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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Your new favorite chewy, soft chocolate chip cookies. Under-bake them slightly so they come out with crispy edges and soft centers. Plus all the info you need to freeze cookie dough for later.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, cookies
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 146kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and/or chunks, plus more for studding the outside of dough balls


  • Adjust oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • In a medium bowl or on to a piece of parchment paper, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In an electric mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer on high speed, cream butter until pale and fluffy. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat until the mixture is smooth (not gritty when you rub between your thumb and finger).
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat on low speed until blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the flour mixture in batches (about 1 cup at a time) and mix on low speed until just blended. Add the chocolate chips and stir until just combined. (Optional: If it's hot in your kitchen, consider chilling the cookie dough for 20 minutes or so. If the dough is too soft, your cookies will spread too much. )
  • Working with 1 heaping tablespoon of dough at a time, roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and lay on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. (I use the OXO medium cookie scoop, a size 40 portioner, and do 12 scoops of dough per baking sheet).  If desired, press extra chocolate chips into the outside of each dough ball.
  • Bake until the cookies are starting to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Remove baking sheets from oven and carefully drop (more like slam) baking sheets on counter to remove air bubbles from cookies.
  • Return to oven and bake 2 minutes longer. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. 


To freeze cookie dough:
  1. Roll individual balls of cookie dough, then freeze on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet (don't let them touch or they will stick together). Freeze until firm, about 2 to 3 hours.
  2. When the dough balls are solid, transfer to a freezer-safe zipper-top plastic bag and freeze up to 1 month.
  3. To bake, bake straight from the freezer and follow normal baking instructions, increasing bake time to 12 to 17 minutes. 


Calories: 146kcal