Easy Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (2023)

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Want a delicious, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe that you DON’T have to chill before baking (and you don’t have to wait on butter to soften)?! This just might be your dream recipe!

Are you looking for the perfect cookie recipe that comes out perfectly the first time AND every time?!

Part of me wants to tell you, “This is the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe you will EVER find for soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies.”

But, another part of me is really reluctant to say that, because I’ve realized that we all have our preferences on how we love our chocolate chip cookies.

But, if you’re one of those people who loves soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, sliiiiightly crisp-ish on the outside but oh-so-soft on the inside chocolate chip cookies, then maybe, just maybe, this is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Here’s why I know you’ll love these perfect chocolate chip cookies:

  • SUCH an easy recipe. It’s a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe the easy way. No fuss, and they come out perfectly soft, baked, and delicious every time.
  • No chill time. No need to wait for butter to get to room temp. When you want chocolate chip cookies, you want chocolate chip cookies, right?!
  • The recipe purposely helps you avoid flat cookies. I’ve tested, tested, and tested this recipe dozens of times. Just follow the simple directions & you’ll get a perfectly thick, soft cookie every time.
  • Love a chewier cookie vs. puffy or crunchy? THIS IS YOUR RECIPE, FRIEND!
  • Slightly crisp edges with an oh-so-soft, chewy, and melty middle.

The search for the perfect recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookies:

Why in the world does the internet need yet another recipe for soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies? There are already a million (really good!) recipes out there!

Well, I have a couple of reasons:

1) It drives me bonkers when cookies spread in the oven, so I wanted to figure out how to develop a recipe where the cookies stay thick & pillow-y,

2) I’m so impatient, and I don’t want to have to wait for butter to soften to room temp OR have to chill the dough before baking the cookies. (But again, I don’t want them to get flat in the oven, and that’s usually why you have to chill the dough!)

I mean, when you’ve got a hankering for chocolate chip cookies, the last thing you want to do is have to wait 2 hours for dough to chill in the fridge before you can bake it, ya know?

Since chocolate chip cookies are one of those quintessential, everyday treats…the kind you want to whip up because you’ve got last-minute company coming, because you want to cheer up a neighbor, or because you just want to have something easy to enjoy during a family game night, I really wanted an easy, go-to recipe that I could refer to over and over again.

And this recipe is what I landed on.

When I set out to figure out the best cookies, I made at least 30 batches of chocolate chip cookies to test out different variables.

What happened when I changed up the ratio of brown sugar and white sugar? If cookies are made with cornstarch added to the dough, does it really make them softer? Can you tell if you use both baking soda and baking powder, or can you get away with just using baking soda? Melted butter vs. room temperature butter vs. cool butter?

Testing so many cookies was just terrible, as you can imagine. My family suffered greatly.

You can see some of the grueling experimentation that happened here…

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And more strenuous chocolate chip cookie recipe testing here…

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Complete with sticky notes that identify all of the variables between each cookie. My husband and I would take turns helping each other do blind taste tests.

And then, once I finally landed on my favorite version, I tested my own recipe against other recipes about a dozen times, just to make sure I really knew which version I thought was best.

All that suffering to try to nail down the perfect chocolate chip recipe was not done in vain.

Now, I have a recipe I am SUPER excited to share with you. I’ll be so honored if this recipe ends up becoming YOUR go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, too!

As you can tell, I was quite diligent with figuring out this recipe, so I’m going to share some things with you along the way so you can be sure that your cookies turn out perfectly!

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Ingredients for no-chill, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies:

No funny ingredients in here, friends – just the basics. It’s just the ratio of ingredients and the way you mix ’em together that matters in this recipe.

Believe me, I tested over, and over, and over again, and I found that it really didn’t make that much of a difference when I played around with different less-than-common chocolate chip cookie ingredients to give the cookies more texture and flavor.

