If you aren’t already a chocolate lover, Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies will turn you into one! The flavor of these cookies is pure chocolate nirvana, without any other flavors vying for attention. The rich chocolate dough is studded with chunks of milk and white chocolate in every chewy, delicious bite.
Care package chocolate is restricted to cold weather months. For military care packages headed to the Middle East or the Persian Gulf, that eliminates chocolate May through October! Plain chocolate cookies might travel well in warm weather, but not chocolate candy or cookies coated or topped with chocolate. Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a recipe that celebrates the arrival of cooler weather. Now care packages, as well as cookie jars, can be filled with chocolate comfort!
I was specifically searching for a super chocolaty recipe to share for the beginning of Chocolate Sending Season, when I found a chocolate cranberry spice cookie in “The Good Cookie” by Trish Boyle. It is my favorite cookie cookbook. The recipes always produce amazing results and there are many that stay fresh long enough to include in care packages. However, when I baked a batch, I was disappointed. I thought there was too much going on. Cranberries, spices, chocolate, and even nuts were included. I loved all of the ingredients and flavors, but not all together, all at once.
The best part of the cookie was the rich, chocolate dough. For my Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies, I got rid of everything that wasn’t chocolate and added other ingredients that would emphasize the chocolate flavor. I am a fan of dark or milk chocolate mixed with white chocolate. I’ve used that combo in biscotti, bars, fudge. This time I combined the two chocolates in a cookie. The result is a chocolate dream.
Tips for cookies that look as perfect as they taste: For cookies that are all the same size and shape, use a cookie scoop. The cookies will all contain the same amount of dough and will all cook evenly. If for some reason a cookie looks less that perfectly round, use the edge of a spatula to gently push the edges of the cookie into place immediately after removing from the oven, when it will be soft and pliable. For eye appeal, set aside some of the chocolate chunks. Instead of mixing the chunks into the dough, add a few on top of each cookie before baking. The flavor is exactly the same whether a chocolate chunk is inside the cookie or on top, but who can resist a cookie covered in pools of melted chocolate?
Crispy on the edges and soft in the middle, Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies produce audible mmmmm’s from everyone that tries one. Bake a batch for your own chocolate celebration!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa (I use Whole Foods 365 brand ethically sourced cocoa powder)
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons espresso powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 7 ounces (about ¾ cup) white chocolate, chopped into ¼” chunks
- 7 ounces (about ¾ cup) milk chocolate, chopped into ¼” chunks
- **THIS DOUGH REQUIRES CHILLING FOR A MINIMUM OF 3 HOURS (UP TO 3 DAYS) BEFORE BAKING**
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light (about 3 minutes).
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla.
- Gradually add the flour mixture until just combined.
- Set aside a small handful of the white and milk chocolate chunks for decorating. Fold the remaining chocolate chunks into the dough.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to firm the dough, for at least 3 hours (up to 3 days).
- WHEN READY TO BAKE: Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a medium (2 tablespoon) scoop, portion the dough into balls and place 2” apart on the prepared baking sheet.
- Gently press a few of the reserved chocolate chunks onto the top of each dough ball.
- Bake for about 11 minutes or until set. The cookies will still look a little wet and will be soft.
- Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once completely cool, store Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.