Thin & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I thought I had figured out the ideal chocolate chip cookie, that the perfect formula had been squared away and would never need revisiting. I made a batch to bring to CBC earlier this week, and since we were discussing the science behind chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make a thinner, chewier batch to contrast my thick, chewy portraits of perfection. For the sake of radio conversation. Guess which plate most everyone in the studio and newsroom went for? The thin ones with the rumpled edge. It’s like everyone had been replaced by thin cookie loving aliens who just didn’t know any better. It turns out there is no one true chocolate chip cookie – just a few favourites you can keep tucked away in your wardrobe of chocolate chip cookies.

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My current favourite, a mash-up of recipes (sometimes I just alternate) by Anna and Ashley, has been in such heavy rotation that it hasn’t occurred to me to this version in years. I forgot how addictive they are – it’s like the entire cookie is made up of a dark, crisp, almost candylike edge. With a higher ratio of butter and sugar to flour, they melt and spread and caramelize more drastically than those made with more eggs and flour. Some think it’s a failure when their cookies spread thin and smash into each other, but they’re the kind my mom likes best. I just ate four, and had to give the rest away to save me from myself.

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There is a dense softness in the middle – it’s not all snap. And while I generally like chopped dark chocolate in my cookies to provide larger puddles and tiny bits speckled throughout, chocolate chips work just fine here. When you need to spread some happy, pull these out of your closet.

Thin & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  

September 15, 2016

Ingredients

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 350F.

2In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3Drop the dough in large spoonfuls, spacing them about 2 inches apart to give them room to spread, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until deep golden, then cool the cookies on a wire rack. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

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75 comments on “Thin & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Sue D
    September 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I love the way they look like a pond after you’ve dropped a stone in – rings of ripples, some of them overlapping.

    Gonna try these tonight! I love a chewy cookie.

    • Julie
      September 16, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Yes, that! Dang, where were you when I was searching for metaphors last night? 🙂

  2. James
    September 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Success! These are the chocolate chip cookies of my youth that I have been searching for. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Julie
      September 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      So happy they reconnected you with your inner Cookie Monster! 🙂

  3. Cheryl R.
    September 23, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Julie these cookies are spectacular. So easy to put together, and they turned out exactly like yours! The only change I made was to up the ante and use chopped 100% bittersweet Valrhona chocolate — which put them right over the top. Huge hit around here. Thanks so much!

  4. Lucianna
    September 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I made these to bring to work and they were a hit!!! My boyfriend also reached for seconds and thirds. Truly the most ideal chocolate chip cookie.

    • Julie
      September 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Yay! this makes me happy. 🙂

  5. Colleen
    October 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Made these for the family last night and they kept asking for seconds and thirds. I had to tell them no at three and that they would be snacks in lunch for the coming week.

    • Julie
      October 3, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      This makes me very happy.

  6. Joanne
    November 11, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I tried this recipe and they turned out cakey!!!!! what could I have done wrong?

    • Julie
      November 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Oh no, that’s so odd! Perhaps you added too much flour? They should have been super thin and chewy!

      • Joanne
        November 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm

        I just scooped flour out of the bin. Maybe I should try weighing instead. 🙂 Also, what about adding less eggs? I thought that might work, too.

      • Julie
        November 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

        Did you level them off, or were the measuring cups heaping? And yes, you could use one egg instead of two!

  7. Milan
    June 14, 2017 at 12:07 am

    cake like 🙁 followed instruction exactly as you wrote.

    • Julie
      June 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      That is so odd! Looking at the ratio again, with the high butter and sugar to flour, this formula should produce a thin, chewy cookie. Were your measuring cups of flour heaped?

  8. Christin
    August 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Made these last night! I’m in the process of losing weight, but I allow myself one cheat day a week, & I’d been dying for home baked cookies! I have a great go to recepie, but wanted thin & chewy, & your blog came up in the search. They turned out perfectly! I used chocolate chips, I think next time I’ll try chunks. I also increased thr salt & vanilla by 50%, but that’s just a personal preference. I will definitely file this recepie away for future use!!

  9. Mariah
    August 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    HI! i was wondering if you could maybe make a video of you making the cookies because i find that it would be easier to follow. It’ll also help me make sure that what im ding is correct, for example, I would be able to know what the consistency of the batter should be etc.
    Thanks!

