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How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever wondered How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies? I am sharing my tips for the best chocolate chip cookies ever, and showing you how easy they are to make!

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This recipe for the perfect soft baked, chewy chocolate chip cookie came to me after many, many recipe testing sessions. I’ve been baking chocolate chip cookies my whole life – they’re my favorite cookie! I really wanted to create a bakery style cookie at home with simple, everyday ingredients, and not a lot of time. This is it, kids!

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These cookies are SO thick, SO soft, SO packed full of melty chocolate….I’m telling you: Best cookie I’ve ever eaten!

The biggest change I made to this recipe versus my usual favorite, is that I added 2 TBS of canola oil to the batter. This simple addition kept these cookies soft and fresh for over a week!!

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My second tip to a great chocolate chip cookie is to add 2 TBS of cornstarch to the dough. It makes the cookies fluffy and soft!

Tip #3, I added 2 types of chips, which sounds so simple but it really made a big difference in the flavor. Mini semi sweet chips and milk chocolate chips are the perfect combination and they fill every bite with oozy, melty, chocolate goodness!

Tip #4, Let the dough chill for about an hour. This helps ensure that the cookie doesn’t spread too much while baking.

And finally, tip #5, When scooping the dough onto the cookie sheet, pile the dough high! I just used a regular spoon and heaped large spoonfuls of dough onto the tray, making sure they were tall! This helps create a nice thick cookie!

These cookies are buttery and chewy, thick and soft, and full of chocolate chips! You need to try these!!

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How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 25 minutes
Tips on how to make the best bakery style chocolate chip cookie at home. It's easy!! This is the best ever recipe for Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies!


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips


Step 1
In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, oil, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and mix until combined. Add in the baking soda and cornstarch and half of the flour and mix well. Pour in the remaining flour and mix only until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and cover and chill for one hour.
Step 2
Preheat oven to 350
Drop heaping spoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, making sure the piles of dough are nice and tall. *If using a cookie scoop, scoop one ball of dough right on top of another one. This is what makes the cookies thick!
Bake 7-8 minutes for medium sized cookies or 10 minutes for large cookies. Pull them from the oven when the edges are slightly golden and the centers look just barely done. After 2 minutes remove cookies from sheets onto cooling racks.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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126 Responses to “How to Make Soft, Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Kathy says:

    Great tips! I use cornstarch but have not used canola oil to make a softer cookie too. I’ll have to give this recipe a try! Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite too!
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  2. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and these look incredible!
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  3. Super fantastic Stephanie! Love those gooey centers!
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  4. Good lord they look amazing! A full 1 cup of butter AND the oil – and 2 eggs – for just 2.25 c flour, that is a guaratee for a super moist cookie. Bravo on these. They are thick, moist, soft like I love. And I usually use cornstarch in my cookies too but for a normal batch, I use 2 tsp not 2 tbsp. That’s great to know I can up it maybe! Pinned!

  5. Oh my goodness! I’ve been looking for just this recipe for my little boy. He is a cookie expert and the last batch I made were as hard as rocks. He was not impressed!

    Can’t wait to try this one!
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  6. Amanda says:

    I’ve never heard of using canola oil or cornstarch in cookies – can’t wait to try these! :)
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  7. These look perfect, Stephanie! Love those gooey centers!
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  8. OMG these cookies look incredible! Thanks for these tips. I’m always on the hunt for the “ultimate CCCs” so I’m definitely going to try this.
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  9. These look like my kind of cookie! I will definitely be giving these a try. I’ve tried cornstarch before, but not that much. I’m glad I saw these on Busy Monday.

