How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever wondered How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies? I am sharing my tips for the best chocolate chip cookies ever, and showing you how easy they are to make!

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This recipe for the perfect soft baked, chewy chocolate chip cookie came to me after many, many recipe testing sessions. I’ve been baking chocolate chip cookies my whole life – they’re my favorite cookie! I really wanted to create a bakery style cookie at home with simple, everyday ingredients, and not a lot of time. This is it, kids!

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These cookies are SO thick, SO soft, SO packed full of melty chocolate….I’m telling you: Best cookie I’ve ever eaten!

The biggest change I made to this recipe versus my usual favorite, is that I added 2 TBS of canola oil to the batter. This simple addition kept these cookies soft and fresh for over a week!!

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My second tip to a great chocolate chip cookie is to add 2 TBS of cornstarch to the dough. It makes the cookies fluffy and soft!

Tip #3, I added 2 types of chips, which sounds so simple but it really made a big difference in the flavor. Mini semi sweet chips and milk chocolate chips are the perfect combination and they fill every bite with oozy, melty, chocolate goodness!

Tip #4, Let the dough chill for about an hour. This helps ensure that the cookie doesn’t spread too much while baking.

And finally, tip #5, When scooping the dough onto the cookie sheet, pile the dough high! I just used a regular spoon and heaped large spoonfuls of dough onto the tray, making sure they were tall! This helps create a nice thick cookie!

These cookies are buttery and chewy, thick and soft, and full of chocolate chips! You need to try these!!

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How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 25 minutes
Tips on how to make the best bakery style chocolate chip cookie at home. It's easy!! This is the best ever recipe for Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, oil, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and mix until combined. Add in the baking soda and cornstarch and half of the flour and mix well. Pour in the remaining flour and mix only until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and cover and chill for one hour.
Step 2
Preheat oven to 350
Drop heaping spoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, making sure the piles of dough are nice and tall. *If using a cookie scoop, scoop one ball of dough right on top of another one. This is what makes the cookies thick!
Bake 7-8 minutes for medium sized cookies or 10 minutes for large cookies. Pull them from the oven when the edges are slightly golden and the centers look just barely done. After 2 minutes remove cookies from sheets onto cooling racks.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Comments

  1. says

    Great tips! I use cornstarch but have not used canola oil to make a softer cookie too. I’ll have to give this recipe a try! Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite too!

    • says

      Thanks, Kathy! Definitely try the oil – you will love what it does to your cookies :)

  2. says

    Good lord they look amazing! A full 1 cup of butter AND the oil – and 2 eggs – for just 2.25 c flour, that is a guaratee for a super moist cookie. Bravo on these. They are thick, moist, soft like I love. And I usually use cornstarch in my cookies too but for a normal batch, I use 2 tsp not 2 tbsp. That’s great to know I can up it maybe! Pinned!

    • says

      Thanks Averie! I am so glad you left this comment because it pointed out a mistake I made…it’s supposed to be 3 1/4 cups of flour, not 2 1/4, Yikes! All fixed now :)
      Your cookies always look amazing, I’ll have to try out some of them soon!

  3. says

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been looking for just this recipe for my little boy. He is a cookie expert and the last batch I made were as hard as rocks. He was not impressed!

    Can’t wait to try this one!
    Ashley

  4. says

    I’ve never heard of using canola oil or cornstarch in cookies – can’t wait to try these! :)

  5. says

    OMG these cookies look incredible! Thanks for these tips. I’m always on the hunt for the “ultimate CCCs” so I’m definitely going to try this.

  6. says

    These look like my kind of cookie! I will definitely be giving these a try. I’ve tried cornstarch before, but not that much. I’m glad I saw these on Busy Monday.

    Lauren @ imperfectandfabulous.blogspot.com

  7. says

    Those look delicious Stephanie. Awesome tips for keeping them soft, it always drives me crazy when they are hard and crunchy the next day!

  8. says

    Thank you for the great tips! I bake a lot but didn’t know these tricks.
    they look so yummy, great photography :)
    Molly

  9. says

    Steph, these cookies look to-die-for! I’m always up for trying a new cookie recipe. I’m going to have to make these, asap! :)

  10. says

    These images are making me salivate! I have not had any good luck with getting chewy chocolate chip cookies. So glad to have found this recipe with your tips. Maybe I’ll be able to get it right now. Thanks! ~M.

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  11. says

    These are great tips!! I totally need to try your advice the next time I make cookies. Thanks for linking up to Wake up Wednesdays!! Pinned!!

  12. Marjie says

    Instead of canola oil can you add applesauce?

