Friday, December 19, 2014

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cookies take on a whole new meaning when you add the word "Christmas" in front of them.  For some reason, that one simple word just makes an ordinary cookie sound unbelievably appealing and completely irresistible.  Most of the time, I can turn down a cookie but if someone offers me a CHRISTMAS COOKIE - forget about it - I HAVE to eat it. 

These may LOOK like ordinary chocolate chip cookies but trust me - adding dark chocolate chunks to a cookie makes them anything but ordinary.  Not to mention the fact that if you bake them in the month of December, they automatically become CHRISTMAS cookies which makes them even more over the top.  A Christmas cookie with dark chocolate chunks!?! - there may not be any left for Santa.

Dark chocolate just makes everything better.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ sticks (6 oz) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together the cooled melted butter and the sugars with a hand-mixer for about one minute.

Then, add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until just combined.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix briefly, just until there are no flour clumps left.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop ¼ cup of cookie dough at a time and roll into balls.Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, making sure you have the racks in the middle of the oven.  Bake for about 12 minutes, rotating half-way through, or until the cookies have spread out and the edges are golden, but the center of the cookie still looks soft and just slightly under-cooked.

Add a glass of milk and voila - a Christmas eve treat that Santa will be happy to snack on. 


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