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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Updated on March 2, 2017
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Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share these.

Soft and Delicious


Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite around the world but how can cooks ensure that their chocolate chip cookies are soft instead of chewy or crunchy?

Soft chocolate chip cookies top the list for culinary appeal. Recipes abound for chocolate chip cookies but it can be somewhat harder to find a reliable recipe for soft cookies. Often, once cookies are baked, and as they cool, they become chewy, crispy, crunchy or downright hard.

I have a favorite best oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe that I call on when I want denser cookies and they are delicious in and of themselves, but sometimes, one wants a plain, soft chocolate chip cookie that is delightfully soft and tender, and as mentioned, this isn't as easily doable.

All in the Ingredients

For those desiring rich-tasting, soft chocolate chip cookies, it all starts with the right blend of ingredients and care during baking so that cookies bake up soft--and more important, stay soft after they cool.

Make-or-Break Factors for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three factors can make or break cookie texture:

  1. Type of sugar used
  2. Leavening agent
  3. How long cookies are baked

Using brown sugar will result in a softer chocolate chip cookie. Baking soda is the leavening agent of choice and it is important to not over-bake cookies, so as to ensure a soft and tender texture that remains after cookies cool.

How to Make Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Those who prefer "tender over crunchy" will enjoy this recipe for soft cookies. Chocolate 'chips and chunks' are used instead of regular chocolate chips.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300 g pkg. real semi-sweet chips and chunks
  1. Cream together butter and brown sugar until well mixed.
  2. Add in vanilla and eggs and stir until ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients until cookie dough forms into a ball and then add in chips and chunks
  4. When ingredients are mixed, cookie dough will be sticky and moist. (Do not add more flour.)

Baking Tips for Soft Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Roll dough into 1'' balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Position oven rack 3/4 of the way towards top of oven.
  4. Bake cookies for 15 minutes, then reduce oven heat to 250 degrees and continue baking until cookies are a light brown. (Do not overcook cookies, which can contribute to hardening.) The best soft chocolate chip cookies are cooked in the middle while still having a delightfully soft texture, even after they have cooled.
  5. Remove cookies from oven and from cookie sheet so that cookies do not continue to bake from residual pan heat.
  6. Place cookies on a flat surface so that they do not become misshapen as they cool.
  7. Store cookies in an air-tight container to ensure they stay soft and do not dry out.

Delicious Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filled with chips and chunks and containing real butter, these chocolate chip cookies have a rich flavor and their soft texture is hard to beat.

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© 2013 Athlyn Green


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    • Raine Sky profile image

      T S Sky 12 months ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      I'm making this recipes. I love soft cookies!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a lovely treat and would love to try these chocolate cookies.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Such a lovely tasting recipe, with such ingredients it must taste so good

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      Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi and thanks for stopping by! Yes, these are great soft cookies. Just make sure to not overbake them and they will stay nice and soft.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      Just made a batch of choc. chip cookies this morning. (My husband loves them.) Next weekend, I'm trying your recipe, and I'm glad to get it! I get tired of the same old thing. Thanks for sharing! --Jill

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      Rebecca Jimenez 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness! Sounds delicious! I've never made my own chocolate chip cookies. I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe and tell you how the cookies comes out.

      Thank you for sharing..

      Thumbs up for such a useful hub!