These Chewy Chocolate Cookies are thick, chocolatey, and can be finished in less than 30 minutes. Enjoy as a plain chocolate cookie, or use as a base to add your favorite mix-ins, dip in chocolate, or decorate.
The Best Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe
If you are looking for the perfect plain chocolate cookie, this Chewy Chocolate Cookie recipe is your answer. It makes the most thick and chewy Chocolate Cookies in less than 30 minutes flat.
This recipe can also be used as a base to create any number of flavors by adding mix-ins like crushed peppermint, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. You can also dip the cooled cookies in chocolate and decorate like I did with these White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Cookies.
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Best Chocolate Cookies Ingredients
- Butter - use unsalted, room temperature butter. It needs to be soft before creaming the butter with the sugar.
- Brown Sugar - I like to use light brown sugar for this recipe but if you want a stronger molasses flavor you could use dark brown sugar.
- Eggs - any kind of large eggs will work. It’s best if they are at room temperature so that they don’t “shock” the butter when you add them.
- Vanilla Extract - pure vanilla extract tastes best.
- Salt - we like to use sea salt.
- Baking Soda - this helps the cookies to rise and stay nice and soft.
- Flour - we use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
- Cocoa Powder - to get the best flavor, try and find a better brand of cocoa powder such as Guittard or Ghirardelli.
How to Make Chewy Chocolate Cookies
- Mix the cookie dough. Add the room temperature butter and brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined. Slowly add the room temperature eggs and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides as needed. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until the cookie dough comes together and is well combined.
- Scoop the cookies. Using an ice cream scoop or spoons, scoop into 1.5 tablespoon balls and place about 2" apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-11 minutes, or until the center of the cookie is set and the edges of the cookies are slightly firm.
- Cool. Remove them from the oven and let the cookies for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Frost or decorate if desired. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
In the case of these plain chocolate cookies, the secret to keeping them extra chewy is in the brown sugar. Brown sugar contains more moisture than white granulated sugar. You also want to make sure not to overbake them. This can be difficult with chocolate cookies so just make sure that you pull them out as soon as the centers are set and the edges are slightly firm to the touch.
Yes! If you want to make these chewy chocolate cookies ahead of time, you have a few options. First, you can just mix the dough, cover, and store in the fridge overnight. The next day you can scoop and bake as directed. Or, you can scoop the cookies and store them in the freezer for up to 2 full months. When you are ready to bake, just pull them out and put directly onto baking sheets. Just add an extra minute or two to the baking time.
Storing and Freezing
- Room Temperature: store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
- Refrigerator: you can make the cookie dough up to 5 days in advance, then bake when you are ready.
- Freezer- to freeze cookie dough, it's best to scoop them first, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, remove from the baking sheet and place in freezer bags where you can store for up to 2 months.
- To bake from frozen: pull frozen dough balls from the freezer and transfer to a baking sheet while you preheat the oven. You don't need to let the dough thaw completely, you just may need to add a couple of extra minutes to the baking time.
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
- 1 cup Butter room temperature
- 1¾ cup Brown Sugar
- 2 large Eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ⅓ cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 2¾ cup All-Purpose Flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add the room temperature butter and brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined. Slowly add the room temperature eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract, scraping down the sides as needed.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until the cookie dough comes together and is well combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop or spoons, scoop into 1.5 tablespoon balls and place about 2" apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-11 minutes, or until the center of the cookie is set and the edges of the cookies are slightly firm.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Frost or decorate if desired. Enjoy!
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These quick and easy Chewy Chocolate Cookies are my favorite go-to best chocolate cookies. They are chewy, chocolatey, and can be dressed up with any number of mix-ins or decorations.