Crispy, chewy, or crunchy, these easy homemade chocolate cookie recipes will have you enjoying delicious wholesome cookies all year long.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies, whether chewy, crispy, super chewy, or crunchy.
Chocolate is one of my favorite foods. Therefore, it’s only natural that chocolate or chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite cookies to eat.
The best part about these chocolate cookie recipes is that they let you get creative. You can include peanut butter for chewy cookies, and also nuts for a delectable nutty flavor.
In addition, you can use natural cocoa powder for healthy double chocolate recipes, or even add in some oats for a more nutritious cookie.
You can customize your chocolate cookies any way you want. I did that with the classic homemade chocolate cookie recipes I share in this article.
Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookies
To make classic chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Flour: All-purpose flour is fine, but you can use spelt flour, whole wheat, oat flour, or try using einkorn for healthier cookies.
- Eggs: It’s best if the eggs are at room temperature. This helps the ingredients incorporate better while combining them. I also believe it enhances the overall taste and texture of your cookies.
- Milk: Regular milk or dairy-free milk if you’re vegan.
- Sugar: Light brown sugar is the primary sweetener for making chocolate cookies. But you can use regular sugar and add some molasses if you do not have brown sugar. Another popular sugar you can substitute for light brown sugar, is coconut sugar.
- Butter: Helps your cookies to be rich and tender. If you prefer, you can substitute non-dairy butter instead.
- Baking Soda: To give your cookies a good rise, and it helps to promote a chewy texture. Some recipes also include baking powder, which helps cookies to have a light texture.
- Salt: A little salt to balance the flavors.
- Vanilla Extract: It enhances the taste of your chocolate cookies. Well, almost all cookies benefit from the addition of vanilla extract.
- Chocolate Chips: Semisweet chocolate chips are my go-to chocolate chips for my cookie recipes. But some people prefer milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. It’s all about what your preference is.
- Unsweetened Applesauce: I learned this secret cookie recipe from another food blogger and love it. I add a little to my cookie recipes sometimes for more chewiness and a softer texture.
Top Homemade Chocolate Cookie Recipes
Chocolate chip cookies are a great treat at any time. However, you can tweak your ingredients to create more unique or healthier chocolate cookies. Here are my top chocolate cookie recipes.
I made these chocolate chip cookies with Einkorn flour because I wanted delicious yet healthy cookies. Einkorn flour is low in gluten and easy to digest, so this recipe is great for adults and kids.
And if you’re gluten-sensitive, this recipe allows you to enjoy your favorite snack without compromising your health.
These cookies are delightfully crunchy on the outside and tender and chewy on the inside. They’re super easy to make, and you only need one bowl to mix your ingredients.
I made this with dairy-free milk and butter, but you can use regular ones if you’re not vegan.
These oat flour chocolate cookies are more on the healthy side. They’re made with heart-healthy, nutritious ingredients like oat flour, almond butter, unsweetened applesauce, and coconut sugar.
It’s an excellent recipe for a wholesome snack or dessert. And they’re the perfect blend of a light crunchiness with a chewy texture.
I wanted to make this recipe as healthy as I could, without a sacrifice in taste. Therefore I substituted brown sugar with coconut sugar.
They taste just about the same, but coconut sugar is lower glycemic; which is great for those who are on a low carb/sugar diet. The almond butter adds a nutty flavor that enhances the chocolate and vanilla flavors in the cookies.
Want to make chocolate chip cookies but don’t have brown sugar on hand? No problem! This recipe is unique because, unlike regular chocolate cookies, this one is made without brown sugar!
Very unusual, I know. In fact, these cookies also contain less butter than traditional recipes. But you’ll find them to be just as tasty as any other traditional chocolate chip cookie.
You definitely won’t miss the lack of brown sugar in these cookies, I’m telling you! Plus, they’re so easy to make.
I particularly love this recipe because it was made with my favorite baking flour – oat flour. Plus, it’s double chocolate. You can’t beat that!
These cookies are not only healthy, they’re also addictively soft and chewy. They’re perfect for a healthy breakfast treat or dessert.
This recipe is perfect for gluten-sensitive people. Besides using gluten-free flour, I also used gluten-free chocolate chips. Honestly, anyone will enjoy these oat flour cookies; even if you’re not on a gluten-free diet.
Additionally, this recipe contains one more secret healthy ingredient – ground flax seed. You can’t have a better double chocolate recipe than that.
I call this healthy and yummy recipe my powerhouse combination. But no jokes, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is hands down incredible.
I made this healthy chocolate cookie recipe with oat flour, apple sauce, and natural, creamy peanut butter. It’s one of my tastiest and healthiest chocolate cookie recipes.
Like many of my recipes, this one is vegan. I omitted eggs and used non-dairy milk to make these cookies; the outcome was gooey and delicious cookies. You’ll find yourself making this recipe over and over again.
