Friday, August 26, 2011

BEST-EVER Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Readers, whatever you're doing, stop.  Right now.  Make these cookies NOW.  I promise you won't be sorry.  Well, you might be because it'll be near impossible to not eat the entire batch of these incredible cookies.

I know (well, I've heard) there are people out there who like crispy cookies.  I'm not one of them.  I like fluffy, soft, chewy cookies--the kind that puff up when they're baking and barely spread at all.  These cookies are just that.  Perfectly that, in fact.

I already had a really great chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I wanted to give these a shot.  I was a bit skeptical of the recipe when I saw cornstarch in the ingredient list,  but I decided to give them a try.  I know cornstarch is very light and figured that might add some lift to the cookies.  Whether it was the cornstarch or not, thse cookies definitely lifted.  I used a standard-sized cookie scoop to drop them on the cookie sheet and they came out perfectly round and uniform--just ready for a photo shoot.  And so, so good.  The best ever, in fact.  My new favorites :-)


Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
barely adapted from Anna Olson, Food Network Canada

Ingredients: 
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.

4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

one year ago: Blackberry-blueberry pie, another one of the best things I've ever made.
three years ago: Greek-style turkey burgers with lemon-mint tzatziki

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Anonymous said...

Could these be made with Tapioca? Allergic to corn.

Kelsey said...

I'm not sure about tapioca. I've never thought to try it before. I know it works well in foods that need to be chilled, but I can't find any info on using it in baked goods. If you give it a shot, please let me know how it goes. I'm interested to hear!

jan said...

I made 2 batches of these cookies today. I think the taste is yummy and they are chewy. However mine did not stay fluffy even after refrigeration. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so when mine doesn't look like the pic I don't consider it a success. I did love them enough to make this my new "go to" for choco chip cookies and I will persevere on the appearance. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Wendi B said...

Oh my! Am making these now, but subbed regular semi sweet chips for raspberry chocolate chips and they are divine! These might not make it to Afghanistan! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

Scrapthat said...

Okay.,..I was beginning to think that anything but a flat chocolate chip cookie really didn't exist! I scooped these with an ice cream scoop (I usually use because by the time they flatten out at least I had some kind of a cookie) and DARN if these didn't practically KEEP that shape!!
It went right into my "special" recipes box reserved only for the GOOD stuff! ;D
TFS

Scrapthat said...

Jan...maybe it's the refridgeration that's the problem,

wadehuntley said...

I have found so many wonderful looking chocolate chip cookie recipes. it's going to be a rough weekend at my house.

Anonymous said...

chill your dough, especially if you are high altitude

Moriganrose said...

A great way to pull out the taste of the chocolate in your cookies is to add a 1/4 tsp of cayenne and 1/4 tsp cinnamon! I'm looking forward to a less hectic baking week to try these. Cornstarch... whoda thunk?

Eslem said...

Hi,

I used your recipe today, it was great! Made a post about it on my Dutch blog: http://mijnmixedkitchen.blogspot.nl/2013/09/de-ultieme-superzachte-chocolate-chip.html

Playful Professional said...

Thanks, these are so delicious. I made them and reviewed your post on my blog! http://talenttoplay.blogspot.com/2013/08/scrumptious-sunday-best-ever-chewy.html

Mama Carmody said...

Of course I decided to go gluten free before I ever tried this recipe but I went ahead and did it with Red Mill's Gluten Free All Purpose Flour...they were AMAZING! I have looked and looked for a chocolate chip cookie that was soft and "doughy" without being a flat mess. This recipe was what I have been looking for...thanks! I had to add 2 tsp of xanthan gum since I used gluten free flour.

Jodi said...

I've made these cookies twice now and the dough is incredibly dry and looks like sand. They taste good, stayed puffy (didn't spread at all), but I have to really squish the dough together in my hands just to try to get it to stick together to bake them. I didn't miss any ingredients. Would adding an egg or more butter be a good fix?

Anonymous said...

I just made these but since I'm a health nut I tweeked the recipe a tad. I used applesauce instead of butter, chia egg instead of an egg, and used only brown sugar. THIS IS SERIOUSLY THE BEST COOKIE I HAVE EVER ATE! Thank you, Thank you, Thaaaank you!

Shannon Paffenroth said...

I found this recipe on Pinterest and just had to try them. I FINALLY got my 1st KitchenAid mixer recently and so what better to try it out with than homemade chocolate chip cookies?! These were super easy to make and they are DELICIOUS! I have the recipe memorized already and this will be my go-to cookie recipe whenever I want to make cookies for my family. Thank you!

Judy R said...

This is my favorite go-to cookie recipe!

Funny story: yesterday I got a craving for these. I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry. As I was mixing, I started to realize I was running out of a lot.

