Hands down the best chewy chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat! These cookies are chewy, chocolatey and oh so delicious!
We’re on quarantine day 746. I never know what day it is. I think it’s April but I’m pretty sure I saw snowflakes falling from the sky, so that may be wrong, too. Everything is a blur, and I’ve baked and cooked more than ever before. And these chewy chocolate chip cookies take the prize for the best thing I’ve made since staying home! I had to restrain myself from not eating the entire batch, so I portioned out individual cookies and stuck them in my freezer.
Why should I add molasses to my chocolate chip cookies?
There’s a lot of baking science behind which ingredients do what to cookies. A cookie’s texture will come out differently if you use white sugar versus brown sugar. Granulated white sugar caramelizes and therefore makes cookies browner. White sugar also creates a crisper chocolate chip cookie because it absorbs moisture in the dough. If you use white sugar, the cookie will also spread more than if brown sugar is used.
Brown sugar makes cookies moister and chewier than does white sugar. That’s because it contains molasses! The molasses adds moisture and, because it’s slightly acidic, causes the proteins in the cookie dough to firm up faster, creating a chewier texture. Additionally, molasses add moisture to any baked items, as well as extend the shelf life of the cookie! Rather than use brown sugar in this recipe, I added molasses to see if it made a difference, and I fell in love with the result!
Why should I chill the dough before baking?
Tips for making the best chocolate chip cookies
- Use high quality chocolate! The better the ingredients, the better the cookie!
- Take the cookies out when they look slightly underbaked. There should be a couple golden brown spots (like shown above) but the rest will look pale. If you like your cookies chewy, this is the sweet spot!
- Take them out and let them sit until they’ve almost completely cooled for the perfect cookie. They’ll look slightly puffy, but when they settle, those gorgeous crinkles will form and they’ll be ready to eat!
- Sprinkle with sea salt before baking! I love this sweet and salty combo!
How do you store cookies to keep them soft?
What should I serve with chocolate chip cookies?
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The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 13 minutes
- Total Time: 23 minutes
- Yield: 2 dozen 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups + 2tbl white sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups of flour
2 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Sea salt optional
Combine sugar and molasses with a hand mixer and Let sit for 1-hour minimum, overnight if possible.
Sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugars together. Add both eggs and vanilla and mix to incorporate. Add dry ingredients to the bowl, and mix to incorporate. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Let dough chill for 2 hours to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an ice cream scoop with release, scoop out cookie dough and place cookie scoop on a sheet pan lined with parchment or a silpat. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes.
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These look amazing! I don’t have molasses, and it’s not like I can just run to the store for it these days. What would the brown sugar sub be for these? Then next time we do get groceries I’ll get molasses and make again and see which one we prefer!
Yep! Brown sugar is fine. Use 2 cups of brown sugar plus 2 tbl of white sugar.
What temp to these cookies bake at?
Best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had!!!
Can’t wait to make them again!
Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I had to use the brown sugar/white sugar combo as I did not have molasses on hand. If an altered version of these cookies are this tasty, I cannot wait to get my hands on molasses and try these again in the future. Now… how do I stop myself from eating them all in one sitting?!
Hi. If you freeze and then bake later do you need to defrost first?
No! Add a minute or so on to bake time, but no need to defrost
Ok – I have made these cookies twice in two weeks. First time I made them for my family friends and their three kids and everyone loved them. Tonight I made a batch for myself, because why not! Even better the second time around. I never would’ve thought to substitute brown sugar for molasses, but it works. Trust me, these cookies a fantastic!!!
There are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes out there claiming to be the best. But this one actually DOES look like the best!! I am definitely giving this a go!
These cookies look like just the thing to cheer me up—and I bet a huge cup of coffee wouldn’t hurt either! They look so moist and delish. I am headed to the market to get a few things and coming straight home to make them!
Oh my, these cookies look absolutely divine! Can’t wait to make them!!
Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite. I love chewy ones especially. The molasses in these sounds amazing. Saving to give them a try this weekend. I’ll report back.
oh wow..I fallen in love with these cookies! They look great and taste delicious
Amazing! I might do 11 or 12 minutes to bake for our oven but these are insanely chewy and delicious. I’m not regularly a baker but I tried these and they’re incredible! I love having some of the reasoning behind steps explained to me. Also love the tip to freeze the dough after the fact both for portion control and fresh cookies on demand!
My new go-to cookie recipe. This recipe is absolutely foolproof and I make them regularly. I love pre-scooping them and tossing them in the freezer to make a few every other day so I don’t end up eating them all in one sitting (trust me, I would). Something about the molasses makes them super chewy but the outside still has the satisfying crunch. I’ve shared this recipe with all of my friends and highly recommend it!
My husband told me to throw away ALL of my other chocolate chip cookie recipes after trying this one! Nicole – you hit it out of the park!!! These are the absolute perfect balance of soft and chewy, but crisp on the outside edges, sweet and salty (I used Maldon Sea Salt to top mine). I will be sharing this recipe link with all of my family and friends. YUM!
Just replaced all of my other chocolate chip cookie recipes with this one! Seriously, these are the BEST choco-chip cookies out there! And I love that they’re so unique with the molasses in place of brown sugar.
LOOK NO FURTHER- this is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have found!! They are perfectly chewy on the outside and crispy on the edges! Highly recommend making this recipe, it is life changing!
Hands down best chocolate chip cookie recipe. ???? I just recently had to go egg, gluten and dairy free so I subbed items and followed the same recipe and they still turned out incredible! Thank you for sharing your talent and recipes!! You are amazing!
These cookies are the BEST! Today is a snow day in Chicago, so what’s better than baking a couple dozen fresh cookies to share with my neighbors? …okay, and to gobble up myself. 🙂 I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, but I did have M&Ms and some dark chocolate chunks – so I made due with this combo and I will 1000% be making these again! Already prepped more dough so I can do a cookie drop-off for my family in the area!
I love that so much!
Do you mix the molasses with all of the white sugar (2 cups + 2 T) or some portion of it? I tried this out and mixed the molasses with all of the granulated white sugar and the texture didn’t come out quite as smooth as I would have anticipated (a little grainy with the sugar not quite as melted as might expect). I think the butter was still a little too firm when I mixed it and so the dough was crumbly rather than a good slightly wet firm scoopable dough. Going to try warming the butter a little more. I tend to fork stir the sugar eggs, flour to avoid overworking the dough. May need to use the hand mixer to see how it turns out. So
Many little variables that make a difference. Love the recipe though – a new approach the broke me out of my 30 year mold for a cookie I thought I knew inside and out.
Love this recipe! Delicious every time. Best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever.
Thanks so much!
Best chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Simply the best!
Why is there no salt in the recipe? I haven’t made them yet
There should be a teaspoon. I’ve updated the recipe. Thank you!
Sorry, silly me, I see it! The dough is in the fridge!
Soo delicious!!! I used molasses to make ‘brown sugar’, I couldn’t believe how good the sugar was! I will use this recipe from now on!
This makes me so happy! Thank you!