Tips to Make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s the secret to perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies? Real butter. Not only does butter help the cookies spread slightly (creating that chewiness), but it also helps create ideal golden-brown edges and adds just the right rich flavor. Follow our tips to make get the chewiest chocolate chip cookies every time.

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Step 1: Cream Your Butter & Sugars Well

Beat together both granulated and brown sugars with softened unsalted butter for at least 3-4 minutes. For best results, use a hand-mixer or stand mixer. The mixture will lighten significantly in color. This is essential for giving the cookies their chewy texture.

Step 2: Measure Your Dry Ingredients

Next, measure your dry ingredients. It’s important to measure your flour using a digital scale or the scoop and level method for accuracy.

Step 3: Use Chocolate Chunks (Not Chips)

Time to mix-in the chocolate! We prefer chocolate chunks, rather than chips. This creates bigger pockets of chocolate throughout the cookie. Chocolate chips also have added stabilizers that don’t melt as well.

Step 4: Use a Cookie Scoop

When scooping your dough onto your parchment paper-lined sheet, use a cookie scoop. This creates perfectly even and round balls of dough that will bake evenly.

Step 5: Chill Your Dough

Before baking, chill your cookie dough balls. This ensures your dough won’t spread too much once baked. If you have the time, you can leave your dough to chill for up to 36 hours. This results in a more intense, almost toffee-like flavor.

Step 6: Top with Flaky Sea Salt

After chilling the dough and before baking, top with flaky sea salt. This elevates the flavor of the cookie and enhances the buttery notes.

Step 7: Bake, Cool and Enjoy!

Bake your cookies until they are golden on the edges and slightly dough in the middle. For chewier cookies, cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack. Pour yourself a big glass of milk and enjoy! See the full recipe here.