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These chocolate chip cookies are soft, cake-like, and have a completely different texture than a normal chocolate chip cookie! These are definitely for the people who love soft cookies rather than a chewy chocolate chip cookie or (my personal favorite!) a classic crispy chocolate chip cookie.

Table of Contents
  1. Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. The Secret to Soft, Cakey Cookies
  3. How to Make Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
  4. Baking Tips
  5. How to Store These Cookies
  6. Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
soft chocolate chip cookies on a turquoise platter

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft cookies were the result of testing chocolate chip cookies many, many years ago when I first started this website, and it’s defintely time for updated photos! This recipe is always a hit with people who are looking for soft chocolate chip cookies.

Even though I love crispy chocolate chip cookies, I, of course, ate a couple of these cakey bites, who can complain about a soft cookie with chocolate chips?

The Secret to Soft, Cakey Cookies

The secret to making soft chocolate chip cookies is using only brown sugar ( no granulated sugar) and an extra egg as adding eggs to a cookie dough makes a baked good more cake-like. The third egg in this recipe is what helps achieve this. Most chocolate chip cookie recipes only have 2 eggs.

soft cakey chocolate chip cookies in a pile

How to Make Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is just a quick recap of the method to make these cookies, please see the recipe card below to get the complete instructions and the list of ingredients.

  • Cream your butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy. Add in the eggs. Add the vanilla as well.
  • Whisk together your dry ingredients and add to the butter/sugar mixture. Combine well then add the chocolate chips, mixing until they are spread through the dough evenly.
  • Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased or parchment-lined sheet.
  • Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Baking Tips

Make sure to underbake these cookies slightly as you don’t want to dry these cookies out. They will dry out easier as there is more egg in the cookie dough.

Don’t flatten the cookies before baking, leave them in a rounded shape on the cookie sheet and they will bake up better.

soft cakey chocolate chip cookies in a pile on a turquoise platter

How to Store These Cookies

Keep these cookies stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature or freeze them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 6 months.

If you want to soften these cookies place a piece of bread in the container with the cookies. They will absorb the extra moisture from the bread and soften right up!

So for all you cakey cookie lovers out there, this is the soft chocolate chip cookie recipe for you! So tell me, are you team soft cookie or team crispy cookie?

Happy baking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies that are soft and pillowy inside. Perfect for those of you who like a cake-like texture to your cookies!
4.87 from 83 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Total Time
13 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
cookies
Servings
36
Calories
121
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • With a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating in completely after each addition. Add in the vanilla.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture, beating on low speed until just combined.
  • Add in the chocolate chips, stirring in until they are spread through the dough evenly.
  • Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Do not press them down if you want a lovely rounded cakey cookie.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown around the edges and the middles are set. They will spread out slightly but still stay wonderfully puffy and cakey.
  • Cool on baking sheets completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes

  • Slightly underbaking these cookies will yield better results, do not overbake as they will dry out.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 134mg, Potassium: 52mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 143IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Chocolate chip cookies that are soft and pillowy inside. Perfect for those of you who like a cake-like texture to your cookies!

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. ApolloMemphis says

    6 STARS!

    I made a single alteration to this recipe by adding in the whole 11.5 oz bag of chips vs 1 cup.
    I tested a single cookie for bake time as I do not have an interior thermometer. 10 minutes was perfect. Letting them cool on the sheet for 2 minutes before finishing on wire rack.

    I’m 62, and still up to learning! Never made a soft cake like cookie. Always did big n crispy or chewy.

    This is a perfect cookie! Crispy bottom tall yet soft cookie. I’m not on IG or FB however they are a beautiful looking and tasting treat!
    This is a winner!

    Thank You!5 stars

  2. Carol says

    Can I use block margarine as well for these cookies?
    Thanks!
    Luvin’ your site!!
    Carol5 stars

  3. Susan Trager says

    I made these today. I added one quarter cup more of brown sugar, one half cup more of chocolate chips, another teaspoon of vanilla, and a cup of chopped walnuts. I kept a bowl of the cookie dough in the refrigerator at all times and I put the balls of cookie dough on parchment paper with the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking them. They came out perfect and very tasty. I made around 60 small cookies.5 stars

  4. Susan Trager says

    I plan to make these. Judging from the ingredients I’ll give five stars How many y tablespoons per cookie?5 stars

  5. Heather C says

    Great cakey soft cookie recipe. I love how they puff up into satisfying round bites. I add about 1/8C more brown sugar and reduce the chocolate chips for a mildly sweet experience.5 stars

  6. Heather says

    These are the all time favorite around my house now! We tried many recipes, but this one definitely takes the cake.

