Comforting Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Was your mom a cookie baker?  Did she perfect pies?  Or was she the go-to lady for cakes?  One would have thought based on the huge cookie jar on our counter that my mother was a cookie lady.  She was not.  She liked cakes.  Now, given that she baked them in a home with 2 teenagers, it worked out ok.  My husband works all day and really isn’t into cake… so it sits on the counter and taunts me all day.  I don’t bake cake all that often.  And when I do, I give as much away as possible.  However, cookies are not only safer, but you can hide them in the freezer adn forget about them.  I have always envisioned myself as the type of mom who would pack an awesome brown bag lunch with a neat treat inside.  Or the mom who always had cookies available for when friends came over.  Those cookies would cause my children and their friends to feel loved and safe in my home.  Our home would become a refuge and everyone would know where they could go, no matter what happened that day.  This is all beautiful and idyllic, but I do not have the innate ability to be that mom.  Mainly because cookies are out of my scope of culinary skills.  Matt loves chocolate chip cookies, but for the entirety of our marriage, I’ve made them mostly from bagged mixes or those horrible tubes of dough in the freezer case at the grocery.

I’ve been testing cookie recipes for months… the waistband on my pants condemns me on a daily basis.  If I am going to eat a cookie, I want it to be soft and chewy in the center and crisp around the edges.  I want it to be a comfortable size and not too sweet.  Matt doesn’t quite agree, but I’m the one doing the baking, so he can just eat the experiments and hope I decide to make the monstrosity he considers to be a serving size with the left over batter.  Also, in the case where there are bits of chocolate, I don’t want chips, I want chunks.  There is something about a rugged hunk of chocolate that melts in your mouth compared to a bit of uniformly shaped chocolate.  If I were the type to drink milk with my cookies, I think it would be perfect with these.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

  • 2 cups flour (you can use half white and half whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 c. Chocolate chunks

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with either parchment paper or a silpat.  Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Slowly add in the eggs and vanilla.  Mix thoroughly.  Add in the dry ingredients until there are no streaks and everything is fully incorporated.  Then mix in the chocolate by hand.  Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before forming the cookies.  Using a small ice cream scoop, take 2 scoops of the dough and form it into a ball.  Place each of the balls of dough about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets and pat down gently.  Bake for 15-17 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen medium sized cookies.

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