Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


I have had a dilemma in my kitchen for a few months. A cookie dilemma. I’m a fan of cookies that have a slight crunch to them. Meanwhile, my husband is a major fan of cookies that are soft and chewy. I’m talking completely soft and chewy with no crunch whatsoever.

I’ve been experimenting with cookies over the past few months as I change up the ingredients, use different baking sheets, adjust the baking time…whatever I did, I noticed that every cookie that came out of the oven wasn’t making my husband completely happy. Yes, his sweet tooth was satisfied by soft and chewy cookies after dunking the slightly crunchy cookies in milk. However, I knew that secretly he was craving a cookie that was soft and chewy without the use of milk.

I’m excited to announce the dilemma has ended. How? I got rid of the brown sugar.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was craving cookies last night so I took inventory of the ingredients I had in my kitchen. I quickly realized that I didn’t have brown sugar. After being worried for a few minutes, I decided to run with it and see what I could create without one of my favorite ingredients.

After mixing, incorporating, and folding the batter, I noticed that the batter was light not only in color but also in texture. When trying to form balls of dough, the batter seemed to be a bit on the sticky side. I questioned it for a minute but then had the courage to put the baking sheets in the oven as, yet again, another experiment.

I set the timer, walked away, returned to the kitchen, flipped on the oven light, and watched the cookies rise and turn a light golden brown. I cooled them on the cookie sheet and, while transferring them to the wire rack, decided to take a little nibble.

Oh my word. Mission Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: Accomplished.

I immediately began counting down the minutes until my husband returned home from work as these cookies taunted me from the kitchen. When he got home, we sat down with a plate full of cookies and glasses full of milk. After his first bite, I tried to explain how I made them but then was quickly interrupted by him as he closed his eyes, let out a sigh of relief and happiness, and said, “Please don’t talk. These cookies need my full attention.” Yes, they are that good. Words can’t even describe just how soft and chewy they are.

If you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen, walk away from the computer and make this recipe. You won’t be disappointed.

This crunchy cookie lover now understands my husband’s love of soft and chewy cookies. I don’t think I will ever look at crunchy cookies the same. Now, excuse me while I devour a few more of these tasty treats.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix together. Pour in the vanilla and blend until combined.
  3. Pour the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Use an ice cream scooper to form tablespoonfuls of the dough. Place the dough on the baking sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Do you like soft or crunchy cookies?


  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love that photo! These cookies look super lovely. Yum!

    • Reply Albert March 30, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      I love soft warm cookies and I just finish baking these batch of cookies hope they turn out great!

      • Reply Darcey September 6, 2016 at 2:58 pm

        Tell me how they turned out!!!! :)

  • Reply Isabelle Ofume March 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Soft is so much better!

  • Reply Marcus March 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? Soft or crunchy doesn't matter to me. Love em both.

  • Reply Chocolate Lover April 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Chewy chocolate cookies all the way!!!

    Yummy…..I can taste them right now(Because I baked 'em last night)

    • Reply Anonymous December 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      fudge cakes

  • Reply Francesca Di Meglio May 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Just finished making these cookies for my relatives in Italy. Here, we don't have brown sugar, and they remember eating chocolate chip cookies when they visited me in America. They were disappointed we didn't have them, so I wanted to surprise them for Mother's Day. My son was stealing them from our kitchen in Italy, so I had to deliver them a night early – or there wouldn't be any left. Everyone is fighting over them now. Delicious! You made our world.

  • Reply whitman24 May 14, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I am attempting to make these now! The batter taste delightful, so I am hopeful!!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing~

  • Reply Anonymous May 15, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Looks tasty will bake tomorrow I dont have brown sugar so this is good I also like soft cookies way more. I dont like chocolate so I will take that part out

    • Reply Nassim Chenani September 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      u can add raisins and walnut instead of chocolate chips its perfect

  • Reply Anonymous May 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    How many does this make?

    • Reply charlotte February 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

      I got about 26 by making small balls and sqishing them,they expand to a nice size.

      • Reply Dominique February 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm

        I got 60 cookies with a batch of these cookies small balls didn’t squish.
        Crazy you only got 26

  • Reply Jacqueline Senouci May 22, 2013 at 4:10 am

    i loved these. mine didnt come out chewy but i didnt use a mixer, and i added chopped cashews. they had a perfect crumb though and perfectly not too sweet. i used half dark and half milk chocolate and that was also a good choice.

  • Reply Anonymous May 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I wanted to bake chocolate chip cookies today and realized I did not have brown sugar. After searching online for recipes without brown sugar, I came across this one. I just baked these and they are amazing! I followed the directions to a tee and they turned out great. This recipe made about 3 dozen cookies for me. I am very pleased with them and will never use any other chocolate chip cookie recipe again!