  13. Rachel says

    I made these cookies for the game on Sunday and they were gone by the end of the day. I did change one thing, I added butterscotch and white chips along with the chocolate and I am in LOVE with this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  14. says

    Wow, Stephanie, these look fantastic. I’m testing doughs for drop cookies this week so am happy to find your unique tips. Are the cookies chewy, as well as soft and thick? Thanks for the great post!

  15. Elisabeth says

    I made these last night and as promised, they were absolutely soft, chewy and DELICIOUS!!

    • says

      Ohhh YAY!! That makes me so happy to hear. I made them last night too :)

    • says

      That is awesome to hear, Kaylyn. Thanks so much for sharing with me. Loved your post, too :)

  16. Brian says

    Thanks! Dough is in the fridge! Now when you say heaping spoonfuls are you talking tablespoon or teaspoon fulls?

  17. Christina says

    I was so ready to give you flack for these turning out!! OMG!! THEY ARE AMAZING!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT RECIPE!! YOU ROCK!!

    • says

      YAY!!! So happy you loved them! Thanks so much for coming back with a review ;)

  18. Becky says

    I don’t know what the difference is betweent these ccc and others, but there was so much more flavour in these!! I used whole wheat flour, and i didn’t have the full amont of choc chips called for, and they turned out just great! So impressed :)

  19. GTBNik says

    Does the batter freeze well & if so, how long would you recommend? Thank you!

    • says

      I have not frozen the dough but I’m sure it would freeze well. I have frozen the cookies themselves though and that works great! I would say you can freeze it up to 3 months :)

  20. Linda says

    Could you substitute vegetable oil for the canola?? I don’t have canola on hand and hate the thought of going back to the store the day before thanksgiving.

    • says

      Yes! Sorry for the delayed response. I hope you gave them a try and enjoyed the :)

  21. Kira Owens says

    I have used the same ccc recipe for YEARS, but have always been on the lookout for ways to make it better. I’ve tried using cornstarch in the past, but much less than what your recipe called for. I was skeptical at first, but dove in head first :-) WOW!!! They stayed beautifully thick and chewy! My little guys had one fresh out of the oven and they gave it 5 stars!! This is my new go to recipe!! Awesome job lady!

    • says

      Kira, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know you all loved the cookies! Makes me so happy to hear that :) SO so glad you loved them!!

  22. Victoria says

    Okay, so ive been staring at your recipe and tips for two days now and I finally went to the store today to get the couple of things I didn’t already have in my pantry so I could make them. They turned out amazing! The only problem I ran into was trying to figure out how big the spoonfuls should be. I think I went a little too big, but next time I’ll get it right. Thanks for sharing this!

  23. Marie says

    I am going to try this cookie recipe tomorrow… but I cannot see where it says how many it makes…my sister wants to share so I get some of hers and she gets some of mine…..thanks

    • says

      It makes about 2 1/2 dozen large cookies. It makes a lot of dough, but it all depends on how big you make the cookies. I made mine pretty big :)

  24. stephanie says

    Hello, this recipe looks and sounds amazing! this should be fun since i cant seem to find the ‘just right’ recipe so im excited to try this one out. can I ask what type of cookie sheet you use (dark or light) and will the cookies stay soft for a couple days after baking? i tend to run into that problem with mine, they are like rocks the next day. THANKS!

    • says

      I usually use a dark cookie sheet, and yes, the cookies stay soft for days! Ours last about a week and they are still soft :)

  25. Marie says

    does anone know if I could use olive oil instead of canola oil… I just discovered my canola oil is rancid….I do have applesauce too…..

  26. Ashlie says

    These are incredible! Thank you for the recipe!

  27. jennifer says

    made these christmas day and the family loved them!

    we wanted chocolate cookies that were:

    thick
    cake-like
    soft

    perfection achieved!

  28. Ashleigh says

    hi,

    im going to give these a try today,
    just wondering do i use plain flour or self raising? :-)

  29. says

    OMG! These are fantastic and will be my “go to” soft chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on. I loved it soooo much that I shared it on my blog. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  30. Tami Kothe says

    These cookies are great. I like a little more texture in a cookie, so I added about a cup of oatmeal in place of 1/2 cup of flour. Awesome.
    Also, at high altitude, they need to cook for about 12-13 minutes rather than 7-8.
    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a great cookie recipe for years now.

  31. Danielle says

    Did you use salted or unsalted butter? These look amazing and I plan on making them tonight!

  32. says

    What a great recipe. I’ve never tried adding canola oil. I’ll do that next time. Have u ever tried chocolate chunks instead of chips? Once u do u will never go back. Also what I do for soft fluffy cookies is add a small box of vanilla pudding to the mix. U won’t believe what pudding will do.

