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Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Tessa Arias
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November 30th, 2021
4.83 from 56 votes
4.83 from 56 votes

Ultimate CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and loaded with chocolate chips!  Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide!

Yield: 24 large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 12 minutes

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Taste: Big butterscotch flavor without being too sweet. These cookies taste like what you imagine a chocolate chip cookie should taste like!
Texture: The best part! These babies are big, thick, super chewy yet soft on the inside and crisp at the edges. When they’re fresh from the oven the chocolate is all warm and gooey. Perfection!!!
Ease: Very easy, though I do use two different flours and there is a chilling period so patience is involved. You can make a double batch, shape the dough into balls, then freeze the balls. Defrost and bake when the cookie craving comes!
Appearance: A stack of these cookies would turn anyone into the cookie monster.
Pros: My all time favorite cookie recipe.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? A thousand times yes, I’ve made this recipe a handful of times already and have extra dough stashed in the freezer at all times.

I‘m super duper excited to share with you my version of the Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies complete with a video to show you exactly how they’re made.

This is a perfect recipe to learn some of the basics of the science of baking because with cookies it’s so easy to see how different tweaks impact the final result!

If you’re anything like the hundreds of people who have taste tested and tried this recipe, you’re going to love it! (Just read some of the comments below!)

ULTIMATE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies before you make these!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and chock full of chocolate chips!

You may be asking yourself, what makes this recipe the “ultimate?” Well, let me tell you. I’ll start with flavor because these cookies have HUGE butterscotch flavor and that is exactly what I adore in a chocolate chip cookie. Beyond the flavor is the texture, which is nothing short of incredible.

These cookies have my version of the ultimate texture combination: thick, super chewy, soft and a little gooey in the middle, crisp and slightly crunchy at the edges, with ooey chocolate chips throughout. Does anything get better than that? I don’t think so. I would want these cookies to be a part of my last meal on earth, that’s how much I love them!

How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you remember my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies Part 1 and Part 2? That is where I discovered ALL the secrets to making my version of the best chocolate chip cookie.

This recipe utilizes half bread flour which lends chewiness to the cookies. It also uses a bunch of brown sugar which lends that butterscotch flavor and thick and soft texture. The extra egg yolk in this recipe also helps keep these cookies soft yet chewy and adds richness in flavor.

You can think of the 24 – 72 hour chilling period as a “marinating” period. The flavors intensify and the texture will become thicker and chewier. It’s pretty amazing.

Do I really need to use bread flour?

You don’t absolutely HAVE to use bread flour, but it adds a ton of chewy texture to these cookies that’s worth the extra trip to the store. If you can’t get bread flour, then use all AP flour.

Why use a cookie scoop?

Using a stainless steel spring-loaded cookie scoop when portioning out cookie dough is one of the KEYS to beautiful, uniform, evenly-shaped and evenly-baked cookies. My cookie scoop is one of my most frequently used kitchen gadgets. A spring-loaded scoop saves you *so much time* in forming the balls of dough. When using a scoop, you ensure each ball is evenly sized so the cookies bake evenly, meaning you don’t have any small overbaked cookies or large underbaked cookies. Learn more about Cookie Scoops and how to use them here!

It just so happens that I recently released my very own Perfect Cookie Kit, containing three spring-loaded stainless steel cookie scoops, two spatulas, 6-piece stainless-steel, round nested cookie cutter set with silicone rim and more! Learn more here.

Do I really need to chill the dough?

The last key element is the 24 to 72 hour chilling period which is a huge pain in the butt, I know, but it is so completely worth it. The flavor and texture only improves as the dough chills, promise! If you’re absolutely strapped for time, you can bake off some cookies as soon as the dough is done. But I’d definitely encourage you to try chilling and see all the wonders it works on your dough 🙂

Once the dough has chilled, allow it to sit at room temperature just long enough so that you can scoop it. The colder the dough, the thicker the cookies!

Can you freeze chocolate chip cookies?

I love cookies straight from the oven the best. I always keep pre-scooped balls of chocolate chip cookie dough in a resealable bag in my freezer so I can bake cookies off and have them warm from the oven in a matter of minutes whenever I want. Here are more tips for freezing cookie dough.

How to keep cookies soft:

Most cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temp for up to 3 days. Be sure they are completely cooled before storing. To keep your baked chocolate chip cookies soft, you can add an apple wedge, piece of bread, or a tortilla on the top and bottom of the cookies to the container a day or two after baking them, or whenever you find the texture starting to harden. The moisture from the bread or apple will migrate to your cookies, making them soft and chewy again.

