Loaded with chocolate chips and optional walnuts for the nut lovers, these jumbo cookies have a gooey center when fresh and hot, and a soft thick center when cooled. Inspired from the famous Levain Bakery and Crumbl cookie stores spreading wide, these cookies will save you quite a few dollars and taste just as good (or better!).
A chocolate chip cookie for every occasion
After just having my first baby, I learned quickly there were 3 very important priorities in my time at home – snuggles, a solid nap routine, and most definitely COOKIES. I once made FOUR different batches of cookies in a single day in search for a favorite cookie recipe. After lots of testing and tweaking – our family landed on our favorite…this recipe!
To be fair, there are lots of different styles of chocolate chip cookies out there. Soft and chewy, thin and crispy, thick and cake-like, etc. I absolutely think there are different cookies for different occasions. Some work better for ice cream sandwiches, some work better for a glass of milk. So where does this recipe fall?
In focusing on the jumbo bakery style cookies, I wanted something soft and gooey when warm, but that set up nice and soft when set. Not too cake-like and not overly chewy. Just a classic cookie in between.
There’s a lot of different approaches and sizes for this recipe. We make different sizes depending on the occasion.
6oz JUMBO Cookies: This is the size of Levain or Crumbl cookies – impressive enough on their own to make perfect gifts. I like to put a single cookie in a cellophane, bag, tie it with a cute ribbon, and ta-dah. It’s the perfect gift. When I go big like this, I bake at a slightly higher temperature (400 F) and makes sure I add the full amount of adders (make sure you add 3 cups whether its chips or nuts) to make sure the cookie stays full and doesn’t spread too thin). This amount will yield 8 cookies from this recipe.
LARGE Gourmet Cookies: I love using this 4 tbsp scoop for cookies. It’s the perfect size for a large cookie that’s not over bearing. (This scoop is also my go-to for scooping muffins. It fits the perfect amount in a muffin tin that eliminates the transferring mess). I bake these at 350 F or 375 F if you are at really high altitude. Using this size will yield about 20 large cookies. I use this size the most.
Small CLASSIC Cookies: Your classic cookie scoop size! Great to feed a crowd. I bake these at 350 F and this size will yield a batch of about 36 cookies.
Tips for the perfect cookie
A great recipe makes a big difference, but just as important as a great recipe are the tips to make it successful. Here are a few things I’ve learned in making sure the outcome is what I’m hoping for in a cookie:
1. AMOUNT OF FLOUR: This is the most critical tip in making cookies, I believe. The tricky thing about this is that altitude and even your brand of flour can make a big difference. I always weigh my flour and I live in higher altitude. Packing or scooping your flour will result in potentially over-adding which can be a more cake-like cookie. Adding not enough will result in a super spread out cookie pancake. Weigh your flour, but also pay attention to the touch of the dough. Should feel a bit sticky without being too wet.
2. CHILLING DOUGH: While I’ve found it’s not necessary for this recipe, chilling dough never hurts. It not only provides a richer, deeper flavor, but it can help prevent your cookies from spreading. I always pre-scoop my dough, then chill the formed dough balls in the fridge or freezer. Let it sit out for a couple minutes, then bake! Dough can last in the fridge for up to one week and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
3. BAKE TIME: I bake my cookies until they look like they’re just barely done, but then I keep them on the pan out of the oven for 5 minutes to let them finish cooking. I’ve found a big difference in how the cookies remain soft. So don’t over-bake!
4. ADDERS: You’ll see this recipe calls for nuts. If you’re not a nut lover, no problem. But you will want to add additional chocolate chips instead. Adders help hold the dough together, so if you don’t add enough, that contributes to more spreading. You can also get creative and add other things like butterscotch chips, m&m’s, etc.
5. TWEAK SHAPE AFTER BAKING: Ever get a little lopsided cookie where one corner is a bit more spread? We all have. IMMEDIATELY after taking the cookies out of the oven, take a spatula and gently push in the edges to reshape. It works so well when the cookies are fresh and hot and I love keeping that professional round shape.
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Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ (150 g) brown sugar
- ½ (100 g) granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs cold
- 3 cups (360 g) all purpose flour, spooned and leveled or weighed
- 3 tbsp (22 g) corn starch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional*)
- Preheat oven to 400° F for jumbo cookies, 375° F for 4 tbsp large cookies, or 350℉ for small cookies.
- Place butter and sugars into a stand mixer and blend well until butter and sugars are fully incorporated, and light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and eggs one at a time until blended well with the sugar-butter mixture.
- Add remaining dry ingredients, except for chocolate chips and nuts. Mix on low until the two are just combined. You don't want to over mix this portion. Over mixing can cause flat cookies.
- Add chocolate chips and walnuts* and pulse gently until mixed in.
- For jumbo cookies, weigh out dough balls to be about 6oz each (about ¾ cup per ball), or use my favorite 4 tbsp scoop, or classic cookie size. For jumbo, place 4 on a sheet. For 4 tbsp, place 6 on a sheet. For 2 tbsp classic size, place 12 on a sheet.I typically do no not usually NEED to chill mine, but chilling does ensure that it holds a great thick shape and enriches flavor.
- Bake for about 8-12 minutes depending on size. Let the cookies rest on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- These will stay fresh in an airtight container for several days. These also freeze great. Let cool completely, then put them in an airtight bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the preformed dough balls as well for an easy way to have fresh hot cookies to pull out whenever!