The Ultimate Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies

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 simply 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, candies, the world is your oyster.

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 caramelly 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.
  • 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 will
  • 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.

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.

Setting you up for success – Tips, Tricks & FAQs

  • 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.
  • Allow to cool on the tray before transferring – Allow the cookies 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 long can this Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies last?: Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
  • Can you make Chewy-Soft Choc Chunk Cookies ahead or freeze?:  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.

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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.
Servings 14 cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Refrigeration Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 27 mins

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

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