Irresistible Chocolate Chunk Cookies: A Classic Brown Butter Delight

There is nothing like a homemade cookie to warm the heart and satiate the soul. Here is my recipe for the most irresistible chocolate chunk cookies.

It’s the perfect blend of brown butter and coconut sugar that makes these cookies so special, adding a rich, nutty flavor you’ll want to enjoy again and again.

Forget chocolate chips; we’re all about big, melty, flat disks of dark chocolate, creating a heavenly texture in every bite.

Making Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The secret to these cookies lies in the brown butter – a simple yet transformative process that takes your regular cookies to a whole new level.

The depth of flavor imparted by the browned butter, combined with the unique sweetness of coconut sugar, makes these cookies truly addictive.

Dark chocolate chunks distributed throughout the dough, create pockets of gooey goodness that will make your taste buds dance.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (226g) butter
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (200g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (46g) coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chunks
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Begin by browning the butter. Cook it in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often until it foams and then browns.
  2. This should take about 5–8 minutes. Once browned, scrape it into a large bowl and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine both sugars and the browned butter.
  5. Beat until well combined, approximately 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating until the mixture lightens and thickens (about 30 seconds).
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Then, fold in the chocolate chunks with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed.
  7. Let the dough sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate. Note that the dough may seem loose initially but will thicken as it sits.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  9. Use an ice cream scoop to portion out the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle the cookies with flaky sea salt for an extra layer of flavor.
  10. Bake the cookies until the edges are golden brown and firm, but the centers remain soft (approximately 9–11 minutes).
  11. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I Use Regular White Sugar Instead Of Dark Brown Sugar And Coconut Sugar?

While you can substitute regular white sugar for dark brown sugar, keep in mind that the distinctive flavors of dark brown sugar and coconut sugar contribute to the unique taste of these cookies.

For the best results, we recommend sticking to the specified sugars.

2. Why Brown The Butter?

Browning the butter adds a depth of flavor and nuttiness to the cookies that you won’t achieve with regular melted butter. It’s a simple step that elevates the overall taste of the cookies.

3. Can I Use Chocolate Chips Instead Of Chocolate Chunks?

While you can use chocolate chips, we highly recommend sticking with chocolate chunks for the ultimate gooey and melty texture.

The larger chunks create delightful pockets of chocolate throughout the cookie, enhancing both flavor and presentation.

4. My Dough Looks Loose. Is That Normal?

Yes, it’s completely normal. The dough will appear loose initially, but as it sits at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, it will thicken. This resting period allows the flour to hydrate, resulting in a perfect cookie texture.

5. Can I Refrigerate The Dough Overnight?

Absolutely! Chilling the dough overnight can intensify the flavors and enhance the texture of the cookies. Just make sure to let it come to room temperature for a bit before baking for the best results.

6. How Do I Store These Cookies?

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze the baked cookies for up to three months. Just make sure they’re well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn.

7. Can I Make The Cookies Smaller Or Larger Than Suggested?

Yes, you can adjust the size, but be mindful of the baking time. Smaller cookies will require less time, while larger ones may need a bit more. Keep an eye on them to ensure they reach that perfect golden-brown hue.

8. Can I Skip The Sea Salt On Top?

While you can skip the sea salt, we highly recommend using it. The flaky sea salt adds a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the cookies, enhancing the overall flavor profile. It’s a small touch that makes a big difference.

Final Words

Cookies inspired by a recipe on @BonAppetit are sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.

With the perfect blend of brown butter, coconut sugar, and decadent dark chocolate chunks, they’re a treat for the senses.

So, preheat that oven, gather your ingredients, and let’s bake up some magic together!

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