Monday, March 1, 2010

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This recipe is another that comes from Baking Bites -- it is fairly basic in preparation, but the dark chocolate and sea salt combo gives it a little something extra. I also like the addition of the finely ground oatmeal -- give the cookies a good/more substantial consistency without have huge oatmeal pieces in them.

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cup salted dark chocolate, chopped or 1 bag dark chocolate chunks + 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place oatmeal in the food processor and whiz until very fine.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, ground oats, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg until smooth. With the mixer on low speed or working by hand, gradually add in all the flour mixture, stopping when the dough has just come together and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in chocolate chips.Place 1-inch balls of dough on baking sheet.Bake for 9-11 minutes, until just golden around the edges (don't overbake -- looking slightly uncooked in the middle is about right).
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 3 dozen.

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