Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on March 15, 2019

These Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for folks who want a cookie that melts in your mouth. Rich buttery dough sprinkled with semi-sweet chocolate chips create one of the best chocolate chip cookies you will ever have! If you are looking for other Cookie Recipes check these out, and be sure not to miss my favorite Easter cookie recipe, Cutout Sugar Cookies!

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Does the world need a new Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe? Probably not. Scratch that…. yes it does! You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies.

This dough does require chilling and I don’t recommend skipping that step. But unlike my award-winning  Chocolate Chip Cookies, you don’t have to chill for 48 hours, just an hour. (Or up to overnight if you can take it!)

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I loved these sweet cookies right out of the oven when the chocolate was melting everywhere and the center was just barely done.

Even the next day I would pop them in the microwave for a few seconds before eating because, well. Do I need a because? Hot chocolate chip cookie with melting chocolate covering your hands and face? Yes, please.

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Bake Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sifting Dry Ingredients – Sift dry ingredients like flour, baking powder, and baking soda to combine and aerate them helps make for fluffier cookies. To sift, simply combine your dry ingredients and pour into in a fine-mesh strainer. Tap or shake the strainer until everything’s in your bowl. Even if sifting is not called for, you can whisk the dry ingredients for 30 seconds to fully combine.

Creaming Butter and Sugar – Unlike stirring or mixing, creaming isn’t about combining ingredients, it’s about aerating them. Creaming creates air pockets that expand in the oven, making the dough tender. When you add sugar, that process is more effective. Sugar crystals are formed and the air is efficiently added to the butter and sugar mixture. Butter beats up fluffiest at room temperature, or when slightly softened.

Eggs – Eggs should be added at room temperature. They add moisture to the air pockets and flavor to the dough. To quickly warm eggs, place them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. After the eggs have been added you should also add the vanilla extract or sometimes milk (also room temperature) if the recipe calls for it.

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are not scared of a bit more sugar, try adding some powder sugar right out of the oven. This works especially well if the cookies are hot and if you used semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate morsels. It is also great with cocoa, but in that case, I would use milk chocolate morsels.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is definitely worth trying if you love a chewy and crispy cookie with amazing flavor!

3 Tips for the PERFECT Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie

  1. Make sure the room temperature butter is creamed, not melted. If the butter is too warm the cookie will end up denser (I find that butter out of the refrigerator for 30 minutes is a good temperature.)
  2. Sugar is important! This recipe is mostly brown sugar which helps the cookie to be taller and more cake-like in texture. If you were to use only white sugar the cookie would spread more. When the goal is a soft cake-like cookie, brown sugar is a must!
  3. Chilling the dough is important. I often want to skip this step but it truly is necessary. A few hours is good, but 1 day is better!

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I did make these into a delicious buttercream filled chocolate chip cookie sandwich but had to laugh at my design here. Seems a bit like a clam or teeth? Maybe just go for the traditional blob of buttercream and then press & smush! 🙂

5 from 3 votes
Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

So light and so chewy and just slightly crisp on the outside, the perfect soft chocolate chip cookie!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chip cookies, soft chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. (8g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. (4g) baking soda
  • 2 tsp. (8g) hot water
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. (.5g) salt
  • 2 cups (350g) semisweet chocolate chips
  1. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.

  2. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add in the vanilla.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
  4. Remove bowl from stand mixer and stir in flour and chocolate chips.

  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cookie sheets with silpat or parchment paper.
  7. Remove roughly 1-2 tablespoons of dough (depending on the size of cookie you prefer) and roll into a ball with your hands. Drop onto prepared pans. (I had 6 dough balls per cookie sheet)

  8. Bake for about 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are JUST barely browning. These cookies are best when slightly UNDER done.


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  • maseers says:

    Omgg i m gonna make it asap…i love cookies of all types…but soft cookies holds a special place in my heart…n this just blowed my mind…lovely

  • Tasneem says:

    i like this soft chocolate cookies

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    Ooh it’s got water in it, interesting! I’ve never seen that before! Thanks for sharing Amanda – I think the world ALWAYS needs more cookie recipes!

    • Laurie says:

      The recipe that became Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (invented by Mrs. Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn) also called for water in the recipe. My mom used her recipe when she was young. As the quality baking soda improved the water was omitted.

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    I love a good soft cookie. But I also love a good crispy chewy cookie. I just love cookies 🙂

  • Julie | This Gal Cooks says:

    GIMME all of the cookies! LOVE these. <3

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    Water in a cookie!? That is so new to me! BUT these cookies?! THEY LOOK SO BOMB. I am all about the hot cookie with chocolate in my hair experience, so pass me the plate! Pinned!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    oh my gawd, Amanda . . love these!!!

  • mila furman says:

    Ohhh Amanda I love the sandwich cookies! They look soooo delicious! I bet they are just perfection with that buttercream!

  • Laurie says:

    These cookies are so light in color, like they don’t have brown sugar in them, yet the recipe calls for it. Why is that? Did you use light brown sugar?

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Sounds like a cookie I need to make asap.

  • Zirkie says:

    I love this recipe! I am for sure going to make this!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Love this, totally love a good soft chocolate chip cookie 🙂

  • Laura says:

    Mouth is watering! These look delicious!


  • Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking says:

    Yes, the world needs a new soft cookie recipe if the result is a delicious ooey-gooey cookie like this!

    Love the oozing out chocolate. *licks screen*

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

    Better have that gallon of milk handy cause I’m diving in! Photos look amazing!

  • kelley says:

    Your blog just always makes me so happy, and to want to bake. Lovely little cookies!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    I absolutely love a cookie like this. I hate hard or crispy cookies but soft ones win my heart. These just stole my heart for good.

  • Allie | Baking a Moment says:

    Wow, these look amazing Amanda! I love how pale and soft they look, and they are just thick enough!

  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says:

    God I first saw these cookies on instagram, I can’t wait to make them, they seem heavenly.

  • LBB says:

    I know exactly what allrecipes recipe that is!!! It has made my cookies famous among my friends 🙂 I skip the hot water / baking soda business (just add baking soda with the rest of dry ingredients) and don’t see any reduction of softness…and just a smudge easier!

  • jennie@themessybakerblog says:

    Oh. My. Word. The deliciousness is killin’ me. I always reheat cookies in the microwave. It’s the only way.

  • Thao @ In Good Flavor says:

    These do look like the awesomest chocolate chip cookies. I love how light and soft they look. Pinning.

  • Kelly says:

    Soft cookies are the best! These look perfect!

  • Diane says:

    I’ve made these cookies twice and my family love them!!! I will continue to use this recipe. Best recipe ever, thank you for sharing.