The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Updated: Dec 9th, 2023 · By Bethany Kramer
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These cookies have been a favorite among my family and friends for years! They’re everything you could ask for in a classic chocolate chip cookie – so soft, chewy, perfectly sweet, and filled with thick melty chocolate chips. A simply irresistible recipe that is also gluten-free and dairy-free friendly.  

Chewy Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies laid out on parchment paper.

Have you ever met a person that didn’t love a classic chocolate chip cookie? I don’t think they exist. To this day I have yet to meet a person that didn’t fall head over heels in love with this cookie recipe! It’s that good.

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are made with melted butter and brown sugar for the ultimate chewy texture and then studded with thick Ghirardelli chocolate chips. They win in taste, texture, and have the perfect level of sweetness. What more could you ask for in a cookie?

To make this recipe you’ll need just 7 simple ingredients, 1 bowl for mixing, and 8 quick minutes to bake. And if you are gluten or dairy intolerant – fear not. This recipe can easily be adjusted to your needs without sacrificing taste and texture! It’s a win-win situation.

Ingredients Needed and Substitutions

Flour: I recommend all-purpose – make it gluten free friendly by using a 1-to-1 flour blend.
Brown sugar: I like using all brown sugar in this recipe to keep the cookies super soft and chewy. To use a healthier more natural sugar you can swap brown for coconut sugar which responds almost identically to baking recipes like brown sugar.
Butter: In this recipe I specifically melt the butter to help make a melt-in-your-mouth texture. You can use regular butter or for dairy-free use vegan butter.
Egg: I recommend vital farms pasture-raised eggs.
Baking soda: I like using quality baking soda that is specific for baking like this brand.
Ghirardelli chocolate chips: you can use any chocolate chip you have on hand, but Ghirardelli chocolate chips are my favorite because of how thick and melty they are when baked. 
Vanilla extract

Chilling the Cookie Dough

This recipe calls for 30 minutes of chilling your dough – which is really all the time you need. Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread. This also results in a chewier, more flavorful chocolate chip cookie. Win-win!

Chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe laid out on parchment paper.

Best Tips for Freezing & Keeping Cookies Fresh

Freezing: you can either freeze the cookie dough for 1 to 2 months then let thaw and bake cookies as instructed. Or you can bake the cookies and freeze in a ziplock bag or container for up to 2 months.

Keeping cookies fresh: you can store leftover cookies in a ziplock bag or container at room temperature. I also like to refrigerate them because it helps keep them fresh longer and keeps them firm but chewy.

Why We Melt the Butter

I know most cookie recipes call for room temperature butter, so you may be asking yourself why on earth are we melting it. Cold butter responds to cookies in more of a “cake” like texture. But since we want a super chewy texture, melted butter is one of the steps we need to take to achieve our goal.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies laid out on parchment paper.

More Chewy Cookies Recipes to Try

We are hard-core cookies fans. If you loved this recipe I think you may also enjoy these cookies too!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Chewy Almond Butter Cookies
Flourless Vegan Pumpkin Cookies
1-Bowl Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Chewy Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 8 votes
These cookies have been a favorite among my family and friends for years! They're everything you could ask for in a classic chocolate chip cookie - so soft, chewy, perfectly sweet, and filled with thick melty chocolate chips. A simply irresistible recipe that is also gluten-free and dairy-free friendly.  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Serves 12 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (see notes for gluten free flour suggestions)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (use vegan butter for dairy-free)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli premium chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix and set aside.
  • In electric mixer add sugars, vanilla and melted butter. Beat until a smooth texture/fully combined. Add egg at last minute and on low speed gently mix into wet ingredients.
  • Add half of your flour mixture to your wet ingredients and mix until almost combined, repeat with the rest of the flour until all the way combined. Mix chocolate chips in last. Cover bowl and chill dough in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or use a greased sheet pan. Form dough into round shapes using hands, space cookies 2-3 inches apart.   Bake cookies for 8 minutes.
  • Do not over bake cookies: Cookies will appear slightly underdone but that’s what you want. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then enjoy!


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Gluten free substitutions: For gluten free flour we recommend Bob's Redmill 1-to-1 GF Flour blend
Natural sweetener: instead of brown sugar you can use coconut sugar to naturally sweeten this recipe. 
Vegan butter for dairy-free: I love baking and cooking with Earth Balance vegan butter because it tastes almost identical to regular butter and is a fantastic 1-to-1 substitute for  regular butter. 


Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chewy chocolate chip cookies, ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies, the best chocolate chip cookies
Freezer Friendly Yes
Author A Simple Palate


Serving: 0g | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.5g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 12.2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 35.7mg | Sodium: 160.2mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 21.5g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

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  • Brooke C says:

    5 stars
    Okay but can we talk about how these are my DREAM cookies??? And now I can make them at home???

    So easy to follow and make and honestly just dangerous now that I have this recipe.

  • Bethany Kramer says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Tammy! I make these cookies a lot, so I’m not sure what went wrong. Other than there wasn’t enough flour in the mixture? So sorry that happened!

  • Janna says:

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it turned out really good. What else can I add to the recipe? Thanks for the recipe.  

  • Kristen says:

    5 stars
    Made these with my life skills kids today. They loved them! Kept asking for more 🍪😋

  • Ryan says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing cookies! My wife and I aren’t the best at cooking/baking, and having the step-by-step instructions with video detail helped us a lot. As proof, I ate 4 before the cookies even had a chance to cool down!! Can’t wait to explore more recipes from this site 🙂

    • Bethany Kramer says:

      Wow, thank you so much! So glad you guys felt confident making them and that they turned out well. 🙂

  • Bethany Kramer says:

    Thanks, Jillian! Chewy cookies all the way!

  • Bethany Kramer says:

    Thanks, Cindy! 🙂 They’re as good as they look.

  • Mary Bostow says:

    5 stars
    I bet those flavors are amazing! Cannot wait to try this! Love! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  • Amanda Finks says:

    5 stars
    Ghirardelli chocolate chips are the best! Love this perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  • Lisa Bynum says:

    5 stars
    You sold me at the title. Ghirardelli chocolate is AH-MAZING! I would have to keep these under lock and key and ration them out, because I know I would be tempted to eat them ALL in one sitting.

  • Natalie Kennedy says:

    5 stars
    I’ve tried a lot of different chocolate chip cookie recipes but could never quite get it right. This recipe was simple, easy, and the cookies turned out amazing!!!