Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This is an unconventional twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie, made with rich chocolate chunks, cinnamon, and a hint of orange. The result is a sophisticated, unexpected, and totally delicious cookie. The recipe also uses a combination of bread flour and cake flour in lieu of your typical all-purpose, which ensures that your cookies will be perfectly chewy and won’t fall flat in the oven, no matter what you do during the baking process to mess them up. Enjoy!!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(adapted from Chasing Delicious)

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 4 ounces bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 4 oz pecans (1 heaping cup whole), roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons zest from an orange

Directions:

  1. Preheat a conventional oven to 375 degrees or a convection oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together in a bowl. The mixture should be light and fluffy.
  3. Add each egg one at a time, mixing well after adding.
  4. Add the vanilla and orange juice. Mix well.
  5. Add the flours, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon to the bowl and mix until the batter comes together.
  6. Before adding the extras, mix the nuts, chocolate, and zest well in a bowl. This ensures the orange zest is evenly distributed.
  7. Add the extras (nuts, chocolate, zest) to the batter and mix in until it is evenly distributed.
  8. Place tablespoon-sized blobs of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes until cookies are golden.