My “Go-To” Cookie Base for Thick, Chewy Cookies

I think it’s well established that we make cookies a lot in the Mo’Betta house. I have tried many different recipes for homemade cookies, I’ve taken short cuts and made cookies from cake mix or cookie mixes, and a few months back I found a cookie base recipe that turns out great every time. It makes thick, chewy cookies and doesn’t have to be chilled. However, if you chill the dough, the cookies are even thicker!
We made cookies for the teachers at Christmas….
I also learned the trick to making nice BIG cookies…
Yep, do the double stack for even bigger, thicker cookies!
We made cookies at Easter. I’m a sucker for the seasonal chocolate chips, can you tell?!
We made bite size, thick cookies for the girls’ volleyball coach.
We also made cookies with M&M’s! My son’s favorite. That’s the great thing about this dough…use whatever add ins you want.
We made ‘supersized’ cookies for Teacher Appreciation. My daughter actually made these…using an ice cream scoop to get nice big mounds of dough.
So, the recipe already! I’m now seriously craving cookies. Which is nothing new…

Thick, Chewy Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (decrease to 1/4 if using salted butter)
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white (granulated) sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups add ins of choice (candy, chocolate chips, toffee bits, nuts, etc.)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees if baking immediately.
  • Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until fluffy (medium speed, 2-3 minutes). Scrape down the sides.
  • Add egg and vanilla to mixing bowl, mix until incorporated.
  • With mixer on low, add in flour mixture until dough forms. Scrape sides as necessary.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cups of desired add ins.
  • At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours or overnight – make sure it’s covered well or the dough will begin to dry out. You can also roll the cookies into balls and freeze to make at a later date.
  • Scoop out dough and place on lined cookie sheet – about a tablespoon for small cookies; “double stacked” tablespoon for larger, thicker cookies; 3 tablespoons or more for large cookies. Just make sure to leave space for them to spread and adjust baking time. Small cookies only need around 8 minutes. You want them to look a little underdone (shiny) in the middle, as they will continue to cook a bit once removed from the oven.
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12 thoughts on “My “Go-To” Cookie Base for Thick, Chewy Cookies

  1. HOLY moly my dear!!! I love love this and can't wait to make for my friend (I'm being good, so she get's all the treats … lol)

  2. Wow! These look great. I like to keep cookie dough in the freezer for a quick cookie bake. With such a great base, I could whip up a nice variety of cookies all at once! Thanks for sharing.

  3. These look amazing!! Saving this link now so I can make these very soon. My boys also love M&M; cookies! New fan from Skip to my Lou link party 🙂

  4. Yummy! I am going to try this recipe next time the kids and I make cookies! Make sure you come by and link up for Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  5. YUMMY! I’m swinging by from Cast Party Wednesday to check out your YUMMY looking post and invite you to my link party, The Yuck Stops Here. This week’s party is open until Sunday at 8pm ET and can be found at and next week’s party starts on Tuesday at 8pm ET and can be found at . I hope to see you there! HUGS

  6. they look amazing!! I'm still finding my favorite cookie base…this may become it! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  7. Very good cookie! As I started making a double batch of these lil babies kids were coming to the house it seemed in droves. So I decided to do tiny cookies to make them go farther. My little 5 minute cookies were loved by all. This cookie is a keeper!

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