5 Steps to Fail-Proof Ooey Gooey Cookies, Every Time!

cookie collageHow many times have you been excited to bake a fresh batch of cookies only for them to turn out  like rock hard biscuits, too dry or they wont set up? Since baking is an exact science, it can be tough to get your cookies to turn out “just right” every time. I myself have a hard time following directions. Not because of my oh, so rebellious nature- but because my attention span doesn’t quite last that long.  Wait, what?! I just like to dump ingredients in and hope the finished product turns out alright.

So a few years ago- I perfected this BASIC cookie recipe and memorized it. ( I suggest you do to!)  For this batch, I was in the mood for chocolate chip- so the cookies pictured are a yummy version of that classic. However, by using the basic recipe below, and following my 5 steps to a PERFECT cookie every time- you’ll be able to turn out a perfect batch from memory, easy as pie.

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Here is the basic recipe, followed by “5 Steps to Fail-Proof Ooey Gooey Cookies, Every time”.


  • 2 sticks of softened butter (or 1 c plus 1 Tbsp water Crisco Butter flavor)
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 c chocolate chips (here you can substitute chocolate chips for nuts, other dessert chips, or any kind of yummy you’d lilke!)
  • (Optional: when making chocolate chip variety, I like to add 2 heaping tablespoons of sour cream)


  1. Cream together butter and sugars in mixer.
  2. Add eggs, salt and vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients, sans chips.
  4.  Add mixed dry ingredients to wet, a little at time.
  5. When dry and wet ingredients are completely mixed, add your chips.
  6. Use cookie scoop to evenly spread cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 11-13 minutes.

These cookies will look like they are not done. That’s ok- go ahead and take them out of the oven. They will bake up slightly on the cookie sheet as it cools- and we want them to be soft and ooey gooey- not crispy!

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5 Steps to Fail Proof Ooey Gooey Cookies:

So below you’ll find my tips to creating a successful cookie- EVERY TIME no matter the recipe variation. (Sometimes I like to add coconut extract, coconut flakes, white chocolate and blueberries. This is another favorite of the bf!)

5 tipsI like Reynold’s Brand Parchment Paper (made from recycled materials!) and they also have pre-cut cookie sheet packages, and my cookie scoop is from Crate and Barrel, $12.95.

scoop and paper

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Now I’m getting ready to wrap these suckers up in delicious little care packages to pass off to friends and family. It’s the first day of the year and I can’t have one million cookies sitting around tempting me. Happy New Year Y’all!

xo Kelli


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