or after chilling, just make sure they’re chilled!! 🙂

  7. Chris Riordan says:

    I love watching your “Sprinkled” episodes, your tips are so helpful! I would have added the dry ingredients into the wet but will try it your way next time. I’ve never tried your chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have the “Original Toll House Cookie” recipe memorized since this is the only cookie my husband will eat! I recently started browning the butter first when making them, it really boosts the flavor. Next time I’m trying your recipe instead! My dogs like to lay by me when watching “Sprinkled” as well:)

  8. Love, love, love your Sprinked videos! Thank you for all your yummy easy to follow recipes. You make baking fun and addicting.

  9. Love all the Sprinkled videos Sally! Can’t wait for the weather to cool down to start baking these chocolate chip cookies!

  10. I enjoyed this episode, and immediately clicked the recipe link to check it out. Then I pulled out my Cookie Addiction book, and found the “Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe, and noticed that it says to use only 2 scant tablespoons of dough per cookie, and makes 24 to 30 cookies, while this episode and the blog version of the Chewy Chocolate Chunk cookies say to use 3 tablespoons of dough, and makes 16 large cookies. Both the 2 Tbsp and 3 Tbsp versions have the same cooking temp and time listed. Is either of these a misprint, or does changing the amount of dough per cookie truly not affect the baking time? Thanks.

    1. Hi Evelyn! The bake times are similar, yes. But no matter which cookie recipe you bake, I always suggest using the bake time suggested as a guide. The best way to tell when the cookies are done? Use your eyes! When the edges are lightly browned, they’re done. 🙂

  11. The more chocolate in a chocolate chip cookie the better. I can’t wait to make these for my grandchildren.

  12. Love the video, I have your cookbook, and have made many of your cookies with great results. Now I am inspired to make this cookie too. I was intrigued when I watched your video that you mixed the wet ingredients into the dry. I also noticed you didn’t have to use a mixer…that is great to know also. I can’t wait to try these and I always learn something from your recipe hints, or videos. Thank you so much. I love your pantry and yes, you have to be ready for baking anything you might get inspired to try.

  13. Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook says:

    Sally, I love chocolate chunks intead of chocolate chips in my cookies and these are just perfect for me! Thanks for sharing the tips and the recipe!!

  14. Alison Amaismeier says:

    My kids love watching these videos with me! 🙂

  15. Hey Rebecca! You have to try them. My favorite chocolate chip cookie! I would love to make some jams or apple butter this fall and I’m hoping I can get around to it. I will one day and when I do, I will definitely share recipes!

  16. I loved this episode I’m a chocolate Chip cookie lover too, and I always wanted to try homemade American cookies because I always just buy it at the super market 🙁
    I’m going to try your recipe next week!
    Can’t wait for the next episode!! 😀
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge

  17. Oh my goodness Sally! I’ve never made a chocolate chip cookie like this before! I had two before they even cooled off! Lol Thanks so much for this incredible recipe. I look forward to making other treats you’ve created!

    1. YAY! So glad you tried them!

  18. Lauren @ Lemon & Mocha says:

    I loved this episode of Sprinkled! Especially because chocolate chip cookies are my favorite 🙂 Great job, Sally!!

    1. Thanks Lauren!

  19. Ok, I have your cookie book IN MY KITCHEN, but I was thrilled to see this video version of the recipe. You always give the best recipe tips. Considerate ones, like when a friend gives you a recipe. To hear you say them, makes them even more personal.
    My son is about to start kindergarten. I’m mostly happy and sometimes sad. We are going to make these cookies to put in his lunch for his first week back. Would you believe I started to cry when you mentioned putting them in a school lunch?!? Pure sap in these veins, I swear!

    Good luck with this new project!

  20. Can’t wait to make these! I usually bake everything in a convection oven. Should I lower the oven temperature to 300 or keep it at 325?

    1. Hi Sherry! With this chocolate chip cookie recipe, you could keep your convection oven at 325F.

  21. Hi Sally I love Sprinkled I am 10 years old and I love to bake. I was wondering if you are going to make another season in sprinkled I would really love if you did.

    1. Hi Bella! I don’t have plans for a new season right now, but I do have a new YouTube channel for all of my baking videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXSCbnLpg23d7WU5bIOAsBg
      I hope you enjoy it!

  22. Hi Sally! I think your recipes are amazing. I use them for all my baking needs! In this recipe, I used the dough twice. I used half of the dough after one day of chilling, and I made the other batch the. next day. The first batch came out perfectly, and they were so chewy and amazing! The second time, however, I put it in the oven, the cookies just stayed in the dough ball shape. Did I freeze it too long? Or what could have hindered my cookies from baking?

    1. Hi Purvija, thank you so much! The 2nd half of the cookie dough may simply have been too cold and solid– and therefore, the cookies hardly spread. See my 5 Cookie Tips post. At the bottom of #2, I give detailed information for how to help cookies spread!

      1. Thanks so much, Sally. However, on the second day, when I took out my cookie dough, I warmed it up, and while I was making the second batch of dough balls, the dough was so warm that I had to toss it between my hands. Is the dough being too warm also a hindrance to baking?

  23. I almost gave up thinking I’d find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe… I never imagined I could bake a cookie that would replace Nestle Tollhouse cookies… but then I saw this episode on Sprinkled and decided to give it another shot and they came out so incredible.. I’ll never buy Tollhouse AGAIN! Wish I could give you a great big hug! Your instructions and tips were so helpful!! Shaping the cookies the way you recommend, is a game changer!! I followed the recipe EXACTLY with the exception of the chocolate chips… instead I used Heath Chips and chopped walnuts.. the best cookie I ever had HANDS DOWN. Thank you so much!! I took a photo but couldn’t upload it on here but I’m thinking of framing it! HAHA

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