Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These brown sugar chocolate chip cookies are super easy to make, come together quickly, and result in thick, soft chocolate chip cookies with crispy edges. This chocolate chip cookies recipe is going to become a family favorite!

stack of brown sugar chocolate chip cookies cut in half


 

What is it about a homemade chocolate chip cookie? Warm, gooey, thick, chewy – can’t resist. The aroma in your kitchen when they are baking.

I seriously have no willpower around a great soft chocolate chip cookie.

And these brown sugar chocolate chip cookies are the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe. Find the fat pants. Stock up on milk. Please don’t hate me.

White Sugar Vs. Brown Sugar

This recipe calls for all brown sugar in the cookie, and no granulated sugar. This makes for a chocolate chip cookie that is very chewy, and does spread less than if you were to use some granulated sugar. Over the years I have received many comments from readers having difficulty with their cookies coming out perfectly. They were either too dry or cakey and not soft and chewy like we wanted.

So after many rounds of testing, I have since updated this recipe and increased the amount of brown sugar (from 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups). More brown sugar provided more moisture to these cookies. I think this new and improved version will be a big hit in your kitchen and make for some foolproof chocolate chip cookies made with all brown sugar!

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brown sugar chocolate chip cookies on parchment
  • Quick to throw together. I usually love to chill my cookie dough recipe, like with these New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies but that’s not needed with these cookies. That means in about 10 minutes, these are ready to go in the oven.
  • Less spreading. This cookie uses all brown sugar which means tons of flavor, and less spreading in the oven. As explained by Serious Eats, sugar, either white or brown, is hygroscopic meaning it will soak up the moisture in the flour. But brown sugar more so than white. So that means these cookies will spread less than if you used part white sugar.
  • Perfect For Freezing. I love that I can bake a dozen and still have about another 1 1/2 dozen that I can freeze for later. You can check out the freezing cookie dough tutorial here.
brown sugar chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper broke in half

Ingredients needed:

  • All purpose flour – I have made cookie recipes that have called for different types of flour, but I love a cookie recipe that calls for simplicity of all purpose flour. We all have this on hand, which means we can make these anytime we want.
  • Baking Powder and Baking soda – I use both in this recipe and I think it’s the perfect balance to create the texture in these cookies. You can read more here about the Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda
  • Salt – Salt is super important in your cookie recipe. Salt plays a major role in baking to balancing out the sweetness and bringing out the intensity of the chocolate.
  • Unsalted butter – it’s important to use unsalted butter because you can control the amount of salt in your recipe this way.
  • Light brown sugar – Normally I use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar, but I decided to go 100% brown sugar and that’s what I think gives these perfectly crinkly edges, flavor, and chewy texture.
  • Eggs – You will need 2 room temperature large eggs. I always place mine in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes to bring them to room temperature quickly.
  • Vanilla extract – I always recommend using pure vanilla extract. Or you can try and make your own diy vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate chips – I have used semi-sweet chips, but milk chocolate as well. You can also use a combination of regular chips, mini chocolate chips, discs, chunks, and bars chopped up, which is what I love to do. I like using a combination so that I get chocolate of every shape and size in every single bite. Basically pure heaven.
stack of brown sugar chocolate chip cookies

How To Make These Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Step 1: Measure Your Dry Ingredients

Pre-heat oven to 375oF. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper (or silicone baking mat).

If you can use a weighing scale for best accuracy. Otherwise make sure to read my tips on measuring flour.

You want to whisk together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

cookie dry ingredients in a bowl

Step 2: Cream Butter and Brown Sugar

In a large bowl with a mixer (you can use a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment) cream your butter and sugar together for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Proper creaming with properly softened butter is what helps to aerate the mixture.

The sugar basically punches holes into the butter creating air pockets, which then will fill with the gasses created with the leavening agents which can help create some lift in the cookies.

brown sugar and two sticks of butter in a bowl

Step 3: Add Your Eggs

Once the mixture has properly creamed together, then add in your room temperature eggs, and vanilla extract. Make sure they are thoroughly mixed in. You want to make sure your eggs are room temperature so they don’t seize up the butter mixture.

Pro tip: You can place the eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes before using them to bring them to room temperature quickly.

Step 4: Add Your Dry Ingredients

Now add your dry ingredients. You want to make sure to not overmix  once you’ve added the flour mixture. I like to stop the mixer right before it’s all mixed in, and then finish mixing with a spatula.

This will be a thick dough, but don’t worry it’s supposed to be!

