Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Winner of the Anderson Cooper Cookie Challenge

I hope that you’ll bear with us while we begin our foray into the wonderful world of online video content for The Crepes of Wrath. Kramer and I have really wanted to do this for a while, but it was always one of those things where we made grand plans to “do it next weekend” and then never got around to it. Creating videos isn’t as easy as it looks, especially in a a small, dimly lit kitchen that was never meant for this kind of thing. However, our good friend Matt Hobby, for whatever reason, wanted to help us make it happen, so he came over to our apartment one day and because we had really committed, there was no turning back. Thanks to him coming over and not leaving midway through when he realized how bad at this Kramer and I really are, I can now proudly present The Crepes of Wrath’s very first web video. Matt really walked us through the process and we never would have made it through thirty seconds of shooting without his encouragement.

I think that it was appropriate to make these cookies for this, as they were one of the first things that I learned to make without a recipe, as well as one of the things that people actually ask me to make. The big chunks of chocolate, the crispy exterior with the soft, chewy interior, and just a touch of salt all come together to become what I believe to be the ultimate chocolate chip cookie. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve whipped up a batch of these. They’re my go-to for a last minute dessert to bring to a friend’s house, and I’ve even make hundreds of them for catered events. I baked them for holidays presents for co-workers and neighbors this year, and I think that they are always well received…if not, then everyone I know are really phenomenal actors. Anyway, there’s not much else to say. These are my favorite cookies, this is my first video, and I hope that you’ll come back to see more!

These cookies took home the gold on Anderson Cooper’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge! Check me out on television and read about my time on the show!


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Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Serves: 15-20 cookies
 

The most perfect chocolate chip cookies.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chocolate, roughly chopped (I like to use 1 cup dark and 1 cup semi-sweet or milk)
  • fleur de sel or sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together your melted butter and sugars. Add in the egg, mix until combined, then the egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add in the vanilla and mix.
  2. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add it to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the chopped chocolate.
  3. Line your baking sheets with parchment, and scoop out 2-tablespoon sized balls onto your sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just lightly golden and set. All to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before removing. These will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or frozen (then thawed out when you want to eat them) for up to 3 months.

 

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