The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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Chewy chocolate chip cookies laid out on parchment paper.

The Best Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 7 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.  

Servings 12 cookies
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Cooling Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 18 mins

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tags: chewy chocolate chip cookies, ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies, the best chocolate chip cookies
Freezer Friendly: Yes
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix and set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Do not over bake cookies: Cookies will appear slightly underdone but that’s what you want. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then enjoy!

Recipe Video


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. 


Nutrition Facts
The Best Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.2g19%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35.7mg12%
Sodium 160.2mg7%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 34.5g12%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 21.5g24%
Protein 3.2g6%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is the cook and photographer behind A Simple Palate. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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