Note: I have heard from a few readers that their dough was too thick (it’s supposed to be!) and tried to adjust the cookie dough after everything is mixed together. Please trust the process and know you have done it correctly, do not try to adjust the consistency at this point with extra ingredients.

Overmixing will result in dense, tough cookies because it will create too much gluten (protein in flour that make it chewy and tough).cookie dough mixture in bowl

Step 5: Add Your Chocolate Chips

Again, I love a combo. Miniature chocolate chips. Regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. And chocolate chunks. The difference in sizes results in chocolate in every bite.

cookie dough with chocolate chips in bowl

Step 6: Scoop The Cookies

You can make them regular sized using a 1-inch cookie scoop. Or make them large! Up to you 🙂

You can then stir in the chocolate chips at this point. Again just stir enough to mix them in and then stop mixing.

Next you need to scoop the cookies.

Scoop cookie dough, using a 1-inch cookie scoop, and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown but still soft, 10-12 minutes. The top of the cookies should still look soft and puffy, but not wet or raw. The edges will be crispy and golden brown. The cookies will continue to bake when you take them out of the oven so it’s important to not overbake and take them out when the middles look dry but not quite done.

Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.

scooped unbaked cookies on

Recipe Tips

  • Measure your flours correctly. For best results I recommend using a kitchen scale. But if you are using measuring cups than you want to pay attention to how you measure. Too much flour can result in a dense cookie. Don’t just scoop the flour directly into your measuring cup. This can result in a major over measurement! After you have spooned the flour in, then use a knife to level off the flour. Don’t tap the sides of the measuring cup, or pack your flour down. Both can also result in too much flour. You can read a full tutorial on how to measure flour here. You can read more about Which Flour Is Best For Cookies?
  • Butter softened to room temperature. Does the temperature of the butter matter? It matter so much this quote was added to end of the recipe in the cookbook.”Butter is like the concrete you use to pour the foundation of a building. So it’s very important to get it right: the temperature, the texture, and aeration” So in other words…yea it matters. It matters so much I did an entire post on how butter temperature affects cookiesThe butter needs to be softened to room temperature, which mean you can slightly indent your thumb in the butter but shouldn’t easily smoosh all the way through. If you forget to take your butter out in time, cut the butter into small chunks and leave out at room temperature. It will soften much faster this way. When you cream the butter and sugars together it’s also important to let this happen for 2-3 minutes to allow enough air into the batter and helps leavens the cookies. For 3 quick ways to soften your butter, you can read this post.
  • Use a cookie scoop Why? A cookie scoop results in even-size balls of dough that will cook evenly. Even size = even baking. 

Recipe Variations

  • Use dark brown sugar – For a chewier cookie, use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar. 
  • Use browned butter – Instead of melted butter you could swap and use browned butter instead. 
  • Use chocolate chunks – You could use chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate for more chocolate in every bite!
  • Bake a little longer – If you want a crisp chocolate chip cookie, then bake for an extra minute or two.

Recipe FAQs

Why did my cookies spread too much?

Cookie spreading is a bummer. There 8 reasons that I can think of why your cookies may have spread. If your cookies do spread in the oven, you can try this little trick I picked up from Sally’s Baking Addiction, which is to take them out of the oven and take a spoon and press the edges of the cookie inward. You can also try and chill your cookie dough to help keep the cookies from spreading so much.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes absolutely you can!
To freeze unbaked: Scoop the cookies onto a cookie sheet, and freeze solid. Then place into a sealable plastic bag or airtight container. You can bake frozen, without thawing, but add on a few extra minutes of baking time.
To freeze baked: Allow the cookies to cool completely. Then when ready to eat, allow to thaw. I like to pop them into the microwave for about 20 seconds to bring them back to ooey gooey life.
Click here to learn how to freeze your cookie dough.

Why did my chocolate chips cookies get hard (not spread at all?)

You may have used too much flour. Use a kitchen scale for best accuracy. And do NOT scoop directly into the measuring cup but spoon it in to the cup and level it off.

Or this could be because you overbaked the cookies. If the dough is too warm (remember that chilling time!) then it could cause them too spread too much resulting in a cookie that gets too thin and gets too crispy and hard.

Your oven temperature may also be too high. I recommend using an oven thermometer to ensure your oven is running at the correct temperature. Click here to read more about using your oven properly when baking.

How should I store these cookies?

Keep covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you love cookies as much as I do then bake up some of my more popular cookie recipes from the blog, especially when it’s Christmas time!

Like my peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies with a Hershey kiss in the center, or my grandmother’s cookie recipe for Russian Tea Cakes, or these old fashioned peanut butter cookies with criss cross pattern.

