October 11, 2009

Chocolate Chunk & Vanilla Bean Cookies

6 oz semisweet chocolate chunks
1 vanilla bean
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, vanilla bean scrapings and combine thoroughly. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until a very thick dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Form cookies by dropping tablespoons of dough on the sheet two inches apart. Flatten slightly then bake until light brown, 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Yield: about 2 dozen

My thoughts:
Last night I was bit by the cookie bug and despite the late hour, whipped up a batch of these extremely delicious cookies. The vanilla bean plus extract gives the cookie a stronger vanilla flavor than is generally found in a chocolate chip cookie but it isn't overpowering at all. While it always a little sad when a little company gets taken over by some big conglomerate, ever since Hershey's took over Scharffen Berger I can find chocolate chunks (and high quality ones at that) at pretty much any grocery store which I couldn't be more thrilled about. Chocolate chunks are wonderful in cookies, the center stays slightly melted (which I love) and each bite has a lot of chocolate in it. These cookies are on the chewy side, with crisp edges, and perfectly golden bottoms.

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  1. YUM-tastic! We will have to try these out tomorrow!

  2. Yummy, I need to order some high quality vanilla beans.

  3. Chocolate chunks are totally the way to go with cookies. But I have never put vanilla bean in any of mine. Will have to try this soon because I love vanilla flavor.

  4. The look fab! Any suggestions on grocery stores (I'm in NJ)that carry vanilla beans or a good place to order from? I'd love to use fresh whole beans in my next concoction.


  5. Jessica-
    it is generally cheaper to order them online. I have a bunch from here http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html that are really good.

  6. ohhh, one day when I have an unlimited supply of vanilla beans (right now I have to drive 1.5 hours+ to buy them) I'll definitely make these...2 of the best flavours in one cookie...sounds heavenly!

  7. Never thought of adding the extract and the bean in a cookie. Sounds so good.

  8. these were delicious! thank you for the recipe.


  9. Extra vanilla is never a bad thing in a chocolate chunk cookie.

  10. I made these tonight and they were wonderful -- a very distinguished chocolate chip cookie.

  11. These look delicious. I feel that most chocolate chip/chunk cookies are more or less the same, but I do like the idea of adding the seeds of a vanilla bean...makes them a bit luxe in a subtle way.

  12. Ohhh, how I love the idea of adding vanilla bean! Brilliant; I can't wait to try this out!

  13. i made these for my college dorm-mates, and they came out so amazingly that my vegan friend had to consume one, breaking years of living egg and butter free. and he claims it was worth it...these are some damn tasty cookies

  14. I tried this recipe today to make cookie sandwiches :) Such a good recipe! Thanks for sharing.


    1. I'm glad you liked it! Your cookies came out super cute!


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