Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Crunchy and Delicious)

These thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies are so satisfying. Delicious flavor with an added crunch. What’s not to love? I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. There are so many different types of chocolate chip cookies, but there’s something special about the thin and crispy ones. If you have ever tried Tate’s cookies then you know what I’m talking about! The secret to lies in the precise balance of ingredients and baking time. This recipe is so easy and will be ready in under 30 minutes.

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Why I Love This Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I first ate a Tate’s cookie when I was on my gluten-free kick. They make these awesome gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that are nice and crispy. So I did a bunch of experimenting to figure out a recipe that isn’t Tate’s, but it’s still all about the crunch.

Feel free to experiment, too. You could try out a different chip (like butterscotch) or add some nuts, dried fruit, or a hint of sea salt. In the mood for a different type of chip cookie? Try out my toffee ones.

Kitchen Equipment Needed


  • Try your best to not overmix! Doing so will change the consistency and texture of the final cookie.
  • If you like your cookies extra crispy, leave them in the oven after turning it off for 5-10 minutes.
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  1. How to Store Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies: To ensure your thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies maintain their texture, store them in an airtight container at room temperature once they have completely cooled. They will stay fresh for up to 5 days. The key is to make sure the cookies are completely cool to avoid any moisture build-up within the container, which can make them soft.
  2. Can I Make These Cookies Ahead of Time: You can prepare the cookie dough in advance by following steps 2-6 of the recipe and then shaping the dough into balls. These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, place the dough balls on prepared baking sheets, and you may need to adjust the baking time slightly due to the cold dough.
  3. Can I use a different type of flour to achieve thin and crispy cookies: For those seeking to achieve even thinner and crispier cookies, experimenting with lower protein flours like cake flour or pastry flour can be beneficial. These flours can create a lighter texture, although all-purpose flour is recommended for its reliability and consistent results in this recipe.
  4. How do I prevent my cookies from becoming too thin and over-spreading: To prevent cookies from over-spreading and becoming too thin, chilling the dough is essential. This step solidifies the fat in the cookies, slowing down the melting process during baking. It’s also crucial to measure ingredients accurately, as the correct fat-to-flour ratio helps maintain the cookie structure.
  5. Can I reduce the sugar content for a healthier option: Reducing the sugar in the recipe can impact both the flavor and texture of the cookies, making them less sweet and potentially affecting their crispiness. However, it’s possible to experiment with slight reductions in sugar to find a balance that suits your taste preferences without compromising the cookies’ quality too much.
  6. What are some pairing suggestions for these cookies: Thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies are versatile and can be paired with a variety of beverages and desserts. A classic pairing is with a cold glass of milk, which complements the cookies’ richness. They also pair well with coffee or tea, providing a delightful contrast to the beverages’ bitterness. For a decadent treat, use these cookies to create ice cream sandwiches, offering a delightful mix of textures.
  7. Are there substitutions for a gluten-free diet: For those following a gluten-free diet, substituting the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend can make this recipe suitable. It’s important to select a blend designed for 1:1 substitution to ensure the cookies retain their desired texture and flavor.
  8. How can I adapt this recipe for a dairy-free diet: To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter with a dairy-free alternative, such as margarine or coconut oil. Additionally, ensure that the chocolate chips used are dairy-free. These substitutions can help accommodate dietary restrictions without significantly altering the cookies’ taste or texture.
  9. Can I add nuts or other mix-ins: Incorporating nuts or other mix-ins like white chocolate chips or dried fruit into the cookie dough can add variety and texture to the cookies. When adding these extras, consider reducing the amount of chocolate chips slightly to prevent the cookies from becoming overcrowded, which could affect their texture.
  10. Is it necessary to use unsalted butter: Using unsalted butter allows for better control over the salt content in your cookies, ensuring the flavor is balanced. If salted butter is all you have on hand, you can use it but omit the additional salt specified in the recipe to avoid overly salty cookies.
  11. Can I make these cookies without a mixer: While using a mixer makes creaming the butter and sugars together easier, it’s entirely possible to mix the dough by hand. It may require more effort to achieve a smooth consistency, and ensuring the butter is very soft before starting will make the process easier.
  12. How do I ensure my cookies are uniform in size: To ensure your cookies are uniform in size and bake evenly, use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to measure out the dough. Consistency in size is crucial for even baking and achieving the perfect texture in each cookie.
  13. Can I use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips: Substituting semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate is an excellent way to alter the flavor profile of your cookies. Dark chocolate provides a richer, more intense chocolate flavor that can enhance the overall taste of the cookies, making this a flexible recipe to suit different chocolate preferences.
Yield: About 36 cookies

Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Indulge in the delightful crunch and rich chocolate flavor of these thin and crispy cookies, a perfect treat for any occasion.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and packed light brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract, ensuring each egg is well incorporated before adding the next.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture on low speed, adding in thirds and mixing just until incorporated to avoid overmixing.
  6. Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Optionally, chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.
  7. Scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1-2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.


For the best texture, avoid overmixing the dough. For extra crispy cookies, let them sit in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes after turning off the heat.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 163Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 24mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 2g

Nutrition automatically generated.

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