For all my Christmas cookie recipes, check out my 25+ Christmas cookie recipes!

brown sugar chocolate chip cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet

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stack of brown sugar chocolate chip cookies

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best chocolate chip cookie with perfect crispy edges and soft ooey gooey middle!
5 from 38 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: chocolate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 211kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (360 g) all purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 227 g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups (414 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375oF. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper (or silicone baking mat).
  • Start by measuring your flour (I recommend using a kitchen scale). But if measuring by volume, then first stir the flour in the bag/container as flour tends to settle. Then spoon the flour into your measuring cup, and then level it off at the top. Do not pack it down into the cup, or tap the sides as more flour will pack into the cup. Add the flour to your mixing bowl. Whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together until very light, about 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. 
  • Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. This will be a thick dough but it's suppossed to be, don't worry! Add chocolate and stir in, on low speed, just until combined. 
  • Scoop cookie dough, using a 1-inch cookie scoop, and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown but still soft, 10-12 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.

Notes

  • Recipe Updated 09/18/2022: Many readers were stating they were having issues with their cookies being dry, or cakey. The recipe has since been updated to increase the amount of brown sugar from 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups to provide more moisture. 
  • Tools: Cookies Sheets Oven Thermometer |Kitchen-Aid Mixer |Cookie Scoop | silicon baking mat | spatula | cooling rack | cookie spatula
  • Store cookies at room temperature. Cookies will last 2-3 days at room temperature. 
  • To freeze unbaked: Scoop the cookies onto a cookie sheet, and freeze solid. Then place into a sealable plastic bag. You can bake frozen, without thawing, but add on a few extra minutes of baking time.
  • To freeze baked: Allow the cookies to cool completely. Then when ready to eat, allow to thaw. I like to pop them into the microwave for about 20 seconds to bring them back to ooey gooey life. 
  • Measure your flours correctly. After you have spooned the flour in, then use a knife to level off the flour. Don’t tap the sides of the measuring cup, or pack your flour down.
  • Soften your butter correctly. The butter needs to be softened to room temperature, which mean you can slightly indent your thumb in the butter but shouldn’t easily smoosh all the way through.
  • Cream properly. When you cream the butter and sugars together it’s also important to let this happen for 2-3 minutes, on medium speed, to allow enough air into the batter and helps leavens the cookies. 

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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69 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    They came out slightly puffy but these are bombbb. Make sure to weigh the flour on a scale for best results.

  2. 5 stars
    These have been my go-to cookies for a while now. And they are good – I use my own GF flour blend and added a quick 10 min freeze before they go into the oven (which helps them stop spreading too much – we like a thicker cookie). And honestly, that was perfect. They don’t hang around in the house because they are impossible to stop eating.

    Except today. Today I listened to a friend who has been going on and on about someone else’s brown butter chocolate chip cookies recipe and I was like “okay, I’ll bite.” Browned my butter, let it come back to mostly soft, and added a tiny sprinkle of Fleur de Sel as they came out of the oven. These cookies are OVER THE TOP. I might fight my husband to keep him away from them. They are SO good.

    Highly recommend.

    1. aw thank you so much Brandi!!

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe! My husband was extremely sad when he discovered they had all been eaten. I had closed the recipe tab but was, thankfully, able to find it again. This will be my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe in the future.

    1. aw that’s awesome Reg!! I’m so happy to hear that…thank you for such a kind review!

  4. 5 stars
    Nice crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside! Will make again.

    1. Thank you Kiera! I’m so glad you loved the recipe 🙂 … thanks for the kind words!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used GF 1:1 flour, melted butter(works better for gf, less sandy), added 2 more tsp of vanilla, another gf necessity….made 1/2, refrigerated other 1/2, in heaven, crispy, chewy, so much flavor. 💖 thanks

    1. So glad you loved the recipe! And thanks for the tip on using melted butter if using GF flour- I’ll be sure to add that in for othe readers.

  6. 5 stars
    I’m not sure why so many people got it wrong! It was so easy to follow! I did make half the recipe since I didn’t want cookies for days. I also followed your advice to spoon my flour into the measuring cup because I didnt feel like weighing it. They are amazing and crisp on the outside and soft and chewy inside. New favorite recipe!

    1. Thank you Gabby!! Music to my ears 🙂 Love hearing they are your favorite!

  7. 5 stars
    Came out absolutely perfectly! Can’t wait to make again!

    1. so happy to hear Kris!!

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks for this chocolate chip cookie recipe. Mine turned out great, not too cakey and nicely chewy.

    1. wonderful glad the changes worked for you!