Give yourself a special treat with this single-serve whole-wheat chocolate chip cookie. It’s healthy, yummy, soft, and chewy – the perfect recipe for a solo breakfast or dessert.
It has a nutty flavor because I used nut butter (almond butter) in the recipe. You could swap those for peanut butter for a different taste.
This recipe is quick and easy. It took me 15 minutes to prepare my dough, and I cooked it for about five minutes in the microwave.
If you want to make a larger batch of this recipe, simply increase the ingredient amounts and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees.
These double chocolate whole wheat cookies are not only delicious, they’re packed with whole grain goodness. And they’re perfectly healthy, chewy, and soft.
I made them with oat flour, cocoa powder, and a half cup of chocolate cookies to keep them healthy. It’s a perfect dessert or in-between snack for adults and children alike.
I added applesauce to this recipe because it adds moisture and reduces the need for oil. I also used coconut sugar instead of regular cane sugar for a healthier recipe. You can bake and store these for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack.
I know this is not a chocolate cookie recipe, but I love this glazed pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe so much that I couldn’t resist throwing it in here.
These cookies have a delectable, soft, cake-like texture that dazzles the palate. And guess what? It’s sugar-free. I sweetened these cookies with pure maple syrup instead of sugar.
Besides the expected pumpkin spices and oats, these cookies contain extra virgin olive oil for extra flavor and moisture. The maple glaze topping gives it extra shine and adds to its burst of flavors.
Let them sit for 2 to 3 minutes after adding the glaze, and you can start munching on your delicious cookies!
Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Refrigerate the dough: While it’s not mandatory, I like refrigerating it for 20 to 40 minutes (depending on the composition) before scooping it onto the baking sheet. It helps to make the dough easier to work with, and enhances the cookies’ flavor and texture. Total win/win.
- Use unsweetened applesauce: I’ve used it in many recipes since discovering its goodness. It adds moisture to my cookies, without my having to add too much unhealthy butter. And you really can’t taste it in the cookies. Just make sure to not go overboard in adding it though; or the texture of your cookies won’t be as you want them. The texture will be too gummy.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment and spray lightly with oil before baking: Cookies often stick to the baking sheet if not lined. Always line the baking sheet with parchment, and with some cookie recipes; spray with oil to keep your cookies from sticking to the pan.
Chocolate Cookie Add-ins
Chocolate chips are one of the most popular add-ins for chocolate cookies, but you can switch up the flavor of your cookies by adding any of these to your dough.
- Nuts: Sliced almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts are good chocolate cookie add-ins. Besides giving your cookies a pleasant nutty flavor, they also improve their healthiness.
- Peanut butter: Peanut butter in chocolate elevates your cookies to a class of their own. The taste is just incredible.
- Oats: Even when using all-purpose flour, adding oats to your cookie dough makes it healthier. Plus, it gives it a wholesome, whole-grain chewiness.
Storing Your Cookies
Cookies do not have to be refrigerated. Just put them in an airtight container or zip-lock plastic bag and keep them at room temperature.
Hint: drop a piece of sandwich bread into the cookie jar (if using) to absorb excess moisture, and to keep your cookies soft.
Your cookies can be stored for up to 7 days this way. For the freshest taste, I wouldn’t really go past a couple of days. You could also:
- Refrigerate them: Put your cookies in an airtight container and store them in your refrigerator. Warm them in an oven to restore crispness when you are ready to serve them.
- Freeze them: Instead of freezing baked cookies, it’s best to freeze the dough and bake frozen dough when you want to use it. Drop dough balls on a lined baking sheet and freeze overnight. Then, transfer them to a Ziploc bag and freeze them. You can store frozen cookie dough for up to three months.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I bake chocolate chip cookies?
I bake most of my cookies for 10 to 12 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees. Some cookie recipes baking temps and baking times can vary..
Can I make these chocolate chip cookies vegan?
Yes, you can make your cookies vegan. Many of the recipes I share here are vegan. Simply leave out any eggs, and use plant-based milk and butter when making your dough.
Must I refrigerate my cookie dough before baking?
It’s essential to refrigerate your cookie dough for certain recipes, and for the best texture. Refrigerating cookie dough helps to enhance the flavor and texture of your cookies. It also makes it less sticky/wet and easier to shape.
Can I store my cookies after icing them?
While you can store cookies after icing them, it’s best not to do so. Icing cookies before storage makes storing them messier and softens your cookies faster. It’s best to ice the cookies a little bit before serving them, for better results.
How can I make stored cookies crispy again?
If you want to restore crispness to stored cookies, warm them in the oven or microwave for about five minutes.
Dropping a piece of bread in your cookie container also helps absorb excess moisture and prevent your cookies from going soft quickly.