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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


about 4-1/2 dozen

This cookie recipe—a favorite of our four children—has been in my collection for years. Sometimes I'll substitute mint-flavored chips for the semisweet chocolate chips. Either way, the chocolate cookies disappear quickly. This is one of our favorite easy chocolate chip cookie recipes. —Sheri Ziesemer, Olympia, Washington
Chewy Chocolate Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chips.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes (do not overbake). Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Tips for Chewy Chocolate Cookies

What is the best chocolate for cookies?

We recommend using semisweet chocolate chips for this recipe—here are the best chocolate chips, according to our Test Kitchen. For an even more luscious treat, use dark chocolate chips instead.

What makes a cookie chewy or crunchy?

A cookie's texture depends on the amount and type of fat, sugar and flour you use. Using butter and brown sugar typically yields more chewy cookies, while using white sugar and margarine or shortening will make a crunchier cookie. Experiment with different cookie recipes to find the perfect mix of ingredients to make your ideal cookie.

Why are my chocolate cookies dry?

If your cookies are dry, it's most likely because you overbaked them. To avoid this, keep an eye on your cookies in the oven and check them a few minutes before the recipe directs. Every oven is different, so yours might run a little warm or have a hot spot that will bake your cookies faster than expected.

Why are my chocolate cookies hard?

Overmixed dough is the most likely reason your cookies are hard. Try to mix only until the ingredients are just combined. If your cookies are too hard, try this trick: Take the heel of a loaf of bread and pop it into an airtight cookie storage container with your cookies. The cookies will absorb moisture from the bread and in a few hours, they'll be chewy again!
Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 120 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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