Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

What’s the sign of a good recipe?

When you make it twice in one week. (And kind of wish you had the ingredients to make it again as you’re blogging about it.)

My friends, this is that kind of recipe.

And it’s for chocolate chunk cookies.

Milk and dark chocolate chunk cookies

I didn’t think there was anything revolutionary about chocolate chip cookie recipes. (Barring, of course, the New York Times one that pretty much everyone has tried, except me. One day, I will try this. It’s the same day I have a fridge large enough to store a bowl of cookie dough for a minimum of 24 hours. One day.) I was mistaken.

These are chewy delights of soft cookie with melty bits of dark chocolate. They are cookie perfection.

Dark chocolate chunk cookies I

I just really wanted to make some cookies one night last week, but had not put any thought into what kind. I innocently tweeted out I had a hankering to bake and my friend Robyn suggested I make these cookies from Anna Olson. I was intrigued by the addition corn starch, which Olson says gives the cookies a chewy centre.

And, perhaps more importantly, I knew I had all the required ingredients, including an assortment of dark chocolate bars that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. One of the ones I ended up using was a more traditional thin, flattish bar, while the other was about a 1/2-inch thick.

I used my awesome cookie scoop to portion out the dough, which made these nice rounded, perfectly portioned balls of dough. What surprised me when they baked, though, is that there really wasn’t very much spread. They remain nicely thick and I’m sure that contributes to the chew.

I ate a couple that night, then took some in for work where people devoured them.

So, when it came to attending my first tailgate on Saturday (I know, I know, but I’m from Vancouver; we’re not really tailgate people), I knew exactly what I wanted to bring. And not just because I really wanted to eat some myself. But, yeah, that was part of it.

This time, I used two flat, thin bars of 70 per cent dark chocolate. I broke them into smaller pieces with my meat tenderizer. Let me tell you, that was oddly satisfying. And the end result was really nice. The pieces melted into strata of cookie and oozing chocolate. It was heavenly.

And for that, this is my new go-to cookie recipe.

Smashed chocolate

Dark chocolate chunk cookie dough

Scooped dough

Dark chocolate chunk cookies I

Milk and dark chocolate chunk cookies

Dark chocolate chunk cookies

Milk and dark chocolate chunk cookies

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This is, essentially, exactly as Anna Olson dictates, but I’ve made a few changes to the instructions and called for dark chocolate instead of bittersweet.

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, cut or broken into chunks

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream butter and both sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until just blended. Fold in chunks of chocolate.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookie dough by spoonful onto the lined sheet and bake until just golden brown around the edges, between 8 and 10 minutes.

  30 comments for “Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. September 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

    i love cookies. especially chocolate chip ones. awesome photos. will have to try this recipe one night.

  2. September 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Well this might tempt me to try a new recipe… I’m rather addicted to the one I got from Jennifer Perillo.

  3. September 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    These look deadly! Great photos, too.

  4. September 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    i’m so happy you like the recipe! i’m drooling just looking at the pictures!

  5. September 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Cornstarch! That’s been rumoured to be one of the secrets to the Levain bakery cookies in NYC. These look amazing.
    How big was the cookie scoop you used?

    • patentandthepantry
      September 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      I just measured it and it’s a full tablespoon, which really doesn’t sound like much but produced a nicely sized cookie.

  6. September 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    SO TOTALLY DIVINE looking! Cornstarch – never woulda thunk it! Going to definitely give these a try.. for research purposes of course!

  7. September 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    These look so amazing and I’m going to try them. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Leanne
    September 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve been making these for years. And they are always, always a favorite of people. They are soft and chewy and stay that way for days. These are even delicious a little bit frozen.

    • patentandthepantry
      September 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Frozen, eh? I will definitely try that with the next batch. Thanks for the tip!

  9. September 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    They look fabulous. I’ll always try a new chocolate chunk cookie recipe, with dark chocolate is even better!

  10. September 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Wow, those look amazing! Definitely one of the first things I’m going to bake when I get my new oven. Love the black background!

  11. September 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Gorgeous photos. These are next up on my baking list.

  12. September 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    gorgeous! :P

  13. September 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Amazing pictures. I think I’ll bake some cookies tonight.

  14. September 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    My goodness! Why aren’t these in my belly right now? I’ll have to change that soon and make a batch. Or three.

  15. June
    September 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Just found your blog thru dinner with Julie–love everything about it. Therefore, I was distressed to read in the archives that your banner didn’t meet with everyone’s approval. I think it’s great:) In the same entry, you talked about Dream Bars. There’s a very similiar sounding recipe called Dream Bars in Susan Mendelson’s Mama Never Cooked Like This. If you like, I’ll send the recipe to you. And the dark chocolate chunk cookies — awesome!!

  16. September 29, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I love your blog, photos are wonderful.

  17. September 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. :)

  18. October 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    The cookies are absolutely fabulous! I love the way they taste and the great smell that they leave in my house when they’re in the oven! Thank you for the recipe!

  19. October 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    This looks like the perfect recipe to whip up and send out to my son (playing hockey in BC). Your photos are so pretty as well. Do you mind if I ask what lighting you use? I have a good camera but think (with winter approaching) I should try out a light stand for more consistency. Just realized you’re the writer in the Calgary Herald… it’s nice to find another local foodie:)

    • patentandthepantry
      October 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      I think these cookies would probably travel quite well; what a nice treat if you send them to your son!
      As for lighting, I use nothing other than natural sunlight. I shoot most of my food by my living room window! I’m not good with flash lighting, though it’s something I need to work on now that the days are shorter. I know there are some other blogs that talk more about lighting; a quick Google search should bring them up. Good luck!

  20. Carolyn
    January 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Just thought I’d finally comment on these – today I will be making them for the fourth time. These really are amazing, and this has become my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Last time I made them the entire batch got eaten within the day. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  21. Sandy
    October 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I bought a bag of dark chocolate chunks & have been looking for a recipe…I’m going to try this right now because my daughter & 4 grandkids are coming over shortly. Thank you for the yummy looking cookie pictures-can’t wait to get them done. I love your header pic as well…very tastefully done & eye catching!

  22. Sandy
    October 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Well I made these yesterday and they are what everyone says and more! They are the best cookies-honestly-that I’ve ever eaten! I couldn’t quit eating them as they came from the oven!! I’ve never heard of using corn starch in cookies but whatever it does, it did good! I’m making another batch tomorrow because my daughter & grandkids loved them, too. Thank you for posting this recipe!!!

  23. erica
    October 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    This recipe is excellent! I’ve tried it with bittersweet chips and dark chocolate chunks. They’re a big hit either way!

  24. stefanie
    January 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

    These cookies look amazing!!! especially that it is DARK CHOCOLATE!!! Do you think the recipe would be just the same without the corn starch???

    • January 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      It’s the corn starch that makes them chewy, so the recipe will work without it, but the cookies won’t have the same chew. Let me know how they turn out!

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