Chocolate chunk cookies

Chocolate chunk cookie

Chocolate chunk cookie

I got a few requests for treats from friends and family who do not get to eat things that I bake and since they are always so encouraging I decided to do my good deed and bake cookies and mail them. These are really very simple cookies to bake (and who does not love chocolate). They also transport (via USPS) quite well.

I use Mediterranean sea salt as I love the flavor that it brings out in the cookies. One of the handiest tools that I have for the Kitchen Aid mixer is the flat hook scraper. It scrapes the bowl while beating the batter that way you do not have to stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl. It does cost a pretty penny and a cheaper way of doing it is just stopping the mixer and scraping the sides down (which is what I used to do until I got a present :-).

I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as the recipients did.

Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 9 oz. bitter sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 3 oz. milk chocolate coarsely chopped

Method

Preheat your oven to 350F. Line your baking sheets with parchment.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add the eggs and beat until combined. Add vanilla and beat gently. Scrape the bowl. Slowly blend in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate.  Drop tablespoons of dough on lined cookie sheet bake until golden brown on edges about 14-16 mins. Cool on the sheet for 1 min and then move them to a cooling rack.

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