  • Reply munchkin May 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I made these today, didn't have brown sugar and found this, they are soft in the middle and crunchy outside, really tasty, thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Anonymous June 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Yummy! Everyone loved them. Thx

  • Reply Anonymous June 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I just made these and they turned out pretty good, although I didn't have the full cup of butter so I had to make due with 3/4 cup, which I believe let me taste the baking soda a little more than I would have liked. So next time I'll have to make sure I have enough butter before I start!

  • Reply Anonymous June 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This is a really good recipe, thank you very much for posting it. I added slightly more flour as my dough was a bit soft to get into the ball shape but the results were amazing, everyone loved them.

  • Reply Anet Mendoza June 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Wow these cookies turned great my family loved them

  • Reply Chela Suh June 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    added a bit of cocoa powder and it tastes….like heaven. like H-E-A-V-E-N. even my older bro, who is hard to please nodded his head along. thank you!^^

  • Reply Belinda Windham June 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I just made these and they are delicious! I added a teaspoon of cocoa powder and subbed the butter for coconut oil. Yummy!

  • Reply Anonymous June 22, 2013 at 2:44 am

    OMG!! Thank you thank you,,,,mid-night and im baking for my grandsons 1st Birthday,,,NO Brown Sugar ERRRRRRR…..God Bless you.

  • Reply Niamh Clarke June 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Can you make these without vanilla extract ? And can you make these with self rising flour?? Xx

  • Reply Anonymous June 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you!! We don't have brown sugar in Chile either and I've been so homesick for chocolate chip cookies!

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Just made these with gluten free flour. Delicious!! Thanks you!!!

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I just made these and they turned out great. Everyone who has tried them has loved them. I love how they're almost like a cake-cookie.

  • Reply Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 1:30 am

    they're good, but you can buy packet mixtures that are alot better.

    • Reply Anonymous February 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      But these are home cooked and don't have preservatives! Would you prefer healthy but good or junky and and great.. your choice!

  • Reply Anonymous July 28, 2013 at 5:30 am

    These did not taste great. My boyfriend liked the pre done ones at Papa Murphy's better. Won't be makng these again. Too dry.

  • Reply TK July 30, 2013 at 4:16 am

    I followed this recipe and I inadvertently made chocolate chip madeleine cookies!

  • Reply Paige August 1, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Made these today, was expecting soft, chewy cookies, but they were too dry and really grainy. I was suspicious about that too when the dough was created.
    I'd give it a 5 out of 10 at best

  • Reply Anonymous August 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I was skeptical, but in the end, happy with this recipe. I'm visiting relatives in India, where brown sugar is nowhere to be found. Everyone liked them. Great, crispy/almost flaky texture.

    • Reply Anonymous August 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      No brown sugar in India? Its widely available here in Pakistan, you just have to look in the bigger stores, not the small ones

  • Reply Anonymous August 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Amazing, finally a cookie that isn't flat and crispy

  • Reply Anonymous August 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Chelsea Donovan August 7, 2013 at 2:36 am

    I actually halved the butter (completely by accident, and then realized my mistake when my cookies were like perfect little balls and I double-checked the recipe on your site *SMH*) and used 1/2 c. sugar/stevia mixture. They were pretty good, I have to say! Mine came out more cake-y and crumble but were still delicious. Even more importantly my boyfriend couldn't stop stealing them off the trays! Thank you :)

    This was very helpful as I was looking for a recipe that would allow me to wiggle around the sugar amounts.

  • Reply Nadia Nikolich August 8, 2013 at 12:19 am

    WOW….I made these cookies & ……………………they were the bomb!!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe! My family was thrilled to eat them.

  • Reply Marieke Henry August 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I love your photography. It makes me happy.

  • Reply Anonymous August 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I hate the taste of brown sugar so coming across this recipe was great for me!! I took out half the milk chocolate chips and added white chips and they had all gone by the next morning! Big hit!!!

  • Reply Anonymous August 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    sorry, this recipe made my cookies come out way to soft. as in liquid falling off the pan. i dont know why, but it did. so i had to take it out of the oven while still cooking into id say 5 or 6 minutes pouring back into the bowl to add more sugar. i dont know.

  • Reply Anonymous August 28, 2013 at 8:27 am

    wow these cookies are amazing. Just made a batch now.. love them!

  • Reply Anonymous September 4, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I just finished these. Mine came out cakey. My boyfriend and i both dislike cakey type cookies.
    I followed the recipie to a tee, just substituted half milk for half white.
    I dont understand what went wrong!

    • Reply Anonymous November 2, 2014 at 4:29 am

      me too man

  • Reply Typhani September 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    oh. my. god. Delicious.