I ended up making the cookies with 1/4 c brown sugar, 1 c sugar and 1tsp vanilla 1tsp coconut extract because I ran out.

My husband and friends at work LOVED them! Most said they were the best cookies I've ever made!

Shannon said...

These are wonderful! I am always a little skeptical of things titled "best-ever" but they really are! And for those whose cookies keep coming out flat - for years I was sort of sifting the flour into my measuring cup because my Home Economics teacher taught me to do it that way - turns out, that was the reason my cookies were always flat. I add just a PINCH for flour and I don't "sift" it and my cookies have been fluffy and wonderful ever since!

Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Meg said...

I ALWAYS have a bag of these in the freezer! I have made this recipe too many times to count. The best cookies ever! And so so so good straight out of the freezer.

Frankie said...

Doubled the recipe and used slightly less white sugar and chocolate chips, and slightly more salt as well as salted butter (I like salty-sweet cookies rather than excessively sweet), and...

Oh. My. God. These are phenomenal!! Chewy and soft and puffy right out of the oven, and when cooled they're crisp (but not crunchy) and soft on the inside. Just perfect. That cornstarch must be the secret, because these stayed puffy and held their shape/body - I hate flat cookies!

Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Tried these & they were GREAT!! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

YUM. The pic caught my eye on Google's "image" search. Made these tonight and loved them. Nice and soft, and they look so much more appetizing than the cake-like Toll House cookies.

Anonymous said...

Really good!!!! chewy, soft, and yummy:)

Anonymous said...

I just made these tonight and couldn't keep my limit to 2 cookies. I was a little worried I had done something wrong when it was a little difficult for me to mix everything, but after 5 minutes of mixing it started to not look as dry. I used 1 tbsp for each scoop and I really liked how they came out so cute, little, and identical to each other. I will definitely add this recipe into my book of recipes. Thank you.

Michelle Ruble said...

JUST made these. i felt like every recipe I've tried has given me just ordinary cookies, nothing really special. BUT THESE? WHEW! cornstarch is definitely the KEY INGREDIENT! these stand out for sure. replacing this recipe for ALL the other garbage ones I've tried. THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Where do you find bittersweet chips??

Anonymous said...

Just made these! So so good. I'm pregnant too so ive g tvan excuse to eat a couple extra ;) amazing cookies

Amanda Melichar said...

Does a regular mixer work as well. You were so descriptive in regards to the stand up mixer but I don't have one of those...yet...

Amanda said...

This may sound totally dumb but you were so descriptive with the stand up mixer part of the directions. I don't have one of those...yet...sigh! :) I am assuming that a regular mixer would work..on low/med setting!? Just not wanting to change the awesomeness of these cookies that seem to be the consensus based on comments. Thanks!

Haili Hunter said...

Hey, I dont know if you'll ever see this comment, seeing you posted this recipe like a year ago!! haha. I just wanted you to know I shared it on my blog! :) www.steadfastinyou.blogspot.com

Thank you SOOO much! Best ever cookies!

rodas1 said...

Best recipe to date. None left!

Anonymous said...

They look like entenmanns chocolate chip cookies. Does the taste compare?

Anonymous said...

You weren't kidding about trying not to eat them all! I have NEVER been able to make good chocolate chip cookies...until now. Thank you for this recipe; my girls and I love it!

Benny Mc said...

I also made these cookies and they were flat. The dough was sticky not like it usually is am I doing something wrong?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if the cornstarch gives the cookies a weird grainy texture? I really want to make these but I don't want like a cornbready texture. Thanks!

Carol Garcia said...

I absolutely LOVE this food you share here.. . looks delicious. . this is like one of my favorite things to eat! Thank you for the great sharing

Jenn said...

I made these tonight and WOW, they are delicious! We added a single mega M&M to about half of the cookies and they look so cute! I followed the recipe exactly as stated (except adding the single M&M) and I made 42 cookies :)

Ginger said...

I am going to make these today! If we like them, I will be blogging about them for sure!

Hannah Miller said...

I've made these cookies several times after seeing this post and they are an absolute hit every time! However, I'm running into a small issue that I cannot solve myself.. The first several times I made these, they sort of "deflated" after I took them out of the oven to look like the ones in the picture but more recently they just stay little round balls.. I don't know if I'm adding too much or too little of something or if it's the size of the cookie..

Suggestions?

Jeanne said...

I made these yesterday and they turned out fantastic! Very tender and fluffy. Who knew that just a smidgen of cornstarch could make such a big difference. Excellent!

Kelsey said...

Hannah, I'm so glad you love these cookies! I've noticed the same thing you have--sometimes the cookies don't spread and deflate quite as much. I've noticed the temperature and humidity have a lot to do with the cookies. When I make them, I scoop out the balls, then lightly press them down just a bit before baking. This seems to solve the problem no matter the weather. Hope it helps!

