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