The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

All the good cookie eaters of the world!

We were made for such a time as this.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment.

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These cookies are soft, thick, bricks of chocolate chunks and buttery dough baked into a heavy, milk-loving cookie that is my most favorite chocolate chip cookie of all time. ♡

Wait, though. They are singing a love song to you: BAKE ME.


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Inside of Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Melted Butter for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Chocolate Chips for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies.

What Makes These Chocolate Chip Cookies The Best

So where were we? I think we were about to count the number of cookies I’ve eaten as I’ve refined this recipe, which is approximately $&@^!# (censored).

I’ve always loved that old Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but I’ve always kind of been annoyed about it, too. Like why does it need to melt only half of the butter? Does it really not work to melt ALL of it? And why does it need the spoonful of brown sugar? Or does it? Sheesh, how annoying is the person who wrote that recipe anyway? *WOOPS*

Now for the good news!

I replicated the ULTRA THICK, ULTRA SOFT texture (it called for bold, right?) and maybe even improved the flavor with this version that is similar, but way easier and more sensible than the original.

And by sensible, I mean… just… like, lazy sensible, okay? I don’t mean THAT kind of sensible. You might need to start looking for another blog if you need your cookies to be sensible.

There is nothing sensible about this beautiful sugar and butter perfection.

Dough for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dough for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dough for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

How To Make The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

What I love about this recipe is that it’s so easy, and can become your “house chocolate chip cookie recipe” that you pull out on a whim, on a weeknight, that will make everyone around you happy.

Here’s the basics on how they come together:

  1. Melt Your Butter: No guessing on the right consistency of butter (room temp? cold? chilled?) – you’re just going to melt it all the way through in the microwave and let it cool for just a few minutes.
  2. Beat Butter and Sugars: Get it nice and fluffy and creamy.
  3. Add Egg and Vanilla: Mix it just barely in (seriously, don’t beat that egg too hard!).
  4. Mix In Dry Ingredients: Flour, baking soda, salt, the usual suspects.
  5. Add Chocolate Chips: Duh!
  6. Bake Cookies: Roll ’em up into balls and bake – but please, please, do not overbake. We want them to be just barely done for that soft melty deliciousness.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Frequently Asked Questions

Why did my cookies flatten?

The three most important things about this recipe are 1) Melting the butter, 2) Adding enough flour, and 3) Not baking for too long. If you find that the dough is wet and it REALLY sticks to your hands, you probably need more flour. I’ll usually add a few tablespoons at a time to get it to the right consistency. See the video in this post for reference as well as the cookie chart below!

Why are my cookies so puffy?

This usually means that there’s too much flour in the dough, keeping them from spreading more. Be sure to always measure your flour correctly (spooning it in to the measuring cup vs. scooping from the bag). Since you can always add more, it’s important to not over-flour to start with. See the video in this post for reference on the correct consistency!

Can I freeze chocolate chip cookie dough?

Yes! Roll them up into balls, freeze them on a sheet pan, and then keep them in a bag in the freezer until ready to bake. We’d recommend letting them thaw on a sheet pan (covered) before baking.

Can I make these gluten-free?

We’ve never tried it with this recipe, but I’m sure you could! If you have a favorite 1:1 gluten-free flour, that’s probably your best bet. We’d love to hear how it goes.

How should I store the cookies after baking?

The cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days, or in the fridge for a week. We like the fridge method to keep them fresh! These are our personal favorite glass storage containers!*

Does this recipe work for high-altitude baking?

Yes! Remember that when baking at a high altitude some baked goods will leaven and flatten more quickly. If you’re baking at 3,000+ ft elevation, we recommend increasing your oven temp to 375 degrees and reducing bake time by a few minutes. For more information on high-altitude baking, we love this resource.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Out Of Oven
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies With Bite Taken Out

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Troubleshooting

Six different chocolate chip cookies arranged on parchment paper.

From our recipe tester: If you’re running into issues with your cookies, you can reference the examples above to help find out what may have gone wrong. One of the keys to achieving the perfect cookie is to ensure the correct amount of flour is used.

Ideally, the flour should be weighed. We like a simple digital kitchen scale* for ease. In testing, we found that 6.75 ounces of flour was the correct amount. Without a food scale, don’t pack the flour into measuring cups and always level the flour off.

We’re always trying to eat a little better around here. Right? Maybe.

But there is one thing that I love more than anything in the world – yep – going there, and that is a really good, thick, soft, chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk.

Today, tonight, whenever it is, if you’re going to eat a cookie, please make it count.

Please make it a soft, hugely huge and always soft, and buttery and chocolate chippy and perfectly soft (did I already say that?) chocolate chip cookie that will take your life to the next level.

Chocolate Chip Cookies on parchment paper.

The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies


These are THE BEST soft chocolate chip cookies! No chilling required. Just ultra thick, soft, classic chocolate chip cookies!


  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar with a coarser texture)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (6.75 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (but I always add a little extra)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I use a combination of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn’t be hot – but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated – 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between “wet” dough and “dry” dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls (or 9 for HUGELY awesome cookies) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden. Warning, friends: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they’re not done yet (see picture in the post). They’ll be pale and puffy.
  5. Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so (I mean, okay, eat four or five but then let the rest of them cool). They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. I also like to freeze them.


  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate chip cookies, best chocolate chip cookies, soft chocolate chip cookies, easy cookie recipe, small batch cookies

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