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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Nicoletta December 10, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

During the Holiday Season, watching classic movies is an all time favorite of our family. We like watching for the tenth time movies that are part of our past: some make us laugh until our belly aches, while with others we cry our eys out. It feels cozy and familiar like an old rugged sweater or a beloved blanket. My husband can recite entire movie lines and anticipate what happens next; as for me, I can say those lines in italian, because that’s how I saw those same movies (just to let you know, all movies you see in Italy, including the foreign ones, are all  in italian. We don’t use subtitles but voice over. I remember the first time I heard the real actors’s voices, what a surprise 🙂 ).

Our nights in front of the Tv are enjoyed while sipping on a cup of tea or hot chocolate and nibbling on some cookies. It is not Cookie Season for nothing 🙂 .

 

 

Even when it comes to cookies, a classic always wins: we can’t get tired enough of good ol’ Chocolate Chip Cookies, usually in the chewy variation which is a best-loved here. I often use chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips. I just find that the quality of the cookies is better when you can choose the quality of your chocolate. Normally we buy organic, fair trade chocolate bars with a percentage of at least 60% cocoa. And that was the case for the preparation of these Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I don’t have a “family recipe” for chocolate chip cookies, my family in Italy never made them and as for me, I started having this delicious cookies when I came to Canada few years ago. So I did as I usually do, searching on the internet for good recipes and mixing and matching ingredients until I think I found “the one”. With this Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies I think I got pretty close to perfection.

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thin, soft and chewy, the semi sweet chocolate chunks melting in your mouth and blending with the sweet cookie dough and the vanilla flavor.

You can’t just stop at one. It seems impossible to restrain from eating one after another after another….but finally conscious takes over and the thought of overdoing it puts an end to it.

They are great, of course, with a glass of milk. But even in the morning for breakfast with a cup of coffee or cappuccino. If you want to take it to an extreme level, try with some good quality ice cream sandwiched in between these two beautiful tasty cookies. The birth of a gourmet ice cream sandwich.

They did not last long. Our tin box was empty in just a short two days. Boost of spirit for my -always- shaky confidence as a baker 🙂 .

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

What are your favorite cookies? And how do you like them? I want to know details and all 🙂 .

Song of the day: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, part of the soundtrack of the movie “Love Actually” (which I look forward to every year 🙂 ) .

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined, about 1 minute.
  4. Add in the flour, potato starch, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks until just combined.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to shape the dough into balls, and place them on the prelined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just set. The centers may look slightly undercooked. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Happy Holidays!

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And for the chewy but also a bit crunchy cookie lovers, we have:

Gluten-free Ginger Molasses Cookies:

gluten-free-ginger-molasses-cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies:

oatmeal-chocolate-cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies, hosted on “The Spicy Eggplant” foodblog:

white-chocolate-macadamia-oatmeal-cookies

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18 Comments

  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche December 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Craving a good chocolate chunked cookie right now – these look so amazing and you have captured their deliciousness perfectly! Xx

  • Nicoletta
    Reply Nicoletta December 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks Thalia! I love everything that you make, so it is an honor for me. Anyway, the cookies were incredibly good, gone in a wink 🙂 .

  • Reply Marie December 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I’m a compulsive collector (and baker of) chocolate chip recipes! I can’t help but trying all. the. recipes. in the hopes I will one day find THE ONE. Your cookies look textbook perfect. I will make them for sure, and I will probably do my fave choc cookie trick: sprinkle fleur de sel on top of each cookie dough mound instead of mixing salt into the dough. Fleur de sel has such a lovely mellow flavor, and the sweet/salty kick it provides at each bite is totally addicting! Happy holidays 🙂

  • Nicoletta
    Reply Nicoletta December 11, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Ah ah, you do with cookies what I do with scones…trying lots of recipes to find The One 🙂 . I love your trick to sprinkle fleur de sel on top, it definitely provides an alluring flavor! Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

  • Reply Angela @thechewylife December 11, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I swear I will actually eat a dozen cookies if I make any… but hey, it’s the holiday season! Will be making these soon 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 11, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Angela. I can easily understand. Here we already started the Cookie galore 😉

  • Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After December 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Love classic movies and love chewy chocolate chip cookies too! Making these soon, probably this weekend 🙂 One question, if I don’t have potato starch on hand, is it okay to leave it out? Does it make the cookie softer and chewier?

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      We’re on the same page 🙂 . You can substitute it with corn starch, or leave it out. But yes, it helps with the chewiness. They will still be sooo good!

  • Reply Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean December 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    A classic cookie! The addition of the potato starch is interesting — I happen to have some potato starch in the pantry so I should give this a try.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      You can’t go wrong with a classic 🙂 . Potato starch and corn starch, they just help make them soft and chewy. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Ginni December 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I have never used potato starch in cookies, so now I have two sets of cookies to make from your recipes Nicoletta! As you already know, I love the cookies you bake 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Ginni 🙂 ! Hope you like them!

  • Reply Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls December 11, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    These look fabulous, Nicoletta! I love classic chocolate chip cookies. Everyone says they’re the same, but I think each recipe I make tastes completely different! The potato starch is very interesting — I bet it makes for a super chewy cookie! Love!

  • Reply Julia December 11, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    These do look good! If I am going to make cookies, they have to be worth my while. And I strongly suspect these will be!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 12, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Julia! They were indeed superb 🙂 .

  • Nicoletta
    Reply Nicoletta December 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks Amanda! You’re right, each chocolate chip cookie I had, tasted different 🙂 . I like chocolate chunks instead of chips, they add texture. These were very gooey chewy. Everybody loved them.

  • Reply Teresa December 12, 2015 at 12:41 am

    They look perfect! I’m partial to Kim Boyce’s whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to these! 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 12, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Teresa 🙂 . Here I can hardly use whole wheat flour, they don’t like when I bake with it and the baked goods tend to stay for days and days. I sneak in a lot of gluten-free flours, though… 😉 . Anyway, now I want to try the whole wheat version!!

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