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Bakery Style Cookies are so soft, thick, and full of delicious cookie goodness. This base recipe will have you creating a huge variety of flavors so you can have amazing cookies in the comfort of your home in less time than it would take to drive to a bakery!

Overhead view of bakery style cookies with a glass of milk.

We have a bit of a love affair going on with bakery style cookies. Cookie Shops have popped up all around the midwest, and we can’t seem to keep away! These cookies are so large, indulgent, and incredibly sweet. Perhaps stopping in to pick up cookies every week is a bit excessive, but you won’t convince us of that. Well, until we see the cost. How are cookies this expensive? It’s just flour, butter, and sugar — right? Well, sort of. We are happy to report that we love homemade bakery style cookies just as much as the real thing! Go ahead and pocket that money you would have spent on a four dollar cookie, and enjoy this homemade version with us!

Is cake flour necessary in Bakery Style Cookies?

Be sure to use the combination of cake flour and all-purpose flour listed in the recipe. Cake flour is more finely milled and has cornstarch cut in which gives this cookie great texture.

Stand Mixer: Optional?

If you do not own a stand mixer, you will need to use a hand mixer for this recipe. Whichever you use, make sure to not over-mix the dough. 

Lining the Cookie Sheet:

Bake these cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Lightly greasing a pan will give these cookies an unpleasant greasy bottom.

Can I make these into chocolate cookies:

You absolutely can! For a chocolate cookie base, reduce flour to 1 1/2 cups and add in 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

For a plain chocolate chip cookie, simply add in 3 cups of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips for your add-in.

Extra Tall Cookies:

If you want these cookies to be extra thick and tall, refrigerate or freeze the dough immediately after shaping into balls. This will help slow the spreading that occurs when baking. Baking straight from the freezer will produce the tallest cookie.

Can I make these into smaller cookies?

If you do not want such large cookies, you can instead make them into 24 smaller cookies. Adjust the recipe by baking at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. 

Close up view of bakery style cookies.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Warm gooey cookies are a must. If you do not eat all these cookies in your first sitting, you can put them in the microwave in 15-second intervals until warm.

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Overhead view of bakery style cookies with a glass of milk.
Bakery Style Cookies are so soft, thick, and full of delicious cookie goodness. This base recipe will have you creating a huge variety of flavors so you can have amazing cookies in the comfort of your home in less time than it would take to drive to a bakery!
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Ingredients

Basic Bakery Style Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Chip Walnut Add-ins

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Cowboy Cookies Add-ins

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Oatmeal Raisin Add-ins

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups raisins

Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Add-ins

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder* (see recipe notes)
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chunks , or dark chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Add-ins

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder* (see recipe notes)
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, brown sugar, and sugar and mix on low using the paddle attachment. Increase to medium and mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Add in cake flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.
  • Pour in desired add-ins and use a large spoon or rubber spatula to fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
  • Divide the dough into 8 to 10 equal pieces. Use hands to roll into large balls. Place onto prepared baking sheets, 4 per pan.
  • Bake in the 400 degree oven for 11-14 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
  • Let cool on pan 15 minutes before serving warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
*For a chocolate cookie dough base, reduce flour to 1 1/2 cups and add in 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
 
For a plain chocolate chip cookie, simply add in 3 cups of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips for your add-in.
For 24 smaller cookies bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bakery Style Cookies
Bakery Style Cookies (6 Flavors!)
Overhead view of bakery style cookies with a glass of milk.
Bakery Style Cookies are so soft, thick, and full of delicious cookie goodness. This base recipe will have you creating a huge variety of flavors so you can have amazing cookies in the comfort of your home in less time than it would take to drive to a bakery!
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Ingredients

Basic Bakery Style Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Chip Walnut Add-ins

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Cowboy Cookies Add-ins

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Oatmeal Raisin Add-ins

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups raisins

Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Add-ins

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder* (see recipe notes)
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chunks , or dark chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Add-ins

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder* (see recipe notes)
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, brown sugar, and sugar and mix on low using the paddle attachment. Increase to medium and mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Add in cake flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.
  • Pour in desired add-ins and use a large spoon or rubber spatula to fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
  • Divide the dough into 8 to 10 equal pieces. Use hands to roll into large balls. Place onto prepared baking sheets, 4 per pan.
  • Bake in the 400 degree oven for 11-14 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
  • Let cool on pan 15 minutes before serving warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
*For a chocolate cookie dough base, reduce flour to 1 1/2 cups and add in 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
 
For a plain chocolate chip cookie, simply add in 3 cups of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips for your add-in.
For 24 smaller cookies bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bakery Style Cookies
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