Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies are deliciously soft and chewy treats that are made with pantry staple ingredients and a mixture of chocolate chips! No need to chill the dough for these EPIC cookies!
The only thing better than a chocolate chip cookie is a GIANT one! These Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies are what cookie dreams are made of with their chewiness, endless amount of chocolate chips, and flaky sea salt topping!
Perfect to enjoy with a scoop of ice cream on top! Or slightly warmed up in the microwave and then enjoyed with an ice-cold glass of milk!
All About These Yummy Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Taste: Ingredients such as sugar, vanilla bean paste, butter, and flour all come together to form a tasty homemade cookie base. Afterward, a mixture of dark and semi-sweet chocolate chips loads up the dough while the tops are finished off with flaky sea salt.
Texture: These jumbo cookies turn out enticingly soft and chewy every time! The perfect delicious texture that every homemade cookie should have!
Choosing The Chocolate In This Recipe For Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies!
The chocolate is one of the most important parts of a delicious chocolate chip cookie… am I right?! Therefore, when testing this recipe I used several volumes, ratios, and varieties to find what worked best in this cookie recipe!
Ultimately, I found that more than 4 cups of chocolate chips in the dough felt like too much chocolate in this Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. This balance of chocolate to dough yields the perfectly soft texture of the cookie that I was aiming for!
My taste buds finally chose that these cookies were best when using a mixture of extra dark chocolate chips and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips! And I do not recommend using chocolate chunks!
Chocolate chunks firm back up a bit harder than chocolate chips after baking and we want soft, chewy cookies!
We tested this recipe for six months to make sure it was absolutely perfect so I have lots of tips and tricks for getting BIG, chewy, and gooey cookies with this recipe!
Tips For How To Make Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies!
- Cornstarch – This simple ingredient is key for these cookies turning out soft and chewy so it’s important not to leave it out!
- Vanilla Bean Paste – Using vanilla bean paste over extract delivered slightly less bitter cookies with a more balanced flavor! However, you could use vanilla extract in this recipe if that’s all you have. The cookies will still be delicious!
- Creaming Ingredients – The final structure of the cookies relies heavily on creaming the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes. Don’t shortcut this step!
- Cooling Time – Once the giant chocolate chip cookies have baked, they need to remain on the baking sheet to cool down for at least 15 minutes. This allows them to firm up before transferring them, if not the cookies will likely fall apart!
- Parchment Paper – Lining the baking sheet with parchment paper ensures the easiest transfer from the baking sheet to the wire rack without jeopardizing the cookies! I do not recommend using silicone baking mats. This is my favorite parchment paper for baking (affiliate link).
- Baking Pans – Using two allows you to prep the next batch while the other baking pan is in the oven so it’s ready to go as soon as they come out.
- Mixing Shield – This recipe uses a lot of flour and I highly recommend using the flour shield (affiliate link) for your bowl of a stand mixer to prevent it from going everywhere.
Want to freeze these cookies? Portion the dough out into 1-cup sized balls as directed then add them to a large freezer bag, removing any excess air, and freeze for up to 3 months. You will need to let them thaw in the refrigerator so that you can press them before baking.
I’ve even perfected the Chocolate Chip Cookie For One for when you want to treat yourself without baking up a whole batch! But since fall is in the air, my go-to cookie right now is these Oreo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – SO good!
Store these Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Since the cookies are soft, I’d recommend separating the layers with parchment paper, so they don’t stick together.
Enjoy these giant cookies for up to 3 days!
How Come A Few Of My Cookies Turned Out Dry?
Some of the flour likely settled in the bottom of the bowl during the mixing process. Therefore, when you scooped out your last few cookies to bake, they were filled with extra flour.
To avoid this from happening, I suggest using a rubber spatula or your hands to work the drier bits into the dough. Just be sure you don’t continue mixing with the mixer!
Doing so will overwork the dough and won’t scrape the extra flour off the bottom of the bowl!
