Amish Chocolate Chip Cookies (Hot Water Recipe)

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The hot water and baking soda method in this Amish chocolate chip cookie recipe guarantees a soft and fluffy result

This recipe will rise to the top of your cookie-baking rotation. A universal crowd-pleaser, they’re perfect for any occasion and easy to make.

close up view of chocolate chip cookies

Amish Chocolate Chip Cookies

An old-fashioned recipe for soft and thick cookies. A secret hot-water trick makes this recipe different than all the others you've tried.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Serving Size 30 cookiess

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and sugar. Beat butter and sugars 3-5 minutes until lightened in color and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.
    mixing bowl of butter and sugar.
  • Add hot water and baking soda. Combine hot water and baking soda. Add to butter mixture and beat until well-combined.
    measuring cup of hot water and baking soda.
  • Add dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add 1/3 at a time, mixing on low until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips
    mixing bowl of finished chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • Shape and bake. Drop tablespoon-size balls of dough onto a baking sheet, 12 cookies per sheet. Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
    cookies before and after baking.
  • Cool. Cool on wire rack. Store, tightly covered, for up to 5 days.
    soft cookies cooling on rack.

Notes

You can add 1 cup of walnuts or pecans with the chocolate chips.
If you don’t have unsalted butter, use salted and reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon.  
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❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • A classic! This is an old-fashioned recipe for soft and thick cookies that will make your taste buds happy
  • Perfect for any occasion. From after-school snacking to putting on a plate for a party, these little beauties will make everyone happy.
  • They’re so easy to make! Just mix, drop, bake and enjoy. No chilling.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredinets

You’ll need the following for the best chocolate chip cookies ever:

  • butter 
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • baking soda
  • hot water
  • flour
  • salt
  • chocolate chips

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🍴Instructions

Step One

hot water and baking soda in measuring cup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat butter and sugars together for 3-5 minutes until they are light in color and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.

Combine baking soda and hot water. Add it to the butter mixture and beat until well combined.

Step Two

cookie dough in bowl

Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add 1/3 of them at a time, mixing on low until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Step Three

balls of dough on baking sheet

Put 12 dough balls on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 11-13 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.

🥫 Storage instructions

If you plan on storing your cookies for more than a day or two, store them in an airtight container. This will keep them from drying out or getting stale.

If you’re going to be storing your cookies for a longer period of time, you can freeze them just fine fully baked. Just make sure to wrap them securely so that they don’t get freezer burn.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use a different kind of sugar?

Yes, you can use all brown sugar or all white sugar. But the blend is best. 😊

Do I have to use parchment paper?

No, you don’t have to. But it helps the cookies not stick and makes for easy cleanup. Non-stick baking spray will work fine.

What if I don’t have unsalted butter?

You can use salted butter and just reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Make sure to mix the chocolate chips in slowly, either by hand or with the mixer on low. Overbeating will result in a tough cookie.
  • You can add 1 cup of walnuts or pecans with the chocolate chips if you want a little extra crunch.
  • Try freezing balls of cookie dough (Freeze until solid on a baking sheet, then pop them in a gallon-sized freezer bag.). Add 1-2 minutes to the baking time to enjoy freshly baked cookies any time.

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