Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookie mix: have it your way

Our Essential Goodness chocolate chip cookie mix make a delicious, buttery cookie reminiscent of childhood, but it will also make an extra-chewy cookie, an extra-crunchy cookie, or an extra-cakey cookie with just a few simple changes.

Wait — how can a simple mix possibly satisfy every type of chocolate chip cookie fan? Let’s visit our test kitchen and see.

Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Here’s Jocelyn, a test baker and key member of our mix development team. She has baked thousands of chocolate chip cookies in the process of perfecting our Essential Goodness chocolate chip cookie mix.

And after applying her food science savvy, plus feedback from hordes of eager test tasters, here’s what she and the rest of the development team’s come up with:

Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

For extra-chewy cookies, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the dough.

Brown sugar is able to attract and hold extra moisture compared to white sugar, so it has the wonderful ability to give you that moist, tooth-packing, and bendy cookie that is loved by all chewy cookie fans around the world.

Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

For extra-crunchy cookies, add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to the dough; bake 14 to 16 minutes.

Adding an extra two tablespoons of granulated sugar increases the ratio of sugar to fat and flour in the cookie. This will result in a bit more spread — and a larger surface area means more potential crunch. Add a couple more minutes in the oven, and your “standard” chocolate chip cookie becomes extra-crunchy.

Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

For cakey cookies, add 2 tablespoons of milk to the dough.

The water in the milk will evaporate in the heat of the oven to form steam. As the steam gets hotter it expands, and that expansion causes the cookies to puff and rise in the oven, creating an airy, cakey texture.

Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

So there you have it. Our Essential Goodness chocolate chip cookie mix yields one delicious chocolate chip cookie, plus THREE variations. Chocolate chip cookie fans, rejoice! Your favorite cookie — no matter which camp you’re in, chewy, crunchy, or cakey — is just a simple (and versatile) Essential Goodness mix away.

Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

The next time you open the cupboard for reach for a box of Essential Goodness chocolate chip cookie mix, you can switch up your signature style and feel like a test baker. Those of us on the opposite end of the King Arthur Flour kitchen are in awe of our R&D team’s knowledge and just so grateful to have them come in each day ready to bake up perfect mixes for our loyal home bakers.

Gwen Adams

Gwen Adams grew up in northern New Hampshire, on top of a mountain, surrounded by nature and not much else. After graduating from Lyndon State College in 2010, Gwen sought a career that combined her passion for writing with her love of baking. She found ...


  1. Rexx Hunter

    Very Nice Discussion, on Improving, Chocolate Chip, Cookiez!! Shall, Give This A,Go!!
    Thanxx! 🙂
    Rexx Hunter – ( Surf DAWGZ Catering)

  2. Elwin Guthrie

    I baked the cookies for the first time last week. Overall I thought that they were pretty good, but, I didn’t care for the taste of the vegetable oil and maybe there is a substitute for some of it. Maybe butter?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Elwin, this mix calls for adding a stick of softened butter, so if you happened to bake them with vegetable oil instead, please do try them made with butter! Barb@KAF

  3. Lorraine

    I bake everything with the lightest extra virgin olive oil; friends love it! Don’t try a stronger olive oil-it’s too powerful

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We’re glad to hear you’re eager to try this chocolate chip cookie mix, Gayleen! It sure is delicious, and you can feel good about the simple, clean ingredient list. To see if any locations near you carry this product, type your zip code into our store locator and refine the results by specifically selecting the Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookie mix. We’re working on making these mixes more widely available across the nation, so we encourage you ask your local store manager about Essential Goodness if you don’t see it on the shelves already. Good luck and happy baking! Kye@KAF

  4. Chad

    King Arthur nailed this mix! My wife and I made these last week and we’re still commenting between ourselves how much better this product is than what we were used to buying. The lemon bar mix is next on the list!

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Thanks for your question. We understand the desire to pay close attention to ingredients, and we aim to make this information as accessible as possible. Our Gluten-Free Cookie Mix does count corn starch as one of its ingredients, as you can see on the product level here: When looking at the product page for any of our other gluten-free mixes (or other KAF brand products), click on the “nutrition + ingredient” button just under “add to wish list” to see the full nutritional and ingredient info. Hope this helps! Mollie@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Cast iron skillet cookies are so fun! Prepare one box of cookie mix as directed, up to the point where you’ve made the dough. Press the dough into a lightly greased 10″ cast iron skillet. Bake the skillet cookie in a preheated 350°F oven for 22 to 26 minutes. Cut it in wedges and serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Instructions can also be viewed on this page here.) Kye@KAF

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