These simple Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies are just that! They have a tender but dense texture that’s loaded with melty chocolate chips. They’re also easy to make! You can have gooey and soft chocolate chip cookies in minutes that are bakery-worthy.
Why I love this no chill chocolate chip cookie recipe
If you’ve baked any of my other cookie recipes, then you know that I am a BIG proponent for chilling your dough overnight. But not everyone wants or has the time to let the dough sit in the fridge for hours and hours. You need cookies NOW. I understand. That’s why I made these quick and easy chocolate chip cookies!
The reason for chilling cookie dough is to allow all of the ingredients to fully absorb… kind of like marinating. This leaves you with a delicious rich and chewy texture with bold flavor.
To learn more about why I typically chill cookie dough, check out my brown butter chocolate chip cookies.
For this recipe, I really wanted to create a cookie that was still SO delicious but without the wait time. In order to get the same rich texture that you would by chilling the dough, I had to sneak in a secret ingredient.
What I love about this recipe is that it requires a simple list of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. These include:
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Light or dark brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Butter, melted (but not too hot!)
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
Tools needed to make these chocolate chip cookies
These cookies can also be made by hand or with an electric mixer. Yep, just THAT easy!
To make BIG chocolate chip cookies (like I always do), go for a 2oz cookie scoop. Using this makes 12 large cookies.
If you don’t have a big scoop, use a regular cookie scoop to make 18-20 cookies.
I also recommend using a large baking sheet. You’ll want to bake this dough ASAP to prevent it from drying out, so try to bake as many cookies as you can at once. BUT don’t overcrowd the oven. Only bake with one baking sheet at a time. The goal is to bake the cookie dough in 2-3 batches.
Also place the cookies about 3 inches apart. Don’t place more than 6 large cookies on a large baking sheet. If baking regular sized cookies, you can get away with 7-8 cookies at once.
Lastly, make sure to cover the baking sheet in parchment paper. This prevents the cookies from sticking while allowing them to spread evenly. Using foil or a silpat could flatten the cookies.
How to make your chocolate chip cookies look PERFECT
Here are a few tips to get your cookies photo ready, or just to look even more mouth watering than they already are!
- Don’t roll the dough balls. Just scoop and bake. This creates those ridges on top and adds a beautiful texture to the outside of the cookies.
- When they’re warm from the oven and still on the baking sheet, place a couple extra chocolate chips on top. I like to press mine underneath the ridges so it looks more organic…like they were just perfectly scooped that way.
- If you have a couple cookies that don’t bake perfectly round, use a spoon to press the sides back in. Do so while they’re still warm on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt! This is totally optional, but makes these cookies go from homemade to gourmet.
These are best when they’re still warm. At this point, the chocolate is gooey and the cookies are buttery and tender.
As the cookies cool, they will firm up just a bit. To revive that soft and gooey texture, you can either pop a cookie in the microwave for about 20 seconds or use the oven to reheat the entire batch.
Preheat the oven to 250F and place the cookies on a large baking sheet with parchment paper. The cookies shouldn’t be touching, but you can place them side-by-side equality spaced out. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until completely warm. Now they’re good as new!
Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for up to 5 days, reheating when needed.
Cornstarch is known in baking for creating a soft and tender texture… whether you’re baking a cake or whipping up some cookie dough. Adding just a little bit to the dry ingredients helps to soften the gluten strands in the flour. Gluten is what creates that chewy texture, so breaking those down will lend a more tender texture.
If you don’t have cornstarch, you could also use the same amount of arrowroot, potato starch, or tapioca flour. Since we’re using such a small amount in this recipe, using a different type of starch won’t make or break these cookies. But please still use a starch! It’s the secret to getting that soft and gooey texture.
We’re using a lower temperature for this recipe because of the high flour content in the dough. Using a lower temperature prevents the cookies from over baking and drying out. Plus, a lower temperature helps the inside stay nice and soft.
For more of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes, check out my:
- Soft and Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Best Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- No Chill Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Best Thick Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
- Easy and Chewy Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Total Time: 27 minutes
- Yield: 12 large cookies
These are the BEST soft chocolate chip cookies that are tender and gooey on the inside. They’re mixed with a bit of cornstarch and baked low and slow, creating a super soft and doughy consistency. Plus, there’s no refrigerating or waiting. Just mix up the dough and bake!