    They are fluffy cookies, which I normally don't like. I broke one in half and thought "oh no". But then I tasted it.

    SUPER good. Thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous September 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I don't know about this… The batter did not taste any good, so I am suspicious that the cookies won't come good. Lets wait and see I guess…

    And they turned out horrible. I don't know if it was too much flour or.. I just don't. They weren't cooking rite. I guess I'm not trying this again. I guess it was a good thing that I did test it out though.

  • Reply aziza MK September 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

    i will bake them for my boyfriend :) and his stupid BFF who thinks i can't bake!!! :s

    i'll show'em !

    thanks :)

  • Reply Anonymous September 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    This is absolutely perfect! TASTES SOOOO DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! My whole family loved it! 7 people! I have just got it out of the oven, and is still hot, I had my first bite and had to post a comment!

  • Reply Anonymous September 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I tried it with only 1 cup of chocolate chips because I didn't have enough, and it still came out perfect, like I said!
    Thanks again for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Anonymous September 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I just made these, and they are delish. Mine made 20 cookies but some batter got eaten so…

  • Reply Anonymous October 13, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Right when I put them in the oven I knew it was over..they started running together. They are cake like cookies not chewy. I was very disappointed: (

  • Reply Anonymous October 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Im a little dissapointed as mine came of like cakes… they were still aamazingly yummy, but i was in the mood for cookies not cookie-cakes… :(

  • Reply Anonymous November 4, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I halved the recipe since I didn't have a big enough mixing bowl. Did everything to a T and the cookies ran into one giant cookie even 2 inches apart and were cakey and gritty. Only good tasting things in them were the chocolate chips. However I don't think adding a little brown sugar would have made a difference to this recipe…

  • Reply Idiosyncrasy November 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I am in Germany (with no brown sugar) and I have been looking for awhile for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am so glad I didn't read the comments before I baked these cookies. Some people simply must not know how to bake because my cookies barely spread at all and they had a great flavor. I am also a crunchy cookie person but these cookies are a great replacement. I can't wait to sit down with a few and a clod glass of milk. I am still making them now and…and I hope some make it out of the kitchen!

  • Reply Anonymous November 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Best cookies I've ever made! I never seems to have brown sugar so it's the perfect go to recipe when I'm craving a cookie. Family and friends love them, I've been using whole spelt flour and it just adds the perfect texture.

  • Reply Anonymous November 19, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Yummy. Added left over Halloween choc candies instead of choc morsels.

  • Reply Anonymous November 20, 2013 at 12:41 am

    OMG!!!! these are sooo good. I ran out of brown sugar and wanted chocolate chip cookies so bad and found these from a google search. These cookies were light and fluffy like a cake lol. They werent chewy or crunchy just soft and very good. I might use these for Christmas cookies this year. thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply Anonymous November 20, 2013 at 4:33 am

    These work amazing at altitude. I live in the Rocky Mountains at about 10,000 feet and these are some of the first fluffy cookies I have been able to bake up here and they taste amazing!!!! Thank you. So light and fluffy for sure

  • Reply Anonymous December 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

    They were cakey and unsweet. Won't be making them again.

  • Reply Anonymous December 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    can you make chocolate chip cookies with out brown because i dont have any.

  • Reply Anonymous December 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I'm an American living in Morocco and it is just unfeasible to bring 10 pounds of brown sugar back with me everything I visit the U.S. so I'm always on the lookout for a good cookie recipe that doesn't include brown sugar. I've tried a few and have always been disappointed. Not today! I wanted to bring a truly American snack to share with a women's club I started here in Marrakech and this was the recipe I found. I must say, they turned out great! Chewy on the inside with a little crunch on the outside. A great cookie! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It will definitely go into my favorites!

  • Reply Harlow AndThistle December 17, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Great recipe! I tried it with Stevia and it worked great. Thanks!

  • Reply Sarah Rowe December 17, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Not sure what you all did different but I followed the recipe step by step and they are nasty! Bleh! And not soft or chewy at all! :(

  • Reply kim crossman December 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I just made these didn't have brown sugar so I Googler and found this recipe. Very good I didn't have plain flour I used self rising but everything else I followed exactly as it said I believe the people that the recipe isn't working for them they must not be preparing it as it says they are wonderful a lil crisp on the outside and soft caky on the inside.

  • Reply Anonymous December 25, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    These are delicious! I baked them a couple of times for Christmas parties and they were a big hit. I can't believe how good they are even without almost a cup of brown sugar missing. Thank you so much, yum!!

  • Reply Anonymous December 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Also, for the people who say they were runny in the oven, it happened to me too. But they just run to get a little bigger, then they stay that size and harden.

  • Reply Rana December 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Can i add cocoa to this recipe to make it totally a chocolate thing?

