Alton Brown's Famous "The Chewy" Chocolate Chip Cookies | Food Network

What’s your favorite type of chocolate chip cookie? Alton shares how you can alter your chocolate chip cookie recipe slightly to get different textures! This one is “The Chewy.”

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The Chewy
Total: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive: 1 hr
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.

Cook’s Note
The darker the sugar you use, the chewier your cookies will be.
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22 Replies to “Alton Brown's Famous "The Chewy" Chocolate Chip Cookies | Food Network”

  1. Quarantine baker here, I wasn’t majorly disappointed at these cookies they WERE good, but they were just that, good. The cookies didn’t have that cookie texture that I’m used to, it had more of a muffin like texture which was ok but not what I was looking for. Then the cookie wasn’t as sweet as your average chocolate chip cookie so if you want sweeter I would eliminate the 1/4 cup of brown & add a quarter cup extra of the white granulated sugar on top of whatever the recipe asks for (I think it was 1/2 cup). Other than those 2 things the cookies were ok but not what I was looking for. I’m looking for an insomnia cookie type cookie recipe seeing that they charge 20$ for a dozen cookies!!! But nonetheless still a fairly decent cookie.

  2. Just made these, they were the best cookies Ive ever eaten. they remind me of real cookies, not like those flat store bought cookies. these are puffy, but you do have to use high gluten BREAD flour and chill the cookie dough for an hour, I also chilled the cookie dough balls before putting them in the oven, they have to be cold and your hands will warm them up too much when you roll them.

  3. I loved watching Alton shows growing up! helped me learn a lot as a kid and also got me into loving science. 🙂 I also LOVE Chewy cookies I'm also on both sides having a crispy edge and chewy center. <3 <3

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