Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe for those who love a chewy center and a crispy edge! And I’m sharing all my secrets with you today!

If Crispy/Chewy is your thing, make sure to check out this recipe for oatmeal cookies!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Are The Ultimate Classic Cookie Recipe!

I get asked ALL the time if I have a recipe to share for thin and crispy or ultra chewy chocolate chip cookies. I have tons of recipes for chocolate chip cookies here on my site, but none of them offer up both chewy AND crispy! I have just chewy…chewy and soft…thin and crispy…thick and soft…soft with crisp edges…

But an ultra chewy, thin cookie with crinkly tops and crisp edges…well I had been holding out on you.

This recipe took me a number of tries to nail down. I was actually trying to develop another recipe entirely, but I ended up with these beauties more or less. And after a few tweaks I feel like I perfected the ultimate chewy cookie texture.

Stacked thin and chewy chocolate chip cookies

How Do You Make Chewy Cookies?

Getting a crisp cookie is fairly easy. Generally the right amount of butter and sugar together will give you sweet, crisp, browned edges. But the balance of thinness and chewiness without being flat took a few tries.

The reason that cookies get chewy is the sugar. Think of it this way, when you’re making candy you cook the sugar until it reaches either the soft boil, or hard boil stage, depending on the type of candy you’re making.

So when you’re baking cookies, the sugars melt and cook, which along with other factors, aid in the spreading. If you add too much sugar you will get a very thin cookie, too little, your cookie will be thicker and more like a biscuit.

So balancing the amount of sugar with the flour, leavening agent (baking soda), and other ingredients is key!

chocolate chip cookie dough

Why All Brown Sugar?

  • Brown sugar is made with molasses. This organically adds a chewier texture to the cookie.
  • Also brown sugar is acidic and reacts with the baking soda giving it the rise.
  • AND I just like the flavor that all brown sugar gives these cookies.

How Do You Make Them Thin Without Being TOO Thin?

You all have seen (or made) one of those cookies that is so thin the chocolate chips look like little lumps in the cookie. Those are kind of sad, aren’t they? So finding the sweet spot (literally) of sugar and flour is important. But also the amount of baking soda is integral as well.

You will see in this recipe I added an extra 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, as most chocolate chip cookie recipes require only 1 teaspoon. What this does is puffs the cookie up a little bit more when baking, but when they are removed from the oven they settle back down.

This method, in part, gives them that crackly top, but also assists in the overall thickness as well.

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies on a rack from above

My Secret To Making Them Both Crispy AND Chewy…

I’ve answered this question a little bit above in the amounts of sugar etc. BUT along with the proportions of ingredients I bake these cookies at 325°F.

What this does is allows the cookies time to spread out and essentially bake a little slower. This cooks them more evenly throughout, giving the center the same texture as the outside. BUT inevitably the edges will always bake a little faster, which is what gives them that crispness.

Lower and slow is key to give the sugar the time to melt into the other ingredients and create that chewy texture!

How Long Will These Cookies Last?

The great thing about this cookie recipe, is since you’re not trying to hold onto that soft-straight-out-of-the-oven texture you can get away with a few extra days stored airtight at room temperature.

I typically recommend 3 days for most cookies for best freshness, but since these are chewy and crisp they are a little more forgiving!

And of course you can freeze these cookies airtight for up to 30 days! Thaw them at room temperature and enjoy!

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Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

These chocolate chip cookies have a crisp edge and a chewy center! Perfect with a glass of milk!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°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 together for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add in the vanilla, eggs, salt, and baking soda and mix for 2 more minutes until smooth and combined, scraping the sides of the bowl carefully to combine all ingredients.
  3. Turn the mixer to low speed and add in the flour, mixing until just combined. Stir in both the chocolate chips evenly. 
  4. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) sized cookie scoop, portion the dough out on to the prepared baking sheet at least 3- inches apart. Press more mini chips on top of the dough if desired. These cookies will spread while they are baking. I only bake 5 at a time on my cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-16 minutes, or until they are set and the edges are golden brown. Refrigerate remaining cookie dough in between batches.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

If desired press mini chips into the tops of the cookie dough before baking.

Store airtight for 5 days at room temperature. 

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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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Kate
January 13, 2021 1:45 pm

Do you use unsalted or salted butter in this recipe?

Sharon
January 6, 2021 3:49 pm

Made these today. Crispy, chewy delights! Exactly what you want a chocolate chip cookie to be. I didn’t have mini morsels so I chopped regular morsels a bit and it was fine. Mine did puff up but I just slammed them down once in the oven and when i took them out of the oven . Problem solved! Thanks for a recipe that will be a keeper

Jess
December 28, 2020 12:06 pm

I was wondering, can you replace the butter with margarine?

Jess
December 28, 2020 11:47 am

Can you make these cookies with margarine?

Suzanne
December 24, 2020 4:16 pm

Making these tonight for Santa! Tested one right out of the oven and OMG these are incredible.

Neema
December 17, 2020 10:42 pm

Made these tonight since I was craving CCCs. Didn’t have regular semi-sweet morsels so substituted white chocolate and added mini semi-sweet. OMG!! So good!!!! You are right, they were perfectly soft and chewy in the middle and crunchy around the edges. Saving this!

John
December 16, 2020 10:06 pm

If your cookies are puffing up, I’d recommend grabbing the cookie sheet about 10 minutes in, lifting it slightly up off the oven rack, and slamming it down. It lets the air out and creates a great crinkle in the cookie.

jordan
November 20, 2020 6:06 am

I love to eat crispy cookies.I baked yummy cookies.

amanda
November 7, 2020 11:28 pm

can i use half brown sugar and half granulated sugar?

Alyssa
November 4, 2020 10:28 pm

I love all things crispy, my husband loves chewy… so these cookies are a dream! I made a half batch and had to eyeball some of those odd measurements, but they turned out divine! Thank you for this recipe! It’s a keeper for sure.

Claudia
October 27, 2020 5:17 pm

Just baked these for the first time and they are FABULOUS!! I also love that all the ingredients went in the same bowl. No having to mix dry in another bowl. I bought your cookbook and spent an entire morning in bed with a cup of coffee reading your cookbook. I LOVE IT! Such great tips as well!

Linda
September 21, 2020 1:51 am

Cookies didn’t flatten and followed recipe to a tee. Looking at other comments people are experiencing the same but not getting answers?

Sydney
September 20, 2020 12:19 am

SO AMAZIN!
my family is super cookie picky and everyone LOVED these so much

Tamie
September 12, 2020 7:48 pm

These cookies were super chewy & delicious! We will definitely make them again!!!

Lauren
August 28, 2020 9:24 pm

I made this cookies once and they were perfect, exactly what how you described. Second and third time I made them-the exact same way- and they turned out complexity wrong. They puffed up, never flattened, over baked before 15 minutes and the texture is completely wrong! Why is this happening.

Irene
September 9, 2020 11:39 pm
Reply to  Lauren

Same with mine. I followed the recipe and mine came out puffy, not flat at all! Any advice?

Ldp
December 27, 2020 8:55 am
Reply to  Shelly

You do realize this is not an answer.

Bethany
November 12, 2020 4:55 pm
Reply to  Lauren

This exact same thing happened to me. Perfection the first time. Second time they puffed up. I don’t know why!

Iris
December 29, 2020 3:37 am
Reply to  Bethany

The same thing happened to me! I made amazing ones on Christmas, but today, they ended up being puffy. I did replace the chocolate chips with Hershey’s bars. I will definitely go back to the basics and I may replace my baking soda just to be safe.

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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