{Copycat} Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Almost my entire life I have searched for the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie. I am almost convinced that I came out of the womb asking for chocolate chip cookies with my milk! I have tried so many chocolate chip cookie recipes and ordered them at so many bakeries and only a few ever achieve perfection for me. What is perfection you ask?

A chewy chocolate chip cookie.

A super thick chocolate chip cookie.

A flavor-filled chocolate chip cookie.

The ideal ratio of chocolate chips to cookie.

Perfect light brown edges with the center just done, and never over cooked!

Panera is one of the only places that I can purchase a chocolate chip cookie just like this. A chocolate chip cookie I LOVE! The main problem is they are almost $3 a pop! Every once in a while I will still indulge but I decided that if they can do it, I can too. So I set out on a renewed effort to make a copycat Panera chewy chocolate chip cookie. After years have passed, a great deal of experimentation, a lot of good (but not perfect) cookies, and probably 100 pounds of butter, I found something that is epitome of the qualities that the Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie has!

{Copycat} Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by www.thepinningmama.com

In my pursuit of the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie, I often try them out on my friends (and so I don’t end up consuming all 100 lbs of butter myself!) When my friend ate this cookie the first words out of her mouth were “For the love of all that is good! You have got to blog these cookies!” I have made them 6 times since and been asked for the recipe every time so here it is!

{Copycat} Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make these cookies you will need pretty basic cookie ingredients with a few little extras. First you will cream your softened butter, shortening and sugars until they are light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine well.

Next measure your dry ingredients in a separate bowl. TIP: Use a single cup measure to measure your flour instead of a 2-cup or 4 cup measure. This is a very dry recipe (but will make a moist, chewy cookie) so using a single cup measure will allow you to be as exact as possible giving you a better result. Once combined, add the dry ingredients little by little into the wet ingredients stirring in between each addition until everything is well combined.

The dough will be a very dry, stiff dough. This is part of what makes these cookies so thick! However, the dough should not be super crumbly. If the dough becomes crumbly after you add all of your flour mixture, you probably ended up with too much flour. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time stirring in between until the dough holds together. Do not add too much water. The dough should NOT be sticky!

{Copycat} Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by www.thepinningmama.com

Once you have your dough together the last step is to add the chocolate chips! Add the chocolate chips and stir them in until they are evenly distributed. Although you can use full sized chocolate chips in this recipe, mini chocolate chips make them so much better. Since the cookies are so thick it perfectly distributes them throughout the cookie and allows the balance between chocolate and cookie in each bite to be just right. Panera uses the mini chocolate chips in their chewy chocolate chip cookie and I couldn’t agree with that decision more!

Now you want to take a 1/4 cup measure and use it to scoop out the dough. Form it into a ball with your hands and then ever so slightly flatten it. I usually form all of these balls and then pack them away into a gallon sized ziplock bag. Then off into the freezer they will go!

You will want to chill them at least an hour but you can leave the dough sealed in the freezer for up to three months. So at this point you have the option to just take them out and cook them a few at a time so you can always have a fresh hot chewy chocolate chip cookie when the craving comes calling or just bake them all!

When you are ready to bake just pop your cookie dough balls out of the freezer and arrange on a cookie sheet, set your oven to 350 and bake. 15 minutes later… Heaven! Tip: Using parchment paper to line your baking sheets will insure your cookies never stick and make clean up super easy!

{Copycat} Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by www.thepinningmama.com

Tip: If you bake more cookies than you will eat that day, store them in a ziplock bag in the freezer and they will maintain their freshness for 2-4 weeks. Just pop one out of the freezer and let it thaw or nuke it for around 15-30 seconds depending on the microwave. You will LOVE this trick!

I have no doubt that these cookies won’t be hanging around your house very long! Get ready to make them over and over again. And now you know… if you are ever NEEDING a chocolate chip cookie now and have no time to cook, just stop by Panera!

Make sure to scroll down to get a full printable recipe

My other go to recipe for years is this Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  Where the Panera cookies are huge, these are mini, but don’t worry, it is every bit as amazing!  Make sure to save this recipe… I promise you will thank me for this one!

With a little bit of everything this chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of the BEST! I make them mini, because everything is better when it is bite sized!

If you like your cookies thick and chewy, you will love our new Super Thick & Chewy DOUBLE Chocolate Chip Cookies!  You’ve gotta give these a try!

Thick & Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies - Click here for recipe!

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{Copycat} Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves: 24 Large Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Mix butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  3. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and mix together.
  4. Mix dry ingredients slowly into wet ingredients and blend well.
  5. If the dough is crumbly, stir in water 1 teaspoon at a time until it just holds together. The dough should not be sticky.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
  7. Using ¼ cup measure, scoop out dough and form into a ball. Continue until all dough is balled. Approx 24 cookies.
  8. Place dough in the freezer for 2 hours or up to 3 months.
  9. Place frozen cookie onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 min.
  10. Let cool 2 minutes.
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173 Comments… add one

Jamie May 15, 2013, 10:12 am

Seriously the best cookies of my LIFE. They also have healed my hitherto broken relationship with cookies in general! Before, cookies and I had an unhealthy relationship where I baked all 24-48 at a time, ate them within a week, then felt terrible and never wanted to see them again. Of course the next time I saw them again, I could never contain my passion and so I ate them all again. And the cycle continued! But since you freeze these and only bake a couple at a time, for the first time in our lives cookies and I have a beautiful relationship! Thank you!

