The Ultimate Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies

The simple choc chunk cookie never tasted so good. Soft in the centre with a lightly crisp edge. They'll be your new favourite treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
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Why this Recipe Is Amazing

  • Flavour & texture: These Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies use nice-sized choc chunks, so there are big melty puddles of chocolate in every bite.
  • Difficulty: 1/5. One bowl Magic! This recipe is really simple just mix, roll, refrigerate and bake.
  • Time: 1.5 hours! Mainly that is just refrigeration time to help the cookies keep their shape.
  • Versatility: Yes yes yes! Add nuts and candies, the world is your oyster.
Stack of The Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies broken in half to show interior

What ingredients are needed for Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies

  • Lightly salted butter: Yes, I’m a salted butter fan. I opt for a grass-fed, higher fat-content butter that is lightly salted to enhance the flavours of the butter itself. You may use unsalted butter but you must then add 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Light brown sugar: The secret to a rich caramel flavour in baked goods is using brown sugar. I prefer to use light brown sugar mostly but if you do not have access to brown sugar, use more white sugar and 1 tbsp molasses. Not all brown sugar is equal, the darker the colour, the more molasses is present. In recipes such as brownies and cookies, this affects the chewiness of the end result.
  • White sugar: I prefer to use a fine caster/bakers sugar as it dissolves quicker and its what I stock in my house. Yes you can add granulated sugar as it is exactly the same, just small, finer granules. You can also make your own caster sugar! Simply add to a blender and… blend! The smaller the granule size means its quicker to dissolve.
  • Vanilla bean paste/extract: Vanilla extract is not necessary for the structure of this or any baking recipe. However, leaving it out will change the flavour, some recipes more that others. Vanilla in baking is like adding salt to savoury foods, it enhances all the other flavours in the recipe. Without it, cookies and cakes don’t have the richness that we know and love. I use a vanilla bean paste with seeds but extract is just as good.
  • Large egg: Large eggs are always recommended when baking so that they give consistent results every time and you avoid having an ‘eggy’ taste. Use eggs in cartons labelled “large eggs” which are 55 – 60g / 2 oz each. This is an industry standard and most international bakers’ recipes use this size. In a pinch and have larger eggs? Crack egg into a bowl, whisk then measure out 50 ml / 48-50 grams. Ta-dah!
  • Plain flour: Simple all purpose flour is all you need. The moderate level of protein (gluten) gives a soft but chewy texture. You can also try substituting a little bread flour (1/4 cup) to give you extra chewiness. Weighing your flour is a preference to ensure you do not add too much flour. If you choose to use cups please ensure you do not pressurise the flour in the measuring cup and add too much.
  • Baking soda: Not to be confused with Baking powder. Baking soda is also known as bi-carb soda or sodium bicarbonate. It is a classic leavener you’ll need when it comes to some cakes, cupcakes and muffins. Baking reacts with a acidic agent to create air bubbles, thus leavening our cookies and baked goods. The acid in the brown sugar will act as the acid and give us softer cookies. Can be substituted for 1 1/2 tsp baking powder but results will vary slightly.
  • Chopped Chocolate:  I love a mixture of milk & dark chocolate for added flavour. To get those delicious puddles of chocolate you’ll need to use chopped pieces of chocolate from a block. You can use chocolate chips but  your cookies will not be as gorgeously gooey. Chocolate chips are designed to keep their shape when baked and firm up as they cool. The result will still be yummy, just different.
Hand picking up cookie from stack

