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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best chocolate chip cookies ever! Super thick, ultra soft, delicious!

You know the type of chocolate chip cookies that those cute little cafe’s, deli’s and bakeries sell? The super thick, ultra soft, cookies that seem like they must be impossible to make at home? Guess what guys, I’ve got the recipe and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

I have been trying recipe after recipe for chocolate chip cookies over the years searching for the one that would provide me with the thickest, softest cookie possible. I was beginning to think it was unobtainable….And then finally… FINALLY I found it.

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Have you heard the craze as of late? The secret ingredient to chewy perfect chocolate chip cookies? It’s cornstarch! Only a teaspoon and a half is needed, but it does something magical to these cookies to make them super chewy. I first tried the cornstarch method with these Chewy Butterfinger Cookies.

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There are a few reasons these cookies are different. For starters, they call for melted butter instead of softened butter that most cookie recipes call for. Another key step is the chilling of the dough. I know, I know, it’s really annoying to have to make cookie dough and then wait for it to chill. It’s 100% absolutely necessary for this recipe, so make sure you do NOT skip this step.

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Can we talk about size here? These cookies are HUGE. Typically I use my handy dandy one tablespoon cookie scoop to make cookies, but these guys require 3 tablespoons of cookie dough! Additionally, the dough is going to be a little bit different in terms of consistency than what you’re used to. When you take the dough out of the fridge after it’s chilled, it’s going to be pretty solid. Even though you’ll let it soften up a bit, it’s still going to be hard. You will not be able to use a cookie scoop for this recipe! It will seem as though you won’t be able to form balls of cookie dough, initially, but trust me, you can.

Forming the cookies WILL take a bit of work, but it’s worth it!

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And because they are bigger, you’re going to need more room between each cookie to ensure the cookies don’t run into each other as they’re baking. I fit about 6 cookies on each of my large baking sheets.  Be sure to leave adequate room between each cookie!

If you want your chocolate chip cookies to look extra perfect, press additional chocolate chips onto each ball of cookie dough. This is what makes them look “professional.”

Oh, and one of my favorite parts? You do not need a stand mixer, nor a hand mixer to make these cookies!

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You’ll get about 16 large, soft, chewy, delicious cookies from this recipe! Oh, and be sure to under-bake them! When you pull ‘em out of the oven, they’re going to look like they aren’t quite done baking. They’ll be super soft. Just know that you WANT them like this. As they cool, they’ll firm up and you’ll be left with perfect, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies.

This recipe was inspired by this recipe from Annie’s Eats, and slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction with a similar version from America’s Test Kitchen.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 11mn
Total Time: 3hr 20mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (about 1 minute in the microwave will do the trick)
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (I recommend Ghirardelli!) + additional for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, sift together 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 cup melted butter. Whisk until the sugars have dissolved into the butter. Add in the egg and egg yolk, and whisk. Then add in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Use a large wooden spoon to combine the ingredients together. Fold in 1 cup milk chocolate chips.
  4. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. I chilled my dough overnight.
  5. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. Pull the dough out of the fridge and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. The dough is going to be hard, and firm, and a little bit difficult to work with. 
  7. Use 3 tablespoons of dough for each cookie. Use your hands to form the dough into balls. Press a few additional chocolate chips onto the top of the dough ball.
  8. Give each cookie a good amount of space on the baking sheets. I was able to fit about 6 cookies per cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 11-12 minutes. The cookies are going to appear under-baked. This is what you want!
  10. Allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring them to wire cooling racks to finish cooling.
  11. These will stay fresh for about 7 days. You will get about 16 cookies from this batch. If you’d like to make them a bit smaller, use 2 tablespoons of dough and bake for 10 minutes.

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  1. Thanks! Can’t wait to try these. Yours is the 2nd recipe that said to add cornstarch. Secret weapon!

  2. They truly look perfect! I’m a big fan of cornstarch in cookies and I used to use a recipe like this (i.e. from cooks illustrated – with the 1 egg plus yolk and melted butter) but back then I wasn’t adding cornstarch. You nailed these! Gorgeous & pinning!

  3. Thanks for making my recipe. And I’m so glad that you love my website! Just wondering what you “adapted” besides adding 1 more teaspoon of vanilla?

    • Hi Sally – a bit more vanilla to suit my taste, the recommendation of my favorite milk chocolate chips (Ghirardelli), instructions re-written, plus a tip on baking time for making them a bit smaller (2 tablespoons for 10 minutes versus 3 tablespoons for 11-12).

  4. Chocoloate chip cookies are my all-time favorite food in the world. These look amazing!

  5. Going to try them! :)

  6. I think these are FABULOUS. I want to eat them all. Which is probably why I won’t make them. For now…

  7. These really do look like the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Amazing!

  8. Luv the dough, already sitting on the fridge! Can’t wait to bake them… Yummy! :)

  9. Julie Hughes Lindsey

    Jessica Brown I wouldn’t mind a spanking if I can get a cookie afterward?? Lol

  10. Julie Hughes Lindsey

    I love myyyyy cookkieeeessss wifi!!! Jessica Brown I could eat a ice cream cone with it!

  11. Julie Hughes Lindsey

    I gotta show you the one I wanted and drooled over yesterday Jessica Brown

  12. Do you have to use cornstarch or can you substitute it for something different?

    • If you want them chewy, you must use cornstarch. You can eliminate the corn starch altogether but then you won’t have chewy cookies. They’ll still be fantastic, the cornstarch really does make a difference.

  13. I’m very excited to try this recipe.Chocolate Chip is my all time favourite, and I love a chewy cookie. But I definitely don’t like an undercooked cookie. Will it be ok to leave them in a little longer?

  14. What do you set the oven on. I seemed to missed that. Carolyn

  15. it said 325 :)

  16. Kathy Munro Gaston

    these really are the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie!!! I will never use another recipe for them again!!

  17. they need to cook for 12 minutes

  18. I just looked it up on her web page: [centercutcook.com]

  19. Has anyone tried making these with semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate?

  20. Going to try bake some tonight!!

  21. Kimberly Holland Ogren

    These sound good. I have a great chocolate chip recipe too that calls for you to put a little kosher salt inside the batter and to also sprinkle a little on top of each one before you bake them. The combination of sweet and salty is wonderful.

  22. Has anyone just used there own recipe and added the corn starch to see what it does? I am a fan of soft cookies so mine are usually soft but I was going to add cornstarch to my own recipe and see what happens then I will try this one.

  23. I gotta try these gluten free. Always use cornstartch in my gluten free baking

  24. I am so excited to make these cookies! will it work if you form the cookie dough into a log before you refrigerate it, then slice it into disks and bake?

  25. These turned out AMAZING!! I had some left over white chocolate chips (from the snickerdoodles) and used them to press into the dough balls…so good. The guys at work loved them!

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