Today’s cookie is from the back of a bag of the new Scharffen Berger Baking Chunks, a product my grocery store started selling a few weeks ago. I hope they keep them on the shelves because I’m becoming addicted.
The baking chunks come in semi-sweet and bittersweet. I’ve been buying the semi-sweet, which includes this recipe from the great chef Jacques Pépin.
These cookies are very simple to make and the chocolate dough makes a great backdrop for the excellent chocolate chunks. I made the dough in a food processor as directed, but I don’t see why you couldn’t make it in a regular mixing bowl – just cream the butter & sugar first.
Note: Due to my misunderstanding of the recipe, I didn’t roll the log of dough in a tablespoon of sugar…..I just mixed all the sugar in. Nothing bad happened.
Jacques Pépin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
4 oz unsalted butter, I used European style
2 egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour (4.5 oz)
¼ teaspoon sea salt (I actually used scant ½)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup baking chunks (I used more)
Set aside chunks and 1 tablespoon of sugar**(see rant). Mix remaining ingredients in food processor for 30 seconds or until smooth. Transfer dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and roll (or shape) it into a 10 inch log about 1 inch thick (my log was scraggly, but looked better after it chilled). Chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put rack in center. Unwrap cold log and sprinkle evenly with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Cut log into 20 cookies each about 1/2 inch thick. Spread chunks on board and press each cookie into them (I pressed chunks into the cookie, but I like to do things backwards). Line a cookie sheet with parchment and arrange cookies 1 inch apart chunks facing up. Bake 14-15 minutes. Cool on rack.
**(rant) I wish the recipe said to set aside 1 tablespoon of *the* sugar so people would know the 1 tablespoon of sugar was coming from the 1/2 cup. But the recipe just says to set aside chunks and 1 tablespoon of sugar. So I’m assuming they meant out of the ½ cup, as there’s no listing in the ingredient list for an extra tablespoon of sugar. I also wish they’d listed the ½ cup chunks at the top since the directions say to set them aside.