Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
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These Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies are buttery, have crispy edges, and have a soft, chewy center with melty little puddles of chocolate chips. Plus, you don’t need to chill the cookie dough to make these classic cookies.

bakery style chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.

😋 Why this recipe works

These bakery style cookies are easy to make, and you don’t need to chill the dough to make them. Once the cookie dough is made, just scoop and bake. It’s that simple. Plus, they are soft and chewy inside, holding a circular cookie shape when baked. The cookie dough is even irresistible. These cookies are similar to our Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies but are made with all-purpose flour.

🍪 Ingredients

You will need staple cookie ingredients and one secret ingredient, dry milk powder, to make these homemade chocolate chip cookies. This ingredient adds a delicious caramel flavor without having to brown the butter.

chocolate chip cookie ingredients on a marble counter.

Here are some of our recommendations/tips/substitutions with the ingredients for the recipe:

  • Room Temperature Butter and Egg. Always set your butter out before baking cookies.
  • Light Brown Sugar. We love light brown sugar in these cookies because it gives them a nice caramel flavor. But, of course, you could also substitute with dark brown sugar for a richer and more complex flavor.
  • Milk Powder. This fine powder is the crucial ingredient in this cookie recipe. It makes the cookies extra flavorful and caramelly. Do not skip it, as it’s a game-changer for cookie recipes. We use King Arthur’s Milk Powder. To make these cookies vegan, omit this ingredient.

See the recipe card for full ingredient information and quantities.

🥣 Instructions

These chewy chocolate chip cookies are easy to make, plus you don’t need to chill the dough. Because we add dry milk powder, the flavor will be more pronounced if you chill the dough; but it’s unnecessary.

beating sugar, butter and eggs in a bowl with hand mixer.

Mix Wet Ingredients.

In a medium or large mixing bowl, beat the room temperature butter with light brown sugar and granulated sugar using a hand mixer or stand mixer until creamy and pale in color, about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix to combine.

folding dry into the wet ingredients in a bowl with a spatula.

Mix in Dry Ingredients.

Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and dry milk powder to the same bowl. Mix again with the electric mixer until combined.

Add in the chocolate chips and fold them into the cookie dough.

cookie dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Scoop and Bake.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, add cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart as these cookies spread.

Bake cookies for about 10 – 12 minutes. The baking time will differ depending on how big you make these cookies. These cookies will start to brown on the edges when they are done.

baked chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cool & Enjoy.

Remove parchment paper and the cookies to a cooling rack to cool for about 2-3 minutes. If you don’t allow the cookies to cool, they will easily break apart, so don’t skip this step. Once cooled, add flaked sea salt on top, and enjoy!

📋 Recipe FAQs

How to store leftover cookie dough?


You can store the leftover dough in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for three months. Before storing the cookie dough, I recommend scooping the dough out and rolling the dough into balls. Put the cookie dough balls in a zip lock bag when storing them in the fridge or a freezer bag or freezer-safe container when storing them in the freezer.

How to store cookies?


Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container or cookie jar with a lid for a week.

What’s the secret to bakery style cookies?


Bakery-style cookies have lots of salt, and the butter is creamed with sugar for a while; melted butter may be used, or milk powder may also be used to add a creamy, buttery flavor. That’s why we recommend always adding dry milk powder to cookies at home to taste as if they came from the bakery.

splitting a warm chocolate chip cooking in half by hands.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert Tips

  • The butter and egg should be at room temperature before mixing. You can quickly expedite this process if you forget to set these ingredients on the counter, too; first, heat the butter in the microwave for 10 seconds, flip, and heat again for another 10 seconds. Next, check the butter to see if you can press into it with your finger and leave an indentation. For the egg, place it in a bowl of warm water (not hot) for a few minutes, which will warm it up quickly.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the cooling rack. Letting the cookies cool will stabilize the bottom of these cookies, and they won’t fall apart when you pick them up.
  • Don’t skip the dry milk powder. It adds a creamy, rich, and complex flavor to the cookies. Dried milk powder contains both sugar and protein; when used in cookies, it adds a creamy taste. To deepen the flavor, brown the milk powder for 5 minutes in a pan.

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Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 3 votes
These bakery-style cookies have crispy edges and a soft, chewy center. Plus, you don't need to chill the dough. They are buttery and delicious.
chocolate chip cookie with flaked sea salt on top on a cooling rack.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Yields 25 cookies
Ingredients
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter (2 sticks) , room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg , room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk , room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried milk powder
  • 6 oz chocolate chips (3/4 cup)
  • pinch of flaked sea salt optional
Instructions
  • Mix Wet Ingredients.
    In a medium or large mixing bowl, beat the room temperature butter with light brown sugar and granulated sugar using a hand mixer or stand mixer until creamy and pale in color, about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  • Mix in Dry Ingredients.
    Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and dry milk powder to the same bowl. Mix again with the electric mixer until combined.
    Add in the chocolate chips and fold them into the cookie dough.
  • Scoop and Bake.
    Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, add cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart as these cookies spread.
    Bake cookies for about 10 – 12 minutes. The baking time will differ depending on how big you make these cookies.
  • Cool & Enjoy.
    Remove parchment paper and the cookies to a cooling rack to cool for about 2-3 minutes.
    Once cooled, add flaked sea salt on top, and enjoy!
Notes
Store cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months. 
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container or cookie jar with a lid for a week.
Tips
  • The butter and eggs should be at room temperature before mixing.
  • Beat the butter and sugar for at least 1-2 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  • Don’t skip the dried non-fat milk powder.  To deepen the flavor, brown the milk powder for 5 minutes in a pan over medium heat. 
Course: Cookies, Desserts
Cuisine: American-Inspired
Diet: Vegetarian
Nutrition Facts
Serving1gCalories210.44kcalCarbohydrates28.24gProtein2.38gFat9.91gSaturated Fat6.72gPolyunsaturated Fat0.41gMonounsaturated Fat2.08gTrans Fat0.29gCholesterol33.72mgSodium152.33mgPotassium79.79mgFiber0.6gSugar17.11gVitamin A251.01IUVitamin C0.05mgCalcium37.81mgIron0.79mg
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