  • Reply Rana December 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Already tried it! I added cocoa to this recipe and the result is woooow thx for this lovely recipe…already replaced all my oldies

  • Reply Melissa Parr December 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I went to make chocolate chip cookies and discovered I was out of brown sugar, so I went on a recipe search and found this. I am a baker by trade, and I know that my execution was perfect, however, this cookie was a disappointment and IMO, a waste of ingredients. It has such a strange, airy texture. It's not very sweet, and is somewhat dry, even on the lower baking time. My children do not even care for them :( This cookie tastes like it was made by a very inexperienced baker. Into the trash they go.

  • Reply Anonymous January 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    We improvised these on our vacation, where the cabin we rented had very limited groceries. We made another simplifying substitution, because we did not have the ingredient vanilla. We did have maple syrup and so substituted 2 tablespoons of maple syrup for the vanilla. This came out great, and I think the maple syrup provided both some of the brown sugar flavor and the vanilla flavor.

    Also we were at high altitude (>6000 feet) in the dry mountain air and decided to make the cookies rather large and baked them double the time. Since they were large, they didn't dry out.

    My daughters were ecstatic and pronounced them the best chocolate chip cookies they had ever had.

  • Reply cb January 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    These cookies are awesome. I was a little worried at the strange consistency but they turned out great! Kids loved them too. With subzero temps I wanted to bake without running to the store!

  • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    My whole family loved these cookies. I'm diabetic and was looking for a recipe that didn't use brown sugar. I used Domino Light white sugar blend and it has less carbohydrates so it doesn't impact my blood sugar level so much.
    When I baked them I noticed they didn't spread out like other cookies do. I liked that they were light and fluffy and not flat and chewy. I used special dark chips in place of the milk chocolate chips and they were delicious.
    So thanks again for having a recipe that doesn't use brown sugar.

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    It was an OK cookie not one I will try again

  • Reply Anonymous January 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Trying them now!!!!!! :) !!! Thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous January 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm


  • Reply Wai Lang January 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    They taste on the powdery/floury side.

    Thanks though

  • Reply Nimopiba January 28, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I was craving chocolate chip cookies and decided to try this recipe. Unfortunately these cookies did not fit the bill. In the end I was disappointed.

  • Reply Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies! I think the texture is definately different but i enjoy it! I did put my dough in the fridge for about a half hour before baking and did not have any spreading problems and got big, flaky soft cookies….i even substituted splenda for the white sugar….everyone thinks they are awesome

  • Reply Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

    They were very cakey. I put ALOT of chocolate chips in. I used the mini morsels and I used almost half the bag (everything I had left). The amount of chocolate chips in it makes up for the cakey texture. They're still good cookies, just a little different!

  • Reply Anonymous February 2, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Soft little pillows of chocolate chip goodness. We will be making these a lot in our house! thank you so much!

  • Reply Anonymous February 3, 2014 at 2:25 am

    So fluffy and chewy! Divine!

  • Reply Claire February 5, 2014 at 12:11 am

    How many does this make?

  • Reply Anonymous February 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Very dry, crumbly, taste-less, except for the chocolate chips. I have no idea how these could have turned out well for some. They are like dried out cake. Who knew something with 2 sticks of butter could be so dry! I will definitely hold out for having brown sugar!

  • Reply Anonymous February 9, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Today i made my very first batch of home made cookies with u rreceipe. They turned out so light and fluffy. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Katie Angell February 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    is it 375 F or CELCIUS please answer back quickly

  • Reply Emily February 14, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Thank you so, so much for your recipe!!! I am unfortunately of brown sugar as well, but after your husband's reaction… It may not be an unfortunate thing after all! :) I love soft, chew cookies too!!!

  • Reply Ashlynn Brink March 5, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Wow these are the best cookies I have ever made!!! Other recipes never turn out like these. So yummy!!! Will also use this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anjelica March 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I made these yesterday and they turned out PERFECTLY…love the recipe! Mine came out perfectly soft, slightly crisp bottom, oozing with chocolate chips and overall just delicious…I followed the recipe exactly. THANK YOU!!!

  • Reply emily hernandez March 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Trying this recipe out right now! I actually don't have a baking sheet so I'm waiting for my hubby to bring one home…
    You can also make brown sugar if you have regular sugar and molasses, just fyi.

  • Reply Anonymous March 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Just made these for my kids..they are sooo yummy

  • Reply Anonymous March 20, 2014 at 2:04 am

    These were very good! I also had no brown sugar, so I was happy to find this recipe. The texture turned out to be almost like a scone, soft and crumbly….but very yummy!

  • Reply Anonymous March 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Cookie recipe was amazing! Thank you!