  10. Catarina
    August 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    My go to cookie recipe! Thank you for posting this amazing cookie recipe that I adore!

  11. Maya
    August 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I was was wondering why my cookies spread out too much. They don’t have the density that yours seem to have. Is there a way to remedy this? I really like the taste, but I want to perfect the texture.

    • Julie
      September 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Hmm.. these are supposed to spread a lot, but if you want them to spread less, chill the dough first, or add about 1/2-1 cup more flour, or turn the oven temp up a bit.

  12. Wendy
    December 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Butter: salted or unsalted?

    • Julie
      December 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      I usually use salted – people most often keep salted butter in the house, and you need salt in a recipe anyway!

  13. Anonymous
    December 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks! It might help to specify that in the written recipe. I’m making these tonight. I can’t wait!

    • Julie
      December 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      This is why I just say ‘butter’, and people can use what they have. I find people are confused if you say “salted butter”, which isn’t what it’s commonly referred to and often people think it’s something different.

  14. Hana
    January 15, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    This is a fantastic recipe and I love them but do you have a suggestion as to how much sugar I can cut down(for health reasons) without it affecting the great qualities your recipe has?

    • Julie
      January 15, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Hana – you can always cut back on the sugar.. usually in cookie recipes you can get away with cutting back to half, even. But you will lose the thin and chewy texture here – it’s unfortunately the butter and sugar content that makes them thin and chewy!

  15. Kel
    January 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Like you say there’s no definitive chocolate chip cookie recipe and it really depends on individual taste– but these are exactly perfect for my taste! Saving this recipe and will make it again often. Thanks for posting!

  16. Nikki
    February 23, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve tried many that promised to be thin and chewy but they missed the mark. These were PERFECT! Thanks for this recipe.

  17. Belle
    April 4, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    When I read other ripple chocolate cookies they said that we either have to freeze the cookie dough first and or banging the cookie sheet every few minutes. This one doesn’t call for that. Will the cookies still have those lovely ripples?

    • Julie
      April 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Mine do! But you can bang the pan while it’s in the oven too if you like!

      • Belle
        April 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

        Less work is fine with me. 🙂 Will definitely try it this weekend. Thanks so much for your quick response.

  18. Belle
    April 16, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Just to report back that the cookies were a hit at the bake sale. Thanks again for sharing the recipe!

    • Julie
      May 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      So glad to hear it Belle!

  19. Gail
    April 16, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    This is the second Julie recipe I’ve tried (Well actually my 12yr old granddaughter busted out the measuring cups today). BIG PROBLEM! these cookies are too darn good and a single batch was not enough! Julie, you’re now my “go to” when searching for delicious food ideas and recipes….thanx!

    Gail

    • Julie
      May 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Aw, thanks Gail! Yes they are a bit dangerous to have in the house…!

  20. Lena
    April 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    These cookies are amazing! Just the recipie I’ve been looking for! I’m sooo addicted to these. I’ve made a batch and frozen them. I bake as many as I need. Love it!

    Thank you for the wonderful recipie!

    Lena

    • Julie
      May 1, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      So glad to hear it!

  21. Andrew
    June 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I just made these….The dough seemed thicker than I expected. When I cooked them they looked as if they melted in the oven. It may not sound like it but these things came out great. Although mine seem to be paper thin but still have that crunchy chewy texture I was looking for. Fantastic.

    • Julie
      July 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      That’s the idea! so glad to hear you liked them!

  22. Noa sliwa
    August 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    i made these, they were delicious but i didn’t get the ripple effect like you did in the picture. what did i do wrong?

  23. Claudia
    September 22, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Is it okay to substitute the parchment paper with foil? I don’t have any parchment paper but am dying to bake these cookies!

    • Julie
      September 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      For sure!

  24. Charlotte Jibilian
    November 3, 2018 at 11:04 am

    These are great. I’ve made them multiple times and the recipe consistently turns out well. Everyone I share them with loves them.

  25. Lia
    January 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    The cookies taste amazing but they spread very quickly on the pan forming one big cookie even though I spaced them 4 per tray. Any suggestions to what i am doing wrong?

    • Gail Ursulak
      January 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Maybe there was too much cookie batter per cookie? I made this recipe and recall mine *almost* blobing together. I reduced how large each started on the second batch…I had to make more because my grandkids devoured them in minutes! ?

