Soft-baked chocolate chip cookie perfection is what you guys are getting today. I want to share my absolute favorite recipe with you guys! Of course, there are (literally) millions of chocolate cookie recipes claiming to be the “best” out there but, what might be the best for you, might not be the best for others. Some people like them thin and crunchy (SO not a fan) and some people like them soft and thick. I am a soft and thick cookie kind of girl. Heavy on the chocolate chips! Chocolate chip cookies + skimpy on the chocolate chips = no bueno. These cookies are my absolute FAVORITE ever. I’ve baked them probably more than 100 times, so I can say this recipe is absolutely fail-proof. AND extremely well loved by all. A really great thing about these cookies is you don’t NEED to chill the dough! It’s recommended, but not required. I didn’t chill the cookie dough before baking the cookies pictured here (I’m lazy) and look how thick those centers are! Perfect to sink your teeth into.
If you don’t know anything about cookie baking science, I’ll break it down for you. What makes these cookies super duper soft is all thanks to the vanilla pudding. I’m sure you have all heard about cornstarch being the “secret ingredient” in many cookie recipes and it is totally true! It makes cookies stay super soft and thick. Using more brown sugar than granulated sugar lends a much chewier cookie and reduces spreading. More granulated sugar, more spreading. I use the least bit possible in my chocolate chip cookies because I hate flat, lifeless cookies but I also like a little bit of the granulated sugar taste. An extra egg yolk is used to add richness and add to the chewy factor. The last ingredient that really makes a difference is using melted butter. Melted butter lends a chewier, more tender cookie rather than creaming the butter in a softened state resulting in puffier cookies. (It also means no mixer is required – woohoo!) Another thing that reeaaallllly makes a significant difference is underbaking your cookies. Underbake people, underbake!! I do this with every single cookie I make and they always come out extremely soft! Now that my explanation is over (#nerd), I hope this helps you understand all of the basics to cookie baking! Not just for this recipe, but for many other cookie recipes too.
If I ever have a last minute gathering or dinner at my house, everyone is always looking for dessert afterwards and these chocolate chip cookies are always my go-to! They come out perfect every time and everyone always goes crazy over them. What’s not to like?! Pillowy soft, buttery cookies loaded with chocolate chips. YES PLEASE. I even love baking these with chocolate chunks instead of chips. Yum!