How to make Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies

  • Mix the Dough:
    • In a large bowl, mix butter, sugars and vanilla together using a spatula. Mix in egg and set aside.
    • Add the flour and baking soda into bowl and stir until just combined. Gently stir in chopped chocolate.
  • Line 2 trays with baking paper and set aside.
  • Form the balls :
    • Using a cookie scoop or a a tablespoon, scoop balls of dough onto one of the prepared tray. Note: they are going to be chilled, so you can place them close together.
      • Get the prettier cookies: Press more chopped chocolate pieces on the top. They will melt into the surface and give you extra gooey deliciousness! Who doesn’t love more chocolate!
  • Refrigerate:
    • Cover the tray with cling film and refrigerate the cookie dough for 1 hour or until needed. Dough can also be frozen at this stage and you’ll have fresh cookies whenever you desire!
    • 30 minutes before you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 180°c/ 350°f.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes Bake until edges are just lightly browned. Rotate the trays halfway through baking if you necessary. Slightly under baked cookies achieve a soft and chewy centre.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes to help them firm up slightly before transferring to a cooling rack or plate. Leaving on the tray will cause them to continue cooking and the centre wont stay soft & chewy.
How to use scoop to create even  cookie dough balls

Setting you up for success – Tips, Tricks

  • Weigh or measure flour properly – Do you know that scooping flour out of the container can actually compress the flour and you’ll possibly end up with ~50% extra! Compressed flour = Over-measuring = dry, dense and cakey baked products. Weighing is ALWAYS recommended. Grab kitchen scales and you’ll get much more consistent results. If you don’t have scales, you have two options. 1. spoon flour into the measuring cup or 2. use the cup to stir and ‘fluff up’ the flour before scooping and measuring, so that it isn’t packed.
  • Chill the dough: Chilling the dough before baking can help to prevent your cookies from spreading too much, which can result in thinner, crisper cookies. Chilling the dough for 24-48 hours also allows the flavours to meld and develop, resulting in a more complex and delicious cookie.
  • Don’t overmix the dough: Overmixing the dough can lead to tough, dense cookies. Mix the ingredients until just combined, and then stop.
  • Slightly under-bake the cookies: To create a softer and chewier texture, undercook slightly. Continue to bake as they cool, so it’s important to remove them from the oven when they still look slightly underdone in the centre. They will firm up as they cool, but will retain a softer texture if they are not overbaked.
  • Allow to cool on the tray before transferring – Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes to help them firm up slightly before transferring them to a cooling rack or plate. Leaving them on the tray will cause them to continue cooking and the centre won’t stay soft & chewy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is melted butter used in cookies?

Using melted butter instead of softened butter can help to create a chewier texture in your cookies. Melted butter coats the flour proteins, preventing them from forming too much gluten. When butter is melted, it separates into fat and milk solids. The milk solids, which contain water and proteins, help to hydrate the flour in the dough. When the flour is hydrated, it becomes softer and more pliable, which can lead to a chewier texture in the finished cookies.

Why do some recipes use a both brown sugar and white sugar?

Brown sugar contains molasses, which helps to create a chewy texture in cookies. Therefore, using a combination of brown sugar and white sugar can help you achieve a chewy texture in your chocolate chip cookies.
Don’t have brown sugar? You can substitute white sugar for brown sugar in cookies, but keep in mind that the texture and flavour of the cookies will be different. Brown sugar gives it a rich, caramel-like flavour and also makes the cookies more moist and sticky. Just using white sugar means your cookies may be crisper and less chewy, and they may have a slightly different taste. Use 85gm white sugar then make up the rest with molasses, golden syrup, maple or honey.

Why don’t you cream butter and sugar in choc chunk cookies?

Creaming butter and sugar creates a light and fluffy texture in baked goods, but we are aiming for a denser and chewier texture. By skipping this step, the sugar doesn’t dissolve as much into the butter, resulting in a more compact crumb. Melted butter can be used instead to help the cookies spread more during baking, resulting in a thinner, chewier cookie that’s slightly crispy on the edges and soft in the middle, which is desired in chocolate chunk cookies.

Can you make cookies ahead of time or freeze them? 

After step 4, cover and refrigerate the dough balls for ~4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Simply place onto a lined tray (if frozen, allow to sit at room temp for 10 minutes) and bake at 180°c/ 350°f as per step 7.

