My Favorite Cozy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Quick and Easy

The vibe of Friday is the best, isn’t it? It’s that feeling of almost being able to hang out and chill TFO.

I don’t have any crazy plans this weekend but it might consist of us taking a trip to the vet because Amelia is favoring/licking her left toe obsessively and she won’t let me look at it. Every time I get close she starts to show her teeth at me like a psycho. So, hopefully it doesn’t cost a million dollars/her toes are a-ok.

Moving onto cookies…

Remember when I did that nerdy post all about chocolate chip cookies? Well, that post was actually SO much fun to execute and write because I learned a whole lot about CC cookies. And I figured out how to get closer to the cookie I had in my dreams/brain.

I really love doing these types of baking experiments because I learn so much. I’m thinking of doing a post on the perfect white cake because while I’ve made a ton of cakes, I’m still searching, still learning what makes a white cake hella special. Let’s learn things together!

Also, before we begin, I’d like to give a special shout-out to my friend and helper, Billy. In case you don’t know, Billy helps me pretty much every week with helping create content for this space and he extra helped with these cookies because he loves nothing more than to talk nerdy about chocolate chip cookies.

Here’s the breakdown of the choices I made (AND WHY!) with these chocolate chip cookies.

I’ll also say that there is no perfect chocolate chip cookie because we’re all after different things. Some people like thin and chewy, some like crispy, some like super soft. Those recipes are good too.

This one is soft in the center that is slightly chewy and a teeny bit crunchy around the edges. They are not cake-y but are a little fluffy.

Ok, here is the breakdown:

Most cookie recipes begin with you creaming room temperature butter with sugar(s). But melting the butter vs. using room temperature butter will lead to a chewier cookie. I’m am very down with a chewy cookie so I went the melted butter route.

The baking powder in this recipe gives it a bit of a lift, while the baking soda helps these cookies spread. A lot of recipes you see that only have baking soda are on the thinner side. There is nothing wrong with this but I like a bit of both.

I added a bit more flour in this recipe to make it a little bit thicker cookie but not too much because I didn’t want it to be dry. I love the thickness of this cookie. It’s not too thin and not too thick/cake-y/dry. It my opinion, this has a super good ratio of butter to flour.

This makes complete sense if we all think about it but for some reason I’d never thought about this before. A lot of recipes tell you to add the flour mixture in a few batches but this means you’re mixing way more than you need to. For this recipe, we’re going to add ALL of the flour at once and then mix. This means minimal mixing, just until all the speckles of flour have disappeared. Thank you, Dorie Greenspan, for teaching us this.

If you add all the flour at once and then mix it on low, little bits of flour will fly out and make a bit of a mess. So, to avoid this, I like to cover the mixer with a clean kitchen towel. Problem solved! I know a lot of mixers come with that flour guard and that works too but I forgot where I put mine and I think the towel works best anyway.

Of course I love chocolate chips. Who doesn’t?! But in chocolate chip cookies I’m on team chocolate chunks. I favor the Whole Foods 365 brand of dark chocolate chunks because they melt like a dream and are still melty and gooey for HOURS after the cookies come out of the oven. It’s unreal.

Another thing I’m down with is taking a block of chocolate and chopping it up and adding it to the dough. That’s awesome too.

This medium cookie scoop from OXO is PERFECT because the edges of it are sharp enough to cut through chilled cookie dough and the handle/lever releases perfect rounds of dough.

Some things to keep in mind:

1. When using melted butter, you have to make sure it cools before you proceed with the recipe or else the chocolate chips/chunks will melt when you’re mixing the dough. This is not the worst thing in the world that can happen but I like pockets of chocolate.

2. Having frozen balls of cookie dough in the freezer means that warm chocolate chip cookies are only 10 minutes away from your life. SO, freeze half of this chocolate chip cookie dough and keep in the freezer for your future late-night snacking self.

3. This recipe doesn’t have a ton of salt inside the cookie dough but that’s because I like sprinkling it on when the cookies come out of the oven when the chocolate is gooey and the salt will stick to it. You don’t need a ton of salt for it to be awesome and salty and sweet.