What Other Size Measuring Cup Would Work To Make Big Cookies?
For cookies that aren’t as giant (but still are large!) you can use a 1/2 cup measuring cup! This will allow you to fit 4 cookies on the baking sheet. You can also make them in 1/4 cup size (or large cookie scoop (affiliate link) – 3 tablespoons), which will fit 6 on a baking sheet.
You’ll also want to change the baking time down to 6 to 9 minutes depending on size.
Can I Use Salted Butter?
Yes, in fact, I love these Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies when made with salted butter! However, I would skip the flaky salt topping, but no other changes need to be made to the recipe.
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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 Cookie sheets
- 1½ cups unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1½ cups light brown sugar packed
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 4 cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips plus extra for topping before baking
- 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon flaky salt optional topping
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer (highly recommend a stand mixer for this recipe) fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl halfway through.1½ cups unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1½ cups light brown sugar
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each one just until the yolk is streaky throughout the dough.2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- Add the vanilla bean paste and mix just for a couple of seconds.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cornstarch. With the mixing beating at low (stir) speed, slowly add the flour mixture. If you have a flour shield for your mixer, I recommend using this as this recipe creates a lot of dough. Increase to medium speed and mix just until combined then remove from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to mix up any loose flour from the bottom of the bowl into the dough.4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1½ teaspoons sea salt, 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Add the chocolate chips and mix at low speed just until combined, be careful not to overmix. You can finish mixing with a rubber spatula or with your hands until the dough is fully combined and the chips are evenly incorporated.2 cups dark chocolate chips, 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- Use a 1-cup measuring cup to portion out the dough, drop 2 of the dough balls on each prepared baking sheet and gently use your hands to press the cookies dough until they're about 1-inch thick and 5-inch across. Press additional chocolate chips into the top of the cookies and sprinkle with flaky sea salt before baking if desired.1 tablespoon flaky salt
- Bake the cookie sheets one at a time for 11 to 14 minutes, the edges will just be turning light brown. While the first batch bakes, use the second baking sheet to prepare the next batch.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack using the parchment paper to transfer. Add fresh parchment paper and prepare the next batch. This recipe will make 8 cookies and 4 batches total.
- Each cookie serves 4 people as these are very large cookies. But they are fun for parties or giving to friends and family allowing them to enjoy a delicious chocolate chip cookie over a couple of days.
- Vanilla extract can be substituted in equal amounts for the vanilla bean paste, however, we found that the test batches made with paste were slightly less bitter and more balanced in flavor.
- Do not omit the cornstarch, it is key for the soft and chewy texture.
- Creaming the butter and sugar for 2 minutes is important to the final structure of the cookie, do not shortcut this.
- There will likely be some flour that settles in the bottom of the bowl, make sure you get this all mixed in. Do not just start cooking off the dough from the top or you’ll end up with a couple of dry cookies near the end. So use a rubber spatula or your hands to work the drier bits into the dough. Do not just keep mixing in the mixer, this will overwork the dough and won’t be as effective. This was my experience with a stand Artisan 4.5 qt mixer, it may come together just fine with a larger size.
- This recipe can be made using a 1/2 cup measuring cup which still makes large cookies. You should be able to fit 4 cookies on a large baking sheet and you’ll want to bake them for just 7 to 9 minutes. You can also use a 1/4 cup measuring cup which should allow 6 cookies per baking sheet and only need to bake for 7 or 8 minutes.
- Make sure to let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before transferring otherwise they will be too soft and won’t transfer well. Use the parchment paper to help you slide them from the baking sheet to the wire rack.
- We tested these cookies with several volumes, ratios, and varieties of chocolate chips and found that we liked the mix in the recipe best. Anything more than 4 cups within the dough just felt like too much chocolate and disrupted the soft texture of the cookie, this is also why I don’t recommend using chocolate chunks as they firm back up a bit harder than chocolate chips after baking.
- We ultimately used Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips and Toll House Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips in the final recipe.