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Perfect Cookies

I originally named these “brownie cookies” but Andy calls them “perfect cookies,” and that’s the name that stuck.

Of course it all depends on your definition of perfect. When I developed this recipe, my goal was a thick, chewy, soft chocolate cookie that used normal household ingredients–ie: no bakers’ chocolate. I love baker’s chocolate, but I rarely have it on hand when a chocolate craving hits. 

So here you have it: chocolatey, chewy, thick, and soft. Featuring unsweetened cocoa and three kinds of chocolate chips.* Our picture of perfect.

I found several pictures of Lucy eating perfect cookie dough, but there are no baked cookies on record…Read: They’re so good, it’s straight from the pan to the mouth. No time to take pictures.

* While baker’s chocolate isn’t a “normal household ingredient” in our home, we’re pretty religious about keeping multiple kinds of chocolate chips around. 

Perfect Cookies

Soft, thick, chewy, and chocolatey. This recipe uses cocoa powder rather than baker’s chocolate.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies


  • 1 C butter softened
  • C sugar
  • C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • C cocoa powder
  • C chocolate chips*


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Add flour, soda, salt, and cocoa powder to the wet ingredients.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Your dough should be fairly thick.
  • Scoop by spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and middles are still soft. If they are too round, press the hot cookies down slightly with a spatula after removing from the oven.


*We use approximately 1/2 cup of each: white chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips. You can use whatever you prefer.

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Jenny Harris
Jenny is a star-gazing, book-clubbing mother of two. She has a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, which is mildly comical (but also a boon in parenting and relationships). Her kids will attest that she’s crazy about reading aloud, time out of doors, and creative play. Her family’s goal is the “abundant life,” as prescribed by Jesus. You can read more posts by Jenny here.

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