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Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Total Time
40 mins

If you’re of the school that thinks chocolate chip cookies should be soft and chewy, you’ll love this recipe. If not, these cookies will change your mind.

Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: James Carrier

 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
 2 large eggs
 1 teaspoon vanilla
 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz.)
 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Step 1

In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Step 2

In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans, if using.

Step 3

Drop dough in 2-tablespoon (1/8-cup) portions, 2 inches apart, onto buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake in a 400° oven until cookies are lightly browned and no longer wet in the center (break one open to check), 6 to 8 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.

Step 5

With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release; let stand on pan to firm up, 2 to 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Step 7

Note: Store these cookies airtight for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 208Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 6.3g32%
Cholesterol 34mg12%
Sodium 165mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%

Dietary Fiber 0.3g2%
Protein 2.1g5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.