Here are some ingredients I tested that didn’t make the cut:

  • Cornstarch – a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there use cornstarch in an attempt to help with the softness. I made at least 8-10 batches using cornstarch, and in side-by-side comparisons, my husband and I really couldn’t tell the difference. Sometimes my husband said the cookies almost tasted chemical-y with the cornstarch in them.
  • Baking powder – pretty much every chocolate chip cookie calls for baking soda, but only some call for baking powder. From what I found, sometimes people recommend both because the baking powder helps give a nice little “puff up” in the middle of the cookie + give it the slightest crisp on the outside. But, like with the cornstarch, we didn’t notice much of a difference when I did side-by-side comparisons.
  • Maple syrup – this one isn’t as common, but I found some recipes that included it for making the cookies softer, but again, didn’t notice much of a difference.

So, if those ingredients don’t really make a difference, why bother?!

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Here are the basic ingredients in these delicious cookies:

  • Sticks of REAL unsalted butter. Not margarine. And, again, after LOTS of playing around with butter temps, I’m going to tell you that a combo of partially melted (BUT NOT HOT) butter + solid-but-soft butter is perfect for both flavor & texture. I’ll tell ya the easy way for doing this in just a bit!
  • Brown sugar. More brown sugar than white sugar helps the cookies stay softer & helps keep them from spreading in the oven.
  • White sugar. Adds some sweetness & texture.
  • Vanilla extract. I use more vanilla than most recipes I found. Vanilla adds some great flavor!
  • Room temperature egg. If you’re like me and always forget to take your egg out ahead of time, just grab it when you start prepping the oven & your other ingredients and plop it in a bowl of hot tap water. It’ll be warm enough by the time you’re ready for it!
  • All-purpose flour. Gives the cookie structure + you use a little more at the very end to keep them from spreading. Most bakers would probably cringe at the way I measure my flour, but as long as you do it consistently with the recipe, then it doesn’t matter! I put my measuring cup (dry ingredient measuring cup) into the flour canister, get a big scoop, and then level it off with a knife. If you do it this way, you’ll end up using the amount of flour that this recipe calls for. No sifting, no spooning, no fluffing of flour.
  • Baking soda. Gives them lift & a chewy texture!
  • Salt. Helps bring out the flavor! Don’t skimp on this! (I usually use sea salt, but when I run out of it and just have regular table salt, it works fine.)
  • Semisweet chocolate chips. And lots of ’em! (Who loves a chocolate chip cookie that doesn’t have tons of chips in it?!) As much as I’m a milk chocolate fan, semisweet chips are a must. Maybe it’s personal preference? Maybe it’s science? I don’t know, but they’re definitely the best for chocolate chip cookies.

A note on baking pans/cookie sheets: Also, I always, always, always (yep, ALWAYS) bake cookies using my USA Pans. I’ve been using these same baking sheets for over 8 years, and I’m telling you, they are AMAZING. I use them to cook/bake so many different things every week.

My cookies never, ever stick to my baking sheets, and they also bake really evenly. I’d almost consider my cookie sheet to be an essential ingredient, just because they work so well to produce awesome cookies! If you don’t have these in your kitchen, you NEED THEM. Believe me, I’ve recommended these to hundreds of people, and I hear from so many after they’ve started using USA Pans that they’ll never go back to anything else!

And, when you use the USA Pans, you don’t need parchment paper OR silpat baking mats. I’m telling you, the cookies bake perfectly evenly and pop RIGHT off the pan. They’re magical!

Tips for how to make soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies:

  1. Use REAL butter (not margarine!), and the temperature matters! Believe me, I tested different temperatures a lot. The temperature matters if you don’t want to have to chill the dough, if you don’t want your cookies to spread in the oven, and if you want your cookies to have a lot of flavor.

    Here’s what I do for this recipe (and yes, I’m going to put my bossy pants on and tell you that you really need to do it this way!): A) Cut 2 sticks of COLD butter into large cubes – (about 5 cubes per stick), B) Put those cubes of butter in a microwaveable glass bowl – I always use my Pyrex measuring cup because it heats up evenly and works like charm, C) Depending on the power of your microwave, you’re going to microwave the butter for about 30 seconds, OR until your butter is only partially melted but not hot.

    Here’s what it should look like after you microwave it:

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See how you still have some large solid chunks of butter, but part of it is melted? The melted part isn’t very hot.

