Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These classic, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies will become your favorite recipe!

You'll want to eat this chocolate chip cookie dough before you have a chance to cook it!

One of my dad’s favorite treats as a kid was his mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. I remember him telling me over and over again how they were the best cookies he’s ever had and no one could make them better than grandma. Over the years, any time we would visit my grandma Margaret, she always had a fresh batch of her cookies waiting for us. I loved opening the tupperware and having the scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies hit my nose. It’s a memory I’ll never forget and one I try to recreate often. These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are my version of Grandma Margaret’s classic cookies. 

With a mix of white/granulated sugar and brown sugar, these chocolate chip cookies are the perfect cookie.

How I perfected this recipe

I never did get my grandma’s recipe before she passed away (I’m pretty sure it was the Nestle Tollhouse recipe from the chocolate chip cookie bag), so over the years I’ve tried dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies – baking them myself and taste testing at different bakeries across the country – to find my favorite version of this classic cookie. Through all this “research,” I’ve landed on two favorite recipes actually. The first is Jacque Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies and the second is this classic soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. The recipe for these cookies is simple, foolproof, and utterly scrumptious!

Now, any time my dad comes to visit me, I try to have a batch of these soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies waiting for him. And, according to him, they’re better than his mom’s cookies. He could just be saying that because he’s my dad, but I’d like to believe it’s the truth.

These amazing chocolate chip cookies are so soft and chewy you'll love them.

I recommend using semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips in these cookies and adding a little sea salt on top after they’ve baked. And don’t forget to enjoy these chocolate chip cookies with a nice, cold glass of milk!


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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 16 votes
Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.


  • 1 cup 226 g unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup 200 g granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 220 g brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large or extra large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon 4.2 g vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups 420 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon 4 g baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon 4 g baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon 5.6 g salt
  • 2 cups 300 g semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the eggs one at time and mix until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix for about 30 seconds.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined. 
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 2-inch balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. The cookies are done when the edges are slightly golden brown. The top may look a little soft. That's ok! The cookies will continue to bake a little while they cool.
Cuisine Cookies
Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, cookies, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. Always and forever the best chocolate cookie! Made again today for the billionth time this month. 😛 Everyone always loves it and it always turns out perfect! My favorite way is with half semi sweet and half dark chocolate chips!

  2. Oh Courtney. Thank you for all your efforts. This recipe is 10/10! A keeper, for sure! Last batch we made, we froze 3/4 of the gloriously textured dough in slab form, wrapped in baking paper and cling wrap. Then just left it out of the freezer to soften enough to cut off cookie sized bits to pop in the oven for a quick movie night treat. This batch, we indulged in 4 freshly baked cookies, then popped 20 balls of raw cookie dough onto a paper-lined baking tray to chill right down in the freezer for about 20-30 mins before placing in zip-lock bags in the freezer. It’ll be even easier to bake some next time a craving strikes. They bake fantastically from frozen – just add a few minutes. Warmest regards from the Surf Coast, Victoria, Australia!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I found this recipe during a road trip and made the cookies that night. BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER! There was only one issue. My husband liked the dough so much that I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough left to actually BAKE the cookies. HUGE hit with my party of five!!!

  4. These are my new go to! Thank you so much for adding the weight measurments–it makes baking so much easier.

    Paired these with the Guittard Super Cookie Chip and they were incredible. Thanks, Courtney!

  5. What type and brand of flour did you use to make these cookies? I happened to find White Lily flour in my area for the first time and when I made a new chocolate chip cookie recipe with that “enriched bleached” flour they didn’t spread and came out dry and cakey l generally use King Arthur unbleached flour. I am an a experienced baker and this has me stumped. Thank you in advance for your help.

  6. These cookies were better than any bakery cookie I’ve had, so incredibly delicious! I’m so glad I discovered your website. I foresee a lot of baking in my future!!!

  7. Could I make these with salted butter? Hoping to make these today and that’s all I have on hand. Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Can you please make a video of how you make them. My cookies spread a lot. You say use cold butter n cream the sugars till light n fluffy for 2 mins. I think I go wrong somewhere here. A video will be very helpful. Thanks.

  9. 5 stars
    This is the chocolate chip cookie recipe I have been looking for my whole life!!! I’m not even being dramatic, these were perfect. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, absolute perfection! Thank you

  10. 5 stars
    These cookies are so goooodddd!!! I love that it’s a one bowl recipe and it made a lot of dough so I froze some of it to keep on hand because these are the best chocolate chip cookies!!! 💜

  11. 5 stars
    These were delicious and so easy to make. They taste full bodied even though the dough doesn’t need chilling. I will definitely be making them again!!

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve literally memorized this recipe I make it so much! I have tried recipes for YEARS AND YEARS and this one is AMAZING. I love that she gives small tips and tricks that actually make a HUGE difference. I’m so excited for her cookbook to try all kinds of new baking!!

  13. Haven’t tried these yet, planning on it today. Question though, is it really supposed to be cold butter?? I’ve always used room temperature. Just want to make sure! Can’t wait to try!

    1. The cold butter helps with spreading. This allows you to bake the cookies immediately and not have to chill the dough.

  14. 5 stars
    Now Courtney guuuuuuurl…you did it again. These cookies are delicious! Perfect texture too. And the best thing is, this is a no chill cookie dough. I used a 1.5 tablespoon scoop. I had rolled some into balls when I added pecans and those were puffier cookies. The scooped cookies spread, but not too much. This is truly the perfect cookie recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    FINALLY, a PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie….I truly feel using the gram measurements was key in the recipe. I also used half milk/dark chocolate chips. Thank you Courtney!!!

  16. 5 stars
    The perfect chocolate chip cookie! I have been trying out so many different recipes, and this is the one! Perfectly chewy with just that little crispness to the outside. Thank you!

  17. This recipe for chocolate chip cookies is truly over the top. Every time I make them people rave about them and want the recipe. The most delicious cookie recipe and easy to make!

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