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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Tessa Arias
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October 7th, 2021
4.91 from 309 votes
4.91 from 309 votes

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies might be as big as your face! They're ultra rich and thick, crisp at the edges, gooey in the middle, and chewy throughout.

Yield: 12 giant cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Sweet without being cloying, slight butterscotch flavor, and plenty of chocolate chips.
Texture: Perfection. Crisp and chewy on the edges, ooey and gooey inside. These cookies warm out of the oven with a cold glass of (almond) milk may be one of my favorite things in life.
Ease: The actual dough isn’t very different from most chocolate chip cookie recipes, except this one uses cold butter. Then you roll gigantic balls of dough to bake, like seriously 4 times the size of most cookies!
Appearance: Mouthwatering.
Pros: These are the perfect warm-from-the-oven cookies and they are just sinful. They are big enough to share if you aren’t feeling so indulgent.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? I’ve already made these cookies 3 times. This recipe is DANGEROUS.

Some desserts I have to be in the mood to eat. When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, however, I could always have one (or two).

The kind of chocolate chip cookie I’m in the mood for can vary, though. Cakey, crispy, chewy, gooey, nutty, there are so many different kinds. One of my favorites will always be the crisp and chewy yet melty and gooey kind that are best still warm with a glass of milk.

Cookie dough is great, but my greatest weakness has to be cookies just out of the oven. I mean, is there any aroma more intoxicating? My last meal on earth would have to include these giant chocolate chip cookies (maybe also some brownies) because they are that over-the-top good.

This recipe was partially inspired by Levain Bakery. I had the opportunity to visit a few years ago and while the cookies were absolutely gorgeous, I found them to be too much.

Four giant chocolate chip cookies

Which is something I never thought I’d saw. But you could only have a few bites before you felt such a heaviness sitting in your stomach. I think it’s because the center of those cookies is so underdone and gooey. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing, but I prefer something I can enjoy without such limits 😉

So this is my dream version of a huge, big, giant chocolate chip cookie that’s over the top but still edible and enjoyable to the last bite.

Take a peek below in the light pink box for my recipe tips and answers to common questions!

How to Make PERFECT Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bowl of giant chocolate chip cookie dough

Cold butter for cookie dough?!

I know, this seems to go against everything you’ve learned that butter should be room temperature for creaming.

If you’ve read Tip #1 in my 3 Reasons Your Cookies Flop article, then you’ll know the calamity warm butter can cause your cookies.

It all but ensures your cookies will spread out too thin and sad.

This recipe was developed to use cold butter to ensure the cookies stay ultra thick and tall and don’t flatten.

Because of this, it’s best to use a stand mixer and not a hand mixer for this recipe.

Balls of big and thick chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate chips and chunks = maximum gooeyness!

I use both in this recipe to get the most gooey delicousness possible.

If using chocolate chunks, be sure to chop up the chocolate yourself. Pre-made chocolate chunks won’t get as gooey.

You can also use baking wafers, discs, or feves such as these in place of the chunks.

How to shape this dough

I used my biggest cookie scoop with a kitchen scale to get accurate portions of this dough. Each ball of dough is a whopping quarter pound!

Sea Salt? The secret to extra tasty cookies!

This is optional, but you can add a sprinkling of flaky finishing sea salt to the cookies right after pulling them out of the oven really brings out that butterscotch flavor. I love fleur de sel for this. Not to mention it makes the cookies that much more mouthwatering visually!

How to Make These Cookies Ahead of Time

These cookies are particularly best the day they’re baked, in my opinion.

For this reason, I prefer to freeze the balls of cookie dough. Get my full instructions on how to freeze cookie dough here. If baking from frozen, reduce the heat to 340°F and add a few minutes to the baking time.

Giant chocolate chip cookies cut in half with gooey chocolate

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4.91 from 309 votes

How to make
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 12 giant cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies might be as big as your face! They're ultra rich and thick, crisp at the edges, gooey in the middle, and chewy throughout.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (380 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks (227 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (255 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or wafers
  • Flaky sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, then add in the vanilla and beat until combined. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until combined. Beat in the chocolate chips and half the chunks.

