Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I have a friend who is an insatiable sweets addict. If he gets a whiff that anyone he knows is baking, he’s all over it. He’s a bit of a cookie monster and he doesn’t mind one bit. He’s also a bit of a pain in that he’s a purist when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. He turns his nose up at my variations like Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, insisting that all those extras have no place in a cookie–especially nuts. His loss.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I can’t remember ever making chocolate chip cookies that weren’t packed full of extras, whether they be pecans, walnuts, coconut, toffee chips, etc. Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect vehicle for a gathering of all your favorites contained in one bite-sized bit of goodness. It seems a waste to pass on that opportunity. Still, I started to doubt myself. Was I wrong? Was I the one who was missing out on something by soiling the purity of this perennial favorite? I had to find out.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you’re going to bypass the mix-ins, you need to make your chocolate count. It has to be the star of the show! In this case, I went with semi-sweet chocolate chunks that I found at Trader Joe’s. You can also chop up a gourmet chocolate bar or bittersweet baking chocolate for a similar effect. It’s all good.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

What’s the verdict? Not bad. It’ll take some getting used to–where are my nuts???–but I could see myself making them again. Which would probably make my friend quite happy, if I choose to share them. He’s always looking for a good cookie.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: 48
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, room temp
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large cage-free eggs
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and coconut oil until creamy.
  4. Add sugars, beating until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time, waiting for the first to be fully incorporated before adding the next.
  6. Stir in the vanilla.
  7. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until just incorporated.
  8. Using a #60 cookie scoop (2-tsp), portion out dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each dough ball.
  9. Bake 9-11 minutes, or until the edges have browned.
  10. Leave on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.


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  1. So…I’ll take 3 dozen please…need my address?? Yummmm!! Love the scale shot too!

  2. I could use like 20 of these right now…

  3. I’m so happy to get a chocolate chip (or chunk) recipe from you!!! You’re such an amazing baker…and me…not so much! I foresee my family thanking you profusely!

    1. You are such a sweetie! Hope you like them!

  4. I may be a weirdo but I hate nuts in my cookies! These look amazing!

  5. These look so good Carrie! It’s always time for another chocolate chip cookie. 🙂

  6. they look yummy!

  7. Mmmm! These look delicious! How would you spice them up (if at all) for Valentine’s Day?

    1. Being a purist recipe, I’m not sure I’d change anything. But if you’re looking for some pizzazz, there are always Valentine’s Day-themed sprinkles and bits that you could throw in the batter for a little color.

  8. Holy eff. From the looks of it I do believe you’ve made the PERFECT choc chip cookie.

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