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Southern Living’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Southern Living’s BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies passed the test of my discriminating family with flying colors! Chewy and delicious!

We’re tried a LOT of chocolate chip cookies throughout the years. These thick, delicious Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies always makes for a happy crew.

Southern Living's BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies in a white bowl next to a glass of milk

Southern Living’s BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

The hubby considers himself an aficionado when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. He has sampled them across the country in every mall or bakery that happens to have any on display. Sans nuts, of course. And the higher the chocolate to dough ratio, the better.

Nestle Toll House cookies were the original gold standard when it comes to chocolate chip cookies; they must be chewy and buttery. When this recipe from Southern Living  popped into my inbox, I knew I had to test a batch. These Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies were a huge hit.

Three Chewy chocolate chunk Cookies on a round white dessert plate

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

The family loves BIG cookies so I used my 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to dish these out. Plus, when I splurge and use premium chocolate wafers (these are Guittard’s semisweet version), my gang is thrilled. You can often find these at higher end markets, or Williams-Sonoma and Sur la Table at a better price than Amazon.

Slightly under-baking keeps them chewy, as we all prefer chewy over crisp at my house. I hope you’ll test these out and see if they are the BEST chewy chocolate chip cookies you’ve tasted. If not, let me know your favorite recipe. If a thinner, yet still chewy cookie is your thing, check out these Thin and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. And Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie have uprooted Nestles’ as the true family favorite cookie. But they do require a long refrigeration time before baking, and make a huge amount of cookies!

Tips for Making the Best Chewy Cookies

To make chewy cookies, you must look at the recipe, the process and the baking time.

For extra richness and chewiness, add an extra egg yolk.

Look for a recipe using brown sugar which provides extra moisture.

For better flavor, use butter instead of shortening.

Do not over mix or use a mixer to mix your cookie dough. A mixer can aerate the dough and create a cake like consistency. 

Over baking will make a crisp instead of a chewy cookie.

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This post was originally shared in December, 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2019.


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Southern Living's BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies on a square white plate

Southern Living’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Southern Living’s thick and chewy cookies with loads of chocolate!

  • Author: Liz
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 32 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate discs (or chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with paddle attachment of stand mixer until creamy. This can also be easily done by hand. Add eggs and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, beating until blended.
  2. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and beat until blended. Mix in chocolate by hand just until combined. Using a 2 tablespoon capacity cookie scoop, place cookie dough balls on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.


Adapted from Southern Living


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55 comments on “Southern Living’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I want one. And I want it now.

  2. These are going to be so good and I guess I’ll have to share. I also have to find the Guittard wafers.

  3. Just in time recipe for those back to school days. The size of those chocolate chips are HUGE. The more chocolatey and the more chewier the better with our family as well.

  4. Easy to see how these are crowd pleasing! For me, the chewier the chocolate chip cookie, the better. I’m in! And they’re a great size, too! 🙂 ~Valentina

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