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These are seriously the BEST Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies! This easy recipe is soft, chewy and gooey too! They have tons of chocolate and taste amazing – make a batch today!

stacked chocolate chip cookies with melted chocolate chips baked in.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are so many types of chocolate chip cookies, and not only does my family love every single one, but I know your family will love them too. Chocolate Chip Cookies are not only the most iconic cookie, but they’re one of my absolute favorites.

My basic chocolate chip cookie recipe is my most popular cookie recipe on this site and I’ve also made tons of variations too – including this CHEWY version. While my normal recipe is soft with crispy edges, this one is soft on the outside and super chewy on the inside thanks to a secret ingredient. And they stay chewy for days!

bottle of karo light corn syrup sitting on a white counter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter: The best cookies use butter! Use unsalted butter and make sure it’s softened.
  • Corn Syrup: The chewy secret ingredient! I’m switching it in for granulated sugar because corn syrup does all the same things and makes these cookies even chewier!
  • Brown Sugar: I ALWAYS put tons of brown sugar in my chocolate chip cookies – it helps with how soft they turn out.
  • Egg: Cookies need eggs for structure and the fat from the yolk. This also helps them be chewy and soft!
  • Baking Soda: To help them spread, but we don’t want them to spread too much so I use just 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Salt: A must add, especially if you’re using unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp.
  • Chocolate Chips: I love using semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use any flavor or brand.

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How to make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Cream softened butter with brown sugar and corn syrup.
  • Once that’s all mixed together, mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda then fold the flour mixture into wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet and chill. Then place them on parchment paper or silicone lined baking sheet and bake until the edges are golden brown.
stacked chocolate chip cookies with melted chocolate chips baked in.

Expert Tips

  • Avoid cakey cookies by measuring your flour correctly.
  • Did you know that baking on parchment is different than using a silpat? Silpat baking mats sometimes keep cookies a bit puffier because the silicone grips the cookie dough.
  • Don’t over bake cookies for the perfect soft chewy texture. Know when your cookies are done baking!
  • Just like all my cookie variations, you can add chopped pecans or walnuts to the cookies. We also love the version topped with sea salt.
  • If you want those gooey chocolate chips on top, add a few to the just baked cookies right when they come out of the oven. The chocolate chips stay melty and make the cookies super pretty!


  • Store these at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days – they stay soft and chewy!
  • Freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer!


What makes chocolate chip cookies chewy?

I decided to add corn syrup to make these chewy – but adding an egg yolk also will do the trick.

stacked chocolate chip cookies with melted chocolate chips baked in.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

4.78 from 40 votes
This is seriously the BEST Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. One simple secret ingredient makes these an easy cookie recipe that's soft and chewy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 20 cookies
Serving Size 1 g


  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup (59ml) Karo Corn Syrup (Light)
  • ½ cup (100g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups (217g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups (255g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk) plus more for topping
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  • Note: This dough requires chilling.
  • Place softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Add Karo Corn Syrup and brown sugar and mix on low speed until the mixture is smooth. Tip: spray your measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring your corn syrup. This will ensure easy pouring. Mix in egg and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Mix in baking soda and salt, then slowly mix in flour and mix just until the batter is smooth and comes together. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing. Slowly mix in chocolate chips.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Spacing doesn’t matter because you will be chilling the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Remove the chilled cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and space them 2-inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake (2 tablespoon sized cookies) for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden and the tops are no longer glossy. Let cool on the cookie sheets at least 10 minutes before removing.

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Recipe Notes

  • Try using white chocolate chips or a combination of milk, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips instead of all one flavor. You can even substitute butterscotch or peanut butter chips, or add your favorite nuts. Just keep the amount of add-ins to 1 1/2 cups.
  • To get the melty glossy chocolate chip look I have, add a few chocolate chips to the top of the cookies when they come out of the oven. They’ll melt, stick and then cool and be super gooey!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Get all the other garbage off of your website and please just put the recipe down. Why do I have to scroll through all that other stuff and hunt for the recipe? Why don’t you just make it simple and get all that other stuff off there don’t forget to reply.

    1. All that other “garbage” is important for recipe success. If you just wanted a recipe without all the info, go to Allrecipes or a similar site. I add all the information to try and be helpful. And if you are in a hurry, you can use the jump to recipe button there at the top.

  2. For years I have tried to make a good chocolate chip cookie and they never turn out. Until I made your cookies. Thank you for making me a chocolate chip cookie maker. When I make them my granddaughter and I fight over them to the point where we count them. Four for me four for you. More like 5 for me and 4 for my granddaughter lol My granddaughter is always saying “what happen to the last cookie grandma ” and I say ” what cookie ” 🙂

  3. I just made these last night for my sons Xmas cookie exchange today. I chilled the dough overnight. Literally the worst cookies I’ve ever made. The edges are burnt and the centers aren’t cooked. This is a bad recipe.

    1. It sounds like your oven was cooking too hot. Can you let me know if you made any substitutions, what brand butter you used, and what sort of pan?

    1. Can you let me know what kind of butter you used? Also did you pack your flour or weigh it or spoon and level it?
      That said, sometimes if these are SUPER cold they don’t flatten right away and if I notice that happening I’ll lightly push them down with my palm during baking and they’ll flatten more.