Copycat Panera Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a self-proclaimed foodie and someone who loves to bake, I am always drawn in by those Pinterest "copycat" recipes. I had never made one before, but often wondered if the claims to be "just like the original!" were true. When my friend Renee made a similar comment, we decided to test some out once and for all!

For my recipe, I chose this one for Panera Chocolate Chip cookies. The recipe called for browned butter, which was new to me so I got to learn how to make it! Not to worry, it was really easy, and SO GOOD. The cookies were jam packed with mini chocolate chips, just like the Panera version. They were just as warm and gooey as the Panera ones, which was awesome because I think the texture is the best part of the cookie. I ended up throwing a few in the freezer and I microwave them for 30 seconds when I'm in the mood for a cookie.

So, time for the final verdict. Renee and I decided to give the recipes a score out of ten in all the important aspects.

Flavor: 5. They just didn't have the flavor of a Panera cookie, but it was still a yummy flavor. 

Texture: 10. The outsides were crispy and inside was almost like dough, just like at Panera. If that's not your thing, you probably won't like these.

Looks: 8. As you can see from the pictures, these cookies are BEAUTIFUL. Not exactly like Panera, but pretty nonetheless.

Worth It?: 8. I personally love baking, so these were fun for me to make. The Panera ones are pretty pricey, so even though these took a while I would make them again! This recipe would be better if you are baking for a crowd.

Be sure to check out Renee's recipe for Chick-Fil-A nuggets (yum!)



  1. Oh my gosh these look AMAZING! I am definitely going to have to try these!

    -Abigail T.

  2. I've never had a Panera cookie, but a crispy outside and doughy inside is totally my thing! Saving this recipe to make in the VERY near future!



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