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Cornstarch soft chocolate chip cookies

photo of a plate of chocolate chip cookies
Cornstarch in chocolate chip cookies?Who knew. I read this blog post last week discussing using a secret ingredient to keep chocolate cookies soft and chewy. I was surprised to learn the secret ingredient was cornstarch.

I’ve soaked raw beef strips in cornstarch to make the beef tender, so I guess it makes sense. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it out. The recipe comes courtesy of Anna Olson and can be found on the Food Network.
photo of chocolate chip cookies on a baking rack
I followed the recipe almost exactly. I found the dough to be pretty dry, especially for a chocolate chip cookie recipe. As a result the cookies didn’t do much spreading and they maintained a pale color.
photo of a stack of three cookies
The cookies were indeed soft. So the cornstarch definitely worked. These were good, but a little dry and a little pale. My favorite soft chocolate chip cookie is still this one. But it was still fun to try out another recipe. I might have to try adding cornstarch to other cookie recipes and see what happens.
photo of a stack of cookies on a plate

Chocolate Chip Cookies with cornstarch

Servings: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These soft cookies are studded with chocolate chips and bake up very soft thanks to cornstarch in the batter.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate cut into chunks (I used one cup of chocolate chips)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend in. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.


Recipe source: Food Network

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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67 comments on “Cornstarch soft chocolate chip cookies”

  1. I’ve seen recipes that swear by refrigerating the dough for at least an hour before baking,(and it seems to work for me) will this hurt this recipe?

  2. I did not have any problems with mine spreading out. I did however make my cookies gluten free. I used 2 C of my gluten free baking mix, 1 t of baking powder instead of soda, and 1.5 t of xanthium gum. Delicious!

  3. There’s been a lot of talk about these cookies spreading. Yes, anything with butter will spread a little bit. The trick is to refrigerate the dough for about 20 mins before you bake it. Learned it from good ol’ Martha Stewart! Works every time!

    • I actually have had issues with the cookies spreading. In fact, they don’t spread much at all. You sort of have to press down on them to help them spread.

  4. Just made these cookies, exactly as the recipe states, and they are awesome! Crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. These cookies barely spread, I always bake on a stone, maybe that plays a part? Next time I might add a little cinnamon, just because I love it. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I made two batches for my coworkers and have gotten lots of compliments! I used 3/4 cup of brown sugar instead of the full cup and I ended up using half vanilla and half almond extract. They came out a little flat but definitely soft and, most importantly, yummy! Thanks again!

  6. Delicious cookies, no doubt. Although we followed directions exactly, ours were flat.

    • That is strange. Mine did not turn out flat. As I mentioned, this wasn’t my favorite recipe and I’ve actually found another cornstarch one I like better, though a lot of people really love this one. It seems like the cornstarch should prevent the cookies from going flat. I wonder if maybe you had too much butter?

  7. I have been making really fluffy cookies for years with a combo of butter/butter flavored shortening. I made these tonight, and followed the directions exactly – and mine fell flat. Not CRAZY flat, but definitely not a fluffy cookie. The reason I’m commenting is because I live in a higher altitude, and have to adjust my flour accordingly. Today I decided to follow the directions exactly, but feel like if I added 1/4 -1/2 cup more flour, these probably would have turned out better. Just a little note for those of us living the high life! 🙂

    I will try these again – with more flour next time! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. these were awesome! Made some for my family and they were like ” is this pillsbury?” the recipe was right on my cookies didnt look like the picture but they were still pretty and chunky and a bit more brown like normal choco chip!! I will be making these forever

    • Glad you enjoyed these! I actually have another cornstarch version which I made recently that I love even better, but I haven’t gotten a chance to post about it yet.

  9. Looking at this recipe I guarantee if you do 1.5 sticks of room temp butter and potentially add an egg white (bringing it to 1 egg 1 egg white) your cookies will be moist, will spread a bit, and will brown. 🙂

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