Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies (Old-Fashioned Recipe)

An easy and fail-proof chocolate chip cookie recipe. Guaranteed delicious, crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

Milk and 3 of Alex's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I finally found a chocolate chip cookie recipe that loves me back. Keep reading to discover Alex’s Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. I’m confident you’ll love these cookies too!

Delicious flavor with a wonderful texture that is lightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. It’s my family’s newest favorite! 

I first met Alex at church 16 years ago. She was a 2nd-grader in the Sunday School class I was teaching.

Alex has a huge heart. Now in her 20s, she makes and delivers these cookies to people all the time. Just one of the so many sweet things she does for people! Thanks for the recipe and for being you, Alex. ❤️

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Alex's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies on a LOVE plate

Guaranteed Delicious Chocolate Chip Recipe

Ahhh, the pursuit of the ultimate chocolate chip cookie! One of life’s most delicious journeys.

I have enjoyed the adventure so far, but it has not been without bumps in the road. Yes, I can be careless when baking; however, these cookies always turn out! Another reason I adore this recipe.

At long last, a failproof formula! On the other hand, I encourage you to measure closely still. 😉

If you are looking for something in bar form, try this yummy cookie dough fudge.

Tips to Improve or Fix Your Cookies

Too dry, too flat, too much flour, always something! The truth is when I was younger. I didn’t pay much attention to the finer points of baking.

As it turns out, there ARE simple steps that you can take to improve your cookie-making game. And it’s not that difficult. Promise!

Learn how to make cookies even better!


Below are the items you’ll need, plus a few baking tips about the best way to choose and measure each ingredient.

Unsalted Softened Butter

Butter will make your cookies tender and give them a wonderful flavor.

It will also influence the texture of the cookie. A cookie made with butter will be thinner and crisper than if it is made with margarine or shortening.

It’s best to use unsalted butter because it allows you to choose the amount of added salt rather than working around what’s in the butter.

And depending on the brand of butter, the amount of salt can vary a lot.

There are different types of butter to choose from. I am using regular organic butter.

If you use European-style butter, such as Kerrygold, which is higher in butterfat and lower in moisture, cookies will be slightly crisper and thinner.

Don’t let that stop you, though. They will certainly be delicious and taste very buttery!

Be sure to plan ahead and take the butter out of the refrigerator 1-2 hours before you begin so it’s ready when you start baking.

Important Do not microwave the butter. This will prevent the butter from properly creaming with the sugar and limit the best results.

How do you get butter to room temperature quickly?

There are a few shortcuts to soften the butter fast that work well!

Try one of these easy options to soften butter quickly.

1 Cut the butter into small cubes. This will allow it to soften faster.

Microwave approximately 2 cups of water in a microwave-safe container for 2 minutes, so it gets very hot. Meanwhile, place your butter in a heat-safe bowl.

When the 2 minutes is up, quickly remove the water from the microwave, and put the butter in.

Shut the door. Leave in the microwave for 10 minutes without turning it on. The remaining heat will soften the butter.

Place your cold butter in the smallest bowl it will fit in. Fill another slightly bigger bowl with warm water.

Then, submerge the smaller bowl into the larger bowl for approximately 5-10 minutes. Your butter should now be soft, at room temperature, and ready to use.

Brown Sugar

Cookies made with brown sugar are chewier and moister than recipes made with white sugar.

Molasses in the brown sugar produces a firmer texture and also add moisture.

The proper way to measure brown sugar is by packing it into a measuring cup or spoon.

Unless the instructions state differently, you may use light brown sugar and dark brown sugar interchangeably in a recipe.

White Granulated Sugar

For the best chocolate chip cookie, use pure cane sugar.

Granulated sugar adds sweetness, aids in browning properties, and a crisp texture. It also helps the dough to soften and spread as it bakes.

The right way to measure white sugar:

To measure sugar correctly, scoop it out of the bag or container until it is full, then level it off with a knife or spatula.

A measured amount of sugar added to a cookie recipe is more forgiving than flour.

