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How to Make Soft Batch Cookies

By Tessa Arias
May 13th, 2015
5 from 6 votes
5 from 6 votes

How to Make Soft Batch Cookies with all the tips, tricks, and secret ingredients that will work for any recipe. Complete with a step-by-step video!

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Now you can make any cookie recipe the SOFTEST ever!

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The below video not only shows you step-by-step how to make soft batch cookies, but all the secret ingredients that can transform any recipe into a soft batch recipe. I also share a bunch of cookie baking tips you’re going to love. If you want more info on making soft batch cookies, continue watching and reading. The recipe for soft batch chocolate chip cookies is at the bottom of this post but remember these tips can be used with any drop cookie recipe.

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Use more brown sugar

Brown sugar is hygroscopic, which means it takes in and retains moisture, more so than granulated sugar. Adding moisture to your cookie dough can help make it softer and chewier, and stay soft for longer.

Add in cornstarch

Cookies with cornstarch are ultra soft and often slightly gooey and paler in color. It can also aid in lift and height, as it is a thickening agent.

Add in cream cheese

Not only does cream cheese add richness and an incredible depth of flavor, but it also tenderizes the cookies so they’re super soft, even slightly chewy, without being cakey due to the fat content.

Use pastry or cake flour

Replace up to half of the all-purpose flour in any recipe with pastry or cake flour which has a lower protein content. This lower protein content means less gluten will develop, resulting in a more tender, delicate, and cakey texture.

Bake at 325°F

While this recipe calls for baking at 350, you could also try lowering the baking temperature to 325 for a slightly underbaked, more pale cookie that will be much more soft and tender.

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How to make
Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
How to Make Soft Batch Cookies with all the tips, tricks, and secret ingredients that will work for any recipe. Complete with a step-by-step video!


  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (4.4 ounces) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1.8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla and the egg. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 72 hours.
  3. If needed, let the dough sit at room temperature just until it’s soft enough to scoop. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.
  4. Drop the dough by 2-tablespoon sized balls and onto the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 9 minutes, or until just light golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

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!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

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. #
    Icia — December 6, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    What if I want to double the serving size? Do I just double the recipe?

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      Emily — December 7, 2021 at 9:20 am

      To double the Yield of 24 cookies, you’ll double the recipe exact 🙂 Let us know what you think of this recipe!

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    Grace — June 17, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Absolutely delicious! Full of flavour, my go to cookie recipe!

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      Tessa — June 17, 2021 at 8:58 am

      I’m so happy to hear this, Grace! 🙂

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    Judy Heinken — April 29, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    The only recipe I use to make chocolate chip cookies! Yes, they are that fabulous. I’m curious about the nutrition facts~just to see how many I can eat lol

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    Jennifer — April 6, 2021 at 8:30 am

    These look delicious! I will definetly give this a try sometime soon.
    I have a different cookie recipe I wanted to make softer. If I add cream cheese, should I reduce the amount of butter?

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      Tessa — April 7, 2021 at 9:48 am

      I can’t say for sure as I only extensively tested this recipe. Good luck!

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    Walter Sam — September 22, 2020 at 6:46 am

    You didn’t have a raisen cookie recipe

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    Chris — March 24, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Made these last night and they were mind-blowing, thank you! I’ve struggled for years to get the right chew and consistency and I think we’ve hit the sweet spot here. The cream cheese works! The only variation I made was leaving them in the oven for an extra 3-4 minutes. They didn’t look quite cooked enough for me at 9 mins. (I chilled the dough overnight, and then again for 30mins after forming the ‘cookie towers’.) I also added 72% dark-chocolate chunks and morsels instead of semi-sweet. I brought them to work and they are now dust in the wind. Yumsational.

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    Nancy Lopez — January 12, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I want to change my peanut butter cookie recipe, suggestions?

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    Kyle — January 7, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Just wondering. in your tips above you recommend baking at 325F but in the recipe below you instruct to preheat to 350F. Is there a reason for that? I just make this exact recipe and it turned out amazing but it made me wonder what will happen if I bake at 325F next time.

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    Haven — December 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    First time I made these they turned out as if I had put too much flour, paying notice to your cookie guide. I tried again last night leaving about a fourth to a half cup of the flour mixture out and they turned out way better. Now I’m curious and have to try again to see if it was really the flour or if I messed something up the first time!

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    Rick — October 12, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I’m 72 and love to cook–but I am a horrible baker–I have great feel for preparing most foods except baking–I’m fairly new at it so that may be the problem—-:)-I have been trying to make soft cookies for years and have never been able–Your recipe sounds great-The cream cheese, cornstarch and brown sugar may be the key–also refrigerating for awhile–thanks for the great tips–You are a very beautiful lady inside and out!!!–Rick

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    Tink_1973 — December 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    My family LOVES this sift batch recipe. I don’t use anything else for “chip” cookies. But how exactly do I change the sugar to brown sugar ratios for any of my recipes that I want to be soft batch. Specifically chocolate peanut butter chip.


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    Allison — May 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Hey huge fan! I’m a younger baker and my cookies don’t seem to spread out as they should. Sometimes I don’t put as much flour in and they end up being to crispy and not chewy. Any tips???? Thanks

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    Kelly – Life Made Sweeter — May 19, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Soft and chewy cookies are my favorite! Love these tips and the video! Can’t wait to try making these! They look perfect!

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    Mary Walsh — May 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Asked for an cookbook months ago and never received! Great recipes!

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    Olivia – Primavera Kitchen — May 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Tessa, you e-cookbook is just the best. It is GORGEOUS and full of great tips. I am enjoying a lot what I’ve read so far. Thanks so much for creating such a helpful e-book 😉

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    Ana | Espresso My Kitchen — May 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Great post and video tutorial! I’ve had plenty of cookie fails, I will try adding cornstarch and cream cheese to make my cookies nice and chewy. Have to try this recipe out soon.

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    Gaby — May 13, 2015 at 6:13 am

    These are great tips, I love soft chewy cookies!

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