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Easy Homemade Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I think we can all agree there is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked chewy chocolate chip cookies coming right out of the oven. If the smell doesn’t reel you in, the first bite of that warm, chewy goodness will draw you in for more cookies than you should probably eat in one sitting.    

What are Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies?

There are two main categories when it comes to chocolate chip cookies: chewy cookies and crispy cookies. Chewy chocolate chip cookies are soft when you bite into them, but have just enough firmness to not fall apart in your hand.

A plate full of homemade chewy chocolate chip cookies with a bowl of vanilla ice cream

This is definitely my preference as the superior cookie. When I think of a chocolate chip cookie, I want it to be decadent, soft, and dark.  

Our Approach to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are going to base our ratios on the smallest singular item in our recipe, which is 1 egg. That said, this recipe will still make 6 medium size cookies (like a Pepperidge Farm size) or 12 small ones (think Chips Ahoy size). 

To make extra sure our chocolate chip cookies stay chewy, we’re going to incorporate some liquid sugar in the form of maple syrup. The maple taste is negligible and works with alternatives like agave or karo syrup as well.

The best part is, this buys us a lot of insurance for potential oven hot spots and thermostat inconsistencies, thus ensuring chewy cookies.  

What Makes a Good Chocolate Chip Cookie

I am a firm believer you cannot have good cookies without a tiny bit of salt. Either from salted butter or a small pinch into the batter, salt really helps bring your chocolate to life and gives the batter (cookie part) a “gotta have more” quality. 

The Challenge with Chocolate Chip Cookies

When removing these cookies from the oven, they are going to be very soft – like, fall apart if you touch them soft. That said, you are going to need to let them cool closer to room temperature before removing them from the trays. 

Cookie dough rolled into a ball and placed on a lined baking sheet

I recommend 20 minutes on a cool countertop but if you are in a rush, you can always put them in front of a fan or open door to cut the time in half. 

Flavorful Additions

We have experimented with a couple different versions of this recipe and have found a lot of success adding nuts to the chocolate mix. Walnuts are one of my personal favorites for pairing with chocolate, but you can easily substitute pecans, peanuts, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts if you are feeling fancy. 

Don’t like nuts or chocolate? The batter in this recipe will work well for many cookie bases. Sprinkles work great in this recipe if added right on the way into the oven (don’t mix them or the dye normally runs). You could also add raisins, though I’m personally not a fan. 

What Pairs with Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Even with this being a beginner site, we think it’s pretty obvious what you’re going to want to pair these cookies with – either an ice cold glass of milk or some freshly scooped ice cream. Some less common pairings would be espresso or a creamy homemade milkshake

A bowl of flour, chocolate chips, egg, butter, and white and brown sugar placed on a table

Tools Required

Here are the tools needed to make these chewy cookies:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Microwaveable mug or bowl to heat butter and vanilla
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (optional but recommended) 
A plate of chewy chocolate cookies

Homemade Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yield: 6-12 Servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Soften butter in microwave for 20 seconds
  2. Mix together butter, sugar, syrup, eggs, vanilla, salt, hot water, baking powder in a mixing bowl until it is creamy
  3. Add flour and mix to combine
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix to combine
  5. Put in freezer for 30 minutes
  6. Preheat oven 350°F
  7. Remove dough from freezer
  8. Separate into 12 balls and space evenly on cookie tray
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, cookies will be VERY soft when you take them out
  10. For best results, let chill for at least 20 minutes (optional)
  11. Enjoy

Nathaniel Lee is an avid cook, drawing on his decades of home cooking and fine dining experience. With inspirations like Alton Brown and Gordon Ramsey, Nathaniel focuses on simple processes to make amazing food.