Kimber May 15, 2013, 3:55 pm

Jamie, you have validated every feeling I have for these cookies! Thank you for loving them as much as me! I am also glad that this solved issues for you. It was a much cheaper fix than therapy, haha! I hope that this can be your go to recipe forever and your family will always have cookie dough balls waiting for them in the freezer!

Sandy June 1, 2013, 7:31 pm

You can freeze any cookie recipe. You don’t even have to ball it out before you freeze it… just plop the whole batch into a zip lock baggie and throw it in the freezer. Then just use a cookie scoop and scoop out the frozen dough. Cook at the temp instructed by the recipe, and maybe add on a few minutes (just watch them to see when they brown). You can also ball the cookies before you freeze them (as in this recipe) and then freeze, but like I said, not completely necessary. I have done this with so many different recipes and it works great… though you end up with cookies on hand whenever you want one, which can be a bad thing, lol.

Kimber June 1, 2013, 9:56 pm

You are totally right Sandy! I freeze lots of different cookies! I prefer to have them already balled to make it easier to pop them in the oven, but whatever method works for you to get those hot fresh cookies is okay in my book. I also freeze my cookies after they are baked to keep them tasting from the oven fresh! Thanks for stopping by!

Lanie Craig May 15, 2013, 10:19 am

those look simply amazing.thanks for the recipe share:)

Kimber May 15, 2013, 3:53 pm

No problem Lanie! I love to cook and it makes me happy when I finally get something so perfect, I just have to share it!

Kristy September 2, 2013, 7:12 pm

These were absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Kimber September 6, 2013, 3:21 pm

You are so welcome! I am glad you enjoyed them.

Rachel May 15, 2013, 1:01 pm

I want to make these tonight! They look amazing! Do you mix these in a Kitchen Aid mixer or in a large bowl with regular beaters?

Kimber May 15, 2013, 3:52 pm

Great Rachel! You will have to let us know what you think. I usually just mix them by hand out of habit, but you could totally do it in a kitchen aid with the paddle attachment! It is pretty thick at the end but I am sure it could handle it!

Rachel May 15, 2013, 3:01 pm

These look absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to try them i love almost all chocolate chip cookies (a far cry from your quest or perfection!).

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Kimber May 15, 2013, 3:47 pm

Thanks Rachel! I am a little obsessed if you can’t tell haha! I hope these are your new fav! Let us know if you try them!

Recreate and decorate May 16, 2013, 10:10 am

Oh these look great! Chocolate chip cookies are my families favorite.

Kimber May 16, 2013, 10:40 am

Me too Wanda! How great would these look under your new light fixture?!?!

Recreate and decorate May 16, 2013, 11:15 am

Haha come over and let’s see! :-)

Cyndie May 16, 2013, 10:18 am

OMG let me get a glass of milk and stare!! These look so good. Thanks for the recipe, too

Kimber May 16, 2013, 10:40 am

You are so welcome! Hope you love them as much as we do!

Granny Beth May 16, 2013, 10:26 am

Holy smoke those look great. I stopped making chocolate chip cookies because mine never tasted as good as what I got at the local bakery. Gonna give it another try!

Kimber May 16, 2013, 10:39 am

I hope you do! Chocolate chip cookies are a must have at our house. Let me know if you give it a try!

Sarah Bailey May 16, 2013, 10:59 am

They look amazing! !

Thank you so much for sharing most definitely saving this recipe! x

Rosey May 16, 2013, 11:51 am

I don’t use the word ‘amazing’ a lot, but I think I’m going to use it here because these really do look and sound amazing.

Katie May 16, 2013, 12:18 pm

These look just divine!

Tabitha Vos May 16, 2013, 12:37 pm

I just gained 5 lbs looking but it was so worth it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Kristin May 16, 2013, 9:42 pm

This recipe is delicious & my husband gave them a glowing review. Yummy!

Kimber May 17, 2013, 12:53 pm

So glad you family loved them Kristin! Thanks for the comment!

Rachel May 17, 2013, 12:49 pm

Me again. Have you ever made these using light brown sugar instead of dark? I only have light brown sugar at my house right now so I’m wondering if it would make a big difference to substitute it or if I need to run to the store. :)

Kimber May 17, 2013, 12:52 pm

I only buy dark brown so I have not tried it with light brown. I think you should be able to sub light. The darker the brown, the more molasses it has in it. This makes the cookies more moist and chewy. I used to bake with light but in the last couple of years switched to dark and never looked back!

Melissa May 17, 2013, 3:32 pm

I am making these right now, Kimber. Do you always freeze the dough first? Even if you want to bake the entire recipe vs. store some in the freezer?