If you are a little off, it will affect the sweetness but not the physical property of the cookie as much. For best results, be as accurate as possible.

Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract adds flavor and enhances all the other tastes in the recipe. I’d recommend pure vanilla, not the one with artificial flavoring.

Room Temperature Eggs 

This recipe calls for a large egg at room temperature.

Eggs provide moisture and protein to the dough. This helps to set the cookie, make it chewy, and prevent it from spreading too much. 

A room-temperature egg will whip to a higher volume and cream better with the fat. 

The easiest way to get your eggs to room temperature is to simply let them sit out of the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes. 

How to bring eggs to room temperature quickly:

To get room-temperature eggs quickly, put the eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes. Do not use super hot water because this can cook the eggs.

All-Purpose Flour

Use unbleached, all-purpose flour to make this recipe.

Incorrectly measuring the flour is probably the number one reason a cookie recipe doesn’t turn out.

The proper way to measure flour: 

Your best way to measure the flour is by weight with a scale. This ensures that each batch of your cookies comes out consistently. 

If you need to use measuring cups, use a large spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Not the other way around.

Do not shake the cup, and do not pack down the flour or tap the measuring cup. This can cause the flour to sink and give you an incorrect measurement.

When you are ready, use a knife or spatula to level off the top of the measuring cup.


A very important ingredient, salt, is a huge flavor enhancer that balances the sweetness in the cookies. It also makes them chewier.

Baking Soda

Acting as a rising agent, baking soda help get the cookies to puff up and also encourage browning.

Chocolate Chips

Feel free to use whatever chocolate you prefer; chocolate chips, chunks, chopped chocolate, or M&Ms.

Most importantly, this is the star of the cookie, so choose wisely.

To make your cookies even better looking, pop some extra chips, chunks, or M&Ms on top of the cookies after they are on the baking sheet before you put them in the oven.

Good Flaky Sea Salt to Finish

You can finish the cookie with a small amount of sea salt sprinkled on top.

It contributes to a wonderful salty-sweet taste, plus it looks lovely on the finished cookie.

My Three Best Baking Tools

We all grow fond of the kitchen tools that we rely on every day. If I had to narrow down to my top 3, here are my favorite kitchen and baking staples. Affiliate links are below.

KitchenAid Mixer

A workhorse in my kitchen for 25 years. The famous KitchenAid Mixer is now available in so many beautiful colors and styles. Even with glass bowls! Mixers (affiliate link)


Aluminum Baking Sheets/Pans


I absolutely love aluminum cookie and baking sheets and have had mine for decades. However, they still look fairly new because I protect them with the Silpat mats.

Nordicwares are strong and sturdy, and they make me feel so professional. 😉 Click to see baking pans.

Silicone Baking Mat

These Silpat non-stick silicone mats are so awesome. I use them for pretty much everything and anything that goes in the oven. For example, veggies, meats, cookies, etc., all bake wonderfully on these mats.

The surface is slick and renewable. As a result, cleanup is so quick and easy! Silpat Mats (affiliate links)

If you are still reading, you’ve waited long enough! Here is Alex’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Enjoy!

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One of Alex's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Alex’s Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


Our favorite chocolate chip cookie! Guaranteed delicious, crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.



3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spoon & level

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 & 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, chunks, or M&M’s


In a medium-size bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary.

Gradually add in the flour mixture, with the mixer on low speed. Mix just until combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips or chunks by hand, or with the mixer on low speed.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap or cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop.

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Line cookie sheets with non-stick baking liner or parchment paper.

Using a cookie scoop, tablespoon, or your hands, roll 2-3 rounded tablespoons of dough.

Place on cookie sheets evenly spaced 2 inches apart. If desired, sprinkle the tops lightly with sea salt before putting them in the oven.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just golden brown around the edges.
Rotate pans halfway through for even baking. Do not over bake.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly on the pan. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 183

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6 comments on “Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies (Old-Fashioned Recipe)

  1. They were everything I want my chocolate chip cookies to be! Ooey, gooey and delicious!!!

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