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THE Best Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Courtney on September 2, 2014

I’m not one to discriminate against a chocolate chip cookie but sometimes, a nice soft, chewy, and buttery cookie is just where it’s at.

soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

Over the weekend, I finally found the time to do the baking I’ve been itching to do. Like some real, use up two sticks of butter baking.

THE best Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

It really helps when a certain someone takes some extra long naps and gives me a little extra time.

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While I already have my fair share of cookie recipes in my recipe box, there’s always room for one more, right? Typically, my favorite kind of cookie involves nice, crispy edges with a chewy (even gooey) center. But for whatever reason, I was totally craving a soft, simple, buttery cookie.

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When I was younger, my #1 favorite cookie that I’d get outrageously excited for when my dad bought them were the Keebler Soft Batch. My mom never liked that kind (she liked the crunchy ones) so the Soft Batch ones were a special treat just for me and my dad.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that these cookies taste like Soft Batch, but there’s just something about their texture that totally reminded me of them. Maybe I’m crazy. That’s still questionable.

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So I’d say, if you’re more of a thick, chunky, crispy-edges chocolate chip cookie kinda guy/gal, then these may not be your thing. But if you’re all about the soft and chewy (or if you’re like me and don’t discriminate against any kind of chocolate chip cookie), then you’ve definitely got to give these guys a try.

THE Best Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 9-11 per batch
  • Yield: About 40 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 cups chocolate chips (I did half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together and stir into wet batter, mixing thoroughly. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place cookies on lined baking sheet about 2-inches apart.* Wet your hand with water and splat the dough out slightly for each cookie mound.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven while centers are still slightly soft, and cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

*I was able to fit 9 cookies on my standard cookie sheet without them running into each other. These cookies will spread a bit so be sure to leave extra room (I typically bake 12-16 on my standard baking sheet).

THE best Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

So tell me…what’s your absolute favorite kind of cookie EVER? Or, if you can’t decide, tell me your Top 3 (and feel free to link up your favorites – I always love finding new ones!)

My Top 3:

  • Chocolate Chip (even better if they have Heath in ‘em!)
  • Oatmeal Raisin (with no nuts!)
  • Sugar (specifically, THESE sugar cookies!)

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1 Kim @FITsique September 2, 2014 at 6:34 am

Holy moly it’s been a LONG time since I made the real deal full butter and full sugar cookie! But you know what? A chocolate chip cookie deserves to NEVER be healthified. I am with you and while I love all cookies, the soft chewy ones are my favs!
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2 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 2, 2014 at 6:34 am

Looks delicious! Moms trick was to always take them out of the oven slightly underbaked. So yummy!

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3 Aine @ AwksIrishGirl September 2, 2014 at 6:35 am

These look so good! I also prefer crispy around the edges, but I don’t discriminate ;)

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4 haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine.com September 2, 2014 at 7:20 am

these. sound. incredible. making them!

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5 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies are by far my favorite cookie ever! I can’t wait to try these out. I have a feeling they won’t last too long in our house! ;-) They look delicious!
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6 Brynn September 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The oats make the cookie extra chewy and hearty.
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7 Bri September 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

Wow, do these look yummy or what?! Thanks for sharing! Definitely giving these a try, I have had a baking itch all week! I’m a sucker for peanut butter cookies. Put me in front of a batch of them and they’ll be gone! Cookie Monster over here ;-)

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8 Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughts September 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

These look delicious, I typically like a thick, soft chocolate chip cookie but these look yummy! I love all types of cookies but a chocolate chip cookie is the best and some times the simpler the cookie the better it tastes!
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9 Heather @fitncookies September 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

I definitely don’t discriminate against chocolate chip cookies! Though I do love the soft ones the most. I choose cookies wherever I go, haha. I need to post my recipe! They are delicious :)
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10 Jess P September 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

Delish!
1. Chocolate Chip (of course!)
2. Ginger or Gingerbread (soft)
3. Peanut Butter

Now I’m hungry :)

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11 kristin @ W [H] A T C H September 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

yum, i love chewy chocolate chip cookies! also, i love chewy molasses cookies.
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12 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona September 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

These look delicious! I’m definitely going to be trying them.
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13 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

Looks good, Court! You can never beat a traditional chocolate chip cookie. I think those have to be my favorite! I like them super chewy and gooey. My husband’s work bakes homemade cookies and puts them out for clients, so sometimes he brings home the leftovers for Hunter and me. They are SO good!! Perfectly chewy and so yummy. Glad you got some time in to bake this weekend!!
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14 Alysia @ Slim Sanity September 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

Yes!! Soft cookies are the only way to go IMO :) chocolate chip is really probably my number one favorite. oatmeal chocolate chip or butter scotch are second… and then monster peanut butter cookies are third!
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15 Liz September 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

Your cookies look really yummy :) I’m a big fan of homemade Snickerdoodles. The ones you can buy commercially just aren’t the same.

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16 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

Ahhh favourite cookie? That’s a tough one…I’d probably give it to oatmeal chocolate chip. You can never go wrong with a classic chocolate chip though!
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17 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Totally a soft and chewy cookie over a crunchy one every time!

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18 Lauren @ ihadabiglunch September 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Woooo I am allll about the soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies. I think now that you’ve mastered the cc cookie you’re officially an A+ mom :)
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19 Gracie September 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Yessss. Pinning as we speak. Even though I love all the recipes for double pumpkin peanut butter pretzel cookies swirling around out there (haha) but there’s nothing like a classic choc chip!
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20 Ashley @ A Lady Goes West September 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Absolutely a chewy oatmeal raisin with lots of nuts.
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21 Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating September 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Wow, you brought me back to childhood too–the Keebler Soft Batch were the best!! I was addicted to those things. These cookies sound very sinfully good.
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22 Lauren September 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Looks amazing! Nothing better than chocolate chip and heath!
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23 Jaime September 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

While I do LOVE the standard chocolate chip cookie, my all time favorite is peanut butter kiss cookies. They’re my specialty, and they totally hit the spot!

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24 Fiona September 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Oh man this recipe is making me want to make cookies like NOW!!

Fav by far is Chocolate chip. Hands down, the simple recipe from the back of the Chipits package!!!

Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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25 Courtney September 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

What are Chipits?!?

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26 Fiona MacDonald September 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Wait for real??? Like Chipits chocolate chips….Hershey’s???? Oh man if you don’t know ‘em GET them ASAP..soo delicious, I eat them by the handful! You can get semi-sweet, milk or even peanut butter- UNREAL!
Maybe it’s a Canadian product?? lol.

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