A tortilla is a new favorite of mine because it takes up much less room than a slice of bread, and doesn’t transfer any flavors or aromas like an apple wedge. Not to mention it fits into a round cookie tin pretty perfectly.

How to refresh stored cookies:

If you’d like, reheat and refresh the cookies in a 350°F oven for 3-5 minutes. Your toaster oven should work just fine. This improves the texture, and there’s nothing like a warm chocolate chip cookie!

How to make beautiful chocolate chip cookies

I hope you make these cookies soon!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and chock full of chocolate chips!

Step by Step Video

If you want to watch me demonstrate how to make this cookie dough LIVE, with all of my scientific explanations, tips, and tricks, check out this live Facebook video I did a while back!

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes:

See ALL of my chocolate chip cookie recipes + tips & insights into the SCIENCE of cookie baking here!

4.83 from 56 votes

How to make
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 large cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Ultimate CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and loaded with chocolate chips!  Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (159 grams) bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at cool room temperature
  • 2 cups (340 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. If baking right away, preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  4. If time permits, wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours. This allows the dough to “marinate” and makes the cookies thicker, chewier, and more flavorful. Let dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop.

  5. Using a large spring-loaded scoop, divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls and drop onto prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Although I prefer cookies fresh from the oven, these can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. See post for storage tips.

Recipe Video

Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American

This recipe was originally published October 2013 and recently updated with more baking tips and new photos. Photos by Constance Higley.

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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    Missy BP — November 30, 2022 at 5:48 am

    So my awesome friend Peggy made these and posted her pictures on facebook to which I immediately loved and asked for the recipe. I consider myself a pretty good baker, but chocolate chip cookies always bomb in my kitchen (and I’ve lived in 2 houses so I know its not some bad mojo in the kitchen ;)). Peggy shared the recipe and I immediately got to work to let them marinate and be able to bake them Thanksgiving morning. While they didn’t look quite as appealing as your pics above, they were delicious!!!! My daughter’s 10th birthday is coming up and she always likes to challenge me with baking her favorite sweet treat for dessert. Since that’s under a month away she’s already obsessing and was going through different treats for her choices until she remembered the cookies. It was full-on googly eyes when she said “not that…make those cookies Mom! ohhhhhh my God, please make the cookies!”.
    Many thanks for this recipe and ALL the tips about how the different ingredients impact the appearance and texture (I’m a scientist so I really enjoyed reading that stuff too!).

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 30, 2022 at 10:20 am

      Aww, that’s so sweet and wonderful to hear, Missy! So glad these were such a hit for you and we are thrilled that your daughter enjoyed them so much!!

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    Emily — November 18, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Okay, dedicated myself to this recipe-
    I have made it now on two occasions- identical methods but the first time I “marinated”‘the dough for 72hours before baking and the second time only 24 hours.

    ABSOLUTELY blown away by the 72 hour cookies- they were significantly more flavourful and tender/chewy. When I go to make this in the future it will forever and always be a 72hour marination period because it’s that worth it. These are beautiful cookies as well! Thank you Tessa 🙂

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 21, 2022 at 12:19 pm

      So happy you enjoyed these so much, Emily! We love the 72-hour marinated cookies SO much too!! 🙂

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    LaLa — October 21, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    I was disappointed with this recipe. I was looking for a recipe that was chewy on the inside and crispy on the edges.It was not crispy on the edges like it said. The ingredients were in room temperature like stated. I use the highest quality vanilla yet the cookies still lack taste. I used See’s candy semi sweet chocolate chips which are very high-quality.I chilled the dough for 48 hours. ( I studied in culinary school.)

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    Nancy — August 20, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    These cookies taste wonderful but they seem very greasy. They leave grease on your hand when eating them. I weighed the butter and all of the other ingredients. Any thoughts on why that might be?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 22, 2022 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Nancy! There are a couple possibilities here! Firstly, was your butter possibly a bit too warm when you started? If butter is too warm when creamed, this can change the entire structure of the cookie! We recommend about 67°F most of the year, but even 65° might be better if your kitchen is a bit hot this time of year! Tessa talks more about this in this article here! Alternatively, perhaps your oven is a little cool? If your oven is running cooler than it says, it may have caused some of the butter to leak out before they could set and fully bake! Tessa talks more about that in this article on ovens here! Please let me know if you wish to troubleshoot further – we are always more than happy to help!! 🙂

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        Nancy — August 25, 2022 at 11:37 pm

