Scharffen Berger Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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One of my life’s missions is to find the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe. I expect a lot from this cookie; it has to be soft and chewy in the middle, and yet somehow also be crispy around the edges. It has to have just the right proportion of chocolate to dough. And speaking of the dough, that has to be good in and of itself – buttery, sweet but not too sweet, with just the tiniest hint of saltiness to provide balance.

This recipe gets pretty darned close to my ideal. The dough includes a mixture of butter and shortening to provide both flavor and structure. I used Sharffen Berger 62% Cacao semisweet chocolate, which is one of my favorite chocolates for cooking and baking (I find the bittersweet a little too bitter, but that’s a matter of personal preference). Chopping some of the chocolate into large pieces and some into very fine pieces means that there are little flecks of melted chocolate running throughout the dough along with some big, melty chunks:

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Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm  Comments (3)  
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