Friday, April 8, 2011

Sasha's Kitchen: Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I made these chocolate chunk cookies about a week ago, and they were delicious. The recipe is loosely based on a Martha Stewart recipe. The cookies are soft and chewy, which is quite delicious. If you bake the cookies for longer (as my husband requested for some of them) they will be harder and crunchier, but still delicious. I prefer somewhere in between Martha's recommendation and my husband's preference, so I am suggesting about 15 minutes so they are chewy but don't taste undercooked. I used chopped up chocolate chunk for the cookies, rather than chocolate chips, and it gave them a nice texture. This recipe makes quite a few cookies - about 36 in total, which was perfect for the occasion that I was making them for.  Another important note - using the mixture of brown sugar and granulated sugar is important for getting the texture and chewiness of the cookies just right, so don't substitute here. I also found that using an extra egg helped me get the cookies just right.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
2 cups of chocolate chunk (chopped)

Preheat the oven to 350. In a small bow, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add the salt, vanilla and eggs. Beat until mixed well, about one minute. Add the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

Drop tablespoon heaps of balls of cookie dough about two inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake the cookies until golden around the edges only but still soft in the center. For me this took about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool. They will firm up a bit as they cool, so never fear if they seem to soft initially.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if you didn't post a link to this on Friday or I simply overlooked it, I try to read a lot of chocolate posts each day. I'm glad I found it today. They read and look great.


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