Kimber May 17, 2013, 3:41 pm

I do Melissa! I try to chill it in the freezer at least an hour. Ashley made them last night and baked them without chilling and said they were still very thick and yummy. So I guess it’s your call!

Kimber May 17, 2013, 3:42 pm

Oh and if you decide not to chill them you will probably want to reduce the baking time.

Dannellys rosario May 18, 2013, 10:16 am

These cookies look amazing!! I am going to try out this recipe even though am not the best baker but I am more excited about trying it out. Thanks for sharing.

Kimber May 20, 2013, 10:14 am

So glad we inspired you to bake! It will be worth it! Just remember if the dough gets crumbly, add a little water! Let us know how they turn out and if these cookies will be turning you into a regular baker haha!

Haley May 19, 2013, 8:28 am

Kimber – I made these last night and they were SO delicious! Everyone gave them a glowing review! Y’all are doing some important & delicious work here! Way to go! :)

Kimber May 20, 2013, 10:12 am

So glad you loved them Haley! I know the work is hard but some one has to do it, haha! Thanks for the kind words!

Dee May 23, 2013, 5:15 pm

Hi,
These cookies look amazing! Do you happen to know how many carbohydrates in 1 or 2 cookies? I am a diabetic and can have “real cookies” but I need to input the carb grams in my insulin pump.
Thanks so much!

Kimber May 23, 2013, 8:54 pm

Hi Dee! Thank you so much for the compliment! I honestly have no clue about carb count or really any nutrition info on the cookies. I imagine there would be calculators you could use to figure it out, but I wouldn’t want to try to do this because I am definitely not an expert and wouldn’t want to mess anything up since your health depends on it! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Marcy May 24, 2013, 6:09 am

These look amazing! Have you ever made them using all butter instead of the shortening?

Kimber May 25, 2013, 4:06 pm

I did make them with all butter when I was experimenting with the recipe. They were just as delicious but not quite as thick. If shortening bothers you, I’d say go for it! Use all butter. I think you will still be pleased with the result.

Kristin May 30, 2013, 6:23 pm

I just tried making these for the first time. I saw them on Pinterest and made them right away since they looked SOOOO good! I haven’t tried them yet since I had to dash out the door for a date before they were done baking, but they looked delicious. I do have a question though… I tried baking them at 350 for 15 min right out of the freezer and they weren’t even close to being ready. I ended up having to cook them another 10 minutes and they still probably could have gone a little longer. Any ideas as to why that happened?

Kimber June 1, 2013, 9:32 am

Thanks for the feedback Kristin. I hope that they lived up to your expectations! They are one of my favorite recipes of all time!

I have found that the cook time can really vary based on oven, climate, and elevation. In my oven here in Las Vegas they are perfect out of the freezer into the oven cooked 15 min. However I have heard from a few people that the cook time has varied for them. Cooking from frozen is one f the things that helps them stay super thick and chewy so it is worth the few extra minutes! I will go back and edit the recipe to reflect a varied cook time.

We would love to hear what you thought of them!

Sondra May 31, 2013, 4:36 pm

Hi I just saw your cookie recipe they look amazing I’m going to try them for my sons last day of school BBQ :)

Kimber June 1, 2013, 9:24 am

I am so glad you found us! I have tried a lot of cookies and they are my favorite! I think they will get gobbled up right away!!

Lindsay June 1, 2013, 4:52 pm

These. Are. The. Best. I made them for a Memorial Day get together, and they were a hit! I’ve currently got another batch in the freezer to bake for a squadron thing next weekend. The challenge is to avoid eating them all myself! Seriously- thank you. I’ll never use another chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Kimber June 1, 2013, 9:58 pm

Oh Lindsay! How I agree! I am so glad they worked out so well for you. Our main problem is that I am now known for them and have to bring them everywhere all the time! I am keeping nestle in business with all the mini-chips I am buying! Thank you so much for letting us know you loved them!

Christine June 7, 2013, 7:33 pm

Just put them in the freezer! They look so good! I am making them as a thank you gift at work! I have a feeling that people will want to start helping me more! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

Kimber June 10, 2013, 10:24 am

Those are some lucky coworkers you have Christine! I hope that they love them as much as we do!

Christine July 12, 2014, 8:34 am

Just a little update for you. They BEG me to make these delicious cookies at least once every couple weeks. Thumbs up to making my office a little bit rounder! Even people who diet religously take one when they know there are some in the building! ha! seriously always have a stash in my freezer ready to go now!

Alesha June 9, 2013, 4:38 pm

After a year of searching I have found my new favorite cookies! These are amazing!

Kimber June 10, 2013, 10:22 am

Thanks Alesha! They are my favorite too!

Laura Belle June 10, 2013, 10:42 pm

Do the chocolate chips need to be mini chocolate chips or can they be the regular sized morsals?