  4. Weigh out 1/4 cup (4 ounces or 113 gram) portions of dough and roll into an even ball. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing far apart. Bake 6 cookies per pan. Press chocolate chunks into the top of each ball of dough.

  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly browned at the edges and puffy. Bake longer for crispier, chewier cookies, bake less for ooey gooey cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt.

  6. Cookies will deflate slightly as they cool. They are best the day they are baked but may be stored in an airtight container for 2 days.

Recipe Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate

This post was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2020 with recipe improvements, baking tips, and new photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

May 2020 Baking Challenge

This recipe was the selection for the May 2020 baking challenge! See the entries below and check out the current monthly challenge here!

Tessa Arias

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I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Gaurav — December 22, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Tried these and really liked them! I love nuts in my cookies. How would you recommend adjusting the recipe if walnuts or almonds were added?

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      Emily — December 22, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Gaurav! Glad you love this recipe! We haven’t tried adding nuts to these cookies, but you can typically add in 1/2 to 1 cup of nuts without having to tweak the recipe. Let us know how it goes!

  2. #
    Divina — December 8, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    I’ll try this recipe next. But do you happen to have a recipe for oatmeal raisin walnut cookies or just oatmeal raisin?

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      Emily — December 9, 2021 at 9:37 am

      Hi Divina! You can use our Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but substitute the chocolate chips for raisins 🙂

  3. #
    Ella — August 12, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I love this recipe! I made these cookies today and everyone loved them!

  4. #
    Richard Gorton — July 24, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome Recipe – unable to upload photo here or instagram

  5. #
    Chris — July 24, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Hi Tessa, Many chocolate chip cookies call for less than 3 cups of flour. When adding 3 cups of flour do the cookies taste more drier, and not as soft. I would like to try the recipe, but I was a little skeptical that it would change the taste with that much flour.

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      Emily @ Handle the Heat — July 26, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Chris! Keep in mind these are Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies! Each ball of dough is a whopping quarter pound 🙂 These cookies still turn out crispy at the edges, gooey in the middle, and chewy throughout. To ensure accuracy when measuring the flour especially, I’d suggest using a digital scale or checking out our article about How to Measure Flour and use the Spoon & Level Method. Hope that helps! Let us know what you think when you make them! 🙂

  6. #
    Tinnu — July 18, 2021 at 7:07 am

    This has been the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have tried. Thank you for sharing.

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      Tessa — July 19, 2021 at 10:43 am

      I’m so happy to hear that you love these cookies!

  7. #
    Natalia Compres — July 4, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Amazing!!!!!!!

  8. #
    bella marzicola — July 2, 2021 at 9:19 am

    literally amazing i’ve made these so many times…. pls try it’s worth your time

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      Tessa — July 2, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you love these cookies so much!

  9. #
    Manj — May 5, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    I made this for a bake sale and everyone raved! Thank you! One batch for me made a bit more than 12 cookies though (which is a good thing :)).

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      Tessa — May 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

      Glad to hear these were a hit!!

  10. #
    Sarah — April 29, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Amazing! This is my all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe so far! My husband usually prefers the store bought cookie dough but even he loves these. If I’m not wanting a giant cookie I like to make them the size of a regular cookie and bake for 15-20 minutes and they turn out great. Highly recommend these

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      Tessa — April 29, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      So happy to hear you love these cookies, Sarah!!

  11. #
    Patty Chew — April 18, 2021 at 11:57 am

    I have made chocolate chip cookies for years. I will never make my own recipe again. These cookies are absolutely the best!

  12. #
    Kim — April 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    This has been my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe ever since it was in the baking challenge last year. I agree, it is a very dangerous dessert because it is THAT good!

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      Tessa — April 20, 2021 at 10:10 am

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed these cookies, Kim!!

