Cookie Quest: Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My favorite kind of cookie is a classic, chewy chocolate chip cookie. Or rather, a chocolate chunk cookie, with big substantial chunks of good quality chocolate.

I’ve tried many recipes in the past but I don’t have a standard one nor a go-to recipe. I guess I am still in a quest to find my perfect cookie. It’s a fun quest, and I tend to get particularly excited when I come across a tempting new chocolate chip cookie recipe, such as the latest Chocolate Chip Cookies from Saveur, which requires layering sheets of cookie dough with chunks of bittersweet chocolate.

It was featured in the October 2012 issue: 101 Classic Recipes and was contributed by Sarah Copeland, author of the Newlywed Cookbook. I was really intrigued by the idea of layering cookie dough and sprinkling it with chocolate, then flattening everything together before using a cookie cutter.

The only problem was I don’t have a cookie cutter, so I used a little mason jar instead.

It worked out well, except the cookies turned out bigger (the recipe calls for a 2-inch round cookie cutter, my mason jar was almost 3 inches). But there’s nothing wrong with giant chocolate chunk cookies, right?

I made a couple of other minor tweaks: 1) I used 12 oz of chocolate chunks (instead of 9 oz) and used a mixture of Scharfeen Berger 70% bittersweet dark chocolate and Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet dark chocolate, which I roughly chopped into chunks. Because I had more chocolate, I was able to sprinkle more pieces on top of the cookies. And 2) the recipe called for mixing in kosher salt into the dough, but I opted to sprinkle grey sea salt in between the cookie dough layers, along with the chocolate pieces.

My verdict? The cookies were very, very good, with chunks of chocolate well-marbled throughout and the crystalline salt adding a nice textural component and contrasting flavor. It was crisp around the edges, and very chewy and tender inside.

I made the mistake of not having enough space between each cookie, so my cookies were kind of smooshed together, resulting in imperfect rounds. But it’s okay, I’m used to my baked goods looking rustic.

Perfect rounds or not, it’s hard to go wrong with a homemade chocolate chunk cookie, and I’m glad I tried this new method of cookie dough layering. If you’d like to try it yourself, the recipe can be found on the Saveur website.

Next on my cookie quest list is this Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ambitious Kitchen. It seems to contain everything good in this world.

What is your favorite chocolate chip or chocolate chunk cookie recipe?


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