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  10. Great tips Stephanie! We love chocolate chip cookies in our house, so I can’t wait to give these a try!
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  11. Those look delicious Stephanie. Awesome tips for keeping them soft, it always drives me crazy when they are hard and crunchy the next day!
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  12. I cannot wait to test these out – they look amazing!
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  13. Molly says:

    Thank you for the great tips! I bake a lot but didn’t know these tricks.
    they look so yummy, great photography :)
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  14. Okay wow! These look great. I just found your blog and love it! I’ll be back for sure…and hope you’ll come share this post at our From the Farm Blog Hop this week. We’re trying to hit 300 linkups, so stop by and link up!
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  15. Holly says:

    Steph, these cookies look to-die-for! I’m always up for trying a new cookie recipe. I’m going to have to make these, asap! :)
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  16. M. says:

    These images are making me salivate! I have not had any good luck with getting chewy chocolate chip cookies. So glad to have found this recipe with your tips. Maybe I’ll be able to get it right now. Thanks! ~M.

  17. These are great tips!! I totally need to try your advice the next time I make cookies. Thanks for linking up to Wake up Wednesdays!! Pinned!!
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  18. Marjie says:

    Instead of canola oil can you add applesauce?

  19. Yum!!
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  20. These look fantastic! I’m a big fan of thick cookies, and the chewier, the better. Can’t wait to try your recipe :-)
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  21. Rachel says:

    I made these cookies for the game on Sunday and they were gone by the end of the day. I did change one thing, I added butterscotch and white chips along with the chocolate and I am in LOVE with this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Wow, Stephanie, these look fantastic. I’m testing doughs for drop cookies this week so am happy to find your unique tips. Are the cookies chewy, as well as soft and thick? Thanks for the great post!
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  23. Elisabeth says:

    I made these last night and as promised, they were absolutely soft, chewy and DELICIOUS!!

  24. Kaylyn says:

    My husband is so picky about choc. chip cookies, and this is the first recipe I have gotten his thumbs up on! I even reblogged it, great recipe!

  25. Brian says:

    Thanks! Dough is in the fridge! Now when you say heaping spoonfuls are you talking tablespoon or teaspoon fulls?

  26. Christina says:

    I was so ready to give you flack for these turning out!! OMG!! THEY ARE AMAZING!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT RECIPE!! YOU ROCK!!

  27. Becky says:

    I don’t know what the difference is betweent these ccc and others, but there was so much more flavour in these!! I used whole wheat flour, and i didn’t have the full amont of choc chips called for, and they turned out just great! So impressed :)

  28. GTBNik says:

    Does the batter freeze well & if so, how long would you recommend? Thank you!

    • Stephanie says:

      I have not frozen the dough but I’m sure it would freeze well. I have frozen the cookies themselves though and that works great! I would say you can freeze it up to 3 months :)

  29. Linda says:

    Could you substitute vegetable oil for the canola?? I don’t have canola on hand and hate the thought of going back to the store the day before thanksgiving.

  30. Bobbie Spera says:

    These are PERFECT! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe! YUMMY!

  31. Kira Owens says:

    I have used the same ccc recipe for YEARS, but have always been on the lookout for ways to make it better. I’ve tried using cornstarch in the past, but much less than what your recipe called for. I was skeptical at first, but dove in head first :-) WOW!!! They stayed beautifully thick and chewy! My little guys had one fresh out of the oven and they gave it 5 stars!! This is my new go to recipe!! Awesome job lady!

  32. LeiLei says:

    Can you use veg oil instead ????

  33. Victoria says:

    Okay, so ive been staring at your recipe and tips for two days now and I finally went to the store today to get the couple of things I didn’t already have in my pantry so I could make them. They turned out amazing! The only problem I ran into was trying to figure out how big the spoonfuls should be. I think I went a little too big, but next time I’ll get it right. Thanks for sharing this!

  34. Marie says:

    I am going to try this cookie recipe tomorrow… but I cannot see where it says how many it makes…my sister wants to share so I get some of hers and she gets some of mine…..thanks

  35. stephanie says:

    Hello, this recipe looks and sounds amazing! this should be fun since i cant seem to find the ‘just right’ recipe so im excited to try this one out. can I ask what type of cookie sheet you use (dark or light) and will the cookies stay soft for a couple days after baking? i tend to run into that problem with mine, they are like rocks the next day. THANKS!

  36. Marie says:

    does anone know if I could use olive oil instead of canola oil… I just discovered my canola oil is rancid….I do have applesauce too…..