My Favorite Cozy Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: 26 to 28 cookies


Dry Mix:

  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Mix:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chunks
  • Large flakes of salt, such as Maldon or Jacobson


  • To a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment (you can also do this with a hand-mixer or by hand in a medium/large bowl), add the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat together until nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Pour in the vanilla extract and beat once more.
  • In one batch, add the flour. You will probably have to lift up the head part of your mixer to be able to add it all at once. Cover the mixer with a clean kitchen towel and turn it on low speed. Mix until the flour is mostly combined and then increase speed until you no longer see any flecks of flour. Pour in the chocolate chunks and mix one last time. Transfer the dough to the fridge to chill for an hour or up to 2 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough. If it’s super chilled, you may need to push some dough into the scoop so it’s nice and compact and then release the lever. I like to add all the balls of cookie dough to a sheet of parchment versus scooping dough, as I bake.
  • Transfer 6 to 7 balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them a part because these do spread. Place in the oven and bake for about 7 to 8 minutes. If the dough is super cold, it may need up to 10 minutes to bake. They should be light to medium golden brown. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt upon exiting the oven. Allow to cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack (they'll be too fragile to move when they exit the oven). Repeat until you’ve baked all the cookies.
  • To freeze, add the cookie dough balls to a baking sheet and stick in the freezer until very cold, about 20 minutes and then transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag.
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  • Reply Iris June 16, 2017 at 3:01 am

    These cookies look amazing! I have cookie dough in the freezer as we speak, but I have to make these asap nonetheless.

  • Reply Michelle June 16, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I’m going to be thinking about these cookies all day! One of my favorite weekend activities is trying new cookie recipes. Chocolate chunks and sea salt? I’m in!

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker June 16, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Friday is pretty much my favorite day everrrr! All the chill and anticipation of the weekend, hell yeah. I’ve been wanting to do my own cookies experiments, so I’ll be taking notes from you on these! xo

  • Reply Mollie June 16, 2017 at 7:55 am

    This looks incredible! I know what I’m doing this weekend!! (I live that Granny life 🙂 )

    xoxo Mollie

  • Reply Mary June 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    This has got to be the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe ever! I am in prep mode for making these this weekend! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • Reply Lou B. June 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    This recipe looks promising! I’m a big fan of a good CCC. It would be super helpful if the ingredients were measured by weight because a gram is always a gram, and many people may pack 1 1/2 cup of sugar differently, instead, 330 g of sugar will never change. Just saying, it would be better having both measurements.

  • Reply Celia Becker @ June 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I too am such a fan of chewy cookies yet I never knew that melting the butter produces a more chewy cookie. I can’t wait to try this. And yes, freezing the dough makes so much sense, as what family can eat an entire batch of cookies while they are still super fresh? I love em hot outa the oven so frozen cookie dough is the way to go. A million thanks for all the great information.

  • Reply Deborah Tobis June 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This recipe is definitely one I will try this week. I have always added ground pecans to add more lift to my CC recipe and it works like a charm but not everyone can eat nuts and adding extra flour is not something I considered. Thank you for the idea and the motivation.

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  • Reply Jen Buscemi June 17, 2017 at 5:56 am

    These sound awesome! I too have been on the search for a yummy chocolate chip cookie and this sounds like it will fit the bill. Just curious on the resting time on the cookie trays after they come out of the oven. Do they stay on the trays for a few minutes, then get transferred to wire racks to cool completely? I’ve sometimes had trouble with this as some recipes have them stay on the trays to do their final cooking & other recipes have them taken off the trays to set up as they cool. Thanks for the help.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Yes, let me update this. So I always let them cool for like 5 minutes before moving them because they can be a little fragile. And then I move them to a cooling rack.

  • Reply Rachael @ Rachael's Foodie Life June 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    these cookies sound absolutely ridiculous!!! i am definitely all about chocolate chunks and chewy cookies making these asap

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  • Reply Lori June 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    OMG…made these yesterday and they were SO good! I have tried so many chocolate chip cookie recipes…this one is a winner!

