Alton Brown’s The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Alton Brown’s The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie fulfilled my quest to find the perfect recipe for chewy, soft, and gooey cookies!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Alton Brown’s The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie fulfilled my quest to find the perfect recipe for chewy, soft, and gooey cookies!

I decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon regarding the “Which is the Best?” question. I’m pretty sure I’ve found my answer to which is the best brownie, the Baked Brownie. Oh the Baked Brownie. But chocolate chip cookies, on the other hand, I have not had much experience making. I like my chocolate chip cookies to be chewy, soft, and gooey. I began my cookie quest with Alton Brown’s The Chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe partially because it was the most convenient (no 36 hour waiting periods or whatever) and I already had most of the ingredients at hand except bread flour.

The results were inconclusive. All the cookies ended up good but a little different due to several different reasons:

  • I used 2 different baking sheets to bake the cookies out of necessity. They were different in size, shape, brand. One was bigger than the other so I had to place one sheet on the top shelf of my oven and one on the middle. Needless to say the cookies came out a bit different from each other depending on which cookie sheet they were baked on. Note: I need new half sheet pans!!!
  • I did one batch with the dough I could fit on these 2 stupid baking sheets, and a second batch with the remaining cookie dough on one baking sheet. The second batch turned out more crispy around the edges and had less chocolate chips in it since it came from the bottom of the bowl.

Although the cookies were inconsistent, they were all still good (believe me, I tested one from each batch. Maybe more than once. Ooops.) They were soft and chewy with just the right thickness. They were a tad bit greasy but nothing too bad.

How to make
Alton Brown's The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Alton Brown’s The Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie fulfilled my quest to find the perfect recipe for chewy, soft, and gooey cookies!

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
  3. Pour the melted butter in the mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Chill the dough, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Alton Brown
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. #
    Justin Schwartz — April 29, 2009 at 1:36 am

    these look really good — i’m a chewy cookie guy all the way

  2. #
    Tessa — April 29, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I don’t see how anybody couldn’t be a chewy cookie guy! Crispy chocolate chip cookies are stupid.

  3. #
    Sara — April 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    crispy cookies are stupid – chewy and gooey and soft is the way it was meant to be. You may be interested to read Joe Pastry, he just did a whole string of posts about cc cookies. http://www.joepastry.com/

  4. #
    Tessa — May 1, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Thanks Sara! You are full of awesome links haha.

  5. #
    Reeni♥ — May 18, 2009 at 2:14 am

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is the Nestle Tollhouse. But, I haven’t tried these and I’m always looking for a better one. This sounds very similar to the Nestle one. How yummy – soft is definitely the way to go!

  6. #
    Tessa — May 19, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Nestle Tollhouse cookie recipe is definitely delicious. Wouldn’t it be cool to bake all different chocolate chip cookie recipes and compare them?

  7. #
    3T Heppenstall — May 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I stumbled across your blog and saw those cookies and they look SO good! I love CHEWY chocolate chip cookies!

  8. #
    Tessa — May 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you!! Aren’t they the best? I’m craving one right now!

  9. #
    pigpigscorner — May 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I made this too and love it! Chewy is the best.

  10. #
    The Duo Dishes — May 20, 2009 at 12:59 am

    We’re good with chewy middle and crispy edge. No matter what they look like, we’ll eat ’em. These look great!

  11. #
    Tessa — May 20, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Chewy middles are seriously the best thing on the face of the earth. I’m glad to see so many chewy lovers!

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  14. #
    Trudy — November 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

    How many (say yellow scoop) does this make? I am going to make them now anyway so will know, but I always like to know before I begin. I may have to make 2 or 3 batches as my grand children can eat 2 dozen before they are cool!

    thanks so much

  15. #
    Me — November 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Um, you just copied this. You get no points from me. Good job, Alton Brown.

  16. #
    Coastalgal — December 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    @me not to sound catty- but your comment was kinda rude and unnecessary. Unless you missed it some how Tessa clearly gave credit where it was due to Alton Brown. As a blogger of her site she was simply recording her experience with Alton Browns version of his recipe and sang its praises.

  17. #
    Chris — December 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Is it the end of the world if i make smaller cookies to make more cookies at a time?
    Like 3 rows of 5 cookies on 1/2 sheet pan?~

  18. #
    Carolyn Franks — January 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Do you have to use kosher salt or can it be substituted?