  37. Ashlie says:

    These are incredible! Thank you for the recipe!

  38. jennifer says:

    made these christmas day and the family loved them!

    we wanted chocolate cookies that were:


    perfection achieved!

  39. Ashleigh says:


    im going to give these a try today,
    just wondering do i use plain flour or self raising? :-)

  40. Erlene says:

    OMG! These are fantastic and will be my “go to” soft chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on. I loved it soooo much that I shared it on my blog. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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  41. Tami Kothe says:

    These cookies are great. I like a little more texture in a cookie, so I added about a cup of oatmeal in place of 1/2 cup of flour. Awesome.
    Also, at high altitude, they need to cook for about 12-13 minutes rather than 7-8.
    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a great cookie recipe for years now.

  42. Danielle says:

    Did you use salted or unsalted butter? These look amazing and I plan on making them tonight!

  43. dee dee says:

    What a great recipe. I’ve never tried adding canola oil. I’ll do that next time. Have u ever tried chocolate chunks instead of chips? Once u do u will never go back. Also what I do for soft fluffy cookies is add a small box of vanilla pudding to the mix. U won’t believe what pudding will do.

  44. Brandy says:

    I just wanted to say I LOVE THESE COOKIES! I have been looking and trying to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and I think I finally found it!! Thanks for sharing this!!!!

  45. Not the best cook says:

    Dear Toll House cookie recipe,
    We are breaking-up forever this time. We have had a hit and miss relationship for more than 20 years. Now I have found my true love. He is so handsome, tall and soft and utterly delicious. I am taking him to our first party tomorrow and I can’t wait! Finally, I have found a chocolate chip cookie that looks and tastes like I always wanted it to. Life is good!

  46. Silvia says:

    Thanks sooo much! Finally a soft chewy, cookie! Was a huge success for my family! Have tried tons of recipes that claim to be soft an chewy but these are by far the best!

  47. Corey says:

    I *thought* I had found THE chocolate chip cookie recipe last year. That was until I found this one and thought I would give it a try. So glad I did because it is perfection. The oil and corn starch do magical things– I made it exactly as written except subbed out the milk chocolate chips for peanut butter chips. Yum! Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

  48. Cindy says:

    I cannot wait to try these! They look amazing. I have one question about the flour. Why 3 1/4 cups as opposed to say 2 1/4 cups like other recipes? Just curious what the extra flour does.

    Thanks so much!

  49. Michelle says:

    Just made these. Fantastic, hands down best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Thank you for the recipe!

  50. Jennifer says:

    The BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever made!! Thank you so much for this recipe. I have made many recipes but this one beats them all hands down :)

  51. Cecilia says:

    Can I make the dough in advance and refrigerate it until needed? Say 4-5 days before baking? Trying to get a head start in a party. Thanks!

  52. Annie P says:

    My son wanted chocolate chip cookies to take on his field trip and I couldn’t let him down. I just made these today and I just have to say AWESOME!! They were thick, chewy and soft as well as delicious. This will be my new go to recipe when I want chocolate chip cookies.

  53. Britt says:

    I just finished cooking these. Instead of using canola oil I just used plain veg oil. And I substituted the milk chocolate chips for m&m’s. They came out huge and chunky. Very yummy!

  54. Jami says:

    I want to make this for a party I’m hosting! About how many does this recipe yield? Thanks! :)

  55. Riri says:

    First off, i’ve made these several times already & they are simply delicious! I’m making them at my moms today & she has everything minus the butter, she has margarine. Would that work? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Stephanie says:

      I’m so glad you love this recipe! I would not recommend using margarine. Butter really is the way to go! I hope you can get your hands on some :)

      • Riri says:

        So before i received your response my batter was already in the fridge done w margarine. I made a small batch first to test the waters & all good. Taste isn’t the same though, butter is def the way to go. I must add that i omitted the oil to conpensate for using margarine & added a tad more flour because the batter seemed too moist. The recipe as you have written it is perfection though!

  56. Maria Perez says:

    Would coconut oil work as well???

