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Thick & Fluffy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ultimate old fashioned chocolate chip cookie recipe, passed down through our family for over half a century! These are big fat fluffy chocolate chip cookies — if you like cakey cookies, then you will love these!

a plate of thick and fluffy chocolate chip cookies

Granny’s Famous Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our family has one chocolate chip cookie recipe that we’ve been using for over 60 years. It’s the only kind my mom ever made and it is still my favorite. The cookies come out thick and have a cake like texture that I love.

These cookies are thick and chewy and loaded with chocolate chips — they are like big fluffy pillows of deliciousness!

Granny is famous for these cookies and makes them for the whole family every Christmas!

Related: Try Granny’s famous potato salad recipe too!

What makes the cookies so thick and fluffy?

While these are cakey textured cookies, they’re not made with cake mix!

What’s the secret? Here are our tricks for baking thick and fluffy chocolate chip cookies:

  • Thoroughly mixing the batter
  • Using two eggs instead of one egg (which is standard in many chewy chocolate chip cookie recipes)
  • Taking care not to squish or press down on the cookies before baking

big fat chocolate chip cookies

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What You Need to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Unsalted butter — softened, but not melted
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • All purpose flour
  • Vanilla extract
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips — We used a whole bag!

Kitchen Supplies Used

 

chocolate chip cookie ingredients

How to Make Fluffy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let butter soften on counter for about an hour. Don’t melt it!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep your cookie sheet. For easier clean up, I cover it with foil or parchment paper.

butter, sugar, and brown sugar in mixing bowl

Cream the butter and both sugars until the mixture is creamy and fluffy. Take your time with this and get the butter and sugars really light and fluffy before you add the rest of the ingredients.

Add the two eggs, salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Beat on medium until everything is mixed thoroughly.

cookie batter in mixing bowl

Add the flour and continue mixing. The mixture will be thick, so take your time. You may have to finish by hand if you are using a hand-mixer and it’s having a hard time getting it all mixed.

adding chocolate chips to cookie batter

Fold in the chocolate chips by hand. It looks like a lot at this point but once baked, it will be perfect.

stirring chocolate chips into cookie batter

Use a tablespoon to scoop up a generous scoop of dough and put onto a prepared baking pan. You don’t have to make a perfect ball or flatten them. Leave about two inches in between the cookies.

chocolate chip cookie dough balls on baking sheet

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. But take a peak around 12 minutes. I like them to be lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

thick chocolate chip cookies on wire cooling rack

Let the cookies cool completely and the chips firm back up before you store them.

chocolate chip cookies on plate

Thick Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Printable Copy)

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big fat chocolate chip cookies

Ultimate Fluffy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sara Garska
Big fat, fluffy chocolate chip cookies -- the ultimate old fashioned chocolate chip cookie recipe, passed down through our family for decades!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Cooling time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 217 kcal

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooling rack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Let butter soften on counter for about an hour. Don't melt it. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and both sugars until the mixture is creamy and fluffy.
  • Add the two eggs, salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Beat on medium until everything is mixed thoroughly.
  • Add the flour and continue mixing. The mixture will be thick, so take your time. You may have to finish by hand if you are using a hand-mixer and it’s having a hard time getting it all mixed.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop up a generous scoop of dough and put onto a prepared baking pan, about 2 inches apart. You don’t have to make a perfect ball or flatten them.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, checking them at around 12 minutes. Remove from oven when cookies are lightly browned on top.
  • Allow cookies cool completely and the chips firm back up before you store them. 

Notes

Nutritional calculations are an estimate only; your actual values may vary based on ingredients used and serving size.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 320IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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