    • Julie
      January 14, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Interesting.. it could be that your oven is too cool, and they’re melting too much before they have a chance to set?

  26. Brie
    January 20, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Can baking soda be substituted for powder?

    • Julie
      January 22, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Yes, but baking soda is more traditional and will help with the spread.

  27. GREGORY DORN
    January 27, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    We have been searching for a “flat” chocolate chip cookie recipe for a while. THIS IS THE ONE! The cookies came out perfect with little mounds of chips sticking up every where. They are…were delicious. They hold up very well to dunking in milk too. Thank you.

    • Julie
      January 27, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad to hear it!! Now I need to make another batch! 🙂

  28. Michell
    February 2, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Instead of light brown sugar can I use dark brown sugar? Or will it make a difference in the cookie?

    • Julie
      February 3, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Sure! They’ll just be a bit more molasses-y.

  29. Kathryn
    February 14, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    What size spoonful of dough should I use? How many spoonfuls do you make per cookie sheet? I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this one (thin, crispy, chewy) for the LONGEST time. My grandmother made cookies that look just like this and she passed away before anyone could get her recipe.

    • Julie
      February 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      These spread more than usual, so I’d say maybe 8 per sheet? 3 x 3 on the outside, 2 in the middle lane? I use a scoop that’s probably 3 Tbsp?

  30. Emily
    March 16, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    This recipe was not good. I followed the recipe and the first batch of cookies turned out terrible. I ended up changing this recipe and the rest of the cookies turn out much better. I will keep looking for a new recipe.

    • Julie
      March 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Sorry they didn’t work out for you!

  31. Katie Jakob
    April 10, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Amazing! Finally a recipe worth saving. I made them today, so easy and exactly as described. I got 18 too! So pleased! Thanks!

    • Julie
      April 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Yay, so glad to hear it!

  32. Char
    May 19, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Two pans later the cookies came out the way they were supposed to! Just added a little flour. I’ve tried so many recipes and this one was the exact one I’ve been searching for! Finally my cookies are PERFECT!

    Thank you for this yummy recipe!

    • Julie
      May 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Great to hear it!

  33. Matt Colivas
    May 30, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Holy shittttt these are amazing!!

  34. Joanne
    July 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Very very yummy but do have access to the nutritional info per cookie?
    Thank you so much for the delish cookies my young boy loved them , he has type 1 Diabetes that is why ask about the Nutritional info Carbohydrates in specific.thanks again from Canada

    • Julie
      July 5, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Sorry, I don’t have it.. but there are plenty of free programs online you can use to analyze a recipe!

  35. Anonymous
    July 5, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Thx you
    Joanne

  36. Ravenclaw
    July 10, 2019 at 10:47 am

    How much cookies does this make

    • Julie
      July 11, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      About a dozen and a half?

  37. Hufflepuff
    September 9, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Thank you so very much for sharing this cookie recipe! The cookies were amazing and turned out exactly as I wanted them to, thin, chewy and delicious. I’ve made them three times in n the past week and even conducted a cookie battle to compare them with the cookie recipe from the NYTimes. Yours Julie was the clear winner. Thank you, merci, gracias!

  38. Bettina H
    September 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    My brother and I have been searching so long for the perfect thin chocolate chip cookie, I made these tonight and they were absolutely perfect. I had to share the recipe with him immediately. So excited, the search is over! Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      September 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

      Yay, so glad to hear it!!

  39. alex
    October 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    these are so delicious! best cookie recipe i ever made

    • Julie
      October 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

      so great to hear!

  40. ayyyy
    October 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    hi, i wanted to make this cookies soon, but im afraid if the cup to grams converter that i usually use isn’t correct, and may caused a fail cookie , would you mind write down the grams version of this recipe? thank u??

  41. Jay
    November 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Oh my goodness. I just had one after cooling down, and these are it, Julie! I finally found my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I was a little iffy after mixing everything together because the batter doesn’t have the thick and dry consistency of others, but a soft, supple, and velvety one. I only had dark brown sugar on hand and mini chocolate morsels, but they still came out divine! Thank you so much, I’m so excited to bake these throughout the holidays!

    • Julie
      November 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Yay, so glad to hear it!!

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