Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Birch-Smoked Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies


This is a cookie that I made for my dessert platter for my Jolabokaflod - that's an Icelandic book flood...more on that soon - and I think it was the surprise hit. It was, by far, the easiest cookie to make in that it doesn't require rolling or any kind of decoration. I have always loved the contrast of salty and sweet. 


And this birch smoked salt from Iceland* was my inspiration. But feel free to use any flake salt that you have. This recipe is easily halved for fewer cookies.

Ingredients makes approximately thirty 3-1/2" cookies

  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 C organic dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 t pure vanilla paste or extract
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 C semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • flake salt for finishing


Procedure

Preheat to 375° F. 

Beat together butter and sugars until lightened and fluffy, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Beat until well-combined. Add in the dry ingredients and stir until everything is moistened. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets, leaving at least 1" between cookies. Sprinkle cookies with salt.

Bake cookies for 13 to 14 minutes; the cookies will firm up as they cool. Let cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


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