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The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies! If you are craving chocolate chip cookies with the perfect crackled top, soft insides, and loads of chocolate chips, this recipe is IT!! 

The Best Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you want to eat one of these cookies?

I do.

IN FACT, I would eat this entire plate full of cookies right now if three cookie monsters who will remain nameless (ahem… you know who you are.) hadn’t beat me to it. They even demolished my secret ziploc freezer bag stash that was cleverly stuffed behind two loaves of bread and a roll of parchment paper. Apparrently I’m just going to have to be a bit more clever. Game on.

These were first day of school/after school snack cookies. For some reason, school turns the cookie monsters into the hungriest small people to ever roam the earth. They come through the door like ravenous little dinosaurs and if there isn’t a snack waiting they will rummage through the cabinets and devour all the cereal, raisins, and pretzels. Then they move on to the fridge and start putting dents in all the apples, yogurt, and cheese.

I draw the line at the cheese. Don’t even think about it.

Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My executive decision was to start this school year off right. Tee-totally prepared with a platter full of these big fat chewy chocolate chip cookies, and more for lunches later this week. And some more for Mommy’s secret chocolate chip cookie stash because sometimes she needs a little pick-me-up and almonds just don’t cut it (Dear Food Editors at All Women’s Magazines: please stop pretending like almonds and kale are going to satisfy all of our needs. Have you ever even had a cookie?!).

The little boys were thrilled to pieces with their chocolate chip cookies. And I didn’t even mind when they each traipsed past the plate six more times to “discreetly” snatch extra cookies while we sorted through giant stacks of school papers to be signed and they cranked out spelling homework. I wear the Irresistable Cookie-Maker Badge with pride. I gave the go-ahead after dinner when the plate of cookies started calling to them, because sometimes food talks to me, too.

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

(Oh! I should probably tell you that my hands are not weirdly pink. I mean they ARE, but it was temporary. I photographed these cookies just after making these Kahlua Chocolate Truffles and I was stained pink from sprinkles)

This batch of cookies DID survive Monday night. I managed to pack them away in little boy lunches and wrap a few for Chad to take to work. I had one before lunch.

Maybe it was two.

And after that … it’s a mystery (albeit not a very difficult one).

I suppose I should blame the author of this recipe for my cookies’ disappearing act. They were titled “The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”. And indeed, they are.

Still, though… someone around here owes me a cookie. Or 12.

The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 24

The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 9 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugars until combined. Mix in the vanilla, egg and extra yolk. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by the heaping tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are a pretty golden toasty brown.
  6. Cool the cookies for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

This recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated circa about 1996 although I originally found it on

ALSO!!! If chocolate chip cookies are your thing, you should also try this Chewy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Saturday 23rd of March 2013

I have made these cookies about 12 times in a ludicrously short space of time(maybe 3 weeks!!) because they are so good! I need to give them about 15 minutes in my oven. I have made them with half chocolate chips, half m&m's for a splash of colour, and today I came up wih a fab variation that I HAVE to share. I substituted the vanilla, chocolate chips and half a cup of flour for half a cup of oats, a tablespoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of nutmeg, half a teaspoon of ginger and a cup of raisins. I accidentally(!) mangled a few before I got them off the baking sheet, so I had to eat those straight away. Let me tell you, the rest may even have to be eaten before the pasta I've made for dinner. Fab blog and fab recipe. Love it!


Sunday 24th of March 2013

Thanks so much, Carol! So excited you like them! This is one of my favorite cookie recipes for sure. I'll try it your way asap!!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Tuesday 26th of February 2013

The Cooks Illustrated was my go-to recipe for years! I love this recipe. I love it and have only recently been cheating on it :)

Your cookies are perfect looking!

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Tuesday 4th of September 2012

I love chewy cookies! You only had 2 before lunch? I'd have had 3.

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Tuesday 4th of September 2012

This post may have been edited to conceal my cookie addiction...

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