Using melted-but-not-hot butter will enable all of the ingredients to blend together well & make the cookies more flavorful (without the dough spreading in the oven), but the chunks of butter will help keep the cookies soft and chewy because of the way it’s creamed with the sugar. I’ll talk about that in a sec.

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2. Creaming the butter with the brown & white sugars will help make the cookies thicker and chewier.

With a stand or a hand mixer, creaming the butter & sugars together for 2-3 minutes (using the paddle attachment on your mixer) helps the melted butter mix in with the sugars and start to dissolve them (cookie flavor!), and helps bring air into the dough with the still-solid-but-not-hard butter (cookie softness!).

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3. Mixing the flour + salt + baking soda in a large bowl and gently mixing it in AFTER you’ve creamed the butter & sugar, and added in the egg & vanilla, will also contribute to the softness of the cookies.

Don’t be like old me and add in the flour, baking powder, and salt one at a time into the wet ingredients and then over-mix the batter. Over-mixing it produces tough chocolate chip cookies.

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Instead, mix the dry ingredients in a different bowl, gently whisk them together, and then add that flour mixture to the creamed ingredients until just combined.

Just a few spins around the mixer will do.

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You’re going to stir in the chocolate chips, and then this next step is a super easy trick that I now do every time I make chocolate chip cookies!

4. Add in a couple of extra tablespoons of flour JUST before you form the dough into balls. Right after you’ve folded in the chocolate chips, you’re going to add just slightly more flour – about 2 tablespoons – while very briefly mixing on medium speed.

Don’t skip this step! This is one of the keys to making cookies that don’t spread in the oven! It’s a little trick up my sleeve, and it works like a charm!

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When you sprinkle it in, you’re going to give the dough a tiny bit of a stir, just so the flour combines into the dough.

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Then, once you’ve slightly stirred in the flour, you’re ready to form the dough into cookie balls.

5. Make your chocolate chip cookie dough balls about 2-inches in diameter. I don’t really want to suggest that you make them any smaller than this, just because I think the amount of dough in each ball also helps to keep them from spreading in the oven.

Ya don’t need a cookie scoop for this! When I make them, I just form them with my hands, and I always get exactly 24 cookies out of this batter. Every single time.

If you find you have dough left over after you’ve formed 24 dough balls, just start adding a little dough to each formed cookie dough ball until you run out. Easy peasy!

(If I try making smaller cookies sometime, I’ll update the recipe and letcha know how they turn out!)

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6. Bake ONE PAN at a time for 9 minutes at 375. Once again, that temperature matters! (I tested this several times, too!) When you bake at 375 vs. 350 or 325, your cookies bake more quickly, which means they don’t have as much time to spread in the oven.

Also, I only bake one sheet at a time. Doing so helps make sure the temperature in the oven stays consistent.

7. While your first batch of cookies is in the oven, roll out your second batch, and then store it in the fridge for a few minutes until your first batch comes out of the oven.

I know, I know, I said no chilling. Which is true. Unlike the vast majority of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, you don’t have to chill these cookies for 2+ hours before you can bake them. But, because my kitchen tends to get pretty warm while my oven is on, once I’ve rolled out my second batch, putting that pan of cookie dough balls in the fridge for a few minutes helps keep them from getting too warm before they make their journey into the oven.

Just a tip. 😉

Once they’re out of the oven, let ’em cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes or so and then move them over to a wire rack.

Mmmm-mmm. So soft and gooey on the inside, and just the slightest bit of crisp on the outside.

Basically, in my opinion, the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Don’t you think?!

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Now, if you WANT to make the dough ahead of time and then bake them the following day, you can do that. If you do, I’d make the dough, roll it out, and then store the dough balls in air-tight containers in the refrigerator.

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When you bake them after they’ve chilled in the fridge for several hours or over night, I’d add an additional minute of bake time (so, bake for 10 minutes at 375 vs. 9 minutes).

The chilled ones will puff up even more. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of baked cookies with non-chilled & chilled dough:

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You can tell the ones that were chilled are on the right.