  7. Shannon says

    These were more like cookie-ey cakes than cakey cookies 🙂 not very sweet but very soft and fluffy. More like a muffin consistency and flavor i thought. They were delicious though, if I make them again ill use double the chocolate chips and maybe a little more sugar4 stars

    • Lorraine says

      These cookies were cakey like I wanted but they weren’t sweet enough for my tastes. I guess they will be good with tea or coffee.3 stars

  8. Emerlyn says

    they are super good but a bit dry i dont know if it is me though 🙂4 stars

    • Victoria Dunham says

      The perfect chocolate chip cookie if your looking for a more candy cookie!5 stars

  9. Carly says

    Flavor is okay. Mine turned into choco chip oven pancakes. Maybe it’s me ?3 stars

  10. Rosie Barr says

    This is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I use. I know it by heart. I sold cookies, cupcakes etc at two of our local Farmer’s Markets. These cookies sold out even when I tripled my inventory. A Pastry Chef from one of our Beachside restaurants told me they were the best chocolate chip cookies he has ever had.

  11. nichole says

    Taste how grandma used to make hers. My Great Grandma is 90 now, and sometimes doesnt remember making cookies, other days she remembers. She used to keep them in a tin canister. We tried all her varying recipes from adding extra flour, less sugar, whatever it may of been. They just were never it. Behold this recipe. We may never know her actual recipe, but this brings back those childhood memories. These are not overly sweet (I prefer these, cookies now a days are sickly sweet) and are soft and pillowy. Grandma used less chocolate chips then I did, so gotta scale them back. Thanks for these, I will hopefully get the recipe *just* right.5 stars

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      That’s great to hear, I hope you can tweak it to taste exactly like hers!5 stars

  12. Davina Roan says

    I followed the instructions precisely and I used unsalted butter. I love that its not overpowering sweet, its perfect! They came out fluffy and soft. My family devoured them. I will definitely use this recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  13. Toni says

    This is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. My great grandmother made cakey soft cookies from a recipe that was in her head and this is the closest I have come to recreating it. My Dad and my children love these cookies. My husband thinks chocolate chip cookies should be crisp, but he is wrong. lol5 stars

    • Randi says

      These weren’t terrible but we didn’t like the texture and it didn’t have much flavor in our opinion. My husband likes soft cookies but not these -would not make again.3 stars

  14. Elizabeth says

    honesty they had no flavor at all and the only thing that kept me coming back was the milk chocolate chips2 stars

  15. Jamie says

    Thank you for this recipe. I love cakey chocolate chip cookies. I cut the recipe down to 12 servings and substituted almond extract for the vanilla. They turned out amazing.

    On a side note, I used unbleached all purpose flour and homemade butter. These may have affected the recipe some.5 stars

  16. Emily says

    I’ve made this recipe several times! It is my go to and so many have wanted me to share this recipe with them.

    Today I put in 3 LARGE eggs, not realizing until after adding them in. Any suggestions on what to add to help with the extra amount of egg?5 stars

  17. Brooke says

    SO good!!!! This is the cakey recipe I’ve been searching for!! The recipe didn’t specify, but my butter and eggs were at room temperature when I made the dough. I creamed the butter and sugar for a full 5 minutes. I refrigerated the dough for 30 minutes before baking and I baked it on silicon mats. I added 1/2 cup more semi-sweet chocolate chips than the recipe calls for. Thanks so much for this recipe!!5 stars

  18. Liv says

    These cookies are my jam! I use twice as much chocolate chips and dark brown sugar for a rich flavor. Every time I make them everyone loves them and begs for more. The bake time is perfect and if I’m going for more goey I do 8 minutes and if I want them to travel a bit better I do it for 10. No matter what they come out great and are always a hit. Thank you for this awesome recipe. Tomorrow I’m going to try making them with almond flour and I’m real nervous ?5 stars

  19. Sharon says

    I don’t know what I am doing wrong but these came out nothing like Cakey they are as flat as a pan cake ?.