  19. #
    Pat — February 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Just bought new Bluestar gas range. Made cookies. Best chocolate chip. Cookies ever, even using supermarket chips
    Perfect. Texture soft, chewy, but crispy. Flavor outstanding. No. Worries about how long they are stable. Thank you.

  20. #
    Ginny — March 3, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Holy moly, these are superb. Officially my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thank you!

  21. #
    Rachel — June 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    5/5!!! Alton Brown recipes never fail me!! They are all perfect- this one especially. I followed it to a T, chilled my dough over night and they were perfect. Thanks for posting! Definitely a new go-to for me.

  22. #
    Patricia Thomas — July 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

    These are so good. I doubled the recipe and gave some to my daughter. Her kids literally attacked them and asked me to make more. I made them smaller than it said on the recipe and I also addded about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. They were the best cookies that I’ve made in a long time. These are definitely a keeper.

  23. #
    Laura — September 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Making these for the first time after watching Alton Brown do a comparison of thin and crispy,light and fluffy, and finally soft and chewy choc-chip cookie. I chose chewy. How long do I need to refrigerate the dough? Is one hour long enough?

  24. #
    Jen — February 2, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I bet these are great but I’m really upset that it didn’t say to wait for the butter to cool before mixing in the chocolate chips 🙁 my cookies are all full of melted chocolate now. Maybe it isn’t a bad thing, they could be good! They’re chilling right now so we’ll see.

  25. #
    Kathryn Hardt — February 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t usually have bread flour ,can I substitute all purpose flour?

  26. #
    Jane Cullinan — March 12, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    No.
    Use this: https://altonbrown.com/the-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe/
    The difference is enormous.
    I followed this Alton Brown knock-off recipe and got flat, amateurish cookies. When I use his actual recipe, I get thick, delicious ones – the best ever,

  27. #
    Aurora Grace Solitario — March 25, 2018 at 4:12 am

    This recipe is so good and really turned out awesome!! There are chewy cookies!!! So glad i have found this recipe and thank u for your generosity to share to us. God bless!

  28. #
    Ice — March 30, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Made these on a whim, did a little of my own experimenting with the recipe, but they always turned out great. This is my go-to choc cookie recipe and now my brother won’t let me visit him without bringing him some.

  29. #
    Cynthia Carlson — March 31, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Love this recipe! Worked perfectly the first time – and I have big, chewy, delicious chocolate chip cookies! Thank you!!

  30. #
    Matt H — June 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve made these cookies dozens of times. I recently tried browning the butter, as opposed to just melting it, and find I get a much deeper nutty flavor in the dough.
    10/10 if you follow this recipe.
    Thanks for sharing!

  31. #
    Karen Juarez — November 20, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Alton Brown did in fact use the Nestle Tollhouse recipe but adjusted it in 3 different ways on his cookie episode with a cookie monster look-alike that knows his cookies!!! Alton explained how to alter the recipes to achieve a chewy, a soft and a crunchy cookie. He explained the science between the white and brown sugars and how melting the butter or creaming the butter makes a difference, how egg yolks or whole eggs and even chilling or not chilling batters. His soft cookie recipe is my personal favorite chocolate chip cookie and I have made many other different batches but Alton’s are the BEST!!

  32. #
    Chetta — November 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve made these so much I know the recipe by heart. Accidentally added coffee extract one time and they still were delicious. I always add pecan though!!! ….. my favorite

  33. #
    Gianna — February 3, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I’m about to make this recipe – and it is indeed a modified version of Nestle’s recipe. How large are these cookies supposed to be and how many is it supposed to make. The Nestle version makes 5 dozen and shows 6 cookies on a sheet – but the cooking time is much less. I’m concerned about this long cooking time with the same heat and cookie size – love all the science but would be good to know how many cookies this yields.

  34. #
    Christine Rether — February 10, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    These are the best chocolate chip cookies. My go to chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on.

  35. #
    Natalia — February 16, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I baked these cookies. What a disappointment ! I carefully followed the recipe, as I always do. They were flat pancake-like buttery crisp failures.

    I couldn’t believe it. I tried again. Same result. Alton, you let me down!

    So disappointed!

  36. #
    Jerilynne — February 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Do you have to cool the butter to room temperature before mixing with sugars?

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