Perfect Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I love this recipe for perfect chocolate chunk cookies!  A nice thick, soft cookie, slightly crispy around the edges, loaded with milk and semi-sweet chocolate chunks!

I know this recipe may seem redundant to you.

I’ve made Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I’ve made Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies


I’ve made the Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookie.

I’ve made Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches.  ahhhmahhhgahhh.

I’ve even made Chocolate Chip Cookies using Grapeseed Oil.


And now today I’m making Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Why can’t you just use any of the other recipes and sub in chunks for chips?


A chunk is not a chip.

No chunk no chip.

Chunks > Chips.


Well, actually you kinda can.

But in my world you can’t.

Because a Chocolate Chunk Cookie needs a different type of cookie.  A cookie willing to stand up and fight for that chunk.

A chunk needs a cookie that has it’s back.


Chunks deserve a roomy, spacious cookie to call home.  A chunk doesn’t want to live in a thin, crispy cookie.

He wants a nice fat, soft chewy cookie.


So I’m helping a chunk out today.

Get on board.Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Here’s the deal.  I’ve been trying to perfect this recipe for a while now.  But last week when I was in NYC with Amanda we stopped at this bakery called Sugar & Plumm.  They had the most amazing chocolate chunk cookie everrrrr.

So I decided I needed to get serious about my chunking.


And finally I nailed it.

Let’s discuss..

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

First cream your butter and brown sugar together.  Please people, let this go for a good 2 minutes.  You want it to be fluffy and pale in color.  It makes a difference, I’m telling you.

Then I played around with different amounts of leveners.

I finally found that 1 tsp of baking powder and a 1/4 tsp of baking soda was the right amount.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And of course some kosher salt.  I used a whole teaspoon.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Then, what I did was chop up some milk chocolate.  Small enough so it wouldn’t be huge, but large enough so it was still a chunk.

10 whole ounces.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And I ALSO used an entire bag of these Hershey Baking Melts.  I used semi-sweet.  I liked the idea of mixing the milk and the semi-sweet in the cookie.

The bag is also 10 ounces.

So yes, I used 20 ounces of chocolate in my cookies.  Beware.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Just add that right into your dough…

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And baby Jesus,’s beautiful site…

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Next I gathered myself up off the floor and decided the dough needed to be baked.

One heaping 1/4 cup for each cookie.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Now here’s where I ran into a few issues…

Should I chill the dough?  Should I freeze the dough?  Should I roll the cookies into balls?  Should I flatten them?  Should I bake using convection?? AHHHHH!


Here’s what I got, after a little experimenting…

I rolled the dough into balls…

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I did not chill the dough and I baked without using the convection setting.

So basically, the easiest cookie ever with no wait time.


I thought chilling the dough would help with the height, but it didn’t make a huge difference.

You can certainly chill the dough, and I am sure things will be great.  Whatev.


See how pretty?

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And lovely?

The trick to these cookies is to make sure NOT to overbake them.  They can easily become cakey or hard.  The bottoms will be set before the tops, which is ok, I promise!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And amazing?

Perfect Chocolate Chunk Cookies
makes 20 large cookies
  • 1 cup butter, cold cut into cubes
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 10 oz milk chocolate chunks
  • 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and then add brown sugar. Beat them together for 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides down as needed.
  4. Next add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
  5. Beat in the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour until incorporated.
  7. Stir in both chocolates.
  8. Form about ¼ cup of cookie dough into a balls and place on baking sheet about 2½ inches apart.
  9. Place remaining dough in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  10. Bake for 9-10 minutes until edges are golden. Tops of cookies might seem undercooked. Make sure to not overbake!
  11. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  12. Repeat with remaining dough.
Store airtight for up to 3 days.

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82 Comments on "Perfect Chocolate Chunk Cookies"

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Averie @ Averie Cooks
So much to say. First, they’re gorgeous and I am glad you relinked all your other CCC recipes. So helpful. I routinely use 10-12 oz of chocolate (chips, chunks, mixture) to my 1 stick of butter cookie recipes so I love that you went with 20 oz in 2 sticks. Perfect. Live in abundance. Baking power/soda. I never have luck with baking powder in cookies b.c they turn into cakey puffballs. Not what I want in a cookie. Very interesting here b/c the texture is my dream texture! 1/4 cup of dough, yes that’s the only way to get big… Read more »
Stephanie @ Back For Seconds

Oh, Shelly. These cookies are just dreamy. I love the abundance of chunks/chips! I must have some 🙂

Colleen @ What

OMG, you had me at the first ooey, gooey picture. I’m in love.
What amazing looking cookies!


I have a LOT of chunk love! They are my favorites for stuffing in chocolate chip cookies.


I’m a major fan of this recipe, Shelly! Love, love, love!!!! Those chunks look amazing, and this is THE next CCC recipe on my list, for sure.


I have the worst luck with cookies. The worst! But I blame the elevation. Such a bummer! These guys look amazing those and 20 ounces of chocolate is so my thing! I probably use close to 30 when I make cookies. LOL! Awesome recipe! Pinned!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These cookies definitely look perfect! Looooove all that chocolate!

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

I totally agree with your chunk argument =) And the texture of these cookies looks perfect for the chunks!


I hate your face right now. I have JUST found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and now you do this? FINE. I will try your recipe. If you and your 20 ounces of chocolate insist, I will try it.

Renee @ Awesome on $20

These look spectacular! I’m so hungry I could eat them all. Thanks for putting in plenty of salt. It’s a requirement for a great chocolate chip cookie.


I’ve never seen the Hershey’s Baking Melts before! They look like the fancy discs I buy from Jacques Torres and other companies. Very cool that they’re doing it now, too! I wonder when they will start selling them near me. Great use for them, too! They cookies look perfectly soft.