  20. Sandy says

    Absolutely love this way to bake cookies.these are the best I have ever made.I love the cakey cookies the y are nice and fluffy like the old archway drop cookies.I’m so glad I found the recipe again..these are amazing..5 stars

  21. Judy Davidson says

    Loved these fluffy cakes cookies. But mine are a bit dry and I personally find them not sweet enough. I baked for 10min at 375 which produced a light golden brown bottom and pale top. Will definitely try again, tweeting it a bit. I used margerine instead of butter-could that be why they’re a bit dry? Will try adding a 1/4 cup of granulated sugar next time. Will also add a bit more vanilla. Any suggestions for tweaking would be appreciated.5 stars

  22. Beyza says

    Cakey cookies are my favourite and this will be the next recipe that I’ll try. But, please please please can you write the ingredients with gram measurements? I have tried lots of recipes in past and I am tired of failing. Gram measurements give me reliance. Thanks a lot from now.

    • Liv says

      I add twice as much chocolate chips as the recipe says and I use dark brown sugar. Also, I do think butter is better with these cookies. ?5 stars

    • Misty rice says

      These are amazing cookies so easy to make I just followed the directions and baked them they turned out amazing thank you for a great recipe my kids loved them and me lol

  23. Dianne says

    This is a delicious, cakey, chocolate chip cookie. It is just what I was looking for. I think the sweetness level is perfect the way the recipe is written. For me, 8 minutes at 350 degrees is best (375 was too hot, my tester cookie burned). Also, the dough is very sticky and makes it difficult to slide off the spoon. To remedy that, I wet my finger in in water, the dough slides right off. Then I tapped down the cookie dough with wet fingers. The cookie still puffs up nicely. Hope this helps someone out there to bake an excellent treat! ??

    • ellie h. says

      batter was runny and gross when adding the eggs. stirred for 10 mins, nothing happened. tried the recipe over again and the same happened.1 star

  24. Kelly says

    These are my go to cookies to make! Love them, perfect cakey cookies!! I do use a little less butter because I’m not a big fan of it and they are still great.5 stars

  25. Ava says

    AMAZING!!!!!!! If you’re looking for Cakey, fluffy, scone like chocolate chip cookies look no further!!!! I personally don’t like overly sweet cookies so the brown sugar paired with the chocolate chips was just the right amount of sweetness for me. Saving this recipe and using every time !5 stars

  26. Amy says

    I love this recipe! I used it once but I worried that I didn’t give it enough time in the oven and time outside of it too.

    how long should I have left them outside the oven to cool off?5 stars

    • Kristi says

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe; I use it all the time, I tweet it by adding coconut as well. Sometimes even dried cranberries my family adores them

  27. Catherine says

    My favorite cookie recipe. Not overly sweet, making it perfect for children and adults alike. I recommend using Ghirardelli chocolate chips for the perfect gooey chocolate chip texture to compliment the soft-cakey cookie.5 stars

  28. Jeff says

    I’m not a fan of fluffy cookies, I like them soft and chewy. But if you are, these are pretty perfect. The brown sugar only is a little strange, I don’t know if it adds to the fluffiness or not, but I may try 1/2 cup white, 1/2 cup brown if you are dead set of making these, as they tend to not be very sweet. I added a bit more vanilla to compensate, and they turned out okay. I don’t think I’ll be making these again though, just really not a fan of the cakey cookies. Thanks for the recipe still!!4 stars

    • Jada says

      My go-to cookie recipe! It’s like a chocolate chip CAKE in cookie form!!! I’m definitely in the minority here, but I hate when choco chip cookies are thin, undercooked, and buttery in the center. These cookies are FLUFFY, cakey, and fully-cooked through so they don’t leave an oily residue on your fingers after eating. I absolutely love these cookies and will be using this recipe for the rest of my life. Thank you so much!!!5 stars

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