Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m sorry about this. If anyone is on a diet, this is a good time to stop reading this post. Check back in a few days and maybe I will have posted a nice healthy salad. Not likely, but you never know. :)

But back to the cookies. I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find the ultimate thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie, and dare I say this may be it? Bold words, I know, but that is how good these cookies are. They are perfect for summer potlucks, gifts to friends, or just to keep around the house for family and unexpected guests. (From my experience, that last option may be dangerous).

If you’re looking for big chewy bakery style cookies, look no further. These cookies look beautiful, taste rich and buttery, and have a great chocolate chunk to cookie ratio. As I look at the pictures and write this post, I’ve made a spur of the moment decision to make another batch. I think my husband will be pleased. This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and I predict it will become yours.

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

*These cookies are best served the day they are made, but can be frozen for longer storage

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Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups plus 2 Tbsp (10 5/8 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup packed (7 oz) light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
~1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (I prefer chocolate chunks!)

Directions:

Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower middle positions and heat the oven to 325. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks to taste.

Roll a scant 1/4 cup of dough into a ball. Hold the dough ball with the fingertips of both hands and pull into 2 equal halves. Rotate the halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, join the halves together at their base, again forming a single ball, being careful not to smooth the dough's uneven surface. This will give the cookies a bakery-like appearance. Place the the formed dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, jagged surface up, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart.

Bake until the cookies are light golden brown and the outer edges start to harden, yet the centers are still soft and puffy, 15-18 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the sheets to retain their chewy texture.

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37 Responses to “Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. 1

    Karly — May 25, 2011 @ 3:37 am

    You're such a jerk.

    Don't worry…I say that with love.

    *sigh* Guess I'll go make myself some cookies.

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    Lisa — May 25, 2011 @ 5:23 am

    I'm on a little quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie myself. Those do look mighty tasty though.

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    Simply Life — May 25, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    oh those do look perfect!

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    Kate@Diethood — May 25, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    They look yummy good! Love all that chocolate peaking through…mmmm!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 25, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    These look fabulous!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — May 25, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes, ever. Just the perfect chocolate chip cookie, in my mind.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 25, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    I should have looked away but these cookies are too delicious looking not to! I've been wanting to try this recipe for a while.

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    Heather Christo — May 25, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    these look to be my ideal cookie consistency! I am making them today. Send you a picture!

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    In Katrina's Kitchen — May 25, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    I'll take a chocolate chip cookie any way you serve it up! Mmm

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    Julie — May 25, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    These truly are the best!! I've had the good fortune to taste them from Megan :)

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    Maria — May 25, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    I want one NOW:)

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    Sue — May 25, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    These cookies look just the way you describe them:) Fabulous!

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    Beth — May 25, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    Okay, I always like trying new chocolate chip cookie recipes. These look great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Cookin' Canuck — May 25, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    Thick and chewy – just the way I like them. I officially have a major craving for chocolate chip cookies now.

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    Happy When Not Hungry — May 26, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    Thick and chewy is exactly how I like my chocolate chip cookies… Yum!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 26, 2011 @ 3:25 am

    I have to make chocolate chip cookies in the morning for my son's kindergarten class, I think I will try these, they look great!

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    Barbara Bakes — May 26, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Sounds like a cookie I'd better try!

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    Tracey — May 27, 2011 @ 2:01 am

    This is one of my favorite ccc recipes – yours look great!

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    Natalie — May 27, 2011 @ 2:19 am

    these are picture perfect!! YUM!

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    Hazel @ TastyPursuits — May 31, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    Had my 6 year old niece make your chocolate chip cookie post this weekend. I figured since the butter was melted we could skip the electric mixer. Crispy outside and chewy on the inside. She loved it! (Although, she loved the raw cookie dough even more. :)

  21. 21

    Alisa — June 1, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    I could not look away. I just love a good old chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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    Elle — June 8, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    I'll have to try these for my son-he doesn't like crisp cookies. Silly boy!

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    Shelby — June 17, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I will have to try this recipe. I don't make cookies often but when I see a recipe that looks and sounds like one that will be a hit – I usually will make it! Your description has sold me! My nephews will become lucky recipients of these! :)

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    Megan — July 19, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Geez Megan, you had at me rawn in at the very first word. THICK! ;)

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    ao — August 12, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    I made these last night – they are amazing, thanks for sharing this recipe with the world! I am a “cookie monster” and these are my favorite chocolate chip cookies by far….

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 22, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    ao – so glad you liked these! Thanks for letting me know :)

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    CookieMonster — December 28, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I just made these and they are amaaaazing! I think they are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve made. I added a half teaspoon of cream of tartar; I don’t know if it’s true but I’ve read that it helps make the tops of cookies crinkly. It doesn’t change flavor,

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    Rowena — February 13, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. My chocolate chip cookies always fall flat and I am looking for really think ones. Thanks!

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    victoria — February 28, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    just made those….they are amazing!! :D

    • megan replied: — February 28th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

      So glad you liked them! :)

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    margaret — April 3, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    Hello
    just tried these cookie yummy, suppoose to take to work, may have to get up early to make new batch.

    • megan replied: — April 6th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      Glad you liked them! :)

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    Back from Easter Break, but Busy… | hermessandals — April 15, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    [...] leaving I made a new recipe of chocolate cookies and was quite happy with the result. From “What Megan’s Making” foodblog, her thick and chew chocolate chip cookies were very tasty. Although mine turned out much [...]

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    jenny — April 19, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    I went on stumbleupon thinking about baking cookies tonight and yours was the 2nd stumble! its fate, I must make them!x

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    Dana — August 9, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Hi Megan,
    Came to your site first to find a good choc chip cookie recipe since your recipes haven’t steered me wrong, yet! Wondering if you happen to recall around how many cookies this yielded?

    Thanks! : )

    • megan replied: — August 9th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      The original recipe says they make 18 large cookies. I didn’t make them quite as big as the recipe called for, so I’m guessing I got around 25-30? I can’t remember now, but if you follow the recipe, you should get somewhere around 18. :)

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    Dana — August 9, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    that’s great – thanks for the quick response!

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