  • Reply Anonymous April 1, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I made these as a last minute bday present for a new friend whose birthday happened to be tomorrow! I noticed the batter wasn't very sweet at all, almost salty, and rather bland, so I added two tablespoons of honey. I also didn't have the runny problem – in fact, I would have liked it if mine collapsed more! As for the consistency, they were rather cakey, but not too dry, so perhaps the honey helped some. Still tasted excellent, especially right out of the oven with the chocolate still melted! Overall 6/10 – fun and better than having no cookies when out of brown sugar, but nothing impressive and I'll see if I can find something better next time.

  • Reply Anonymous April 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

    how many does it make

  • Reply bluerain April 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I, too, live outside the US where I can find brown sugar but it's very dry and not moist like US brown sugar. I baked these and like them. I do think they are cakey rather than chewy. Next time, I will reduce the flour below 2 cups and possibly leave out one of the egg whites. Thank you for this recipe – they are yummy.

  • Reply Anonymous April 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Do you have to melt the butter or just leave the butter how it is? :)

  • Reply randomtoxicpanda April 12, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Is there a way to bake these healthier but still keep them chewy and cakey?

  • Reply Anonymous April 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I have made these cookies twice now, the second time I doubled the recipe. They go quicker than anything I have made for my family. I, too, prefer a soft cookie, and love that these are not at all flat and crispy. Love em!

    • Reply Anonymous December 5, 2014 at 7:57 am

      how many did it make? before you doubled it??

  • Reply Anonymous April 22, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I am studying abroad in Costa Rica and I wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies for my host family. I couldn't find brown sugar in the grocery store, so this recipe was very helpful. I decided to try making bars instead of normal cookies, and they turned out well (had to bake for 20-25 minutes instead of 8-11). Maybe this is an option for the people that had spreading issues? They turned out fluffy and not overpoweringly sweet…different from my usual recipe but very tasty! My host family is really enjoying these treats.

  • Reply Louise Parker April 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Yummy cookies and had fun making them apart from when I burnt myself :/ I didn't have any milk chocolate chips but I had dark chocolate and they tasted amazing :D

  • Reply clre0501 April 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Such good cookies! Instead of 2 cups of chocolate chips I used 1.5 cups M&M's! I was a little hesitant when the dough was very soft and hard to make the balls but surprisingly they turned out super soft and delicious! Will make again

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I had a bad craving for chocolate chip cookies. But I ran out of brown sugar, came across this recipe and decided to try it. Just took the first batch out of the oven and they look great! I did exactly what the recipe said but added chopped walnuts. House smells great and cookies look fantastic but I guess we will see after i have a taste. :)

    Just tried my first one.
    I think it tastes just fine! I'm not sure what others mean by the cakey texture.? These aren't to sweet, nor to bland. I think I would definitely make these again!
    Hubby just tried them, he says they're good and he is so hard to please, very fussy and he enjoyed them quite abit.
    Thank you :)

  • Reply Anonymous May 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I made these after realizing In had no brown sugar, they were great ! I made mine with butter flavored shortening instead of butter and they were soft and flavorful, can't wait to try with real butter ! I made mine big and they were perfect, baked about 12 minutes. They are more cake like but soft, taste like they are from a bakery.

  • Reply Anonymous May 30, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Do my batter supposed to Taste like flour ?

  • Reply Anonymous June 2, 2014 at 3:44 am

    These are terrible. They are very dry. Wont use this recipe again.

  • Reply danielle bratton June 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

    This recipe actually makes a delicious "cakey" style chocolate ship cookie but do NOT mistake it for a "chewy" cookie recipe. It's definitely not. The way to get a chewy cookie is actually more brown sugar, not sure what you were doing wrong with the brown sugar. Baking soda and less or no brown sugar makes cakey cookies. Chewy style cookies aren't puffed up and cakey like these.

  • Reply Anonymous June 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Got some in thw oven now. Just eating some of the dough off my finger was good. I didn't have butter so substituted oil for it. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Anonymous July 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I realized that I was out of brown sugar and I started looking for recipes online and I came across this one thank god! they came out simply perfect, me and my family enjoyed them a lot!!!

  • Reply Sofa king July 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

    How many does this recipe make?

  • Reply Nina Berezowska July 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Absolutely amazing cookies! Better than the Martha Stewart recipe I just tried not too long ago.

  • Reply Anonymous July 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Hi there! do you think this recipe can be made into oatmeal? I am looking for a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie without brown sugar and i absolutely love this chocolate chip recipe!!

  • Reply Anonymous August 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Chewy? Yup. Delicious? Definately. The only problem is that they got way too flat… they spread too much. Whatever. They were amazing, everyone loved em!

