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Ultimate Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

by on November 15, 2010 · 19 comments

The nice thing about giant cookies is that you can wrap them individually and give them as gifts. As a matter of fact, this batch is going to my neighbors down the street who picked my daughter up from school while I was away. As soon as I post this I’m heading to the craft store for some little velo bags.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This of course is the recipe I told you about yesterday – the one the test kitchen was quite proud of. Watching Normajean make the cookies was interesting because she made a point to prepare them as a casual home baker would. Since the typical American home baker doesn’t weigh ingredients (though I hope that changes) or think much about how they scoop the flour or whether the cocoa powder is natural or Dutch process, the test kitchen tries to create recipes that won’t fail if you do one or two things slightly different.

Cookie Batter

Today was a good example. I wasn’t thinking when I made these cookies and decided to make them with Valrhona cocoa powder, which is Dutched and therefore less acidic than natural style. My cookies were delicious, but it occurred to me that they probably would have been puffier had I used natural styel cocoa since the ingredients in the recipe are mostly alkaline and natural cocoa has some acidity to it. The cookies with the Dutch process cocoa tasted great, but had a different flavor than the ones at the test kitchen and were not quite as high.

So I made them again.

The dark, flatter ones are the Dutch chocolate cookies and the fat ones are the ones made with Hershey’s Natural. I liked the batch made with natural cocoa powder the best.

RECIPE FOR TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES — Note: If you make these with unsalted butter, my advice is to add a scant 1/2 teaspoon salt to the recipe.

Double Chocolate Cookies

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Published on November 15, 2010

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Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie November 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Those look so decadent! I love how white chocolate chunks taste in dark chocolate cookies.

Lisa Ernst November 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I’m a big fan of Dutched cocoa because it can mellow out bitterness, and I love the Valhrona cocoa I just bought — soo very dark and full flavored. Still, you did an interesting experiment that has inspired me to buy some regular cocoa for the next time I make double or triple chocolate cookies.

RAM November 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

How’s the texture of the cookies? Is it fudgy? Is it possible to substitute regular butter with the recipe same amount? I notice you didn’t use cranberries in yours.

Chris Mower November 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

These look fantastic. I’m excited to give them a try.

bakingaddict November 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

These look really good! I love cookies!!

Anna November 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

The texture is like a bakery cookie — rough and dry on the outside and moist on the inside.

Katrina November 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

That’s a fun, interesting experiment. Both look really good.

Nancy November 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I didn’t know the different cocoas reacted that differently. Good to know.

amanda @ fake ginger November 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

YUM! They look delicious! I need to make them since I didn’t try them at the bakeoff!

Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I love cookies, I love chocolate, I love sugar… delish!!! ;)

the blissful baker November 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

i would love to get these cookies as a gift. YUM!

LimeCake November 16, 2010 at 3:40 am

Gosh these look dark and delicious! just what a triple chocolate chunk cookie should be!

Shari November 16, 2010 at 4:55 am

these look wonderful! I love baking cookies & the smaller batches like this are great!

Louise November 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

Anna, Did the neighbors love the cookies?

Anna November 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

Louise, they weren’t home! I had to throw my whole bag of wrapped cookies in the freezer. I’ll try again today.

Carrie November 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

Have you ever tried Nashville Wraps (online) for bags? I bought some biodgradable ones for a bake sale and thought they were great.

Anna November 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

Carrie, I haven’t tried those. I just use the clear cellophane treat bags which come with silver ties.

Louise November 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Be sure to tell the neighbors that you had some fresh baked Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Cookies for them but you had to throw them in the freezer. :-)

Amy at The Scene From Me November 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Well you know you can’t go wrong with anything triple chocolate! Taste buds tell the truth!

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