- 2 1/2 cups (330g) all purpose flour, spooned and leveled*
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup (170g) light or dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup (55g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips**
- Flaky sea salt for sprinkling (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325F and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl and set aside. **Make sure to spoon and level the flour! Gently spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off with a flat edge. Don’t shake it down or pack it in.
- Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Using an electric mixer or whisk, mix together the melted butter and sugars. Mix until it comes together like a thin paste (about a minute or two).
- Mix in the egg and vanilla until smooth.
- Add in the dry ingredients one half at a time. If making by hand, switch to a rubber spatula to fold together. Just before the dough completely comes together, toss in the chocolate chips and fold/mix to fully combine. Careful not to over mix.
- Use a large 2oz cookie scoop and place 5-6 scoops on your cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Start at 10 and go up from there. They will look pretty pale because of the low temperature but just keep an eye on the edges. They’ll turn a very very light golden brown. If you’re unsure, just take them out. It’s better to be under than over baked!
- Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and sprinkle with some sea salt while they’re still warm. Cool for about 10 minutes and dig in while they’re still warm and gooey. Enjoy!
- *To measure flour properly, spoon it into your measuring cup and level it off with a butter knife.
- **I prefer dark chocolate chips, but use whatever kind you like best!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate chip cookies, easy chocolate chip cookies, cookie recipe, cookies
Would it be possible to list the ingredients in cups and weighed in grams?
Yes! They’re now up 🙂
sarah compton says
had a question! making sure 1 tbsp for vanilla is correct?!?
Yes that is correct
Can the extra dough for these be frozen or would they dry out too much?
Unfortunately due to the high flour content, they have the potential to dry out in the freezer.
Nicole H. says
Which brown sugar do you prefer to use- the light or dark?
I can’t tell a huge difference between the two, but if I have dark on hand I go with that. If not light works just as good!
what is that white thing on top ? is that salt ?
Yep, flaky sea salt is optional
It was so easy and fast to make! And they smell and taste delicious 🍪😍
Yay! Thanks for sharing Lara 🙂
These cookies were so quick and easy to make. I love that I didn’t need a mixer and didn’t need to chill the dough. These bake up big and thick and they’re absolutely delicious. Be sure to sprinkle some sea salt on top after baking, makes the cookies extra special! Thank you, Jenna, for a fabulous recipe!
Thank you so much for making them!!
Just finished baking these and they are absolutely my new go to chocolate chip cookies, they are the perfect soft and gooey you look for in a cookie! perfection!! Your right eating them warm are best and super addicting!!! Can’t wait to try the browned butter ones when I have a little more time!! Thanks so much for this recipe!! I found you on Instagram and save every recipe !! Your blog and pics are awesome!!
Aw thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear this!
Hey! Made these last night and omg! So so soooo good. I made some cccs a few days ago from another recipe and they were good but they were kinda flat and I kept thinking I need to find a recipe for thick cookies. I came across this one and wow! It was sooo easy and quick and best of all they satisfied my thick cookie craving! 😂🤤loooove and I’m going to recommend to my fam and friends 🤎
Aw yay! Thanks for sharing!
Leigh Ann says
Just made this and substituted gluten free flour. They were a little sandy texture wise because of the gf flour, but they were so very tasty and easy. Thank you for the recipe.
Sara D says
Can you refrigerate this Dough overnight.?
No, so I’d recommend my brown butter chocolate chip cookies if you prefer an overnight cookie!
Hiruki Wickramasinghe says
This is the second time I’ve made these cookies, both times in a rush hence I needed a recipe with zero chilling time! And they are AMAZING. Took them for a family brunch this weekend and they were such a hit, that everyone took some back home with them 🙂 Definitely my go to choc chip cookie recipe now!
Ah yay! Thanks for sharing!
I have been searching for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and I have finally found it! Thank you!!!
Yay! Thank you!
These cookies are really yummy and do remain soft. I gave the recipe 4 stars instead of 5 because the original recipe yielded a dough that was too crumbly, and the cookies came out very grainy.
I tried again and reduced the flour from 2 and 1/2 cups to 2 and 1/4 cups and it made all the difference. The dough was much more like a typical chocolate chip cookie dough. Cookies came out soft and chewy and maintained their softness with the tip of storing them in an airtight container with a slice of bread.
The recipe says one egg, but instructions say to ”mix in the eggs.” Is there supposed to be more than one egg? Thanks!
Oh yep it’s just one egg! That was a typo 🙂
AMAZING. they were so soft and delicious. My new fav recipe!
THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE!