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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to favorite dessert, sweet snack, or after-school treat. With our easy, three-step recipe, you'll have soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies to serve and enjoy in no time.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen
soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

Photography: Victor Schrager


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

If desired, use a small ice-cream scoop for uniform-size cookies.

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  • realroyalove
    24 JUN, 2017
    Great recipe. I don't have a electric mixer so I just mixed by hand. I mixed the butter and both the sugars until the mixture was soft (it still had bits of solid sugar in it though), I then added the vanilla (mine was powdered vanilla), salt and three eggs (my eggs were small). I mixed it until it was soft (this time i could see less bits of sugar). I added the flour-baking soda mixture in by small portions and mixed until it was well combined. Unlike the recipe, I didn't preheat my oven. I left it on for about 5 mins before putting in the first batch of cookies. I left them cook for 14 mins in total before taking them out and letting them cool completely on the baking tray. I expected the second batch to take less time in the oven but it actually took more (since they were bigger than the first batch), they were in the oven for around 17-19 mins then I took them out and left them cool. I made 28 cookies in total (you'd probably make more if you used an icecream scoop to have them the same size). They're fantastic, a bit too sweet for my taste but great nonetheless. The edge was crispy and the middle was soft and chewy!
  • amsn6000
    10 JUN, 2017
    Awesome recipe
    • amsn6000
      10 JUN, 2017
      It turned out good, the only thing that bugged me was how quickly they were gone!
  • katiemaclean04
    10 JUN, 2017
    Overall, these cookies turn out great! The only thing was that it didn't even come close to making 3 dozen. The cookies tasted great, but if you are trying to make enough cookies for 3 dozen people, I would double the recipe.
  • shimster66
    29 MAY, 2017
    I tried this recipe, it turned out amazing, I didn't have a mixer handy so a whisk and butter microwave for 45 seconds worked great. I would definitely try again
  • ellaelbiryiclo
    9 APR, 2017
    Hi... My name is ella. I've been baking cookies for a long time, but I never seem to get the temperature on the oven right (considering it has no gage). So if I try to bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they either burn or don't get baked enough. What should I do?
    • awesome11x11
      2 JUN, 2017
      I have the same problem. What I do is put it on the required temperature and then just stay by the oven and check every 2 minutes or so... or just wait till you start smelling them :p ;)
    • carolyn.campeau1
      23 APR, 2017
      You might want to invest in an oven thermometer. It will read the temperature in the oven so you will know what the actual temperature is when you are baking. They are relatively inexpensive and worth the investment so you can bake assured that your baking will turn out how you want it to
  • just_spoiled
    31 MAR, 2017
    They were delicious. I only had a cup each of milk chocolate semi sweet chips and white chocolate. I mixed them and added a few walnuts. Yummy!!!!
  • petar.kostadinov1
    14 MAR, 2017
    It comes out as it is written here. They turned out great!!! Just make sure you follow directions and while the mixer is spinning in slow speed, place the flour slowly with the s[filtered]. That is one idea. Or stop the mixer and do half and half while you make it stir. That is all. Someone here was asking if they can be made vegan while chewy...i will try to figure it out and see what i can come up with. I would say, just play with ingredients. Most of chocolate chip cookies nowadays are new creations in the hands of the baker.
  • priyadchauhan
    20 FEB, 2017
    Any suggestions on how to make this cookie vegan whilst being chewy
    • hollymatilda1
      18 JUN, 2017
      the cookies i made weren't supposed to be vegan but we had no eggs or butter or chocolate so I used oil (half of the amount of butter needed) instead of butter and used two tables[filtered]s of honey for the eggs, and instead of chocolate i had some flaked almonds so i sprinkled them over the cookies they're still in the oven i'll update when ready........ 5 minutes later..... the first batch are out and ones on the top shelf are burned around the edges but bottom shelf did great..... look perfect. 16 minutes later........ mmmmmmm.............. they're delicious!
    • vunderb
      24 MAY, 2017
      Google (vegan baking subs[filtered]utions) and experimentation are your friends in these scenarios...I would try Coconut oil for butter, Applesauce/banana for egg, and carob chips for milk chocolate.
    • esmeraldam7950545
      21 MAY, 2017
      You can try using unsweetened applesauce instead of eggs.
  • gabrielaberretta
    15 FEB, 2017
    Hi, i'm from Brasil and want to know if the oven temperature is in celsius or fahrenheit degrees. Thank you.
    • gabrielaberretta
      15 FEB, 2017
      Thank you Chandaleanne!
    • chandaleanne
      15 FEB, 2017
      It's Fahrenheit
    7 FEB, 2017
    Misha is god jesus