These delicious basic chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy in the middle, crispy at the edges!

Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip CookiesI try to minimize sugar as much as I can in my recipes.  So when you try my recipes, probably you don’t need to reduce the sugar.  I already cut down on the sugar for you after lots of testings!

However when it comes to make a chewy chocolate chip cookie,  I’ve realized that the more I cut the sugar, the less chewy it becomes.  When it is warm, I can say  it is chewy.  However, as it cools the chewiness goes but only the softness stays.

In my chocolate chip cookie recipe, I increase the amount of the flour slightly from the original recipe and reduce the amount of the chocolate chips used.

If you use cup measurements instead of grams please keep in mind that when I convert grams to cups I use dip and sweep method while measuring flour.  So my 2 cups=280 grams.  I cut the chocolate chips more than 1/3 cup.  It is still full of chocolate.   The amount of the chocolate chips really affects the sweetness of the cookies.

Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie that is cut in half

The chewiness not only depends on the amount of sugar I use, but also depends on the type of sugar I use.

I use both dark brown sugar & white sugar.

Brown Sugar

To make a chewy cookie we need a moist cookie.  

Brown sugar is made of molasses and molasses is hygroscopic-which means it absorbs moisture from the air so the cookie will be moist even after baking.

I use dark brown sugar.   Dark brown sugar means more molasses which increases chewiness with its moisture.

If you don’t have brown sugar at home you can easily make your homemade brown sugar.

Don’t Overbake Cookies

This step is very important if you want to have chewy cookies.  Even if you have a very good recipe, if you overbake, you can change the texture of the cookies.  These cookies bake 8 to max 9 minutes.  When the edges and top of the cookies are lightly brown but top of them are still soft, you have to turn off the oven and keep them on the baking sheet where they still keep baking.  This way you ensure the chewiness otherwise say “bye bye chewiness and softness.”

How to Achieve Softness

The softness comes from the cornstarch.  I make sugar cookies with cornstarch and I know it very well that cornstarch gives my sugar cookies the softness.  In this recipe it has the same effect.

Do These Cookies Require Chilling?

One of the reasons the cookies are chilled is to prevent spreading.  The more the dough chills, the less the cookies spread.

My chocolate chip cookies spread too.   If you immediately want to bake them, just know that they will spread, your cookie will be thin instead of thick.  Still you will have the chewiness.   This dough makes 22 cookies.   So if you want, you can bake some of them to see how they come out.  I advice chilling because I like it thick.   When it is thick, it is softer.

But…. there is another reason why the cookies should be chilled.  It is for the flavors.  The more the dough chills, the more deep flavors come out.

Chocolate chips and chocolate chunks

You can use chocolate chips or a mixture of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks.  When you chop the chocolate be sure they are in appropriate size, not too big!

Let’s talk about the recipe now.

I put flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch in a medium bowl and mix well and set aside.

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Combining the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a bowl.

I put the butter in the bowl of my stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until it is soft. Later I add the brown sugar and white sugar and cream until light and fluffy. I stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with my rubber spatula to be sure they are all mixed.  After butter and sugar are creamed well, I add the egg and vanilla and mix until totally combined. I scrape down the sides of the bowl again.

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: After creaming the butter and sugar, adding the egg and vanilla extract

Later I add the flour mixture in 3 batches until it is incorporated.

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Cookie dough after adding the flour mixture

Finally, I stir in the chocolate chips (or a mixture of chocolate chips and chunks) and mix with my spatula evenly.  So each cookie will have almost same amount of chocolate.

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Stirring in the chocolate chips

I take 40 gram (2 tablespoons) pieces of the dough and roll into balls.  Then I place them on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 325°F(165C°) degrees for 8-9 minutes until they are lightly brown and soft in the center.

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Rolling cookie dough into balls.

They look puffy when they come out of the oven.

Baked Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Using my fingers, I gently press down on my cookies.  You can use a back of a spoon.  They look pretty but still missing something!

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Pressing down on the cookies

I put extra chocolate chips to decorate so everyone can say they are CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

Steps of making Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: Adding extra chocolate chips on top of the cookies

Enjoy your chewy, soft and tasty basic chocolate chip cookies!

Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

These chocolate chip cookies are chewy and soft in the middle, crispy at the edges.  They are delicious!

Course: Cookies
Servings: 22 cookies
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: www.pastryandbeyond.com
Ingredients
  • 280 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour (dip and sweep)*
  • 170 g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 150 g (2/3 cup packed) dark brown sugar
  • 105 g (1/2 cup) white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional
  • 150 g (1/2 cup and 1/3 cup) chocolate chips or mixture of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks
  • some extra chocolate chips for decorating
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the butter in a large bowl and beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until it is soft with a hand-held mixer or with paddle attachment if using a stand-mixer. Add the brown and white sugar and cream on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with rubber spatula to be sure they are all mixed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl again.
  4. Add flour mixture in 3 batches until it is totally incorporated.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips (or chocolate chips and chunks mixture) and mix evenly with a spatula.
  6. Cover the dough with plastic film and keep in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325°F(165C°). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  8. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and wait for 5 minutes until it comes to room temperature.
  9. Roll the dough into 40 gram (2 tablespoons) balls and place them on the baking sheet. Leave enough space between the balls about 2 inches (5cm).
  10. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes until they are lightly brown and soft in the center. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. The cookies will be puffy. Gently press down on the cookies with your fingers or with back of a spoon. Put extra chocolate chips to decorate the cookies. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

*You can click here for dip and sweep method if you use cup measurements.

Recipe adapted from Anna Olson

 

The calorie information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.

Chewy & Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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