  • Reply Anonymous August 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    So, I had a little issue with this recipe; I had all the ingredients but only used 3/4 cups of butter. My "cookies" turned out to be more like scones- they basically look like a biscuit with chocolate chips in it. Anyone know where I went wrong? And they're hardly sweet at all…

  • Reply Anonymous August 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I don't normally comment on things like this, but my daughter has recently been diagnosed with colitis and has been changed to a dairy free diet which includes no brown sugar. So I changed the butter to dairy free and chocolate chips to Enjoy Life's mini dairy free chocolate chips and just like that after 6 weeks with no cookies in the house we have yummy chocolate chip cookies that are safe for my 3yr old to eat! Super Great!

  • Reply Nassim Chenani September 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    im gonna make it tonight..i'll inform u about the result :)

  • Reply Anonymous September 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    So i wanted to make cookies for my brother for his first day at senior school, but i was horrified when i found that we were out of brown sugar!!! Quick google and i found this recipe ^_^ although slightly cakey they still tasted delicious and i am now waiting patiently for my brother to come home to give the final verdict – thank youuu :)

  • Reply Kendel Seigler September 5, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Didn't have AP flour on hand so I used whole wheat flour and OMG best homemade cookies I've ever had in my life. Filing this recipe away for safe keeping…

    • Reply Jen December 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      It's one of my favorite recipes too! I use it for the base of all of my cookie recipes. I'm happy that you loved it!

  • Reply Anonymous September 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

    this is the first recipe iv found that actually makes soft cookies! thank you so much! and anyone who is thinking about trying this, this is the recipe. try it you wont be sorry!!!

    • Reply Jen December 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I'm so happy to hear that you loved the recipe!

  • Reply Anonymous October 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I was trying to satisfy a sweet craving without brown sugar, and this recipe did accomplish that. However, I followed this recipe exactly and my end result was more like little chocolate chip crumble cake balls.

    The dough did not spread at all, but maintained it's shape. The inside is soft as described, but it's a crumbly soft. Not exactly what I had in mind, but it does taste good.

    • Reply Anonymous December 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

      how many cookies did it make?

  • Reply carpebean November 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! We haven't been able to find brown sugar here in Switzerland and a friend just gave me some chocolate chips she bought in Lebanon. (We also haven't found choco chips here.) I needed a recipe without brown sugar for cookies for a dinner party tonight, and these turned out great! I could have eaten the entire batch of dough, it was so good.

  • Reply Marilou Abruscato December 10, 2014 at 5:24 am

    So Awesome!!!! I forgot to buy brown sugar when I was in the supermarket the other day and wanted to make Christmas chip cookies (red and green chips instead of chocolate) . These are the best and easiest recipe I have ever done!! Thank you again!!!!!

    • Reply Jen December 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      You just made my day! I'm so happy to hear that you loved the recipe and cookies! Enjoy!

  • Reply Anonymous December 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you! This saved me! I have no brown sugar…and a flat tire. No worries now thanks to this recipe.

  • Reply Chuck Baggett December 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This is very much like a Tollhouse cookie recipe, or the ones on many brands of sugar or chocolate or chocolate chips, except that it not only uses no brown sugar, it uses half the total amount of sugar. It doesn't replace the unused brown sugar with additional white sugar. You can get soft cookies using both 3/4 cup granulated and 3/4 cups brown sugar by adjusting the cooking time. I just got through making some. I have had the opposite problem previously; although I like soft cookies and don't like crunchy ones nearly as much, I do like them cooked enough to at least barely hold together, which mine don't always do. One the both sugars batch I just made, I planned to cook them 12 minutes instead of 10, but my timer failed. I smelled something, and ran to the kitchen expecting to find burnt cookies, but I got lucky, and they are close to perfect, and not burnt.

    This also uses twice as much vanilla as the Tollhouse recipe.

  • Reply Anonymous January 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I usually use sweetened condensed milk in my cookies, but I was out of both brown sugar and the sweetened condensed milk and also baking soda (but used baking powder instead). These are almost short bread like and amazing!! I love these and hope my family will too :D

  • Reply Anonymous January 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    i just made them now…and it turned AWESOME..!!!
    i lyk them thin and i made it lyk that..!!
    THANX A LOTT..! :D

  • Reply Anonymous February 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I made these with a 4 and 5 year old doing most of the work. They turned out perfect and delicious. They didn't run, had a wonderful soft texture, esthetically pleasing, and had a nice flavor. May I suggest to those with runny cookies, refrigerate the dough for a while before baking. In response to the yield, ours made about 3 dozen cookies, 1 inch balls baked into 2 inch cookies.