Hailey June 11, 2013, 10:59 am

OH MY GOSH THANK YOU! I just found this on Pinterest and last night I was thinking about how I might need to set out for the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe so I’m excited to give this one a try! Thanks for sharing! :)

bryanna June 15, 2013, 11:46 am

omg these were amazing! the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made! so big, moist, chewy and perfect!! My grandma told me that I have to make these for her every birthday becuase she said they were the best chocolate chip cookies that she has ever had in her whole life! thanks for the amazing recipe!

Kimber June 16, 2013, 7:49 pm

That is such an amazing compliment Bryanna! I am so so glad that you and your grandmother both enjoyed them. This recipe is the best in my opinion too! We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and let us know how much you liked them.

Ayesha June 22, 2013, 10:15 pm

Hi there. I would really like to try out these cookies. Pls can u tell me what the weight will be of a bag of choc chips, coz here in South Africa, we get them in diff sized bags. Tia

Sandy January 22, 2014, 3:30 pm

Ayesha, a bag of chocolate chip cookies here in the US is 12 ounces.

Sandy January 22, 2014, 3:31 pm

I mean, a bag of chocolate chips, not chocolate chip cookies. :)

Kimber January 23, 2014, 2:39 pm

THanks for helping Sandy!

Julia Cochran June 30, 2013, 12:30 am

My 9 year old son and I made these the first week of summer break…oh my! They are amazing! So thick and chewy! So gooey! So chocolatey!! They really do taste like Panera Chocolate Chippers! Definitely will become a regular addition to our baking rotation. Thanks for sharing!

Kimber July 1, 2013, 8:28 am

Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed them! My little guy loves to make these with me too! His favorite part is scooping the dough into the cup measure!

Jane June 30, 2013, 5:13 pm

These are Super !
I left them in fridge for 1 hr
worked great
put half in freezer to bake later

Kimber July 1, 2013, 8:26 am

So glad you enjoyed them! You and your family will love having a fresh, hot cookie out of the freezer and into the oven whenever your heart desires!

Sally kravat July 8, 2013, 7:12 am

I will be making these today and taking them to a job interview tomorrow!

Kimber July 8, 2013, 2:12 pm

Wow! Lucky interviewers! Hopefully these will help you get the job! Good luck!

Sally kravat July 12, 2013, 11:34 am

While I did nit get the job, the cookies were a hit! My husband took some to work and they disappeared like magic. Thanks for sharing, I will make them again soon.

Kimber July 12, 2013, 9:28 pm

So sorry about the job, but at least you have something yummy on hand! Glad it was a hit!

Trish Kasuga July 8, 2013, 7:51 pm

Just made these tonight and they are in the freezer now! Had a question though…my dough was still pretty moist even after I added in all the dry ingriendents. I added a little more flour and they turned out great still, but just wondering where I might have gone wrong or if my Kitchenaid beat things a little too much! :) thanks for sharing though, my sweet tooth greatly appreciates it!

Faith July 21, 2013, 3:25 pm

Made these last night/this morning. Turned out almost too big, a little hard to finish one. Also had to bake for about 20-25 minutes instead of 15. Overall still came out very yummy and still chewy. Now I know to use a 1/8 cup scoop to shape them and to make them more puck shaped rather than round. Eh you live and learn. Thanks so much!

Doris Sandria July 23, 2013, 5:58 pm

These cookies are BETTER than Panera’s!!! My entire family loooooved them!

Kimber July 24, 2013, 10:42 pm

Thank you Doris! I am glad you loved them as much as we did!

Claudia July 27, 2013, 6:02 pm

Those cookies are amazing! The best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever… I’ve been searching for it my whole life! Thank u so much for sharing! :-)

Kimber July 29, 2013, 9:24 am

Claudia- I am so glad you loved them. I have been trying recipes for a long time too!

Allanah St.Louis July 28, 2013, 5:08 pm

These are now my go-to cookies <3 i love everything about them! i keep a bunch of frozen ones almost permanently in the freezer. i personally find them best if you use a hand mixer for everything except the last half of the flour mixture (that i do by hand, or with a spatula). ive also tried it with half milk chocolate chips and half white chocolate (delectable!) Thanks for an amazing recipe!!!

Kimber July 29, 2013, 9:22 am

Allanah Thank you for letting us know you love them! It makes our day! I keep them on hand in the freezer too!

Sarah August 3, 2013, 5:10 pm

These cookies were amazing! I came across this recipe on Pinterest after searching long and hard for a thick, soft cookie and this is my new favourite chocolate chip recipe! I added mint chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips for a change up and they were delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Kimber August 4, 2013, 3:02 pm

Sarah- Your changes sound great! The cookie base is so classic and versatile. I searched long and hard too and finally just expiramented and came up with my own. Glad you love it as much as we do.

Zoe August 16, 2013, 9:35 am

I saw this recipe on pinterest and immediately got in my car to go to the store for the few things i was missing in my kitchen! They’re in the freezer now and i can not wait to try them!

Kimber August 21, 2013, 12:42 am

I hope they turned out great for you! We have really enjoyed them here!

