This is one of my favorite recipes for big, flat chocolate chunk cookies. The recipe was inspired by some giant, floppy, chocolate filled cookies I used to buy in Chicago. I was never able to replicate those cookies exactly, but I came up with this recipe along the way.
After making them many times and comparing them with the popular pan banging Giant Crinkled Chocolate Chip Cookies, I’d still pick Big Flat Chocolate Chunk Cookies as the favorite.
Since posting this recipe I’ve made a few modifications. The recipe used to call for cake flour, but I’ve modified it to be made with pastry or all-purpose. You can use any kind of flour so long as the weight is 180 grams. For cake flour that is about 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons, for pastry flour it’s about 1 1/2 cups, for all purpose that is about 1 1/3 cup plus a tablespoon. The only way to get an accurate measurement for the flour is to weigh it. The picture above was made with cake flour, while the picture below was made with Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour. For the butter I like using European style, but regular unsalted butter works just fine. Both cookies in the photos were made with store brand butter.
Big Flat Chocolate Chunk Cookie Tips
- For this recipe you really need a scale. You can get by without one, but the cookies won’t be exactly the same since I measured by weight.
- Flour — You can use 180 grams of cake flour, pastry flour, all-purpose flour or a mix of the two.
- The recipe calls for 1 1/2 eggs or egg plus 2 tablespoons. The best way to measure is to just beat two eggs and then weigh out 70 grams total of egg. You’ll have about 25 grams left (half an egg) for another recipe.
- I’ve increased the amount of chips to 1 1/3 cups. Use as many chips as you want.
- This is a very soft dough! It definitely needs to be chilled.
Big Flat Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled (114 grams)
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar or mix together light and dark (140 grams)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, scant (90 grams)
- 1 large egg (50 grams)
- 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg (20 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 180 grams cake, pastry or all-purpose flour Use any flour as long as it's 180 grams.
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips or 4-6 oz chopped dark chocolate
- Optional — macadamia nuts caramel chips, chopped milk chocolate
- Beat melted butter and both sugars with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add egg and beat again for 30 seconds. Let rest for 5 minutes, then beat again for another minute. Beat in the vanilla.
- Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt, then add the flour mixture and stir to form a soft dough. Stir in the chocolate. Dough should be fairly soft at this point.
- Chill dough for about 10 minutes or just until it is firm enough to scoop. Scoop about 1/4 cup batter for each cookie onto a couple of foil lined plates or a baking tray (8-10 total). Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill for two hours or until dough blobs are firm enough so that you can shape them into neater rounds. When they are firm, shape them into neater balls and press down slightly so you have discs. For best results chill overnight, or go ahead and bake.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange cookies 3 inches apart on the sheet. Put in the oven.
- Put the cookies in the 375 degree oven, then close door and reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
- Bake cookies for about 15 to 18 minutes, checking at 10 and rotating the pan.
- If using milk chocolate, pull from oven and immediately stick milk chocolate pieces into the hot cookies.
- Let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Made these again. This time I used King Arthur Pastry Flour and Lamd o’Lakes butter. They are still excellent. Such a unique texture.
Hope your family enjoys them!!
Okay, I made a double batch and the dough is chillin’.
I’ve made these at least twice. Perfect ccc’s. These are the kind my dad would love. I was going to go home this week. Put it off until May, but I will have to make these for him then. Heck, the men around here would like them. I’m not too busy today, hmmmm? I’ll have to make them again. Sometimes I just need to make a ccc to feel like myself. 😉
Hooray! Glad the recipe worked for you.
Oh my goodness! They are so good! They have an entirely unique texture that is wonderful. When I took them out of the oven I was concerned that they were too flat but they’re not. They’re really special.
I used cake flour and Lurpak butter. It’s my favorite European butter.
Thank you Anna! So much to try something new, unique and wonderfully tasty.
Tried to give this five stars but my device is fighting me.
I’m very intrigued! I’m not going to be able to make them for awhile but when I do I’ll let you know. They sound wonderful!
Angie, did you make them smaller? Just wondering. I haven’t attempted to make them normal size (though I might try it today). I may try dividing one of the chilled dough sections in half. I’ve been making very large ones (8 per batch) and slightly smaller (10 per batch).
Thanks for trying the recipe! Also, after making these again with the whole wheat pastry flour I’ve decided I prefer with with cake flour or regular pastry flour (Bob’s sells it in a pink bag).
These were amazing!
Of course, my family was suspicious since they were not the regular Tollhouse cookie I usually make. They very timidly ate one cookie and before you knew it they had one in each hand!!! Thanks for encouraging me to bake outside the box!
That’s a bold statement! Your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe right now? Of course I have to try these!!
The only thing I don’t have is dark brown sugar. They look great. I’ll see if I can give them a try. And then taste one. And then dream of eating them all. 😉
You are sweet to say all those nice things, and I’m glad you found the ratios interesting. I sometimes feel like we are all too tied with the idea that we have to use whole eggs, when what I’ve found is that altering the amounts of egg often affects the cookie. So I used 70 grams of eggs and tried to stick with weights. I have a feeling the cookie will get mixed results because people will use volume measurements or the type of brown sugar will be different (too dry, too wet, too brown, etc). So I’m curious to see how these work for others! They’re on the sweet side, but not quite as sweet as the New York Times crinkled chocolate chunk cookies (the banging method). I’ve made them five or six times already.
I have come across a lot of “ultimate” and “best” chocolate chip cookie recipes. This recipe took me by surprise. Kudos to you for being so creative and stepping out of the standard “cookie box.” I didn’t think there was another riff to take on the chocolate chip cookie recipe, but you really did it! Thanks for all of the creative effort–from the cake flour to the baking temperature. They look delicious!