RECIPE: The BEST Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie You’ll EVER Make – Pinky Swear!

RECIPE:  The BEST Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie You'll EVER Make - Pinky Swear!

I’ve been on a mission to find THE Softest and Chewiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for a long time now.  I’m talking an uber soft, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie, like Chips Ahoy makes or even like the ones Costco sells in their bakery.  LOVE Costco’s bakery, by the way!

Well, I’ve finally found the recipe!  I actually stumbled upon it by accident.  My husband was a Costco a couple weeks ago and called to ask if it was OK to get the Kirkland brand of chocolate chips since they were $2 cheaper than Nestle.  I said sure, I’ll give them a try!

It wasn’t until a week later when I opened the bag to make some cookies that I noticed a chocolate chip recipe on the back of the bag.  I guess that makes sense now that I think about it.  Most packaged food items have recipes on the back or sides of the box or bag they’re in.  I swear I have such blinders on most of the time, so I know I miss a lot of neat things.  I guess this time was different because I was curious about the Kirkland brand of chocolate chips, so actually took the time to check out the packaging.  What a novel concept!  HA!  I’m so glad I did!

In all my years of making chocolate chip cookies, they’ve always been too greasy or too flat or too crunchy (ick – that’s what gingersnaps are for in my opinion!) or… or… just not soft, thick and chewy.

RECIPE:  The BEST Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie You'll EVER Make - Pinky Swear!

As you can see, this chocolate chip cookie recipe bakes very well.  The edges are brown, but not thin and crispy because there’s too butter.  The cookie bakes tall and stays that way even after cooking.  Such a rare thing with other recipes, even Nestle Original Toll House.  Those never backed like I thought they should, which is like the photos above.  The center of this cookie is also very soft, chewy and cake/cookie dough-like texture.  It’s not doughy, but on the verge.  So soft.  Like cookie clouds.

These chocolate chip cookies literally melt in your mouth.

I can only imagine what they’d taste like a la mode!  Talk about the ultimate cookie treat!

Do you have a tried-and-true chocolate chip cookie recipe you swear by?  Please share!  :)

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RECIPE: The BEST Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie You'll EVER Make – Pinky Swear!

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 tbsp. shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1-1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips (3/4 cup for the mix and 1/4 cup to put on top of each dough ball)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

Combine shortening, butter, sugars, egg and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl. Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer on medium speed.

Add baking soda and salt. Mix.

Slowly add flour until thoroughly blended.

Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula. Reserve the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips for the top of each cookie dough ball.

Add nuts, if desired.

Roll dough into 1" or 2" balls. I used an ice cream scoop for mine - slightly rounded. Place on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. With remaining chocolate chips, press chocolate chips halfway into each dough ball. I happened to use 5 chocolate chips per dough ball. If you have extra chocolate chips afterwards, you know what to do - EAT THEM!!!

Bake at 350* for 8 to 10 minutes. For a softer cookie, chewier cookie, bake until the edges and peaks are slightly golden brown.

As always, ENJOY! :)

Back of Kirkland brand chocolate chips bag.

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41 Responses to “RECIPE: The BEST Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie You’ll EVER Make – Pinky Swear!”

  1. Coco Venice — March 18, 2013 @ 11:15 AM (#
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    I’m going to have to try this recipe, your cookies look delicious!

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  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — March 18, 2013 @ 3:52 PM (#
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    Hmm, I’m not convinced. I think you’re going to have to send me a batch and let me try them for myself. Maybe send two batches, just to be sure. ;)

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  3. shelly (cookies and cups) — March 19, 2013 @ 6:40 AM (#
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    I will definitely have to try these!!

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  4. Holly — April 10, 2013 @ 6:38 PM (#
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    I’m sure I could screw them up but they do look scrumptious.

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  5. Toni — April 10, 2013 @ 7:06 PM (#
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    I love to make choco chip cookies from scratch. These look so good!

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  6. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom — April 10, 2013 @ 7:06 PM (#
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    These look so, so good! I love chewy cookies!

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  7. Courtney — April 10, 2013 @ 7:06 PM (#
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    Those look fabulous! I am hungry for some now!

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  8. Shell Feis — April 10, 2013 @ 7:06 PM (#
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    I may have just licked my computer monitor.

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  9. MommyJenna — April 10, 2013 @ 7:07 PM (#
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    Yum!!! I need to save this one!

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  10. BerryRipe — April 10, 2013 @ 7:07 PM (#
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    Wow, great blog! So beautiful and who doesn’t love chocolate?!!!

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  11. Maggie True Armstrong — April 10, 2013 @ 7:07 PM (#
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    These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. Jamie @ Roubinek Reality — April 10, 2013 @ 7:14 PM (#
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    Whoa!! These look awesome!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I have to try them out!

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  13. Gail — April 21, 2013 @ 7:46 AM (#
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    First time I have EVER seen a chocolate chip cookie recipe where the directions actually say to put some chips on top. 500 years ago when I was a new baker I couldnt understand why my cookies didnt have the chips on top and I was mixing them into the dough according to the directions I figured it out on my own and always wondered why no one ever writes it into the recipes. I have a soft cookie recipe that calls for melted butter. I will try your too, it looks great

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  14. Gracie — April 23, 2013 @ 12:24 PM (#
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    Made these–absolutely delicious!!

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  15. Kate — May 12, 2013 @ 5:29 PM (#
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    I am always on the hunt for the chewiest chocolate chip cookie. I must confess, I’ve already found one recipe I adore (the chipits recipe on the inside of their package ironically enough) but these pictures have tempted me wayyy too much, I definitely have to try them!

