Chewy Chocolate Chunk Drops

These cookies are a remake of the chocolate cookies from Food Network's 50 Holiday Cookies. I changed both the sugar and the leavener from the original recipe and I also cut down the salt. If you recall from a previous post, these cookies were sort of hard and dry in texture, and the salt grains didn't seem to dissolve into the batter. By changing to brown sugar and baking soda from white sugar and baking powder, respectively, the resulting cookies were soft and chewy, which seems to be the most favored texture in a cookie by most of the people I know. My secret ingredient in this recipe was coffee, which not only added moisture that the original recipe was lacking, but as Ina Garten of the show Barefoot Contessa has pointed out, accentuated the chocolate flavor.

The name of the recipe came from a little brain storming from my family, who were the guinea pigs for this cookie recipe. They had to endure the overly salted first edition so I thought they deserved to have some say in the name for these little drop cookies.

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Drops

1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 stick room temperature unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp cooled prepared coffee
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy, then beat in the egg, vanilla, and coffee. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the four, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chunks.
4. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper, then arrange 2 tsp-sized mounds of dough onto the parchment. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom edge of the cookies are just firm. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet at least 5 minutes, then slip the parchment paper off the pan and allow the cookies to continue to cool on the parchment. Makes about 3 dozen small cookies.

Per cookie:
Calories: 90
Fat: 4.3 g
Saturated fat: 2.7 g
Cholesterol: 13 mg
Sodium: 60 mg
Carbohydrates: 12.4 g
Fiber: 0.7 g
Sugar: 7.3 g
Protein: 1.3 g

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