Anonymous said...

Made these cookies after finding the recipe on Pinterest. They are seriously the best cookies I've ever had! They're so easy to make, bake quickly, and are absolutely delicious!!!

mwiesjahn said...

I have been making these cookies for awhile and they are my favorite! I made them today though and they turned out flat and not at all like they used to. Did you change the recipe? Help!!

Rachel Page said...

I need to try this recipe. Today!

Tandra said...

Can freeze the dough for later use?

Jenn Sterling said...

I'm not sure if I posted a comment when I originally made these 2 YEARS AGO... well, I am not sure how many times I have shared the recipe with others. I swear to you when I say I have NEVER EVER EVER found a successful recipe that for 1. actually makes soft cookies and 2. doesn't spread over the pan regardless of margarine vs butter or anything else. I have NEVER EVER EVER made another choc chip recipe since this 2 years ago. It has NEVER EVER EVER failed me and I will NEVER EVER EVER try another recipe again!!!! You have NO IDEA the kind of love I (more like my family) has for you just over this recipe!!!! <3 I cannot thank you enough for sharing this!!!!!

Jenn Sterling said...

I just read a few comments and noticed some people are having issues with theirs not spreading and staying into little balls kind of.... I had this issue ONCE and I know it was my fault. I believe the flour isn't being measured right. I have bought myself a digital scale and weight EVERYTHING I use to bake (except anything that is measured by the spoon)

sfelkey said...

This is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe now! I love that you mix everything in the same bowl and they come out delicious! My mouth thanks you -- my thighs do not, haha :) Happy Baking!

Rita Pettifer said...

I see a lot of recipes using unsalted butter, then I notice that salt is added to the same recipe. I don't do enough with unsalted butter to warrant buying it for one recipe, can I substitute salted butter and leave out the adding of salt?

FairTaxMom said...

This has been my "go-to" chocolate chip cookie recipe since we first stumbled upon it. We always double the recipe because they go so fast. Thanks retroactively for posting it. :)

jeifner said...

It can also depend on where you live. Elevation makes a big difference. You need to watch your flour amounts if you are lower or higher in elevation than the recipe was written at.

Chelsea Karmel Quinlan said...

Hi! I absolutely love this recipe. They are by far my favourite cookies :) Do you happen to know if these cookies freeze well?

Trademark Lawyer said...

These look like perfection!

Lucy said...

I am so upset. I did everything the recipe said, and they are flat as a board. :( they don't taste like anything I've ever tried either. :(

FairTaxMom said...

Can't remember if I ever came back to post a comment about these cookies or not, so just in case..... These really ARE the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made. Since I pinned the recipe two years ago, they are the only ones I make, and they are always a hit. I have to double the recipe because they go so fast. Great job!

London Accountants Lady said...

These look like absolute perfection!

Belle de Jour said...

I never leave comments on recipes but had to for these. My baking has not been showered in compliments like this for months! So so fluffy and yummy.

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thanks very good

Anonymous said...

Seriously the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I've been looking sooo long for one good recipe and I this one is totally won!

Heidi Harbuck said...

I had pinned this a while ago... Just tried it finally last week. These turned out the best chocolate chip cookie that I've ever made!! I Love to bake, but hadn't found a chocolate chip recipe that wasn't crunchy... Going to make them again very soon!! Mine didn't turn out fluffy like the photo, but the taste was incredible, and they were so soft and super delicious!!! Thank you!!!!

Leigh Westbrook said...

Hey, I absolutely love these cookies and I want to make some for my wedding, I was wondering how well these freeze? Has anyone tried it?

Kelsey said...

Leigh,

Congratulations on your wedding! These cookies freeze beautifully. In fact, I've made many a batch and frozen them ahead of time. I even like to bake a batch and have them in the freezer to snack on any time I want just one cookie.

Angela said...

Thank you Thank you.
I found this recipe on pin it and I tried it out for the very first time.My husband and my 15 year old daughter are my biggest yay or nay fans.I want to let you know that this recipe receive a yay. Even my daughter had friends over and they love them as well. So I want to say thank you I will be making these cookies instead of buying cookie at the store thank you for the recipe and saving me money.:)

Angela said...

Hello
I want to say thank you, thank you
I found your recipe on pin it I made the cookie for the very first time.
My husband and my fifteen-year-old daughter is my biggest yea or nay fans.
Well let me tell you, when I made these cookies they gave it yea!!! My daughter had some friends over and they enjoyed the cookies as well.
So I want to say thank you for the recipe because now I'm going to stop buying chocolate chip cookie at the store and make them myself so thank you for saving me money as well.


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