But, the whole point of this recipe is to finally produce a delicious chocolate chip cookie that doesn’t have to be chilled before baked. The non-chilled ones don’t spread, they come out soft and gooey, they stay soft for a day or two, and they’re just downright delicious.

Questions about how to make no-chill soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies:

  1. Does the brand of chocolate chips matter? You’re going to love this answer. Yes and no. Here’s the deal: I’ve used both brand name & store brand semisweet chocolate chips. MY store brand in Texas (H-E-B, I love you) works just fine, and that’s what I almost always use unless there’s a big sale on Hershey’s, Nestle, or Ghirardelli chocolate chips that would make them cheaper than the store brand.

    BUT, I have had store brand chocolate chips that are too waxy. So, if your store brand/off-brand chocolate chips don’t have a good flavor or texture, then spend the extra .50 & get the good ones (duh). Overall, I don’t think you need to have the best-of-the-best chocolate chips in order to make fantastic chocolate chip cookies.

    Also: yes, you can totally make this recipe with semisweet chocolate chunks vs. chocolate chips if you want an even meltier chocolate chip cookie.

  2. How long to they keep? Honestly, ours don’t last too long around here because my family goes bonkers for cookies & we also love to share with our neighbors, but when I was making a bazillion test batches before I finally settled on this recipe and thus had a surplus of chocolate chip cookies, I really felt like their quality diminished after about two days. If you store them in an airtight container, they’ll stay delish and fresh-tasting for about two solid days. If you’re wanting them to last longer than that, I would make as much dough as you’ll want, but then store the dough in the fridge until you’re ready to bake & eat cookies! OR, eat what you want and then freeze the rest. They freeze & thaw well! 🙂
  3. Can you freeze them? Yep! Roll them out into dough balls & then store them in a plastic zipper bag. When you’re ready to bake them, if you remove them from the freezer & bake them while they’re still frozen, you’ll want to add a minute or two to the bake time.
  4. Can you chill the dough? Yes, like I mentioned above, if you’re wanting these cookies to last you for a few days, I’d make as much cookie dough as you need, and then refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake & eat the cookies. Again, they’ll last for a day or two, but they’re just so much better the day they’re made!
  5. Do I have to use a mixer? If you have a stand or a hand mixer, I would definitely use one of those. Technically, you could make these by hand, but because the mixer does a good job of helping you aerate the creamed butter & sugar (which helps make the cookies soft), I would use a mixer if you have one! I do think it’ll affect the texture of the final cookie.

Happy baking! When you make these, come back and leave a comment to let me know whatcha think! I hope you get to share lots of joy with these cookies! 🙂

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Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Additional Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Make these delicious soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies without having to chill the dough before baking!


  • 2 sticks (1 c) cold unsalted butter (not margarine!)
  • 1 1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature (see my trick if you forget to take 'em out ahead of time!)
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt (I use sea salt, but regular table salt is fine)
  • 2 c semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. If you're like me and always forget to remove your eggs from the fridge ahead of time to get them to room temp, place eggs in a bowl in the sink and allow hot tap water to slowly run over them while you prep the other ingredients. Then just let them sit in the bowl of hot water until you're ready for 'em.
  3. Cut each stick of cold butter into large chunks (about 5 chunks per stick) and place in a glass (not ceramic!), microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup - Pyrex is my fave to use in the microwave! Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds - you want part of the butter to be melted but NOT hot, and the other part of the butter to still be solid but a little soft. 30 seconds always works for me & my microwave.
  4. Pour butter into mixing bowl & begin to cream with a stand or a hand mixer. Add in sugars and cream together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  5. While the butter & sugars are creaming together, pour 3 c flour (leave that other 2 tbsp for later!), baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl and gently mix together with a whisk, and then set aside. Don't be tempted to add these individually into the mixing bowl. Doing it this way ensures they don't get over-beaten into the batter & cause tough cookies. Boo!
  6. Add in vanilla & egg to the creamed butter and sugar until egg is combined, scraping the bowl to make sure everything evenly mixes together.
  7. Slowly add in the flour mixture to the creamed butter, and mix together until just combined - this shouldn't take more than a few seconds.
  8. Gently add in the chocolate chips.
  9. Now, for a silly-but-always-works trick for helping those cookies not to spread: sprinkle in the remaining 2 tbsp of flour into the cookie dough and quickly mix together - just a couple of rotations around the bowl!
  10. You're getting closer to delicious chocolate chip cookies, friend! Wahoo! Now, start to roll out your cookie dough - the dough balls should be about 2 inches in diameter. Once you've rolled out 12 and placed them on your baking pan (BEST baking pans EVER), bake on the center rack in the 375 degree preheated oven for 9 minutes.
  11. While those cookies are baking, roll out the other half of the dough and place on a second baking sheet. If your kitchen gets really hot when your oven is on like mine does, stick the baking sheet with the cookie dough balls on it in the fridge for a few minutes until the cookies in the oven finish up.
  12. Remove the baked cookies from the oven, and allow them to sit on the baking pan for 5-10 minutes before placing them on a cooling rack. Place the second pan of cookie dough balls in the oven & bake.
  13. Enjoy those cookies with your friends & fam! Bring some joy to your neighbors! Cheer up a friend! (Basically, have fun with these and make other people happy with 'em. :D)


