I've tried for years to make chocolate chip cookies that are thick and soft to the chew. They puffed up high when baking and either fell when cooled, or were hard as bricks! So I sat down with a quest to find a recipe with good results. Many tries went into my 50 year old recipe, and there were many failed attempts. They weren't awful, just not what I wanted, until now!

Recipe yield - approximately 20 cookies


  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp chocolate vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or other sweet spice (optional)


  • 2 inch cookie scoop
  • 2 baking sheets


  1. Preheat your oven to 410°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cold cubed butter and both of the sugars. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until creamy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after adding each one.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, spices and salt and stir to mix. Add to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until just combined (you don't want to over mix as this will warm the butter).
  5. Finally add the chocolate chips and nuts (if using) to the dough and mix gently until evenly distributed.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to place cookie dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  8. Store cookies for up to 4 days at room temperature or 3 months in the freezer, if they last that long!


  • I often use homemade vanilla sugars but this recipe works well with plain sugars too.
  • You can play around with the flavors in this recipe. I like to add my mocha mingle spice which I make using strained spices and cacao nibs from extracts. To make the spice I simply dry, grind and blend them.
  • You can also add any flavor vanilla extract that you have, and try using mocha chocolate or caramel chips.
Did Pattison