Meghan August 24, 2013, 7:29 am

Congrats! And THANK YOU! You have discovered the perfect chocolate chip recipe! Found this recipe yesterday morning and couldn’t wait…made them last night. I was excited like a little kid the whole time they were in the freezer and oven and was not let down! They are fantastic and what I have been searching for for a long time. Again, thanks so much for sharing! :)

Jannette August 25, 2013, 12:29 pm

Wow! These ARE amazing! I’m a huge skeptic on what people think is a good choc chip cookie, but this will be my new go-to as well! Thanks for sharing it! :)

Kimber August 25, 2013, 5:55 pm

So glad you enjoyed them and we earned your thumbs up!

Nicole August 26, 2013, 2:48 pm

These were amazing! Followed recipe to a “T” and love that I now have a freezer full of cookie dough for whenever I have a craving!

Kimber August 28, 2013, 9:11 pm

Thank you Nicole! I am so glad you enjoyed the cookies! I love sharing a great recipe!

Maria August 26, 2013, 4:31 pm

Do you have to freeze them? (Before cooking them I mean)

Kimber August 28, 2013, 9:10 pm

We have tried it both ways and you do not have to freeze them, although they come out a bit thicker if you do!

Kathy August 28, 2013, 5:58 pm

Shortening in cookies is an abomination.

Kimber August 28, 2013, 9:04 pm

I am sorry you feel that way. I have some recipes with all butter some with shortening and some with both. I just do what works for me and these cookies definitely work for me!

Samantha January 8, 2014, 9:56 am

Could you use another 1/2 cup of butter to substitute the shortening?

Kimber January 9, 2014, 1:59 pm

I think as long as you made sure that you used enough flour so the dough was extremely stiff that would be fine. I know that different altitudes and climates can effect the way the cookies bake so the shortening helps keep them puffy. As long as you keep the flour on the higher side I think you will still get a good result but you will have to let me know if you give it a try.

Felicia August 30, 2013, 8:29 am

Just popped some in the freezer; I can’t wait to bake and see how they turn out! thanks so much for the great recipe! :)

Kimber September 2, 2013, 2:47 pm

Hi Felicia! I hope you loved your cookies. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a note!

Amanda August 30, 2013, 3:22 pm

This is my ONLY chocolate chip cookie recipe. I consider the other ones “dead” to me.
These cookies are so amazingly scrumptious I can’t even begin to describe them! Thanks so much for sharing… Although I think I might need to buy new pants in a bigger size! Haha ;-)

Kimber September 2, 2013, 2:44 pm

Haha! Thanks Amanda! This might be my favorite comment I have ever gotten :)

Jordan September 25, 2013, 9:34 pm

The best cookie recipe hands down!! OMG I finally know how to make my cookies taste like restaurant ones! What is the difference? Is it the dark brown sugar? Anyways thank you for sharing!!

Kimber September 26, 2013, 11:51 pm

Thank you so much Jordan! I have working on this recipe for a long time and finally JACKPOT! I think the “secret” is the high flour ratio combined with the unusually large amount of vanilla so they don’t turn out bland from all of the flour. Just my thoughts :)

matti October 17, 2013, 5:18 pm

Just made these but my dough is sticky!!! What do I do?? I followed everything you said and have added more flour but I am worried I am going to take away from the taste

Kimber October 18, 2013, 1:26 pm

I would just add flour little by little until it is less sticky. Since there is 4 tsp of Vanilla it keeps them pretty flavorful! Let me know how they turn out!

Rachel October 20, 2013, 3:17 pm

Just made the dough and it is in the freezer….really excited to eat them!! My ice cream scoop is exactly 1/4 cup so it was really easy to measure them out. After I had it all scooped out I cut each one in half since my kids are little and probably wouldn’t eat such a big cookie. Thanks for a great recipe!!

Kimber October 30, 2013, 12:59 am

Thanks for stopping by! I am so glad you loved the cookies. Great tip on the ice cream scoop too!

Alyssa B October 30, 2013, 10:27 pm

I’m always trying out new cookie recipes trying to find one that works at a high altitude. I always have problems with the dough spreading, and if I add extra flour, the cookie turns out tough and tastes like flour. This recipe looks like it would work well for high altitudes since the dough is supposed to be thick and not sticky. I can’t wait to try it even though I’ve never heard of Panera.

Kimber November 8, 2013, 12:02 am

I hope that you love it! My neighbor’s mom lives at high altitude in Colorado and said these work great for her. I hope that they work great for you too! I think the key is the ridiculous amount of vanilla in them to balance out all that flour :)

Cheri M November 6, 2013, 8:55 am

These are the absolute best chocolate chip cookies EVER!! I bought a cookie at Panera Bread yesterday and I think that these taste even better. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Kimber November 7, 2013, 11:45 pm

Thanks Cheri! I really appreciate you taking the time to share that with me. I am so glad you loved the cookies!

Krissy November 6, 2013, 9:29 am

I’ll admit.. I am very bad at making cookies from scratch.. They usually come out rock hard, burnt, or taste like flour and salt… So i had given up.. however.. after seeing your recipe i decided to give it another try.. I AM SO GLAD I DID!! i finally made my first batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies that are absolutely amazing… THANK YOU!! I am definitely saving this recipe for future use.. the instructions were flawless!! I followed them and everything was perfect!

