Living Large Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Sometimes bigger is better, and such is the case with this take on the archetype chocolate chip cookie.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 dozen

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Holiday Cookies 2001, Special Issue 2001


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks or chopped bittersweet chocolate


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, salt, and vanilla until fluffy. Add both sugars; beat until lightened in color, 4 minutes. Beat in egg.

  2. Add baking soda and flour; beat on low speed until just incorporated. Mix in chocolate. Transfer bowl to refrigerator; chill dough 1 hour or more.

  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment, and set aside.

  4. Roll 1/4 cup dough into a ball, and place on a baking sheet. Repeat, placing a total of four balls on each sheet. Chill 20 minutes.

  5. Transfer 2 baking sheets to oven, and bake 7 minutes. Rotate pans, and continue baking until just brown around edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks; cool 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks, and cool completely.

  6. Bake remaining cookies, and cool. Store all cookies in an airtight container up to 2 days.


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