  • Reply Ingra June 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Looks amazing! Not sure if this has been asked already, but how many ozs are the balls of cookie dough if I don’t have the medium cookie scoop?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      I believe it should be 1 ounce of dough. The cookie dough scoop holds 1 1/2 tablespoons, if that helps!

  • Reply Stephanie | pinotte food blog June 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    There will never be enough chocolate chip cookie recipes in the world!

  • Reply Alice Astourian June 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Hi! I was wondering what type of brown sugar you prefer to use for cookies, dark or light?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      I use light brown sugar! But really dark or light will work just great.

  • Reply ana sophie June 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I made these on Tuesday and I’m making them again today (it’s Friday). Everyone loved them so much. This is definitely my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!
    I made mine with chocolate chunks, only 1 cup of sugar and baking powder only (I might have miscalculated the soda-to-powder ratio since the cookies grew a lot) and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    P.S.: Give Amelia a big kiss from me!!

  • Reply Teresa July 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Ok, this is definitely in my top 5 ccc recipes now! They are delicious! I made them for the 4th and handed them to my husbands nurses as he was in hospital for heart ❤️ surgery. I had them warm from oven and again just now. They are good nice and warm or straight from the cookie jar. Ps they are excellent paired with red wine also!! Thank you! I’m going to print & put in my recipe book!!

  • Reply Joanna S Kabbara July 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Made these for a 4th of July party and they were a total hit! Mine didn’t spread as much as yours appeared to have, not sure why…but they tasted delicious and I enjoyed their chunky shape 😛 I can’t wait to make more!

  • Reply Aysha July 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Totally made these and turned them into ice cream sandwiches for the 4th! So. Good.

  • Reply Avani July 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    not sure what I did, but when I baked the cookies, they totally…melted? First chocolate chip cookie mishap I’ve had so not sure what I did wrong. I used fresh butter/baking soda so not an old ingredient issue. I did let the cookie dough thaw but should it go into the oven fairly frozen?

    • Reply joyce October 19, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      mine too 🙁 they spread really thin.

      • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 20, 2017 at 8:21 am

        Oh no. Did you chill them?

        • Reply joyce October 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

          i only chilled them for an hour. i’m guessing that i didn’t let my melted butter cool enough before making the cookies and i should have let the dough chill for longer. i was just so excited, but i will be more patient next time!

          they taste amazing so i’m definitely going to try again!

        • Reply joyce November 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

          i made these again and they were perfect! i definitely didn’t wait for my butter to be cool enough last time.

          • Adrianna Adarme November 30, 2017 at 10:14 am

            Ahh yes, if it’s too warm then it’ll melt the chocolate chips. So glad they worked!

  • Reply Molly July 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Delicious cookies! We are a big fan of CCC’s and this recipe if going to be my new ‘go to’ recipe! I’m eating one as I type, wishing that there were a few more in the kitchen! We made this with milk chocolate and I would say that it makes the cookie a bit too sweet – and that’s saying something coming for the chocolate and sugar queen! We’ll go with the semi-sweet, per you recipe, next time.

    Quick question – have you tried using melted butter in other cookie recipes? I’m wondering is it would have the same effect on Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Ahhh this is amazing!!

      I haven’t tried it in other recipes but you can do it and see what happens. I also think this would be a great base for an oatmeal raisin cookie. I would probably leave out the chocolate chips, add 1 cup of oatmeal and then add raisins. It should work great!

  • Reply Simonne July 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I have mix the dough , and plan to bake them tomorrow. After the dough being chilled in fridge, do i have to bring the dough to room temp b4 baking? Also do i need to flatten them b4 baking?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      You don’t have to! You can actually just add a minute or two onto the baking time. And yes, I’d give them a bit of a press down before baking (though they’re pretty forgiving and I’ve NOT done this and they turned out fine).

      • Reply Simonne July 19, 2017 at 4:52 am

        Alright, will do. Thanks again

  • Reply Megan Roberts July 17, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Loved these & so did my boyfriend! Thank you! So yummy! I also loved your tip about freezing them for cookies on demand! Yahoo!