Kimber November 7, 2013, 11:44 pm

Thank you Krissy! Your comment made my day. I have always loved to cook and have been working on creating this recipe for probably most of my life haha! I am so glad that you really love it and it has helped you to make something you are proud of!

Alli December 4, 2013, 3:09 am

Yum! Chocolate Chip Cookies are a fave at my house and yours look amazing. Pinning to save!

Kimber December 4, 2013, 4:05 pm

Thank you for pinning and stopping by Alli! I hope you love them as much as me!

Seana Turner December 4, 2013, 4:35 am

Well, nothing like starting my day drooling:) Perfect timing for a terrific cookie recipe. I also love using the silicone mats to keep cookies from sticking. Happy SITS day!!

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:51 pm

Thanks Seana! I hope you like them as much as me!

Debbie December 4, 2013, 4:47 am

These look amazing and I think I may try them this Christmas! Definitely had to PIN this!
Debbie

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:49 pm

Thank you Debbie! You have to try them! They are my favorite ever!

Michelle December 4, 2013, 5:32 am

Will definitely give this a try! I pinned them! My daughter makes awesome chocolate chip cookies and I think her secret is that she mixes them by hand. Hope you have a great SITS Day!

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:48 pm

Thank Michelle! You will LOVE them. I have adapting for YEARS to get this recipe haha! Thanks for stopping by as always!!

Sheila Skillingstead December 4, 2013, 6:50 am

I read every word of this blog. Now to try and adapt it to gluten-free. Your love of baking was so clear. Enjoy your SITS Day.

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:44 pm

Thank you Sheila. I love your sincere and heartfelt words. Good luck on GF!

Martha December 4, 2013, 8:19 am

These look so tasty! Nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie. :) Happy SITS day!

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:19 pm

Thanks Martha! I totally agree!

Sarah December 4, 2013, 9:51 am

These look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Happy SITS Day :)

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:15 pm

Thank you so much Sarah!

Tanya December 4, 2013, 10:35 am

Can’t wait to try these! Have a wonderful Sits day!

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:15 pm

I hope you enoy them Tanya… THank you!

Rabia @TheLiebers December 4, 2013, 10:53 am

Your definition of the perfect cookie is spot on! These look delicious!!

Kimber December 4, 2013, 3:14 pm

Thank you Rabia. I have developed quite the palate over the years so I am glad to hear that you are right there with me!

Clotilde/Craftybegonia December 4, 2013, 4:11 pm

Hi! Paying you a visit from TheSITSGirls. Those cookies look absolutely delicious!

Devon December 9, 2013, 1:42 pm

Made these with my son and we LOVE them! Thanks for the great recipe this will definitely be our go to CC cookie recipe!

Kimber December 15, 2013, 2:25 pm

Thanks Devon! I sure do love these cookies too!

linni December 24, 2013, 8:28 pm

I made these tonight after seeing them on Pinterest. Holy moly- they are absolutely perfect. I timed out 15 minutes perfectly and was super nervous taking them out because they looked raw- but I took them out anyway. 20 Minutes later after they cooled, they were the most perfect looking and tasting cookie I have ever made. My new go-to recipe! Thanks!

Kimber January 7, 2014, 9:03 pm

Thanks Linni! I am so glad to hear they came out great! You definitely want these just barely done so that they remain moist and chewy! Thanks for stopping by!

Shanna December 30, 2013, 5:25 pm

I tried these out tonight and was disappointed. My dough was darker then what is pictured and the cookies looked nothing like in the pics. Had high hopes…bummer

Kimber January 7, 2014, 9:01 pm

I am sorry to hear that Shanna. I have had some trouble with some dark brown sugar being SUPER dark lately and the cookies I made came out a bit darker as well. I would say if that happens you might want to use light brown instead. Also, if your cookies are not thick like in the picture, you may need to add more flour. I continue to add flour until my dough is not at all sticky but not yet crumbly. Hope that helps. Sorry they didn’t work out the first time.

Stacey January 10, 2014, 8:55 pm

This will forever be my go to cookie recipe. Since finding it, I can’t count how many times I’ve made them. Everyone raves about them every single time I make them. They are so so sooo good!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Tina January 12, 2014, 11:08 am

I love these cookies!!! I use coconut oil for the shortening, it adds the slightest hint of coconut, it’s soooo good

Kimber January 14, 2014, 6:55 pm

Wow! That’s a great idea! I never thought about doing that but I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Kaitlin January 12, 2014, 6:59 pm

Just made these for my hubby to take to work tomorrow and now I don’t want to send them with him! these are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made, and probably the best I’ve ever tasted! <3 thank you for the recipe! it will be what I always use from now on!

Kimber January 14, 2014, 6:54 pm

Thank you so much Kaitlin. I hope you kept at least a couple for yourself!