        Kiersten, Thank you so much for all of your helpful information. Using an oven thermometer, it is registering between 350 and 375 degrees. You’re saying that if my oven is running cool this might cause the greasiness. What about if my oven is running say 12 degrees hotter and if so, is that enough to make a difference in the end result. I’m noticing that my cookies are getting medium golden brown but when breaking it in half, center almost seems underbaked; not raw but very soft even after baking them for the full 13 minutes. When they’re cool, the center of the cookie is a deeper color brown. I’ve noticed that different color on all of the cookies I’ve been baking lately. Frustrating. LoL

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    Judy — June 7, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Hi , Love your Chocolate chip cookie recipe. My husband thinks jt’s the best chocolate chip cookie He’s ever tasted. I do have a question, though. I have been wanting something different like a white chocolate and cranberry cookie. Do you think that the dough in your chocolate chip cookies could be altered to make white chocolate cranberry cookies? I do not want it incredibly sweet, but thought the “base for the CC cookie might be suitable for a white chocolate, cranberry cookie (possible with macadamia nuts). If it can be done, would there need to be any alteration for the other incredients?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 8, 2022 at 6:58 am

      Hi Judy! I’m so happy to hear that you and your husband love these cookies! I definitely think you can try this cookie as a “base” for other types of cookies! I would just recommend keeping the total weight of your white chocolate/cranberries/macadamia nuts about the same as the chocolate chips in this recipe (so 340 grams total), and experiment from there if you wish. The base of this cookie is pretty versatile, so I believe it should work well for pretty much any other flavors and mix-ins your heart desires! Let us know what you think when you have experimented! Happy baking! 🙂

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    Camila — May 30, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    I made these and shared them with my friends, we all loved them. They are chewy and full of chocolate. Did not have bread flour, so I replaced it with more all purpose flour and they still turned out great

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    Olwyn — May 23, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Hi, these cookies are fantastic, thank you!
    I made the dough on Friday but didn’t use all of it then forgot about it, will it be ok to bake today (Tuesday) o in fridge 5 days , is that pushing it? Thank you

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 24, 2022 at 7:40 am

      Hi Olwyn! That night be pushing it, unfortunately. Once you go past three days, the cookies will dry out and can spoil. They might look dried out, darker in color, smell strange, or be really hard. I wouldn’t recommend eating the cookies at this point; since cookies contain raw egg, the spoiled cookies could potentially contain Salmonella. For future knowledge, you can always freeze your cookie dough! I’m linking an article where Tessa talks about freezing cookie dough and baking from frozen here! I’m sorry you didn’t get to enjoy all your delicious cookies this time 🙁

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    Megan — May 19, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    I swear i just started baking and I have gone through like 5 or 6 cookie recipes online already…. I’m not even half way though baking these ones and they already look amazing!! If I could show you the diffrence in some of the other recipes online I’ve cooked and their cookie recipe you would see a difference. I will be making thses again. Also I appreciate all the tips applied to the recipe I just followed what you said and they came out perfect…. i will be completely honest with you I never take the time to write these reviews so the fact you see it from me is definitely important…

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Hi Megan! Wow, what an incredible review! I’m so thrilled Handle the Heat is a part of your newly-discovered baking journey 🙂 I’m so happy you found Tessa’s baking tips here helpful! I hope you continue to peruse our site (we have sooooo many fantastic recipes!!!) and soak up all the baking knowledge and the fascinating science of baking that Tessa shares across her blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of baking – we couldn’t be more excited for you to join us here 🙂

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    Karen — May 19, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Hi! I’ve made this recipe twice and both times the cookies have gone super flat. Any suggestions? They still taste amazing and work wonderfully with vanilla ice cream :).

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 20, 2022 at 8:12 am

      Hi Karen! Oh no – they definitely shouldn’t be super flat! Were the cookies chilled before baking? We recommend chilling for 24-72 hours prior to baking. That can definitely help them set up while baking, as well as lending so much more depth of flavour and chewiness to the baked results! The colder the cookies, the thicker the cookies! Another big thing is the temperature of your butter when you go to cream the butter and sugars. If your butter is too warm, that warmth will prevent the butter from holding onto air bubbles as it creams. Ideally, butter should be around 67°F when creaming. Tessa discusses this (about 1/3 way down the page), as well as under-creaming and over-creaming your sugar and butter here, in this article. The last thing would be whether or not you are weighing your ingredients. Weighing vs. measuring by volume can also have a huge impact on your baked goods. Tessa also talks about how to measure properly in this article here. I hope some of this proves helpful to you, and if you still experience issues, feel free to reach out to our team and we can continue to troubleshoot with you! Happy baking 🙂

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    Fatma — May 11, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Love love these cookies they are a favorite in my house… i have a question if i am using a bakeux oven with a fab should i adjust the temperature? And make it lower?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 16, 2022 at 10:01 am

      Hi Fatuma! Yay – we love hearing that!! I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with that type of oven, but we recommend investing in an oven thermometer! It’s amazing how every single oven (even two ovens of the same make and model) will vary greatly in their temperatures. Popping an oven thermometer in your oven will eliminate the guess work and ensure you are baking at the correct suggested baking temperature every time, rather than relying on your oven’s displayed temperature. I hope that helps!