1. It's TRUE! You really don't have to chill this dough before baking the cookies! But, that's why I created this recipe the way I did. So, just follow this recipe & you should end up with thick, soft, chewy, melty-on-the-inside, not-spready, delicious chocolate chip cookies in a snap!

2. These cookies stay super soft the following day, but I think pretty much all chocolate chip cookies lose a lot of their goodness in texture & flavor by Day 3. So, if you're wanting to make these ahead of time, just make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge, and then bake the day of or the day before you're wanting to eat them! Nothing yells "DELICIOUS!" like a fresh chocolate chip cookie!

3. Yep, you can freeze the dough! Standard for cookie dough is up to 3 months. But I betcha if your house is like ours, it won't stay in the freezer for 3 months. If you do want to freeze it, roll it out into dough balls first, then freeze. If you're baking them from frozen, add 1-2 minutes of bake time.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 24 CookiesServing Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 176Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g


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Rest the Dough A secret baker's trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your baked cookies chewy.

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Rest the Dough A secret baker's trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your baked cookies chewy.

What makes a cookie more chewy? ›

Cookie chemistry: We're taking a 180° turn from our crunchy cookies, substituting higher-moisture brown sugar and butter for their lower-moisture counterparts: granulated sugar and vegetable shortening. That, plus a shortened baking time, yields a cookie that's soft and chewy all the way through.

What makes a cookie soft and chewy or crispy? ›

The ingredients you use and how you shape your cookies both play an important role in whether your cookies turn out crispy or chewy. The type of flour and sugar you use, if your cookie dough contains eggs, and whether you use melted or softened butter all factor into the crispy-chewy equation, too.

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Use Half Butter and Half Shortening

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Adding more moisture to your dough in the form of extra butter, egg yolks, or brown sugar will make your cookies even softer.

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Indeed, cookies made with butter are usually softer and more tender than those made with oils. And last but not least, butter in cookies helps achieve that perfect texture. That's because butter melts at a lower temperature than other fats, allowing cookies to spread evenly while baking.

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Bread flour is higher in protein than all-purpose flour so it will yield much chewier cookies than if you used all-purpose flour. In addition, the higher protein content might make the dough a bit dry, so you may need to add additional liquid if you choose to use bread flour.

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Baking soda is typically used for chewy cookies, while baking powder is generally used for light and airy cookies. Since baking powder is comprised of a number of ingredients (baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, etc.), using it instead of pure baking soda will affect the taste of your cookies.

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What does refrigerating cookie dough do? ›

Chilling cookie dough controls spread.

Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.

What makes a cookie more fluffy? ›

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If your cookies repeatedly turn out flat, no matter the recipe, chances are your oven is too hot. Here's what's happening. The butter melts super quickly in a too-hot oven before the other ingredients have firmed up into a cookie structure. Therefore, as the butter spreads so does the whole liquidy cookie.

