The Chewy

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Recipe courtesy ofAlton Brown

Total: 1 hr 50 min Prep: 20 min Cook: 30 min

Yield: 2 dozen cookies



  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ounces granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ounce whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


  • Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly. 

  • Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate. Pour the butter into your stand mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes. 

  • Meanwhile, whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. 

  • Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to "stir" and add the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for 1 hour. 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven. 

  • Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.

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Cook's Note

The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be.

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1123 Ratings

Stephanie P.
Wonderful cookies. So puffy and beautiful! This is my new cookie recipe. Better than Nestle Toll House recipe. The secret is the bread flower, I think. Here are the measurements for people who don't have a scale: 2 Sticks of Butter (I used salted, but then I didn't add the salt that it called for) 2 1/4 cups Bread Flower (essential) 1 teaspoon Salt (unless you use salted butter) 1 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar 1 1/4 cups Brown Sugar 1 whole Large Egg 1 Large Egg Yolk Only 2 tablespoons Milk (I used 2%) 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract 1 entire 12oz Bag of Chocolate Chips (I used 1/2 bag of semi sweet & 1/2 bag of milk chocolate, because that's what I had at the time) See All Reviews Post Review

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