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    Sonya — April 26, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Hi – in the video you mention that you like to use a cookie scoop. What size and which brand do you use?

    Thanks.

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      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 7:58 am

      Hi Sonya! Tessa uses a 3 tablespoon scoop for these cookies, I’ll include a link to her favorite HERE 🙂

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        Sonya — April 28, 2022 at 11:07 pm

        Thanks Emily – the link didn’t work but it looks like she was using the oxo large cookie scoop?

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          Emily — May 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

          Wow, how strange! Amazon must have changed the link since I sent it out. Yes, it’s the OXO Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop. I’ll try linking again HERE. Hopefully that one works!

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    Beth — April 22, 2022 at 11:28 am

    I’ve made this recipe many times and have never had a cookie left!! Chilling the dough and freezing balls of dough makes it easy to have cookies any time!! My cookies are now famous thanks to this recipe!!

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    Andrea — April 11, 2022 at 9:59 am

    OMG….for over 20 years I have used the recipe on the package of Ghirardelli chocolate chips as my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s even in my prenup agreement that I can never change this recipe (kidding…sort of). The last time I made them I was disappointed because they were so crunchy and flat, and not soft and chewy as I prefer. With permission (again kidding, not kidding) I made this recipe and we are sold. My husband and kids all raved about this recipe and I’ve made it twice in a week now. I may still have to make the old recipe to stay married, but when I want cookies this is the one I will make. Thank you, Tessa!!!

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      Emily — April 12, 2022 at 9:09 am

      haha, that’s so great to hear, yay!!

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    Alyssa — April 2, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    These were a huge hit at my house. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. Exactly how we like them. I did not refrigerate the dough this time around, but will definitely try next time to see the difference. I have a feeling these will be our go-to chocolate chip cookies!

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    Naomi — April 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    These are the most amazing cookies I have ever made. I bake a lot and have had a very hard time finding a recipe that yields thick, chewy, round cookies. After years of searching and baking, I can finally say this recipe beats any other. Thank you so very much!

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      Emily — April 1, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear! So happy you love this recipe, thanks for taking the time to comment and let us know! 🙂

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    Linda — March 19, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    While my favorite is the Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, my family loves these. I always chill, and usually overnight. I even freeze the dough as well.

    I just wanted to say that this is a great recipe! Thank you!

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      Emily — March 21, 2022 at 10:24 am

      Thanks for the comment, Linda! We’re so happy you love this recipe!

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        Alia — September 16, 2022 at 4:55 am

        I have question bread flour is it the same flour t55 ?

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          Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 19, 2022 at 9:30 am

          Hi Alia! While we don’t use T55 flour, it sounds like it may be the same thing or at least similar. The most important things to look at are consistency (bread flour looks and feels just like regular all-purpose flour; it’s very fine, white flour), and protein content (bread flour is typically around 12 to 14%). I hope that helps!

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    Fatma — March 16, 2022 at 9:47 am

    I have been using this recipe since May 2021 it’s absolutely amazing… but i have a question mine tend to be flat i made sure the butter isnt to warm and measured all ingredients by scale but they are kind of flat (but amazing!!) could it be that i am using chocolate bar chopped instead of chocolate chips? Hope u can help me out

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      Emily — March 18, 2022 at 9:17 am

      Hi Fatma! So glad you’re enjoying this recipe 🙂 How thick are you chopping your chocolate? I wouldn’t think that’d be the issue, but do you live in a location where it’s very warm/humid? If you have a digital food thermometer, try taking your butter’s temperature (sounds a little weird, but this should help!). If you’re looking for thicker cookies, you’ll want cool room temperature butter, which is about 67°F. If the butter is too warm at the beginning, it actually affects the end result, even after chilling the dough! A great visual of what your butter should look like can be found in our “How to Cream Butter and Sugar” article, about 1/3 of the way down the page. I hope that helps! Please let me know how it goes the next time you make your cookies!

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