  13. #
    Terri — April 12, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Made these 10 days ago-making them again today…they’re THAT good! Instead of using cold butter, I used room temperature, then added all other ingredients in order given. I also used good quality semi-sweet chips and DARK chocolate hand chopped chunks. This deepened the chocolate profile, making them even more decadent. Once ingredients were combined, I formed into 1/4 lb balls and placed on parchment lined cookie sheet (6 to a sheet), then popped them into the refrigerator. I did this instead of using cold butter (or stand mixer). After 2 hrs they were ready to bake per original directions. And OMG my friends and family said they were the best cookies they’ve ever eaten! And that’s why I’m making them again just 10 days later.

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      Tessa — April 13, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      Delicious! I’m so happy you (and your friends and family) love these cookies, Terri!

  14. #
    Ruby — April 10, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve tried so many cookie recipes and none of them have ever worked, until I found this one!! Just amazing, but very naughty.

  15. #
    Sky — February 10, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Hi Tessa, can these “marinate” overnight like your other cookies? Thanks!

  16. #
    Sky — February 10, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Hi Tessa,

    Can these “marinate” overnight like your other cookies? Thanks!

    • #
      Tessa — February 10, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      Absolutely! Enjoy!

  17. #
    Jill — January 30, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Made these this morning and they are delicious! I have about 50 recipes for chocolate chip cookies on my counter at the moment. Yes, I have a problem. These baked up perfect and they are husband approved.

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    Caroline — January 29, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    These are my absolute favorite cookies, everyone loves them! They’re so delicious, especially with the sprinkle of sea salt at the end. I like how they’re a little thicker than usual cookies, and a bit more melty/doughy in the middle. Not overly sweet and a great treat!

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      Tessa — February 1, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      I’m so glad you love these cookies!

  19. #
    shaann — September 24, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Does 1/4cup of dough equal to 113g? Cause I tried to mearsure 3tablespoons scoop of dough eta to be ard 60 to 65g. I tried 1/4cup somehow to mine is equal to 3 tablespoon scoop as some other recipe they mention..

  20. #
    JACKSON — September 16, 2020 at 5:47 am

    THE BEST COKKIE I EVER TASTED

  21. #
    abby — September 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    WOW LITERALLY PERFECT! my dads exact words “man these are really good”. my moms words “you really need to add this to your list”. literally the perfect cookie! it’s really cool how big they turned out to be:) i wish it was a little thicker, but honestly love the consistency as is. i calculated it, about 600 calories per cookie! may have to have half next time lol;) thank you once again!

  22. #
    T — September 9, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I have been looking for the perfect cookie recipe for YEARS and this is it. I’ll never use another recipe again. Well maybe I will if I’m bored and wanted to experiment, but I know for a fact that no other recipe can top this one

  23. #
    Amber — September 8, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    We froze the dough to take with us on a vacation. Baked the cookies after thawing and they were perfection. Had them again with icecream two days later and still tasted fresh and delicious. This is a keeper recipe we will be making again!

  24. #
    Heather — August 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I love the amount of chocolate that you add to your cookie recipes. It’s perfect for that melty chocolatey goodness yet it doesn’t take over the flavor of the cookies. These are perfect for pretending to cut down on sweets lol. I can have two and still feel satisfied! Smaller cookies I usually eat about 5! So good.

  25. #
    Lucia R — August 6, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    These cookies are so delicious!!! i would definitely recommend using a scale as that is what helped me not have flat cookies. I actually made these 3 separate times and the first two times I didn’t chill my dough and they still came out somewhat thick but not as thick as shown on the photos but the third time I actually refrigerated my cookie dough balls for about 1 to half an hour and it made a HUGE difference. They were soft and thick in the center and a slight crisp on the outside. I live in AZ also and my kitchen is almost always hot so chilling is a must as the batter tends to melt quick in my cases.

  26. #
    Cynthia — August 5, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Love this recipe, they were delicious. Though it was too sweet. What kind/brand of chocolate wafer did you use?

  27. #
    Alisa Lopez — August 4, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Super easy to make and super delicious!!