  9. 5 stars
    These cookies look absolutely heavenly. Using brown sugar seems to have given these cookies a fantastic flavor that I can’t wait to try.

  10. 5 stars
    Whipped up a batch of these this weekend and they do not disappoint! Quick, easy and delicious; exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth!

  11. 1 star
    Read the comments, followed the recipe exactly, and came out too cakey. Not moist at all.

    On a side note – it’s FAQs, not FAQ’s (plural vs possessive).

    1. Sorry these cookies didn’t come out for you. Cakey may be an issue with how you are measuring your flour. And thanks for the side note I’ll be sure to change it!

  12. 5 stars
    Oh yes. Finally I want to learn to bake! I followed the instructions perfectly and they are GORGEOUS and delicious 😋

    1. thank you Susie glad you loved them as much as we did!!

  13. Georgia Smith-Rasmussen says:

    5 stars
    I made these for a foods class at the high school and everyone loved them! They came out so well and its so easy and fun to make 😀

    1. Taylor Smith says:

      Yay! I’m so happy the recipe was a success!

  14. Kris Thompson says:

    5 stars
    I appreciate folks sharing their struggles. I’m generally too lazy to weigh out my flour but based on these comments and responses, I did and they turned out beautifully. My kids LOVED them. This will be my go-to chocolate chip recipe from now on. Thank you!

    1. aw that’s awesome Kris! I’m so glad you loved them and yes weighing your flour is always the way to go 🙂

  15. 5 stars
    My go to chocolate chip cookie recipe! I love how these are compared to a Nestle Tollhouse cookie! These are much more flavorful and substantial compared to other recipes I’ve tried out. I sometimes have issues with the Tollhouse recipe being too flat, but these rise perfectly just like bakery cookies. If you measure the flour correctly, it’s perfect!

  16. They were delicious, and just right for me, when I crave sweets! I used butterscotch chips! Yum!

    1. Oh good! So glad to hear Sue and love the idea of using butterscotch chips going to try that myself 🙂

  17. Susan Ghazarian says:

    1 star
    Too much flour in this recipe. I measured exactly as instructions listed and mine too turned out more scone like than cookies. While they are soft and chewy, they are not very sweet as a chocolate chip cookie should be and I would not serve these to guests or bake sales etc . I will use less flour next time. I also tried small scoops and flattened them before going into the oven but still turned out badly.

    1. Hi Susan I’m sorry to hear that these cookies didn’t turn out well for you. I’ve made them many times and always have them work out great. I do recommend weighing your flour for the best accuracy. If you’re measuring by volume there is a chance then that you’re adding too much flour.

  18. 1 star
    This recipe calls for wayyyy too much flour. My cookies turned out having the consistency of cake or scones. Tried adding a little water, didn’t help. Tried adding some regular granulated sugar; didn’t help. Wasted ingredients and wasted time :/ Never have I made a bad batch of cookies… until now.

    1. Hi Hope, I’m sorry to hear the cookies didn’t come out for you. I just remade the recipe to double check the amount and 3 cups is correct. However flour is the #1 ingredient people measure wrong and it sounds like you may have accidentally added way too much. I always recommend measuring by weight so there’s no guessing. But if you don’t have a scale, then always make sure to spoon your flour into the measuring cup and level it off (do not pack it down or just scoop directly from the bag otherwise you will end up with too much. Next time, I would try adding a splash of milk to possibly to help, not water or sugar. I hope you give this recipe a try again with this advice as these cookies are very good!

      1. I had the same issue. I measured mine out with measuring cups and did exactly as you said in your directions. Even if they were slightly off from measuring cups, it shouldn’t be that far off. I’ve never used a recipe where you had to use a scale either though. Idk, they taste alright but definitely cake in texture

      2. 360g of flour does not equal 3 cups. I just looked it up. Maybe adjust your recipe a little? Hope that helps!

      3. @Hope, Susan and Sue, 360 grams is exactly what 3 cups of flour WEIGH. You guys with the off cookies are going by volume. Read up on dry and wet measurements and weights and volumes. Very big differences. A standard cup of flour weighs 120 grams.

  19. Monica Bell says:

    5 stars
    Not too sweet, and soft in the middle I did need to bal for 12 minutes to cook through. Excellent recipe and love that there is no oil or white sugar. Definitely my go-to easy and delish cookie recipe.

    1. I’m so glad you loved these Monica! Yes I usually bake mine 10-12 minutes, every oven will be slightly different. But so glad you loved them!

  20. Love all the brown sugar and love that they are chewy and stay that way for days!

    1. Aw thanks Katie! I’m so glad you loved the cookies!

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