  33. Brandy says

    I just wanted to say I LOVE THESE COOKIES! I have been looking and trying to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and I think I finally found it!! Thanks for sharing this!!!!

  34. Not the best cook says

    Dear Toll House cookie recipe,
    We are breaking-up forever this time. We have had a hit and miss relationship for more than 20 years. Now I have found my true love. He is so handsome, tall and soft and utterly delicious. I am taking him to our first party tomorrow and I can’t wait! Finally, I have found a chocolate chip cookie that looks and tastes like I always wanted it to. Life is good!

    • says

      This made my day! I am so happy you loved these cookies as much as we do! Thanks for the comment :)

  35. Silvia says

    Thanks sooo much! Finally a soft chewy, cookie! Was a huge success for my family! Have tried tons of recipes that claim to be soft an chewy but these are by far the best!

    • says

      Silvia, I am SO happy you loved the cookies! Thank you so much for commenting to let me know :)

  36. Corey says

    I *thought* I had found THE chocolate chip cookie recipe last year. That was until I found this one and thought I would give it a try. So glad I did because it is perfection. The oil and corn starch do magical things– I made it exactly as written except subbed out the milk chocolate chips for peanut butter chips. Yum! Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

  37. says

    I cannot wait to try these! They look amazing. I have one question about the flour. Why 3 1/4 cups as opposed to say 2 1/4 cups like other recipes? Just curious what the extra flour does.

    Thanks so much!

  38. Michelle says

    Just made these. Fantastic, hands down best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Thank you for the recipe!

    • says

      That makes me SO happy to hear, Michelle! Thanks for commenting and letting me know you loved them!

  39. Jennifer says

    The BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever made!! Thank you so much for this recipe. I have made many recipes but this one beats them all hands down :)

  40. Cecilia says

    Can I make the dough in advance and refrigerate it until needed? Say 4-5 days before baking? Trying to get a head start in a party. Thanks!

    • says

      I don’t know that I’d refrigerate for more than 3 days, but yes, you can make them a couple days in advance. Enjoy!

  41. Annie P says

    My son wanted chocolate chip cookies to take on his field trip and I couldn’t let him down. I just made these today and I just have to say AWESOME!! They were thick, chewy and soft as well as delicious. This will be my new go to recipe when I want chocolate chip cookies.

  42. says

    I just finished cooking these. Instead of using canola oil I just used plain veg oil. And I substituted the milk chocolate chips for m&m’s. They came out huge and chunky. Very yummy!

  43. Jami says

    I want to make this for a party I’m hosting! About how many does this recipe yield? Thanks! :)

    • says

      Hi, Jamie! This recipe makes about 2 1/2 – 3 dozen good sized cookies. Hope you enjoy them!

  44. Riri says

    First off, i’ve made these several times already & they are simply delicious! I’m making them at my moms today & she has everything minus the butter, she has margarine. Would that work? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • says

      I’m so glad you love this recipe! I would not recommend using margarine. Butter really is the way to go! I hope you can get your hands on some :)

      • Riri says

        So before i received your response my batter was already in the fridge done w margarine. I made a small batch first to test the waters & all good. Taste isn’t the same though, butter is def the way to go. I must add that i omitted the oil to conpensate for using margarine & added a tad more flour because the batter seemed too moist. The recipe as you have written it is perfection though!

  45. Maria Perez says

    Would coconut oil work as well???

    • says

      I haven’t tried this recipe with coconut oil, but I imagine it would work very well!

  46. Yvette says

    LOVE AT FIRST BITE!!! I have made many, many different variations of chocolate chip cookies all claiming to be the best but these are the BEST! I have a panel of experts (family and friends) that test my cookies and they told me to ditch all my old recipes, this is THE ONE! Thank you so much for all your efforts you have succeeded in perfecting the chocolate chip cookie!

  47. Bev says

    Just made these and they are the best CC cookie I’ve ever made! Thankyou for such a fantastic recipe! Do you have a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies?

  48. Cyndi says

    I am excited to try this recipe today! My Aunt Sally bakes THE BEST chocolate chip cookies EVER, and no one in the family knows how to bake them. She said she only adds an extra bag of choco chips to her Nestle Tollhouse recipe, but I’ve tried that many times, and mine are always flat and crunchy; hers are thick, soft, chewy and perfect!

    I don’t have canola oil; do you think another oil would make a good replacement?