  57. Yvette says:

    LOVE AT FIRST BITE!!! I have made many, many different variations of chocolate chip cookies all claiming to be the best but these are the BEST! I have a panel of experts (family and friends) that test my cookies and they told me to ditch all my old recipes, this is THE ONE! Thank you so much for all your efforts you have succeeded in perfecting the chocolate chip cookie!

  58. Bev says:

    Just made these and they are the best CC cookie I’ve ever made! Thankyou for such a fantastic recipe! Do you have a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies?

  59. Rosemary says:

    My search is over!

  60. Cyndi says:

    I am excited to try this recipe today! My Aunt Sally bakes THE BEST chocolate chip cookies EVER, and no one in the family knows how to bake them. She said she only adds an extra bag of choco chips to her Nestle Tollhouse recipe, but I’ve tried that many times, and mine are always flat and crunchy; hers are thick, soft, chewy and perfect!

    I don’t have canola oil; do you think another oil would make a good replacement?

    • Cyndi says:

      Sorry! I just read more of the comments above, and saw that you think veg oil or coconut oil would work well. Thanks! :)

  61. Juliana Feliciano says:

    When you say let it chill, you mean in the fridge,

  62. Audrey-Anna says:

    Hi I loved this recipe so much that I decided to try it and I must say it is the best I have had….so much so that I am making some dough right now but I plan to leave it in the fridge until tomorrow. That should be ok right?

  63. Stephanie says:

    I made these cookies tonight and they were amazing! I have never been able to make a light, chewy chocolate chip cookie until I made these. My family absolutely loved them! Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe!

  64. Teryl says:

    Just made these and they look beautiful; I still need to taste test but they got two thumbs up from my son.
    Baked at 350 for 12 minutes and they turned out beautifully; we’re at about 4200 feet elevation.

  65. pam roder says:

    I just made these! Ate one right out of the oven. Delicious, soft and chewy. Now I’ll see how they stand up cooled and a day old if… they last that long.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!! Yum

  66. Kels Hall says:

    Okay, so I don’t bake cookies very often but I wanted to make something with some mini m&m’s I had. I pinned your recipe several months ago and just finished baking them. I followed the recipe except used veg oil, 1 cup mini m&m’s and 1/2 cup mini choc chips @ 350 for 11 min (made exactly 24 big cookies).

    These were DELICIOUS! My family loved them. Definitely will be making cookies more often from now. Thanks for the amazing cookie recipe!

  67. Annette says:

    Found your recipe last night and am eager to make these delicious-looking cookies this weekend. I have a comment/question. I read all of the posts and found none that mentioned adding pecans or walnuts. Our family loves nuts in our cookies.

    Any suggestions on the amount of nuts to add to the recipe, maybe decreasing the amount of chocolate chips? Would adding either pecans or walnuts affect the moisture of the cookie negatively?

  68. Grace says:

    OH. MY. WORD. I just made these and they were out-of-this-world-delicious. I live overseas, in a very humid climate where I can’t get shortening (not that I would use it anyway.) So to find a butter recipe and one that worked exceptionally well with the ingredients I can get was unbelievable! This is now my recipe for good! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, I loved piling high the dough. That really worked since I usually get flat cookies! Well, it ALL worked and I am forever grateful.

  69. Nancy says:

    I don’t have cornstarch…can I skip it?

  70. Just made these and they are the best CC cookie I’ve ever made! Thankyou for such a fantastic recipe! Do you have a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies?
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  71. edzwan says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Just wondering what would happens if i use self-raising flour instead of normal flour? TQ

  72. Lindsey says:

    I was wondering how necessary the 1 hour chill is? And what exactly does it do for the cookies?

    Cookie dough just “chilling out” in this house will not make it to the oven. It will be eaten. :)

    • Hi Lindsay! This chill time not only helps meld the flavors better but it also helps prevent the cookies from spreading too much, giving you a nice thick cookie. I understand not being able to wait…you an bake them right away but they won’t be quite as thick. Enjoy!

  73. Fatin says:

    Hi Stephanie. Do you have the recepi using gram?


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