Simple Ways To Make Cookies Chewy

By Rose | Snack

Aug 15

Do you just love chewy cookies that bring joy to your mouth? If so, you will like what’s in store for you as we teach you how to make your cookies chewy.

If you are simply curious about how the cookies end up being so chewy or determined to bake cookies the way that you like them, we cover both grounds here. We also explain the different things that go into chewy cookies and provide a step-by-step guide to making a chewy cookie recipe. This will be especially useful for novices, as well as a useful reference to your own recipes.

But we will start by explaining what goes into making a cookie chewy, and then give a sample chewy cookie recipe you can make. So saddle up and get ready to learn a thing or two about how to make your cookies chewy.


How To Make Cookies Chewy

There are a lot of explanations as to what makes cookies chewy currently circulating on the internet. Any one of them could be right, even if they differ from source to source.

The most likely explanation, however, is to do with moisture. We will mainly focus on this, but also discuss other ways to approach the problem with the help of anecdotes.

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Skip this section if you want to immediately get down to trying out the chewy cookie recipe.

What You Need To Get The Most Moisture

Many people regard moisture as the prime reason why cookies get chewy because chewy cookies have more moisture content than crispier cookies.

Moisture: Ingredients

A cookie is composed of many different elements and adding or taking out a particular element can result in a different outcome each time, even if it’s only a subtle difference. You can get a brittle, thick, thin or chewy cookie, depending on the moisture content.

Let’s go into more detail now:

  • Lots of cookies use sugar as a sweetener. It is wise to use more brown sugar than white in your chewy cookies. Use an even higher ratio to white sugar. Try 3:1. Brown sugar contains molasses, which can help to make cookies chewy and moist. Alternatively, you could try your hand at using inverse sugars.
how to make cookies chewy
  • Use shortening instead of butter. It melts at even higher temperatures, which allows the battering time to rise, and retains moisture. You can use shortening that is buttery in flavor or a mixture of half butter and shortening if you want that buttery flavor. Alternatively, you can try melted or European (melted) butter.
  • Eggs are usually used in all cookie recipes. Try only adding egg yolks that have been separated from the egg whites as they quickly dry out when baked.
how to make cookies chewy
  • Use baking powder instead of baking soda, as it is more acidic than its soda counterpart. The thinner the cookie, the more moisture it loses. The less spread it has, the more moisture it retains.
  • To keep them moist and chewy, you can also add a tablespoon or more of corn syrup, molasses or honey.


Let’s expand on the previous section. There are more factors involved in a chewy cookie recipe than just moisture.

  • Use large amounts of sugar and liquid, but only a little fat. People believe that lower fat equals more chewiness and higher fat equals less chewiness and a thicker cookie.
  • Use a higher proportion of eggs.
  • Use strong flour or more gluten development when mixing.


  • The important thing is to get the moisture that’s needed for the cookie you want. Experiment by using both regular and alternative ingredients. It is up to you what you use.

What You Need To Do

Simple Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The following recipes have proven to make chewy cookies. You may study them to see how they attained their chewiness.


Step 1: Preparation

Step 2: Mixing

Step 3: After The Initial Mixing

Step 4: Baking

Additional Tips

These are some general tips you can also try.

  • Use a Silpat or similar silicone sheet liner for baking to minimize any spreading.
  • Do not over-mix the dough and don’t handle them too much.
  • The butter and eggs should not be cold from the refrigerator, and the flour should be low in protein.
  • Store your cooled-down baked cookies in a Tupperware container.

Keep this in mind: It is believed you can create moister, chewier cookies by baking for less time at a higher temperature. So pull them out when they are still moist in the middle. Baking them this way will firm them up more quickly and minimize spreading.


So you now have what you need to make chewy cookies. We’ve also learnt the simple things you can do to upgrade your cookie recipes. It can get confusing but the key thing is to remember that moisture is important when you want to make a chewy cookie. Remember that you have the freedom to experiment, so don’t be afraid to do so.

Key Note: “Moisture is the key to it”

I hope you enjoyed the read. Share it if possible and leave a comment down below. I hope you learned a thing or two and can now apply the knowledge to get a real mean chewy cookie that you and your friends can enjoy and munch on.


About the Author

There’s nothing in this world that excites me more other than cooking. From appetizers to desserts, since then, I’ve always been passionate on making foods.

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