This chocolate chip cookie recipe is inspired by my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies, Sweet Martha’s at the Minnesota State Fair.
Copycat state fair cookies from Minnesota (Sweet Martha's Cookies)

If you go to the Minnesota State Fair, you’re probably familiar with Sweet Martha’s Cookies.

Getting a bucket of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies is on most fair-goers’ bucket lists. No pun intended.

But guess what?

You don’t have to go to the fair – and you don’t have to wait until August in Minnesota – to enjoy these bite-sized cookies.

What Are Sweet Martha’s Cookies?

The line is always deep, the crowd enthusiastic, and the cookies fresh from the oven at Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar.

A few words to describe the cookies:

  • Bite sized
  • Warm from the oven
  • Somehow crispy and chewy at the same time

In short, they’re just the perfect little chocolate chip cookies. And you don’t have to go to the Minnesota State Fair to appreciate that.

Minnesota State Fair (Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar)

About The Recipe

Since the Minnesota State Fair is only around for 12 days, my only option for getting my cookie fix year-round was to come up with a copycat Sweet Martha’s cookie recipe.

Thankfully, this wasn’t too hard, thanks to the ever-fabulous New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I made a few small tweaks to the recipe and was very happy with the results.

Copycat Sweet Martha's Cookies recipe

Tips: Copycat Sweet Martha’s Cookies

Here are a few notes to get your copycat Sweet Martha’s cookies just right:

  • Load them with chocolate chips
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough overnight (or up to 3 days)
  • Make them small (about half the size of a regular chocolate chip cookie)
  • Use a Silpat or parchment paper when baking
  • Under-bake them ever so slightly
  • Serve them warm with a glass of milk

A bucket of Sweet Martha's Cookies. Click through for the COPYCAT recipe!

Please note: This is not the Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar recipe. This is an adaption of the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe that tastes a lot like Sweet Martha’s cookies.

Did you know that Sweet Martha’s cookies are available in the freezer section at select grocery stores in Minnesota?


How To Make Cake Flour And Bread Flour

This is a general guide for making cake flour and bread flour at home, so you can avoid buying it in the store.

  • Cake flour: Measure out one cup of all-purpose flour. Remove two tablespoons of flour, set aside, and replace with two tablespoons of corn starch. 
  • Bread flour: Measure out one cup of all-purpose flour. Add 1/4 teaspoon fine grain salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder.

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Copycat Sweet Martha's Cookies recipe: The most famous cookies from the Minnesota State Fair. Click through for recipe!

Copycat Sweet Martha's Cookie Recipe

Yield: 100+ mini cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

You will save a lot of money by making your own cookies at home. If you have extras, place them in the freezer for a rainy day. Or freeze the dough balls so you can have fresh-from-the-oven cookies whenever you want.


  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chocolate chips


  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  3. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Don't over mix. Add chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in the fridge overnight, or up to 3 days.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F*. To get the cookies just the right size, use a standard cookie scooper - then divide that amount in half. Place cookie dough balls evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until barely done. You want to under-baked these cookies slightly so they turn out soft and gooey.
  5. *Some readers reported better results baking the cookies at 375F instead of 350F. This results in a cookie that is more crispy on the outside with a slightly soft center.

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