    • Cyndi says

      Sorry! I just read more of the comments above, and saw that you think veg oil or coconut oil would work well. Thanks! :)

  49. Juliana Feliciano says

    When you say let it chill, you mean in the fridge,

  50. Audrey-Anna says

    Hi I loved this recipe so much that I decided to try it and I must say it is the best I have had….so much so that I am making some dough right now but I plan to leave it in the fridge until tomorrow. That should be ok right?

  51. Stephanie says

    I made these cookies tonight and they were amazing! I have never been able to make a light, chewy chocolate chip cookie until I made these. My family absolutely loved them! Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe!

    • says

      That’s awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing that with me :)

  52. Teryl says

    Just made these and they look beautiful; I still need to taste test but they got two thumbs up from my son.
    Baked at 350 for 12 minutes and they turned out beautifully; we’re at about 4200 feet elevation.

  53. says

    I just made these! Ate one right out of the oven. Delicious, soft and chewy. Now I’ll see how they stand up cooled and a day old if… they last that long.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!! Yum

  54. Kels Hall says

    Okay, so I don’t bake cookies very often but I wanted to make something with some mini m&m’s I had. I pinned your recipe several months ago and just finished baking them. I followed the recipe except used veg oil, 1 cup mini m&m’s and 1/2 cup mini choc chips @ 350 for 11 min (made exactly 24 big cookies).

    These were DELICIOUS! My family loved them. Definitely will be making cookies more often from now. Thanks for the amazing cookie recipe!

  55. Annette says

    Found your recipe last night and am eager to make these delicious-looking cookies this weekend. I have a comment/question. I read all of the posts and found none that mentioned adding pecans or walnuts. Our family loves nuts in our cookies.

    Any suggestions on the amount of nuts to add to the recipe, maybe decreasing the amount of chocolate chips? Would adding either pecans or walnuts affect the moisture of the cookie negatively?

    • says

      Hi Annette! I would suggest adding about 1 cup of nuts. No other modifications necessary. I am baking up a batch of these myself today. Enjoy!

  56. Grace says

    OH. MY. WORD. I just made these and they were out-of-this-world-delicious. I live overseas, in a very humid climate where I can’t get shortening (not that I would use it anyway.) So to find a butter recipe and one that worked exceptionally well with the ingredients I can get was unbelievable! This is now my recipe for good! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, I loved piling high the dough. That really worked since I usually get flat cookies! Well, it ALL worked and I am forever grateful.

  57. says

    Just made these and they are the best CC cookie I’ve ever made! Thankyou for such a fantastic recipe! Do you have a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies?

  58. edzwan says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Just wondering what would happens if i use self-raising flour instead of normal flour? TQ

    • says

      I have not made these using self rising flour so I can’t recommend it. If you really want to try it leave out the baking soda. Let me know if you give it a try!

  59. says

    I was wondering how necessary the 1 hour chill is? And what exactly does it do for the cookies?

    Cookie dough just “chilling out” in this house will not make it to the oven. It will be eaten. :)

    • says

      Hi Lindsay! This chill time not only helps meld the flavors better but it also helps prevent the cookies from spreading too much, giving you a nice thick cookie. I understand not being able to wait…you an bake them right away but they won’t be quite as thick. Enjoy!

  60. Fatin says

    Hi Stephanie. Do you have the recepi using gram?

  61. Jennifer Custard says

    Just made these….OMG delicious!!!! The PERFECT chocolate chip cookie!!! Thank you so much for sharing this keeper :)

  62. Shady M. says

    I just got done making these….Fabulous! Crisp on the outside while chewy on the inside! I will definitely be making them again! I thought I was making medium sized but found I needed to bake 10 minutes instead of 8 min. I was able to make 38 cookies.

  63. Robin says

    I made your chocolate chip cookie last evening. They are incredible!
    I used a large (1 1/2 scoop), and baked them for 11-12 minutes. I will be adding this to the Christmas cookie list. Thanks for your recipe and tips!

  64. Daniela says

    Hi Stephanie
    I just want to say THANKS! for sharing this recipe, it is absolutely amazing. I love to bake and I`ve been trying different chocolate chips cookie recipes for a while, looking for the perfect one, and finally found it! I`ve made this yesterday, just for fun, and I`m so glad I did it. The result was delicious, finally my cookies did not get flat, these are so perfect, I`m so so happy and I think I wont stop making them every week hahaha, thanks again!

  65. Denice Adams says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I tried the recipe and followed the directions. The cookies came out thick, soft and chewy.

  66. Cindy says

    I just made these with Nestle Christmas Morsels. They are hands down the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made.

  67. Annie says

    Hi!! Is there anything you can replace the corn starch with? I also didn’t know if there was a way to make this recipe any healthier. A good cookie is a good cookie so I’m not too worried but I’m just curious. :) Thanks!

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