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Cookie temperatures fluctuate, with some recipes as low as 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and a few as high as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, but most recipes land on 375 or 350 to evenly bake the entirety of the cookie.

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This relates to the issue of creaming, because cold butter is more difficult to cream. Thus, if your butter is too cold, your cookies will be denser, and they will likely not spread enough in the pan when you bake them. In general, you want your butter to be cool, but not cold.

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In cookies, softened butter will result in a cakier and airier cookie than using melted butter. This is due to the fact that softened butter will create air bubbles that expand in the oven during baking. Melted butter will make your cookies delightfully dense on the inside and crisp on the edges.

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How long does it take to soften butter? Setting out chilled butter at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes prior to use gives it time to soften. The same approach works for frozen butter, though it can take a couple of hours.

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For cakes, cookies, and pastries, butter (unsalted, that is) provides richer flavor. (It begins as cream, after all, and margarine is made from vegetable oil.) Butter's high fat content is also what gives baked goods their texture.

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Melted butter is best suited for drop doughs such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar cookies, as well as most cookie bars. You can usually adapt recipes that don't originally call for melted butter to use this technique if you're looking for an even fudgier texture.

What is the best chocolate for chocolate chip cookies? ›

Chopped Dark Chocolate Bar

If you want to experience the extra softness and chewiness of your favorite chocolate chip cookies, chop up a bar of dark chocolate and mix the chunks in the dough. Dark chocolate, which contains from 50% to 90% cocoa solids, is often referred to as the best chocolate for cookies.

Should you bake cookies on parchment paper? ›

Lining a baking sheet when making cookies: Not only will the parchment help cookies bake more evenly, the non-stick quality also helps prevent them from cracking or breaking when lifting them off the sheet. Decorating home-baked goods: Parchment paper makes the perfect wrapper for baked goods.

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Ovens have hot spots and cold spots, causing some cookies on your pan to be undercooked while others are nearly burnt. To avoid this conundrum, rotate your pans halfway through baking so that they're evenly exposed to the different temperatures in your oven.

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What is the best sugar for cookies? ›

Granulated sugar

Using granulated white sugar will result in a flatter, crispier and lighter-colored cookie. Granulated sugar is hygroscopic, so it attracts and absorbs the liquid in the dough. This slows down the development of the gluten (flour), which makes the cookies crispier.

What happens if you accidentally use baking soda instead of baking powder in cookies? ›

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What will happen to my cookies if I use baking powder instead of baking soda? ›

In addition, baking powder produces a slightly different texture in cookies than baking soda does. While baking soda will create a coarse, chewy cookie texture, baking powder will produce a light, fine cookie texture. To achieve the best cookie results, use a double-acting baking powder as a substitute.

What does brown sugar do in cookies? ›

Brown sugar, meanwhile, is dense and compacts easily, creating fewer air pockets during creaming—that means that there's less opportunity to entrap gas, creating cookies that rise less and spread more. With less moisture escaping via steam, they also stay moist and chewy.

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Add more liquid ingredients in small amounts. Milk, egg yolks or egg whites, vanilla extract or even a teaspoon of water can help moisten the dough to give you less crumbly cookies. A little bit of a liquid like milk can also help your cookies spread in the oven to give you a more crispy cookie.

Why do my chocolate chip cookies come out hard? ›

The most common reason that cookies are tough is that the cookie dough was mixed too much. When flour is mixed into the dough, gluten begins to form. Gluten helps hold baked goods together, but too much gluten can lead to tough cookies.

What does cornstarch do in cookies? ›

When added to cake, cookie, pie filling and shortbread recipes, cornstarch helps create a crumbly and tender dessert-like texture. Commercially, cornstarch is often used as an anti-caking agent.

Why are my cookies brown on the outside but raw in the middle? ›

If the edges burn and the center is undone, it means the heat didn't have enough time to reach the relatively cool center before the edge was too hot. The temperature gradient depends on the amount of heat from your oven and the size of your cookie - and to some degree on the thermal properties of your cookie sheet.