  • Reply Patricia Mota February 14, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Hello! I'm from venezuela, and I just want to say that this cookies are amazing! I made them today for my boyfriend and they are sooo soft and yummy that I can't wait to see his face when he tries them! Thanks for sharing this recipe, keep inspiring!

  • Reply Anonymous February 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I think the difference that people had was in using baking soda, not baking powder. Baking soda requires an acidic ingredient to activate it. This recipe, as written does not have that. Molasses, yogurt and honey all have enough acidic qualities to activate baking soda, so the ones that were successful seemed to have substituted something that worked to activate the soda.
    The cakey-ness is because there is less liquid, brown sugar has a lot of moisture. All in all, this is a great substitute for a cookie. It is not as chewy as people think when they hear soft cookie, so be ready for a different consistency than you may be used to. I would halve the chocolate chips, as they take over the batter, and I had success (several batches later) by adding a smidge of molasses.

  • Reply Stay-at-Home Writer/Full-Time Dad February 28, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I made a mistake. I thought I was using the 1 tsp measuring spoon for the vanilla. Turns out I was using the 2 tsp spoon. So they're extra vanilla-y. We also haven't been able to find our baking sheet since we moved, so I used a mini muffin pan. They turned out great, though. Wish I could share a picture.

  • Reply Anonymous February 28, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I was craving something sweet and had nothing in my pantry that would do me justice so i decided to make some chocolate chip cookies and realized that i was out of brown sugar so i Googled cookies with out brown sugar and this came up so i immediatly tried and they came out amazing thank you so much

  • Reply Anonymous May 21, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I substituted the chocolate chips with 1 cup of M&M'S and 1 cup of Craisins(dried cranberries) can't wait to try them

  • Reply Rachel J December 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I have made this recipe twice now and I love it! SO simple and tasty. My kids and hubby ask for it all the time now. I even made a batch with half whole wheat flour (cause I ran out of all purpose) and they were still tasty!

  • Reply Jen December 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Rachel, I’m so happy to hear that you love the cookie recipe! This recipe is definitely a favorite in our house too! Yum!

  • Reply maddie December 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

    this is my go to recipe now, never have I made cookies so good and so easy , I did use whole wheat flour and added oatmeal to it and used margarine because thats all i had on hand but it still tasted so good . Highly recommenced these and my daughter had a lot of fun making them and of course eating them! thank you again for this awesome recipe and awesome site!

  • Reply ANONYMOUS December 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I made this recipe and I added 1 cup of milk chocolate chips and 1 cups of vanilla chips

  • Reply Anonymous January 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Hi, just curious! Is it 2 AND a 1/4 cup of flour or 2 1/4 cupS of flour? This may sound silly but I’m not used to these measurements. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Reply Jen January 4, 2016 at 8:34 am

      It’s 2 and 1/4 cups of flour. So, measure out two cups plus a 1/4 cup. I hope that clears up the confusion!

  • Reply Nathalie January 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Made these and we all loved them. I made them small and came out with over 50….
    I froze some dough and we made cookies over and over…
    They are amazing!!!
    Thanks for this recipe.

  • Reply Sally January 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Hi there! Can we substitute margerine for butter?

    • Reply Jen February 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      I would stick with butter if you can. I’ve never tried margarine in this recipe.

  • Reply Anonymous February 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Well I Made Some Cookies And Had Left Over Batter So I Put Them In A Muffin Pan And Surprisingly The Muffins Were WAY Better Than The Cookies But The Cookies Were Still DELICIOUS. My Whole House Loved These Cookies But Especially The Muffins So Anybody Reading This I Recommend That You Follow The Recipe But Put Oil On The Bottom Of The Muffin Cups And Fill With The Batter And It Takes A Little Longer To Cook The Inside But Trust Me Its Worth It. My Family Fell In Love And I Guarantee You Will Too.

  • Reply Ryoko February 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Hi! So glad to find your post! I was just starting putting the ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies and realized that I was out of brown sugar. Cannot wait to see how my cookies will turn out. Thanks for your article!

  • Reply Dashcash123 February 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I just made them and they are amazing!!! My brother and sister want all of them! Lol

    • Reply Jen February 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! This recipe is a family favorite. I’m glad all of you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Yvonne February 26, 2016 at 6:13 am

    My family and I had a craving for homeade chocolate chip cookies. After checking what I had I realized I was out of brown sugar. Googled no brown sugar chocolate chip cookies and this page appeared in search. I am so very happy it did! Then I noticed I was out of vanilla, only had 1tsp left of it, so I then added 1 tsp of almond extract. My little 6year old loves baking and we had a blast making these. They were amazing! My family couldn’t get enough, so good. Beats the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipe in my book. Mine came out soft with crunch, perfect, the best of both worlds! Thank you very much for posting this recipe:)

    • Reply Jen February 26, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I’m so happy to hear that your family loved the recipes. It’s a household favorite in our house! Enjoy!

