Super Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
Move over, chewy cookies. We're showing you how to make the best crispy chocolate chip cookies—perfect for dunking in a tall glass of milk.

Updated: Mar. 25, 2024

Sure, there are chewy cookie fanatics out there, but they don’t appreciate the joy of crunching into super crispy chocolate chip cookies. Or dunking a crisp cookie into a glass of milk or—better yet—your morning mug of coffee.

If crunchy cookies are more your style and you haven’t been satisfied with the typical back-of-the-bag recipe, you have to check out our Test Kitchen’s take. There’s more to making crispy cookies than leaving them in the oven a little longer. In fact, creating the perfect chocolate chip cookie (in this case, a crunchy one) requires a few modifications to the classic cookie recipe.

Ingredients for Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1: Cream ingredients

As with any chocolate chip cookie recipe, start by creaming together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. This process should take about 5 minutes. Don’t rush this part!

Next, add in the eggs and vanilla and beat well—another minute or so should do it.

Step 2: Add dry ingredients

Then add in the remaining dry ingredients—flour, baking soda and salt. Beat until just combined. Overmixing cookie dough will cause the cookies to become tough—not crispy.

The finishing touch for the cookie dough is stirring in the chocolate chips. You can use any chips you like—milk, dark, white—but semisweet is the traditional mix-in for chocolate chip cookies.

Step 3: Bake

Scoop tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. You can use a spoon or cookie scoop for this job.

Bake at 325°F for 11 to 14 minutes or until the edges have started to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool fully on wire racks before storing them.

How to Store Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Like most drop cookies, these cookies are best stored in an air-tight container. Try to enjoy them within a week for the best flavor and texture.

If you know you won’t be able to enjoy all these cookies within a few days, they can be frozen. Stash them in an air-tight container or zip-top bag. When you’re ready to enjoy, defrost at room temp. You can even crisp them up in the oven; pop them in at 350° for just one or two minutes.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies Tips

Why do you use melted butter for crispy chocolate chip cookies?

Using melted butter helps create a cookie dough that spreads. Cookies that spread and flatten out will be thinner and crisper—something like a Tate’s Bake Shop cookie

Is there brown sugar in crispy chocolate chip cookies?

Nope! You can skip brown sugar when creating cookies with crunch factor. Brown sugar contains significant moisture thanks to the molasses. Skip it and use only granulated sugar to create crispy chocolate chip cookies.

Why isn’t there baking powder in crispy chocolate chip cookies?

Baking powder gives cookies a cake-like texture. To avoid that softness, skip it and use baking soda only.

Do you chill the dough for crispy chocolate chip cookies?

Don’t chill the dough! Chilling dough firms up the butter and prevents cookies from spreading—two things that won’t give you a crispy chocolate chip cookie.

Super Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 25 min
Yield 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until blended. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 11-14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 116 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

To make these chocolate chip cookies super crisp, we used all granulated sugar, butter and baking soda. All three contribute to a golden, crispy cookie. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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