Which makes better cookies room temperature dough or cold? ›

Cookies made from chilled dough are also much more flavorful. This is thanks to a few different factors. The dough becomes hydrated as the dry ingredients soak up moisture from the wet ingredients. This subtle hydration makes the dough less wet, concentrating the flavors.

Should you take cookie dough out of fridge before baking? ›

As a general rule of thumb, you should refrigerate cookie dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. More than that, and you won't see a noticeable difference in the final product. Once the dough has chilled, let it warm up at room temperature until it's just pliable (about 5 to 10 minutes).

How long should you chill cookie dough before baking? ›

Q: HOW LONG SHOULD I CHILL THE DOUGH? Anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. The longer you chill the dough, the more flavor will develop. The flour will also absorb more of the moisture so the thicker and chewier the final texture will be.

How do you make cookies more chewy? ›

Rest the Dough A secret baker's trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your baked cookies chewy.

Why aren't my cookies chewy? ›

The ingredients you use and how you shape your cookies both play an important role in whether your cookies turn out crispy or chewy. The type of flour and sugar you use, if your cookie dough contains eggs, and whether you use melted or softened butter all factor into the crispy-chewy equation, too.

Why do my toll house cookies come out flat? ›

Flat cookies can be the result of a number of issues. Here are some of the main possibilities: OVEN TEMPERATURE: Be sure to have your oven pre-heated and ready to bake. Also be sure that the thermometer is reading correctly.

What happens if you put too much butter in cookies? ›

To fix cookies with too much butter or oil, try one of these options:
  • Add in extra flour.
  • Put the batter in the refrigerator for a few hours before baking.
  • Mix the leftover batter better (eliminate any clumping or hunks of butter).

Is it better to bake cookies at 350 or 400? ›

Baking your cookies at a higher temperature may cause them to brown too quickly on the outside while remaining raw in the center. Additionally, high temperatures can cause cookies to spread too thinly and become crispy instead of chewy. For these reasons, it's best to stick with 350 degrees when baking your cookies.

Is it better to bake cookies low and slow? ›

350° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it's a great one. Your cookies will bake evenly and the outside will be done at the same time as the inside. Baking at 325° also results in an evenly baked cookie, but the slower cooking will help yield a chewier cookie.

Should cookies be baked at 350 or 375? ›

4. Oven too hot. We've found that the optimal temperature for cookie baking is 350F. It gives the butter in the dough time to melt and lightly spread before the remaining ingredients cook through.

Why are my cookies fluffy and not chewy? ›

The Problem: The Butter Is Too Soft

Room temperature butter is just the right consistency to incorporate air when it's creamed with sugar. These trapped air pockets result in risen, fluffy cookies. If the butter is any warmer, it won't incorporate enough air and your cookies will have less rise.

What makes a cookie too soft? ›

Problem #4: Pale and soft cookies

They were probably baked from a good consistency dough but ended up a bit under baked and raw on the inside. Either the oven temperature is too low or they were taken out too soon. When baking always keep an eye on your cookies and take them out when they're golden.

Should you chill cookie dough before baking? ›

Chilling cookie dough controls spread.

Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.

Does baking soda make cookies fluffy? ›

Baking soda

When added to dough, baking soda releases a carbon dioxide gas which helps leaven the dough, creating a soft, fluffy cookie.

How do bakeries keep their cookies soft? ›

Many bakeries use specialised packaging to protect their goods' quality, increasing their baked treats' shelf life, which includes using airtight containers or bags that help trap moisture and preserve cookies for days or weeks.

Is it better to bake cookies with cold or melted butter? ›

Most cookie recipes call for beating room-temperature butter. At a temperature between 70 and 72 degrees F, butter is soft enough to incorporate air, but not so soft that it will melt immediately in the oven and result in super-thin cookies.

Is butter or shortening better for chewy cookies? ›

Which One Should I Use in Cookies? Basically, cookies made with butter spread more and are flatter and crisper if baked long enough. However, they are more flavorful than cookies made with shortening. Cookies made with shortening bake up taller and are more tender, but aren't as flavorful.


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