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?


20 Responses to “Cookie Quest: Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

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    Liz @ EatingPlaces posted November 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I’m so impressed, these look fantastic – especially those big chunks of chocolate!

    My go-to recipe is just the classic Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies – they’re a favorite and I’ve made them enough times (too many times, probably) that I can consistently make them chewy…but these look seriously amazing. I don’t drink milk too often, but I would have a big glass with these cookies!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks, Liz. I think the Toll House recipe was the first one I tried! And yes, these are perfect with a big class of milk!

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    Alaina posted November 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I have not made chocolate chip cookies in so long. My go to cookie recipe is usually giant snickerdoodles. :-)

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    Sacha posted November 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    ah, so here they are! These look delicious–rustic is beautiful in my opinion :). It’s funny, another blogger I follow made this recipe but tweaked it with whole wheat and spelt flour. I guess if I keep seeing it everywhere, I’ll have to try it out myself. I love a great, chewy chocolate chunk cookie. The technique is super-smart!

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    Megan posted November 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve never heard of or thought about layering the dough like that… and the salty component must have been awesome!

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    CCU posted November 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    What an inspiring cookie recipe my friend, I need some :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks posted November 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I saw these in Saveur and have also seen them on blogs. The rolling out, then stacking, is very intriguing! I was tempted to actually make these, but went with the NYT instead. I hate dealing with partial eggs/yolks and that was on reason I skipped these…ha!

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    Ashley posted November 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Oh gosh, these look so delicious! I wish I had a plate full of them right now. With a big glass of milk. I still haven’t tried Martha Stewart’s recipe for Ne Plus Ultra cookies, but I imagine they’d be the best. Though I’m very partial to the classic Toll House cookie, in both its baked and unbaked forms.

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted November 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    These look so good, especially with the rich dark chocolate you used!

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    OliePants posted November 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I love every single cookie you have on your list and can’t wait until you make it. These cookies look fantastic!!

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    Joanne posted November 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Taste testing chocolate chip cookie recipes is no easy feat!! But someone’s gotta do it. :) These look amazing!!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted November 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    So funny, a choco chip cookie is my husband’s favorite too. I just don’t get it! Whenever I ask him what kind of cookie to make, that’s what he always requests :) I have to say though, as choco chip cookies go, these look pretty damn good!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu posted November 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Chocolate chunk cookies are one of my very favorites!! So much better than chocolate chips. I will definitely need to give these a try!

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    The Squishy Monster posted November 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Cookies are my weakness. They just do it for me…especially chocolate chip…chocolate chunk? even better!!!

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    thelittleloaf posted November 7, 2012 at 5:22 am

    These look SERIOUSLY delicious! ps I’ve tried those Nutella stuffed ones from Ambitious Kitchen…a-mazing.

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Anything with Nutella is a sure win :)

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    Erika posted November 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Oof these look delicious!! Chocolate chunks are definitely the best in cookies and thanks for introducing me to this layering/stacking business! I can’t wait to try it :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Yes it was very interesting! Of course I took the liberty of using even more chocolate so that helped too ;)

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    Lilly Sue posted November 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I love the use of big chocolate chunks! Though I baked pumpkin bread this morning, I now want to bake cookies!! :P

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    Erica posted November 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

    holy smokes! These look amazing! I much prefer chunks to chips!!

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