Classic Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies from King Arthur are delicious. They’re supposed to be crunchy, though mine were only crunchy around the edges. I might try baking them on a non-insulated cookie sheet. I generally use insulated cookie sheets, but have noticed that cookies that are supposed to be crunchy are never quite crunchy enough when baked on insulated sheets.

King Arthur Essential Crisp Cookie

Upate: I baked on a non-insulated cookie sheet and they came out crunchy.

Another Update: Still a great recipe, but I need to update the photo because this one is about 10 years old and doesn’t do the cookies justice.

Classic Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These cookies should turn out crunchy.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, room temp
  • 1/2 cup shortening (regular or butter flavored)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour, all purpose
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment. Do not grease.
  2. Cream butter, shortening and both sugars with an electric mixer.  Beat in vanilla, salt and vinegar.
  3. Beat in egg,  scraping sides of bowl and mixing well, then add baking soda and beat so that it is well distributed.  Stir in the flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10-14 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.


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  1. says

    I think these are the ones I made a couple weeks ago – mine came out crunchy all over. Not sure what the difference was! I couldn’t really taste any vinegar, but from what I’ve read it is there to retard the development of gluten while mixing and cuts the sweetness. No idea myself!

  2. Anna says

    Joe, I think I put a tiny little bit more egg in than I should have, that’s the only thing reason I can think of for them not being crunchy all over. Mozart, that’s pretty funny that they call them “American Cookies”. I am envisioning a cookie with red, white and blue chips. You probably know this,but Chocolate Chip Cookies were invented by an American woman named Ruth Wakefield who ran the Toll House in MA.

  3. says

    Anna, maybe because Austrian people loves to buy things from America, or with American names … ? I don’t mind about the names of the cookies, but the taste is not so bad … 🙂

  4. says

    Sorry for the late comment but I just tried this recipe and it is excellent! The outer edges are crispy and the inner circle is chewy. You don’t taste any vinegar at all! This is my kind of cookie 🙂

    I stumbled upon your site this past week Anna and I love it! Thanks for posting numerous recipes, I can’t wait to try them all!

  5. says

    I forgot to mention that the cookies (after a bit of cooling) do come out crunchy all over. I ate the cookie right after I took it out of the oven, hence my initial reaction. Sorry for misleading!

  6. Anna says

    Hi Emz,

    Thanks for the review! Mine were a bit chewy in the center at first, then hardened up a bit.

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