How long can these Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies last?

Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

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The Ultimate Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies

Servings 14 cookies
The simple choc chunk cookie never tasted so good. Soft in the centre with a lightly crisp edge. They'll be your new favourite treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 baking trays

Ingredients
 

  • 85 g ( cups + 1 tbsp) lightly salted butter melted
  • 105 g (½ cups) light brown sugar
  • 65 g ( cups) white sugar
  • 9 g (2 tsp) vanilla bean paste or extract with seeds
  • 1 large egg
  • 160 g ( cups) plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 70 g (½ cup) milk chocolate roughly chopped
  • 70 g (½ cup) dark chocolate roughly chopped

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix butter, sugars and vanilla together using a spatula. Mix in egg and set aside.
  • Add the flour and baking soda into bowl and stir until just combined. Gently stir in chopped chocolate.
  • Line 2 trays with baking paper and set aside.
  • Using a cookie scoop or a a tablespoon, scoop balls of dough onto one of the prepared tray. Note: they are going to be chilled, so you can place them close together.
    Get the prettier cookies: Press more chopped chocolate pieces on the top. They will melt into the surface and give you extra gooey deliciousness! Who doesn't love more chocolate!
  • Cover the tray with cling film and refrigerate the cookie dough for 1 hour or until needed. Dough can also be frozen at this stage and you'll have fresh cookies whenever you desire!
  • 30 minutes before you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 180°c/ 350°f.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes Bake until edges are just lightly browned. Rotate the trays halfway through baking if you necessary. Slightly under baked cookies achieve a soft and chewy centre.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes to help them firm up slightly before transferring to a cooling rack or plate. Leaving on the tray will cause them to continue cooking and the centre wont stay soft & chewy.
    Enjoy!

Notes

Chocolate: To get those delicious puddles of chocolate you’ll need to use chopped pieces of chocolate from a block. You can use chocolate chips but  your cookies will not be as gorgeously gooey. Chocolate chips are designed to keep their shape when baked and firm up as they cool. The result will still be yummy, just different.
Storage: Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Freezing or making in advance: After step 4, cover and refrigerate the dough balls for ~4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Simply place onto a lined tray (if frozen, allow to sit at room temp for 10 minutes) and bake at 180°c/ 350°f as per step 7.
Reheating: To re-enliven the cookies, just like they were gooey out of the oven, microwave cookies for 10 seconds or until desired. Thank me later!

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Recipe Published: November 19, 2022 Last Updated: August 5, 2023
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  1. 5 stars
    One of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve used! Definitely will replace my current one I’ve been using.

    Thanks!

    1. Miss Molly Author says:

      5 stars
      Yeahhh, that’s what I’m talking about! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. Baked these as a birthday gift though l added cocoa powder and a smidge of ground expresso as my extras. I loved how simple this cookie recipe was and my friend mum said they were absolutely fantastic.

    1. Miss Molly Author says:

      Awesome to hear! Sharing is definitely caring! 🙂

  3. Hells_Bellss says:

    5 stars
    Made a double batch and gave one away as a gift. Both batches were gone by the next day!
    Followed the tip to “Get the prettier cookies.” Delicious and easy to make.

    1. Miss Molly Author says:

      Yes yes yes! Food is better shared! SO thrilled that you both loved them! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This is the only cookie recipe you will ever need! Molly has done an amazing job creating a delicious, gooey, simple cookie recipe that is the biggest crowd-pleaser. I whip up a batch of these cookies at least once a week and they are now a staple in my go-to recipe collection

    1. Miss Molly Author says:

      This is so fantastic, I love that it’s a family fave! Thanks for sharing your food photos too! xx M

  5. 5 stars
    These unfortunately didn’t last 24 hours in our house. We shared them at family dinner and mum asked for the recipe. I made gram for gram swaps with dairy free nuttelex and vegan chocolate so that my dairy free toddler could have some too. This will be our go to recipe from now on.

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