Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies are a new favorite cookie recipe with a secret ingredient that makes them chewy and stay soft!!

If chewy cookies aren’t your thing, make sure to try out my Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle or my Crispy Bits Chocolate Chip Cookies!

My Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Are For All You Chew Cookie Lovers!

I am no stranger to a chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have TONS on my website, and I’m pretty sure I will continue to bake new and interesting chocolate chip cookie recipes for as l along as I exist.

Whether you like crispy cookies, soft cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, mini chip chocolate chip cookies, cookies stuffed with frosting, cookies made with hard boiled eggs…I’ve got you covered.

BUT one chocolate chip cookie recipe I did not have on my website (until today) is a perfectly CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I couldn’t believe it either. So today we’re talking about how to make the softest, chewiest chocolate chip cookies ever to happen!

CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies are a thick, soft and chewy cookie recipe

What Makes These Cookies So Chewy?

The secret to these CHEWY cookies is…drumroll please…Karo® Corn Syrup!! Yep, it’s a pretty genius “secret ingredient”, if you ask me! I mean, let’s think about it…

Using Karo® Corn Syrup in place of some of the sugar is obviously going to make your cookies softer. And not only will the cookie be soft, but the corn syrup also adds a chewiness to the centers that just can’t be duplicated! These taste like the best version of a bakery cookie. You can use either Karo® Dark or Light Corn Syrup….totally up to you. The subtle sweetness that Karo® adds to the cookie is a nice change to the typical chocolate chip cookie recipe.

You bake these with butter, of course, so your edges still get brown and slightly crisp, but the insides are chewy and soft…and they will stay soft!! Just make sure to bake them until just the edges are golden, if you want a true soft cookie.

Karo Syrup makes these extra chewy chocolate chip cookies

Does This Cookie Dough Need To Chill?

The cookie dough comes together quickly, and requires no chill time, which is great! It is a softer dough, due to the corn syrup, but they hold their shape beautifully when baked!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are an EASY chocolate chip cookie recipe with a special ingredient

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are my kids new favorite cookie recipe. And I am fully on board with an easy cookie recipe, that turn out perfect every time!

You could certainly add nuts, or different types of chips to switch up the flavors. The base recipe for this cookie dough is ultra adaptable and can be used in so many ways!

Karo Syrup makes these the best chewy chocolate chip cookies!

How to switch up flavors in this cookie recipe:

This is a great cookie base recipe too that you can adapt and get creative with! Here are some ideas of extra to add-in and make them your own!

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips + 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup white chips and 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups M&Ms
  • 1 cup white chips + 1 cup Craisins



Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies use Karo® Corn Syrup to get that chewy and soft texture!



  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add in the corn syrup, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt, and continue mixing for 1 minute until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly incorporated.
  5. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop, place the dough on the prepared baking sheet 2- inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  6. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Optional- Place extra semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of the cookies, as soon as they come out of the oven to garnish.

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
13.7 g
57.5 mg
7.6 g
17.3 g
1.5 g
15.3 mg

Keywords: chocolate chip cookie, cookie recipe, chocolate chips, corn syrup

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Dec 11, 2021 11:54 am

I made these for my friends at school and they loved it. Every time I bake I struggle to find good recipes but when I came across this website it’s now my go-to! It taught me how to bake and is the root of my love for baking I’m only 14 but my friends and family call me a baker and I make all the treats and cakes for family gatherings all thanks to you <3

Lizette Lopez
Sep 30, 2020 1:49 pm

Hi! I tried this yesterday and it was an instant hit!

I was wondering if i can use a different brand of corn syrup (karo isn’t widely available in local groceries in my country) and brown butter?

Audrey Samson
Jun 15, 2020 1:04 am

I just tried this tonight and I love this recipe! Thank you for posting!! 🙂

May 19, 2020 9:40 am

Over the years I’ve found the texture of chocolate chip cookies is really hard to get right: too dry, too greasy, only good immediately out of the oven… I’ve made this recipe twice now and got cookies with a perfect look, texture and taste, even the next day. Who knew corn syrup would make such a difference? Thanks for sharing!

Angelina Haueter
Apr 20, 2020 10:36 pm

These are not good at all. I do not recommend this recipe. Yes they are chewy but they taste terrible.

Apr 18, 2020 8:27 am

Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

Feb 2, 2020 5:10 pm

Today I made this recipe and they came out flat.

Sue Priest
Dec 6, 2019 1:36 pm

Tried your snickerdoodle and the chewy chocolate chip cookies. Both are amazing. I’m sure I’ll be trying many more of your recipes! Thank you for sharing!

Jul 27, 2019 8:40 pm

Oiy was easy to make but the cookies flattened when I baked them. I put the dough in the fridge for 1 hr to chill in balls and then baked them and they still flattened. What did i do wrong?

Mar 4, 2019 6:40 pm

I have made literally hundreds of different chocolate chip cookie recipes trying to find my version of “the perfect chocolate chip cookie”. This recipe is now the front runner. I’m not sure that I need to look any further. If you follow the recipe exactly you will have the perfect cookie. Crispy on the edges while soft and chewy on the inside. Cookie Perfection!! Thanks for posting!! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this recipe!!

Jan 26, 2019 8:52 am

I made these today and they came out flat what did I do wrong. I followed the recipe to a T

Apr 14, 2019 9:29 pm
Reply to  Kim

I agree — mine ended up flat and spread a lot. Maybe I should try to refrigerate the dough before baking? Flavor was good, but they just didn’t look pretty.

Dec 22, 2018 7:18 pm

Great cookie, family loved them, makes plenty.

Nov 26, 2018 6:12 pm

Made these today and 2 thumbs up! Thank you!

Nov 25, 2018 8:19 pm

i dint have karo ,what can i substitute? thanks

Nov 20, 2018 9:38 am

Can not wait to try this recipe! What type of brown sugar light or dark?

Nov 26, 2018 6:13 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I used light also since I didn’t have dark, and it worked fine……….

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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