How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are considered by some to be one of the best types of cookies around. If you're looking for a chewy cookie rather than a crunchy one, you will love the cookies made following this recipe. The secret to their chewiness is the brown sugar, which miraculously increases the moisture content of the cookie. [1]


This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen medium sized cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar (201 grams / 7.1 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (73 grams / 2.5 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ eggs (decreasing egg yolk amounts creates optimized lightness and fluffy texture to the dough)
  • 1 cup of butter (between refrigerator and room temperature) (227g/8oz)
  • 2 ¼ cups of flour (adapt this for elevation and humidity as needed, make sure the cups are level) (288 grams / 10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (if small, less if large)

Steps

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    Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
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    Add the vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and butter to the oven, or, if you prefer, to a bowl. You'll find a bowl makes less of a mess.
    • Use coarser sugar for thicker, chewier cookies. When sugar dissolves, it acts as a tenderizer that interferes with dough structure. This increases spreading because finer sugar dissolves more easily than coarser sugar. So if you want your cookies to remain thick and chewy, use coarse sugar (or use fine sugar for the opposite effect). If you decide to use powdered sugar for extra crispiness, make sure it doesn't have corn starch in it, or you'll get unexpected results.[2]
    • Mix these ingredients together until creamy. Do not add cream. If your mixture looks like wet cookie batter, that's okay, it's supposed to.
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    Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add them to anything you like, or, add them to the bowl you have mixed the other ingredients in.
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    Mix until fully blended; add the milk to achieve a smoothly blended dough. There shouldn't be any clumps of flour or lumps of butter. Make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed through your dough. After blending the mixture, add the chocolate chips. You may struggle to incorporate the chocolate chips into a ball of dough. Keep trying.
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    Apply cooking spray to a pan so that the cookies won't stick to the baking pan. Alternatively, line the pan with wax paper
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    Roll a small ball for each cookie. A golf ball is ideal. Roll the ball along your kitchen counter. This insures chewy cookies.
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    Take a small quantity of your cookie dough and roll it in you hands into a ball shape. The ball will flatten when cooked so try to visualise the size of your finished cookie when you form the balls of dough. Make 24 balls of dough.
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    Place the cookie balls on the baking pan.
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    Flatten each cookie dough ball with a fork. This will leave distinct ridges and flatten the cookie neatly.
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    Put cookies in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. Don't overdo the cooking, as they'll continue to cook for a short while after you remove them from the oven.
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    Take the cookies out of the oven and let them sit on a wire cooling rack for about 15 minutes to cool. Be careful not to burn yourself on the melted chips when transferring the cookies to the rack - use a spatula. The cookies are ready to eat when the chocolate chips solidify again.
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    Store in an airtight container or eat the cookies once they're cooled.

Tips

  • You can add extra chocolate chips if you desire, and even mix up different kinds of chocolate chips to make your cookie better.
  • You can use milk or dark chocolate chips, as preferred.
  • When combining ingredients (see Step 2), mix until the butter is light and fluffy.
  • If you do not like chocolate chips, use raisins or dried cherries, almonds, or blackberries. Be creative, and have fun!

Warnings

  • Be careful when using the oven, especially when you are around little kids. Always supervise children who are helping with cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Anti-stick cooking spray or parchment paper (baking paper)
  • Baking pan (baking tray)
  • Fork
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Spatula
  • Airtight container for storage

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