    BUT for those of us that NEVER bake (ahem, ME…and maybe some others), a helpful tip about that refrigerated dough: IT WILL BE ROCK HARD.DON’T freak out (I did)! I put mine in the mixer bowl on my warm stove to warm it up, then rolled it out with a rolling pin and TADA, back to life! Although it was a bit crumbly… maybe I did to much flour?

    Idk… Either way, they were delish! Love your blog! Keep up the delish bites! 🙂

  • Reply Megan July 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Loved these & so did my boyfriend! Thank you! So yummy! I also loved your tip about freezing them for cookies on demand! Yahoo!

    BUT for those of us that NEVER bake (ahem, ME…and maybe some others), a helpful tip about that refrigerated dough: IT WILL BE ROCK HARD.DON’T freak out (I did)! I put mine in the mixer bowl on my warm stove to warm it up, then rolled it out with a rolling pin and TADA, back to life! Although it was a bit crumbly… maybe I did too much flour?

    Idk… Either way, they were delish! Love your blog! Keep up the delish bites!

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  • Reply Laura Bond February 16, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hi! These are my FAVORITE cookies. I do have a question about freezing the dough. Should I let the cookies come to room temp before baking them? Does the same go for when you take them out of the fridge?

    Also, how long can you freeze the dough for before using? Thank you so much for this recipe! I am in love.

  • Reply Anna August 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I’m having a major problem. I’ve made these perfectly a handful of times and they were amazing! The past 2 times I’ve made them they have been really dense and not spreading. What could I be doing wrong?

  • Reply Yasmine Taïbi November 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Hey! I was wondering if the fact that my cookie dough looks dry is normal? its my firsttime making them. if its not normal, what can i do to fix it?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Hmm…no it shouldn’t be dry. Did you add too much flour? Maybe not enough butter?

      • Reply Yasmine Taïbi November 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        i dont think its the flour, its probably the butter you’re right. I’ll try to add a little more next time and I’ll keep you updated on wether or not it worked.

        Thank you!!

        • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm

          Did you add the correct amount of butter? Or did you add less than what is stated above? 🙂

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  • Reply Sarah December 20, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Hi– I just made these and froze a 1/2 portion. They baked very uniformly, but they were slightly underdone — realized once I ate one after cooling for an hour. I cooked 7 mins then added 3 more mins after seeing they were not yet golden. I baked batches of 8 cookies because I have a large cookie sheet.

    Popped the total amount back into the oven for 3 mins to see if that works to seal the deal. Any tips? Im a novice baker, I only do pies; never done cookies.
    Hoping once I go back to the frozen batch I can get it right the first time. Is it really just about added time?


    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      if they were frozen it might just need a minute or two! it’s just about time. it also maybe your oven? all ovens are a bit different. i bake these cookies (when they’re not frozen) for 12 minutes. but sometimes they need a minute or two!

  • Reply Jackie May 6, 2019 at 8:59 am

    3 stars
    Maybe this was a user error but my cookies didn’t flatten the way I wanted to and I wondering if there was too much flour used? I put the correct measurements in but these were definitely more of a mound. Also noticed that the flavor in the dough wasn’t as robust as I would like.

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  • Reply Rachael September 22, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    5 stars
    I just made these cookies and they are amazing! They are the best cookies I’ve ever made – I am so proud of them! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  • Reply Megan November 21, 2019 at 4:42 am

    2 stars
    I can’t figure out your cookie recipes I’ve tried both these and the browned butter ones, followed them exactly as your recipes state. They are mounds that don’t cook through all the way or fall when cooled. The first batch of these took around a half hour to cook through all the way and by then they don’t have a good consistency. I keep trying to figure out what the issue is for me but I honestly have no idea.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 21, 2019 at 7:54 am

      i’m sorry this recipe gave you trouble. but if it took you a half hour to cook there might be something wrong with your oven. have you given it a temperature test? i’d try and see if it’s that first. you can place an oven thermometer in there to be sure it’s 350F. please report back!

  • Reply Charity March 7, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    5 stars
    My go-to, so freaking good, share it with everyone I know recipe. Make it exactly as is and turns out delish every time!

  • Reply Zaina March 18, 2020 at 8:59 am

    5 stars
    This is the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever tried! This is my second time making them and they are perfect every time