We all love chocolate chip cookies, we all love chocolate chunk cookies, but there is a particular pleasure that comes from taking the time to chop up bars of semi- or bitter-sweet chocolate by hand — you will be rewarded with pretty striated (or fractaled, and I hope I’m using that word somewhat properly) cookies that look have a multi-layered look, thin layers of chocolate interspersed with thin layers of cookie dough, with the occasional substantive chunk of chocolate. What would you call these?
The chopping doesn’t take long, and I find it very satisfying, the thump of the knife, the crunch of the chocolate splitting part into slivers. Don’t be hesitant to scrape every bit of the chocolate shards into the batter; bigger pieces and little fragments together are what make these amazing. That and the peanuts, make this chocolate chunk peanut cookie recipe something beyond the norm.
If you do have a bit of advance notice, and can make the dough a day or two ahead of baking the cookies, you will notice a deeper, more caramelly flavor in your cookies, and a more satisfying consistency thanks to a drier dough.
But truly, don’t worry if you don’t have time to make the dough in advance. You shan’t be disappointed in the slightest.
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Fractaled Chocolate and Peanut Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 10 ounces hand-chopped semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate bars
- ⅔ cup lightly salted cocktail peanuts roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. if you are planning to bake the cookies right away, otherwise preheat the oven 30 minutes before you bake them.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together and set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together in a large bowl until creamy and well blended. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Blend in the vanilla.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing each addition in until incorporated. Blend in the chocolate pieces and peanuts.
- If not baking immediately, press plastic wrap directly onto the dough in the bowl and put in the refrigerator. If you can refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 days, up to 4 days (the longer the dough sits, the deeper and more developed the flavors become).
- Bring the dough to room temperature. Place 1½-inch balls of the dough onto a cookie sheet about 2½ inches apart, and press down lightly, especially if still a bit chilled from the fridge. Bake in the preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes until nicely browned, but still soft in the middle. Peek part way through the baking time and rotate the trays if the cookies seem to be cooking unevenly.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies sit on the baking sheets for about 1 minute more to firm up a bit. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack, and either serve warm or cool completely.
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