  • Reply Poppy March 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Have to say I’ve used only this recipe for cookies (other than my mini egg cookie recipe, but that doesn’t count as only applies at Easter) ever since stumbling onto it a few years ago. Happy to say I am now recommending the recipe to my little sister for her catering class tomorrow. Hopefully she gets the compliments that I always get from these cookies.
    Thank you for uploading all those years ago, you’re the best!!

    • Reply Jen March 21, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Wow! I’m so happy to hear that you love the recipe. It’s one of my favorites too! I hope your sister’s catering class enjoys the recipe too.

  • Reply nadia March 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    oh my sweet baby jesus. i cant even. i just oh my lord

  • Reply Dani B June 6, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Made these last night after searching for a recipe with no brown sugar. Amazing. Personally I think they’re better the next day. I left them in for exactly 8 minutes, no more. Seriously perfect. Thank you!

    • Reply Jen June 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

      I’m so happy to hear you liked the recipe. It’s a family favorite!

  • Reply Esperanza Miranda June 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Will it taste any different if I don’t add vanilla extract?

    • Reply Jen July 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      The flavor might not be as rich. But, I think it should still be fine.

  • Reply Jim July 6, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Jen. I retired to southeast Mexico last year. I had picked up a ridiculously big bag of chocolate chips from the local Costco (about 45 minutes away). Unfortunately I didn’t think to get brown sugar while there…it’s not available at the markets in my little town). We had some of our Mexican amigos over and I agreed to make chocolate chip cookies. I panicked when I realized I didn’t have the necessary items for my old cookie recipe. Luckily your recipe was at the top of my google search! Thanks again!

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2016 at 10:48 am

      So awesome! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. It’s a household favorite!

  • Reply Hajin July 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you for the best chocolate chip cookies recipe in the world, made these yesterday and everyone loved em! Ill make these forever

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yay! You just made my day. These cookies are so yummy. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them!

  • Reply Kathy October 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hello, Thank you for leaving this recipe. I halfed this recipe. I only wanted a small batch, and I am always looking to reduce my sugar consumption, so I was glad there wasn’t any additional brown sugar. I melted the butter, ( oops) and the chips wouldn’t stick. I added a dash more flour to get the consistency more natural. The batter was off, no help for it, so I baked them anyway, and fortunately, I love them.They came out like little chocolate chip biscuits, and not too sweet. No complaints here :)

  • Reply Hazel November 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

    What if I don’t have vanilla will it still taste good

    • Reply Jen November 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Yes, the cookies will still taste great!

  • Reply Julie November 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Made these and they were really good! But, my recent batch was terrible since I burned the bottoms and burned them but otherwise when I make them, they’re delicious but I just cooked them for too long this time. They’re good, nonetheless.

  • Reply Whitney December 19, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Just made these and they were the best cookies i’ve ever made

  • Reply joleetta montalbano December 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    i am so nervous cause i never used baking soda always powder, but they are in the oven wish me luck aahhh

  • Reply Kimberly December 29, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I just made these at altitude (we live in Denver) – and they turned out beautifully! No adjustments to the recipe at all, and they taste delicious and look beautiful – nice and full looking, not thin and flat as cookies at altitude are wont to do.

  • Reply Mary Pruitt January 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Awesome chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for shareing

  • Reply May Lawrence February 1, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I used this recipe, but added 1/4 cup of cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips, then halved the amount of Vanilla, but added a small amount of pre-mixed milk, coconut milk, caster sugar and Vanilla essence. They came out amazing.

  • Reply Aleena February 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Just made these with my sister, surprising my mom for Valentine’s Day. We are eagerly waiting for them to come out of the oven, the delicious aroma is killing us. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  • Reply Aleena February 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Just made these with my sister, surprising my mom for Valentine’s Day. We are eagerly waiting for them to come out of the oven, the delicious aroma is killing us. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

    • Reply Jen February 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      I hope you liked the cookies!

  • Reply Malia Baber February 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I loved these cookies! They were perfectly soft. I didn’t think they were as flavorful as some cookies I’ve had, so I sprinkled some sea salt on the top once they were done, and that made them absolutely divine.

    • Reply Jen February 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Sea salt sounds like such a great addition!

  • Reply Liz March 12, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Baked these cookies and they were splendid, absolutely delicious. I loved them.

    • Reply Jen March 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you loved the recipe!

  • Reply Felicia D March 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! Made these as bar cookies, and family and friend raved about them! I threw in some cappuccino chips — Marvelous!! Bookmarked to my Favorites :-) Thank you !

    • Reply Jen March 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      You just made my day! I’m so happy to hear you love the recipe!

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