Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you’ve been craving soft chocolate chip cookies you’ve come to the perfect place! Not all cookies are created equal. Some are crisp and crunchy, while others are soft and chewy. You might be wondering, is there a secret for how to make chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy? Well, I’m so glad you asked – because YES there is! You’re probably familiar with the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe. Today I’m sharing my secrets for how to elevate that classic favorite and take things to the next level. We’re going to make spectacular soft-batch chocolate chip cookies that’ll knock your socks off! So pull out that apron and get ready to bake.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Secrets for Making Soft Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are the result of using several baking secrets. One is the amount of moisture in the dough. Brown sugar has a higher moisture content than granulated sugar because it contains molasses. To make chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy, use dark brown sugar rather than light brown sugar. In that Nestle Toll House cookie recipe we’re tipping the ratio of brown sugar to granulated sugar in favor of more brown sugar so there’s added moisture in your cookie dough. Further ramp up moisture by upping the amount of vanilla extract; rather than 2 teaspoons I use a generous tablespoon. Ahhh…Pure Mexican Vanilla makes these cookies more scrumptious than ever! Not all vanilla is the same – Mexican vanilla is the very best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

My third secret is adding a sprinkling of cornstarch to the cookie dough. The magic of cornstarch is a softer, more tender cookie with a gentle lift. I normally bake cookies at 350 degrees, but to make sure these cookies retain their moisture I upped the temperature to 375 degrees with a slightly shorter cooking time. These cookies were pulled out of the oven after 9-10 minutes. How can you tell if your cookies are done baking? The simple answer is: the old-fashioned way. Take a peek inside the oven toward the end of the baking time. When the rim of the cookies are slightly golden brown, but the center 1/3 of each cookie remains pale and a bit undercooked – that’s the sign of a perfect chocolate chip cookie. Pull your baking tray out of the oven right away!

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Baking Tip for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies > How to Measure Flour

This chocolate chip cookies recipe depends on correctly measured flour. How to measure flour: Start by gently fluffing up the flour inside your flour sack or container. Using a spoon, sprinkle spoonfuls of flour into your measuring cup until it’s almost overflowing. Scrape off the excess flour by running a straight-edge knife across the top of your measuring cup. If you’re not using this method for measuring flour, there’s a very good chance you’re using way too much flour in your recipes. Using too much flour in your cookie dough, or baking cookies a few minutes longer at a lower temperature (the moisture will be zapped out of them), will result in a batch of crispy crunchy cookies rather than soft chocolate chip cookies.

Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe Elevated

Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe – Elevated

These are all the ingredients you’ll need to make fabulously soft chocolate chip cookies: salted butter, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, vanilla, two eggs, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, all-purpose flour, and 2-1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 cup more chocolate chips than the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe). For garnishing the warm cookies use an additional 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs and mix to combine. Add the baking powder, cornstarch and salt. Mix briefly. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. If needed, scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula and briefly mix again. With a spatula, gently fold the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.

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Recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out the cookie dough onto three baking trays. This recipe makes 36 soft chocolate chip cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges but still slightly undercooked in the center.

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Optional Garnish for Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

As each baking tray comes out of the oven, garnish the warm cookies by gently pressing in a few additional chocolate chips on the top. Allow the cookies to cool for 10-12 minutes on the baking tray before transferring them to a cooling rack to continue cooling and solidifying. If family or friends are over, these soft-batch cookies won’t last! The scrumptious aroma that fills your home is like the alluring tune of the Pied Piper’s magical flute. Everyone will be drawn to your kitchen wanting a cookie or two.

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Here’s one last mouthwatering view of my soft chocolate chip cookies. Now you too know the secrets for how to elevate the Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe and take things to the next level!

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe


You might be wondering, is there a secret for how to make chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy? Well, I’m so glad you asked – because YES there is!


  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 + 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 + 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional Garnish: Extra chocolate chips for hand-pressing into warm cookies


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of  a stand mixer, add the softened butter, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Cream these ingredients together using the paddle attachment. Add the two eggs and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the cornstarch, baking soda, and sea salt. Mix just briefly! Add the flour and mix until incorporated. With a spatula, fold the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
  4. With a cookie scoop, portion out the cookie dough onto three cookie sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies (2/3 of the cookie) are lightly golden brown and the center of the cookies (1/3 of the cookie) are still pale and slightly undercooked. Immediately remove the cookies from the oven.
  5. While the cookies are still warm, hand press extra chocolate chips into the cookies. This will give your cookies a lovely bakery-style look. Allow the cookies to remain on the cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes to cool down. Carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack where they can finish cooling and solidifying.
  6. Enjoy your yummy, soft chocolate chip cookies!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time, Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: classic chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookies, soft chocolate chip cookies

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When baking cookies for family and friends do you have a trusted go-to recipe? Is it the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe, a beloved hand-written recipe, or one from a magazine clipping or cookbook? What do you think about this soft chocolate chip cookies recipe? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

35 thoughts on “Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing such a fantastic recipe. Looks perfect delicious. I really like to appreciate. I have never made it before, but I am going to go ahead and get some and try it out now!

  2. Thank you so much Denay for this chocolate chip cookies recipe.

    Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies especially the one with a well-written instruction?! I’m always up for trying new recipes so I will have to give this one a try!

  3. Thank you for this awesome post. All the pics are so fabulous and simply mind blowing. I am going to use some of the tips which you have mentioned on here for preparing more mouthwatering, softer and yummy cookies.

  4. Terrific recipe! My family loves the soft chewy cookies! And your tips are such great help, I had no idea how much of a difference cornstarch makes. GENIUS!

  5. These pictures make me drool the entire time I’m making the cookies! My kids love the added touch of adding chocolate chips to the top when their warm.

  6. I love baking cookies because it’s one of the easier things to make once you’ve found a solid recipe haha I love soft and gooey cookies, so thank you for sharing those baking tips on how to achieve that consistency

    Sondra xx

  7. I should tell you those pictures are awesome. I cannot think of a better incentive to leave my computer and try that recipe!! My mouth is literally watering looking at these pictures. Thanks!!!

  8. Cookies literally make my world go round, I love them. They are the perfect dessert and sweet treat. I love adding some flaked sea salt on top for that perfect salty sweet. These look mega soft and just perfect.

  9. I am so glad fall is here and the weather is cool enough that I can get back to baking regularly again! These look delicious and I know my coworkers will love when I bring some in….unless I eat them all myself, that is! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  10. Adding cornstarch to the cookie dough is such an ace idea! I love how soft and moist the cookies look and now it has made me super hungry haha! Plus beautiful photos as always x

  11. I swear I can smell these through the screen! I have issues with my cookies being hard on the outside and soft on the inside, so thanks for these tips!


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