  28. #
    Nadia — July 13, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Hey Tessa I tried these today and they were delicious. Only problem is although I baked them for 15 mins the base got burnt and the top was still gooey even though I let them cool for a long time. I usually only turn on the bottom heat and put the baking pan in the middle. I set the temp to 180 C. Don’t know what hap. I put them back in this time with the top heat and it helped a bit. Could you suggest what I could do differently the next time. ? These would def be my got to cookies. So yummy

  29. #
    Khylie — June 2, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Hi could i use half all purpose flour and half bread flour for this? i like my cookies a bit more chewey

  30. #
    Nicole Staudt — May 31, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    These were so delicious and very easy to make!! I will make these again. 🙂

  31. #
    April — May 31, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    These cookies were so delicious! They mixed and baked perfectly. Just the right texture and not overly sweet which is just how we like them. This will be one of our go-to recipes!

  32. #
    Hinara — May 31, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Amazing giant cookies that taste like your favorite bakery, ooey gooey center with LOADS of chocolate!

  33. #
    Erika Whalen — May 31, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    These were so good. We made them twice. I substituted some of the chocolate chips for rainbow baking chips for my kids.

  34. #
    Celina — May 31, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    These are amazing!! The size is already impressive enough and the taste is the perfect amount of sweet and the salt on top is unreal! Will definitely make these again

  35. #
    Connie — May 31, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    WHOA. THESE. COOKIES. ARE. SCRUMPTIOUS! They turned out perfect! Will make them again and again!

  36. #
    Christie Brune — May 31, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    These were so good! I didn’t have any chocolate chunks on hand but I did have some m&ms that needed to be used so I used those (along with mini chocolate chips) and YUM. I baked for the minimum recommended time and I probably would have preferred a minute or two less.

  37. #
    Juliana — May 31, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Amazing giant cookie!

  38. #
    Emma Gosnell — May 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    These cookies were just what I wanted today.

  39. #
    Rachelle Roberts — May 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Love this recipe! My family gobbled them up in no time. So happy to have a recipe using cold butter (I always forget to take mine out to soften!)

  40. #
    Francisca Gomes Pinheiro — May 31, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    The best chocolate chip cookies ever! I literally haven’t been able to eat store bought since then! I decided to separate them in two kinds of batches – one chewier, with less baking time, and another a bit crispier, with 3 more minutes in the oven. Pure heaven either way. By far the best recipe I’ve ever tried and the best cookies I’ve ever eaten

  41. #
    Taylor — May 31, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Super delicious! Everyone loved them!

  42. #
    Christa Callus — May 31, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Just made this recipe today and it was absolutely amazing! Added milk and white chocolate buttons which was a delicious combination and the sprinkle of salt really added that extra oomph! Needless to say, they didn’t last long!

  43. #
    Christa C — May 31, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Just made this recipe today and both my sister and I absolutely loved it! I added milk chocolate and white chocolate buttons to the cookies which was a delicious combination. Thank you!

  44. #
    Danielle Pitoscia — May 31, 2020 at 8:35 am

    This cookie recipe is perfect and so easy to make!

  45. #
    Becky — May 31, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Delicious!! And love that the dough can be baked immediately!

  46. #
    Kristopher S Rosado — May 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    I need to give a shout out to how easy this recipe was to put together. I normally make my chocolate chip cookies from America’s test kitchens recipe but I gave this recipe a shot and omg it’s easy, quick and best of all fantastic tasting.
    It’s a tender giant cookie when done correctly and it’s flavors are perfectly balanced.

  47. #
    Frances Murray — May 30, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    These cookies are oh so so yummy. A crunch on the outside and chewy oooey goodness on the inside. Gone is 24 hours. Good thing I froze half the dough…. WINNING!!!!

  48. #
    Emma Ritchie — May 30, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I have made this recipe 3 times in the past month for the May 2020 challenge, and every time it turns out amazing! The first two times I used gluten free flour, which worked extremely well, and the second time I also added some spices (they were for a friend and she likes her cookies that way). I really liked how this recipe cooked and looked crispy, but was delightfully chewy all the way around the cookie, one of my favorite things in a cookie! You can make these smaller (I usually do half and half), but at least once make the cookie at the big size, you won’t regret it!

  49. #
    Ting Bresnahan — May 30, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    So yummy! and love that the butter is cold! I may be a cold butter convert. The mix of choc chips and choc chunks is perfection.

  50. #
    Sheillah Guerra — May 30, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Worth the calories

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