This cookie recipe is an oldie but a goodie – and a doooozie. I’ve mentioned before that I steal quite a few recipes from my friend Ash, like this one. Well, this is another. Since having these hot out of the oven at her apartment for the first time years ago, they’re definitely a recipe that I keep in my cookie archives. It’s a combination of my favorite things in life – chocolate and peanut butter, a marriage made in heaven. And while I don’t necessarily love peanut butter cookies on their own, with the addition of chocolate chunks and Reese’s cups, well, I swoon.
This time around though, I wanted to try them a little differently. I’ve been eyeing Sally’s recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies for months now. So I basically tried to blend the two recipes together, taking all of Sally’s tips for making her chocolate chunk cookies super soft, thick and chewy, and those are:
- Using cornstarch
- Adding an egg yolk
- Underbaking the cookies
- Use melted butter vs. softened butter
- Chilling the dough before baking
It’s funny but I never really realized the importance of chilling dough until recently, firstly when making those NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies and now with this recipe. If you cook the dough immediately after mixing everything together (which is so tempting because you just want them to come to life and be in your mouth ASAP) it will cause them to be kind of like flat cookie pancakes. So if you can wait, your tastebuds will be rewarded exponentially
Ironically, in the 90+ degree weather my oven decided to go kaputz on me, but luckily, I was able to get one successful batch. And what was the outcome? The softest, chewiest, most pillowy cookies that have ever come out of my oven. Seriously. I know some people like to have a little crunch outside with a chewy inside or just all around more of a well done cookie overall, but if you are a fan of soft, chewy goodness, puh-LEAAAAAAAAASE try this. You won’t be sorry.
Well, you might be sorry when your pants won’t pull up because you’ve eaten so many…not that I’m feeling that way or anything…..