Rebecca @ Exploits of a Dorm Room Baker

These look like ooey-gooey perfection! I should really try using chunks in cookies some time soon I feel like I’d like them way better than chocolate chips!

Becca @ Crumbs

You’re totally right – chunks are SO much better than chips!

Belinda @themoonblushbaker

I am still after a great chocolate chunk cookie. I posted one for a salted chocolate, chocolate chip cookie which has four forms of chocolate and cocoa in it. However Mine is those thinner, chewier ones. I am drooling at the chocolate melting shot!

Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

Woow you don’t shy away from the chocolate chips

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

Chunks are awesome. These look great!

Cookbook Queen

Are you kidding me? These cookies will haunt my dreams.

Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier

Your pictures are making my mouth water! The chocolate is so melty! Ah! I totally agree with you that Chunks > Chips!

elle pea

Shelly, Just want to say “THANK YOU,” for puttting all the hard work and effort and sharing your results for the rest of us to just implement & enjoy. I heard about your website from a friend and have been raving to others about you. THANK YOU!!!!!

Jennifer | Bake or Break

I, too, adore all things chocolate chip cookie! These look pretty perfect to me. I’ve not been to that bakery, but I’m adding it to my list!


I fear I must abandon the chip in favor of the chunk . . . I must make these and exit my comfort zone. Thank you!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Your tireless testing makes all the difference! I’m in desperate need of a chocolate chunk cookie right now!! As soon as this wedding/honeymoon is over (wedding saturday, honeymoon the next week), I’m diving head first into a bowl of chocolate chunk cookie dough!


want need now

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Holy Heck, these are amazing! So thick, so much chocolate…YES!

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

Baking melts!!! OMG! That looks so good!

antonia carter

I made those today and they are to die for.. i used chocolate chunks, dark chocolate chips and a few white chocolate chips…can’t find those melts anywhere. For the rest i followed the recipe to the T… Thank you for sharing…antonia

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

Shelly, you know what I love, girl!! This is my idea of the “perfect” cookie! 🙂


These look and sound like the world’s most perfect chocolate chips, or chunks. YUMMMMM…


This looks JUST like our cookie from Sugar and Plumm!! Even better!! Must make these ASAP!! 🙂


I made these last night. They looked just like your picture, I was so happy! I halved the recipe and chopped up 3 oz of semi-sweet and threw in some chips too. They are more of a cakey type cookie but are delicious! Thanks for sharing!


I love chocolate chunks! I don’t use them nearly enough! These cookies look fabulous!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

Wow those look absolutely incredible!

Coco in the Kitchen

Warm chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, the chocolate still melty with an icy glass of milk.


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

These + a tall glass of milk and I’m set! AMAZING cookies, Shelly!

Mary @ Funcookiesgalore

Ohhhhhhhhhh… These cookies look too good. How do you make all these delicious cookies and not eat all of them up? Since starting my food blog, my pants are getting tighter.


I made these last night and they were soooooo good! I love that they are so thick! I just ate one now, and they are definitely best the day that you make them. Thanks for the great recipe! It’s a keeper!


This has got to be one of the hunkiest hunk of chunks I’ve ever seen…take that any way you like. I am also a proponent of chocolate chunks in my cookies, dark chocolate preferred–mm!


I just wanted to testify that I baked them today and they are the best I have ever made. First time I get a cookie so thick and perfect. Thanks!!


Shelly, I made these last night and they seemed to be “missing” something. You only used 1 Cup of brown sugar in this recipe. I compared the ingredients in this recipe with the ingredients in your “Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe and was wondering if this recipe (Perfect Chocolate Chunk) was missing the granulated sugar? You used 2 Cups of Sugar (mixed brown and granulated sugar) in your “favorite” recipe. Please comment.


Oh my goodness gracious, Shelly. I made these today, and I may never recover their yumminess. Perfect recipe in every way. Your recipes are making me famous (and fat!) 🙂


I agree with previous commenter who wondered if the absence of granulated sugar was intended. I made these last night but was disappointed in how they turned out. Mine look nothing like yours but I followed recipe exactly. The cookie part was a little cakey and not sweet, almost like a scone.


I baked these 10 minutes ago and they are the best cookies I’ve ever made. Ur an angel.


Hello!! the temperatures.. are in celsius or fahrenheit?? @[email protected]


I don’t think I will ever make another CCC. I just tried one from my first batch and a curse word came out it was so good. I love this. Thank you so much for posting.


I just attempted these and they aren’t cooking right. I’ve had to add on extra minutes other wise they are just still way too doughy and soft.

Are you using a fan forced oven?

Gloria // Simply Gloria

See, this is why I totally trust your recipes… because you already have done all the hard work so we can just bake and follow your directions! Love the big chunks these cookies. Already pinned and printing to make a batch for the fam and leaving some out for the milk man! (=


I made these last night! Love the recipe and the cookies are amazing! 🙂 I’m going to be doing a post on my blog about them, and linking your recipe!

They didn’t work =[ . I’m an avid baker, i love finding recipes online and trying all sorts of ways to bake new things. but these didn’t bake?. I followed the recipe except instead of a stand mixer I used a hand mixer and the cookie balls did not expand. The first batch we thought maybe was too big. I added some time to the cookies and 20 mins later no expanding, but the cookies were cooked through the inside. So we made smaller balls to see if those would expand. Still nothing. Made flat cookie shaped ones and those… Read more »

Someone just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook also a blog. I just “Liked” his Facebook page and came to your site. It’s terrific. I love when people share blogs with each other. Denise