    Thanks for the recipe share!

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  16. Lily — June 22, 2013 @ 12:12 AM (#
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    Hey Laura I was just wondering, is there anyway way you can show how to make this using pictures? It is so helpful with all your other recipes and I’m dying to make this and get it right!

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  17. Lily — June 23, 2013 @ 3:10 AM (#
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    I made them, but they came out flat and crunchy! What did I wrong? And is the measurements for flour 1 cup AND 2/3 cup or 1 cup OR 2/3? Please help I want mine to come out just like yours they looks so yummy!

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  18. Anonymous — June 25, 2013 @ 10:18 AM (#
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    I tried this receipe and my cookies did not come out well, at all. I am not sure what went wrong… They Stayed like firm balls and never melted. I kept them in the oven for almost an hour and nothing. Good luck to the rest of you.

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  19. Candy — July 2, 2013 @ 8:12 AM (#
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    What an art of taste. Yummylicious. I’ll do the same.

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  20. Clarissa — July 3, 2013 @ 2:03 AM (#
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    I will try this one. Looks delicious for my desert

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  21. Zathine — July 4, 2013 @ 11:58 PM (#
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    I will to these cookies the same. Keep post

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  22. Forrest — July 6, 2013 @ 8:20 AM (#
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    I try to bake one for my kids.

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  23. Fulford — July 6, 2013 @ 9:22 AM (#
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    Try this and you love it…very yummy

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  24. Peril — July 7, 2013 @ 10:18 AM (#
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    Combine this with art will be a perfect cup cake.

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  25. Katy — July 21, 2013 @ 12:16 PM (#
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    I am hoping you could reply to this comment. I was just wondering: do we put 1 AND 2/3 cups of flour or 1 TO 2/3 cups of flour? Please reply back as I made these cookies yesterday, and they turned out a horrible mess. I have no idea what went wrong so if yu could reply back that would be awesome!

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    • Laura Rucker replied: — July 21st, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

      Hi Katy! I’m sorry to hear your cookies didn’t turn out. :(

      The correct flour amount is 1 AND 2/3 cup. Please let me know if you try them again and how they turn out. :D

  26. Helene — August 17, 2013 @ 3:28 PM (#
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    Made these cookies today and they are soft, chocolatey, and delicious. Thank you for this recipe. Love to cook, Helene

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  27. Jill — August 18, 2013 @ 8:36 AM (#
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    I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time! I made them last night and they are awesome! Mine were kind of big with the size scoop I used, but they are soft and chewy and delicious :)

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  28. Cris — September 10, 2013 @ 12:09 PM (#
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    I’m currently in the process of testing multiple cookie recipes as I’m tired of flat/crunchy/cakey/tasteless cookies. I made this recipe last night. I used a large cookie scoop (roughly 1/4 C) and baked at an increased temperature of 375 for 15 minutes due to their larger size. In doubling the recipe I got 24 cookies. Cookies turned out beautifully and had a fantastic taste and texture. Slightly crispy edges with a chewy center. Their shape resembled Laura’s picture above. Hands down my favorite recipe to date. I sent them with my husband to work and they lasted only an hour and received rave reviews.

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  29. Anonymous — September 17, 2013 @ 4:51 AM (#
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    yumy

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    • Anonymous replied: — September 17th, 2013 @ 4:51 AM

      yummmy

  30. Jen — September 21, 2013 @ 5:53 PM (#
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    Amazing traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, an instant favorite in my family! I did add about 1/2 tbsp of cold milk because I felt my dough was a little stiff, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for sharing this gem!

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  31. Joy — September 27, 2013 @ 10:55 AM (#
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    Yesterday, I Googled “Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe” and clicked on a Parade article that listed variations of chocolate chip cookies. I clicked “Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies” and I was led here. I am currently baking the cookies and my daughter and I have pretty much gobbled up the first batch. Soft and delicious! This is the best “from scratch” chocolate chip cookie recipe I have tried. Thank you! Will follow you on Pinterest! :-)

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  32. Trycia — September 28, 2013 @ 5:42 AM (#
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    These were the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made! I have tried the allrecipes “big fat chewy chocolate chip cookies” and they were my go to recipe until now but were nowhere as good as these. Even Alton Browns “the chewy” failed me. This one is easy and perfect!!! I’m pretty in love with Costco so I’m not surprised their chips had a recipe like this on the side. So glad you shared!

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  33. Mine turned out flat and were really salty. — September 29, 2013 @ 4:16 PM (#
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    Mine turned out flat and were really salty

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  34. Anonymous — December 23, 2013 @ 8:34 PM (#
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    Honestlybthe BEST recepie I have eve tried. They turned out prefect!

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  35. Anonymous — February 2, 2014 @ 6:22 PM (#
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    Just made these and they are absolutely delicious! They disappeared as soon as I set them on the table (:

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  36. Amanda — June 22, 2014 @ 2:15 PM (#
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    I’ve made these a few times and they really are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. My husband told me never to try another recipe again!

    Thanks!

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  37. Fara — July 8, 2014 @ 5:18 AM (#
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    These cookies are amazing!! I used normal butter (not sweetened) and did not add any extra salt. Turned out amazing. My new fav choc-chip recipe! Thanks!!

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  38. Raneem — July 15, 2014 @ 3:08 PM (#
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    I just made these and they are soft and smell like heaven! Thanks for the recipe!

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  39. tablice reklamowe — August 4, 2014 @ 7:25 AM (#
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    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!!
    Finally I have found something that helped me. Appreciate it!

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