Baking Classics: Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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The Technique

Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies come in all sorts of shapes & sizes. Some will profess a love of thin & crisp while others swoon over soft & chewy. No matter your preference, one thing I have found is that someone rarely passes when offered a classic beauty. The curiosity & temptation to compare to their cookie spec is simply far too great.

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makes about 2 dozen

3/4 cup butter, melted & cooled
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 {10-oz} package bittersweet chocolate morsels, coarsely chopped

Beat the butter & the sugar for about 1 minute on Medium speed in an electric stand mixer until blended. Add the eggs & the vanilla, mixing just until combined. Whisk together the flour, the baking soda & the salt in a small bowl. Blend the dry ingredients into the butter mixture on Low speed just until combined. Add the chocolate pieces & mix until evenly dispersed throughout the dough. Cover & refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Portion the cookie dough using a level amount from a 2 tablespoon-size spring release ice cream disher. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten the dough balls slightly for an even rise. Bake for about 9 to 11 minutes or until the cookies are puffed, the edges golden & the centers are just soft set. Cool on the baking sheets until the cookies are firm enough to remove.

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The first step to handcrafting something stellar is to begin with quality ingredients. The rest comes down to utilizing the proper procedure & not cutting corners. Drop Cookies refer to a specific cookie style & they are one of the easiest & most forgiving to prepare. Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies are an example of the type of cookie that is classified in this category. Simply blend the dough & literally drop it from a spoon onto prepared baking sheets. The dough can also be portioned using a small spring released scoop to ensure a precise yield.  

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From quality ingredients that are measured properly to blending & portioning them just so, you can create a batch of cookies that replicate those from a fine bakeshop. With a few pointers, you’ll be well on your way to baking pan after pan of irresistible cookies at a fraction of the cost & know you’ve created something a little more wholesome. Here’s what you should know.

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The Ingredients & The Preparations

It’s important to first read over a recipe before jumping right in or you may find yourself in a bind. Toasting nuts, blending items ahead of time & measuring ingredients well before needed always makes the process more manageable. Make certain ingredients are the proper temperature before beginning as well.

The Flour, The Baking Soda & The Salt

One of the most important steps when making a batch of cookie dough is being certain the leavening in dispersed evenly throughout the dough for an even rise in the oven. Always whisk together the dry ingredients before adding them to the butter & sugar mixture for the best results when baking.

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Melted & cooled butter is sometimes called for in cookie applications. The key is to begin the mixing process whether for cookies or other baked items with butter that is the proper consistency. In this case, be certain the butter cools a few minutes before using so that the heat doesn’t thwart the other ingredients that will be added, the eggs in particular. When melted butter is used in cookie recipe applications, you will notice the distinct difference in texture when blending the dough.

Sugar acts as a spreading agent in recipes so it’s important that it is measured properly for use in recipe applications. Pack brown sugar in measuring cups. The back of a smaller cup pressed tightly over the surface will help get the job done quickly. Use a butter knife to swipe over the surface for a level, even measurement.

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Whole eggs bind ingredients together. The egg yolk adds richness while the egg white provides structure. Always use pure vanilla extract when baking for quality flavor.

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Chopping chocolate, even just a simple package of morsels, provides bits of chocolate dispersed throughout the cookie. It is relatively solid so it’s important to focus on the task. Place the quantity of chocolate needed on a large cutting board. Using a sharp chef knife, start at one corner of the amount needed. Position the knife blade straight over it. While holding the handle in one hand, apply pressure with palm of your other hand. Push downward over the top of the knife blade. The chocolate will begin to break into pieces. Once in smaller pieces, rock the chef knife over the chocolate to chop further. 

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The Procedure 

The Blending Process

The blending process is a chance to prepare ingredients to meld together to ensure a pleasing end result. It generally begins by mixing the fat & sugar together using the flat beater attachment from an electric stand mixer until the mixture is combined. Beat the butter & the sugar for about 1 minute on Medium speed in an electric stand mixer until blended. It’s important to scrape down the bowl sides occasionally using a rubber spatula to be certain the mixture is evenly blended at the end of the process. 

The Troubleshooting

If trouble arises during the baking process such as flat cookies or if streaks of saturated fat are present, it’s more than likely because the ingredients were not well blended. I use several different rubber spatulas throughout the blending process when scrapping down bowl sides specifically to avoid these common errors.

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Add the eggs & the vanilla, mixing just until combined. 

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Whisk together the flour, the baking soda & the salt in a small bowl. Blend the dry ingredients into the butter mixture on Low speed just until combined. 

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Stop the mixer just before the dry ingredients are completely blended. 

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Add the chopped chocolate, then give the mixer a few spins to complete the mixing process. The important take away is that you do not want to over blend the dough which could result in one tough cookie.

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 Use a rubber spatula to lift the dough from the bottom of the work bowl & fold it over on itself to be certain all of the ingredients are well blended. Cover & refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.

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The Portioning

Every cookie dough performs a little differently when baked depending on the ingredient ratio. Portion the cookie dough using a level amount from a 2 tablespoon-size spring release ice cream disher. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten the dough balls slightly for an even rise. Space the dough about 2-inches apart. About 8 or 9 will fit on a half sheet pan as these need a little room to spread.

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The Baking

Before baking cookies, it’s important to preheat the oven in advance so that the dough performs as it should during the baking process. Only bake one pan of portioned cookie dough at a time for accurate results. Adding too much into the oven at one time will slow the baking process & skew how the dough bakes.

 Bake for about 9 to 11 minutes or until the cookies are puffed, the edges golden & the centers are just soft set. Cool on the baking sheets until the cookies are firm enough to remove.

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