Lacey January 12, 2014, 7:26 pm

I LOVE these cookies. They turned out perfectly. In my opinion, they are better than Panera. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Kimber January 14, 2014, 6:53 pm

Thanks Lacey! That’s the best compliment I could get!

Elspeth January 15, 2014, 3:29 pm

These are seriously the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I have made a lot of different cookie recipes, but this tops them all…my hubby agrees.

Kimber January 23, 2014, 2:41 pm

Thank you so much! I love them too!

hannah January 18, 2014, 6:13 am

I made these cookies for a bible study, but instead of chocolate chips I substituted reese’s chips and they turned out fantastic :) The cookies are the perfect consistency and everyone loved them

Kimber January 23, 2014, 2:41 pm

Oh I am so glad you loved them Hannah! They are perfect to bring as a treat!

Shifa January 18, 2014, 2:14 pm

I made these today! I can’t wait to put them in the oven tomorrow morning. The house will smell amazing. Thank you so much, I’ll link you when I put a picture of them up on my blog.

Kimber January 23, 2014, 2:40 pm

Thanks Shifa! I hope you love them as much as us!

Chas Morris January 28, 2014, 6:37 pm

I am going to try these. I love the Panera cookies and have tried to duplicate them too. I might be the only male who has ever posted to this blog.

Kimber February 3, 2014, 12:36 am

Hahahaha! You made me laugh out loud. I would love for you to come back and let me know what you think of the cookies! Then you could be the only man that has ever posted on this blog TWICE!

Chas Morris February 12, 2014, 7:19 am

Alright, so I made these and I think I made some critical errors.

1. I didn’t have enough butter nor did my neighbors so I used only 3/4 cup and did 3/4 shortening. This may have not allowed them to be as chewy

2. I did convection baking, so these cookies never really flattened out. I brought them to my mens group at church and they did just ok (and in case you want to take my man card, I fry wings, make my own beer and grill out for these guys too)

What do you think about this?

1. I use the correct amount of butter this time
2. I dont do use convection baking
3. Turn the temp down to 325 (no joke, I have literally asked some poor teenager at Panera how they make these cookies and she at least said it was 325)
4. I flatten them more than I did.

What do you think?
Thanks!

Kimber February 19, 2014, 4:20 pm

Very interesting!! I have found that the four content is extremely crucial in this recipe. If you have a touch too much they are dry, but too little and they don’t stay as thick. I definitely think butter helps. Since there is TONS of flour in the recipe you really need all the flavor in the butter and vanilla to balance it out. I am not sure about the convection baking. I have it on my oven but never use it. I don’t really know why! I should try it next time just for kicks! I am also interested to see how the temp changes things for you. I like to bake a little higher because it gets the outside nice and done and leaves the inside chewy and cooks a bit quicker so it avoids drying them out, again since there is so much flour. Lastly, the puffiness is again tied to flour content. You might want to flatten just a bit. Mine will sometimes do this too if the flour is a tad too much. Also, at the end you could try adding 1-2 tsp of water to make sure and balance out the flour, just don’t over do it! GOod luck and let me know what you think!

Larissa February 1, 2014, 2:58 pm

Why didn’t my flatten out? They are delicious but loot to puffy like biscuits?

Kimber February 3, 2014, 12:06 am

Hi Larissa! If you have trouble with them flattening, you can push them down a bit to make more of discs instead of balls. This will help them look more like a cookie. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Nicole @ Three 31 February 5, 2014, 6:12 pm

HOLY. YUM. DELICIOUSNESS. Wow, these are delicious! I’ve been trying different cookie recipes lately in hopes of finding the perfect formula for a soft and chewy baked goodie. LOOK NO FURTHER! And, since I am breastfeeding our six-week-old son and trying to build up my milk supply, I added a cup of whole ‘rolled’ oats, 5 Tablespoons whole flax seeds, and 5 teaspoons Fenugreek powder. I also have a cow’s milk allergy so I used 1 stick Crisco butter-flavor shortening, 3 Tablespoons soy milk, and 1/2 cup soy margarine. I used an ice cream scoop for uniform cookies and they turned out beautifully. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE!!!!!!!!!!!

Kimber February 6, 2014, 8:33 am

I loved your comment so much! I am so glad you enjoyed the cookies and I absolutely adore the mommy milk building makeover. I may have to share that with some friends!

Amber February 7, 2014, 8:27 pm

Since I have never been to or heard of Panera, I had no idea of the pure awesomeness that would assault my tastebuds upon eating this cookie. The texture is amazing, they cooked PERFECTLY. This really is THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I have EVER used, and I have sampled many in search for that perfect chocolate chip cookie. There have been many that I liked but none that have won me over so entirely. My search is over, I will never need another chocolate chip cookie recipe for the rest of my life. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Kimber February 11, 2014, 11:38 pm

You are so welcome Amber. Your comment made my day. Seriously, I read it to my husband. I hope you enjoy these for many years to come!

Sarah February 10, 2014, 11:06 am

best.chocolate.chip.cookies.ever. THANKS!

Kimber February 11, 2014, 11:26 pm

You are so welcome Sarah! Thanks for letting me know you loved them!

Victoria February 19, 2014, 11:20 am

I’m always a little skeptical of those recipes I come across on Pinterest that are called “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!” Yours were so beautiful I had to give them a shot. Well, they’re certainly the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! My boyfriend grabbed one and exclaimed, “OMG these are awesome!” and he’s incredibly picky and impossible to please (trust me). The only thing I have to do different is bake them longer, about 23 minutes is perfect for my area and oven. This will probably be the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I use going forward. Thanks so much!!!

Kimber February 19, 2014, 4:08 pm

I know what you mean Victoria! I am so glad that you ended up loving these as much as me though!

Erin February 21, 2014, 1:23 pm

Just made these. The taste and texture were just as amazing as promised. I just had trouble with them flatteningflattening and browning excessively on the edges. I made them exactly according to the recipe and froze them. I cooked the first batch according to the instructions. The second batch I cooked at 375 for a little less time. The rest I let thaw a bit and cooked at 375 again. Those turned out best, but still quite a bit flatter than pictured. Any suggestions? These are SO good, I want the appearance to be as amazing as the taste!

Kimber February 22, 2014, 10:58 am

Hi Erin- I am so glad you loved the cookies! I have found that the flour content is the key to keeping the cookies thick. If you make them again, I would suggest adding a tad more flour until the dough is almost (but not) crumbly. This is the stiffest chocolate chip cookie dough I have ever worked with!

Kelly February 23, 2014, 11:16 am

Ohh my! I don’t know what to say. These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever! I usually don’t make them as I have never found a recipe that I liked. This is a true keeper! I followed the instructions to a “T” with amazing results. Thank you !!

Kimber February 26, 2014, 10:51 pm

Thanks Kelly! I would never lie when it comes to the quality of a cookie so I am thrilled you love them as much as me!

Lindsey March 5, 2014, 12:11 pm

I am so excited to try this recipe! Panera’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite and I have been looking for a new recipe as I’m not impressed with my current CC cookie recipe so thank you so much!! My question is, have you tried making these a bit smaller? Say with a 1/8 measuring cup? I know I shouldn’t have but I entered this as a recipe in myfitnesspal and each cookie is 279 calories! Now I am a firm believer in it’s not what you eat but how much so I was hoping you might have some intel on how they turn out when making them smaller so they aren’t such a killer in calories? Thanks!

Jon April 5, 2014, 8:16 pm

I think this may be a dumb question…but you use unsalted butter correct? Or does it not matter? Thanks!! Heard about a recipe from a friend and it was a hit there, so I’d like to try it out!!

Kimber April 13, 2014, 10:49 am

Shhhhh don’t tell, but I always use salted. It is what I keep on hand so that is what I use. I never notice the extra salt from the butter being anything but more yummy.

Jenna Rubbicco June 9, 2014, 7:34 pm

Hey there! I am so excited to try out this recipe. I’m trying to find the best cookie recipe for the bakery that I work at.
Currently, my boss uses a really crappy choc cookie recipe because he doesn’t care about quality! I have a few questions:
So I could have a LOT of cookies, I would want to either double even triple the recipe. Do you suggest any adjustments to the ingredients?

And, is it better to make the dough, form them, press them down, and then freeze them? Then just take them right out of the freezer and throw them in the oven?

Lisa June 11, 2014, 1:28 pm

The cookies look delicious! Should unsalted butter be used or regular butter?

Kimber June 11, 2014, 2:13 pm

I think purists would say unsalted but I’ve used both and never noticed a difference!

wendyb964 June 15, 2014, 4:07 pm

I stumbled upon your site and am thrilled! My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies thus far have included bread flour. Have you tried these with all/part of bread flour?

I, too, form the cookie dough into balls, refrigerate them for 24 hr to let the flour/fat/sugar meld completely then freeze. Six smaller cookies or two massive ones in the toaster oven = heaven.
Thanks

Kimber June 15, 2014, 8:49 pm

I have never tried bread flour. If you try it, you will have to let me know what you think!

Elisa Vance July 15, 2014, 6:50 pm

These cookies are AWESOME! I’ve baked them about 10x –BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe out there! Tonight, I’ve added a half of a bag of toffee chips, too! AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS

Kimber July 15, 2014, 6:51 pm

Thanks Elisa! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. It is definitely our favorite!

Katie August 24, 2014, 3:41 pm

I just made these! AMAZING! But I am hoping to ship them in a care package overnight tomorrow- can I freeze them until I ship them? I just dont want them to get icky

Kimber August 24, 2014, 4:21 pm

I would do that! Also if you put a slice of bread in with the cookies it will keep them moist. Make sure it doesn’t touch the cookies. What I usually do is put it in a sandwich style bag so it is open but not directly touching the cookies.

Kerri August 31, 2014, 5:34 am

Hi!

I found this recipe on pinterest, and I have to say, this is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe around! I used the tollhouse recipe for years, but you have made me switch. I shared these cookies with friends, and they had to have the recipe! I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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