Salted Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Sometimes, when you’re waaay behind on blog posts, you take a look through your iPhoto and realize just how behind you are. You might, for instance, realize you haven’t posted about some of the stuff you made…before you moved. And sometimes, while you’re trying to catch up on vacation photo editing, you figure you should probably post some of those recipes. Since they were yummy and all.

Which brings us to chocolate.

And butter.

And melted chocolate and butter.

Which becomes a chocolate batter…

And after a little time in the oven…

Salted Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies! Salt on chocolate on chocolate. Yep.  I knew I should post this one.

Salted Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
From Annie’s Eats

These are a simple, yummy cookie that’s a little different from your average chocolate chip. Lazy (and penny-pinching) girl that I am, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of chopping my own chocolate, and just regular old salt instead of Fleur de Sel. I’m sure that these would be even more awesome with those gourmet additions…but they’re not half bad my way either.

Yield: about 24 cookies

Ingredients
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

4 tbsp. unsalted butter

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. fleur de sel (sea salt), plus more for sprinkling

2 large eggs, at room temperature

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

12 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Combine the 8 ounces chopped chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, and heat until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.  (Alternatively, heat in the microwave in 25-second intervals, stirring in between.)  In another mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.  Beat on medium-high speed until the sugar has completely dissolved, about 4-5 minutes.  Reduce the speed to low and add the melted chocolate mixture, blending until incorporated.  Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Fold in the remaining chopped chocolate with a spatula.  Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2-3 inches apart (I used my medium-sized dough scoop).

Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the cookies are just slightly soft in the center and crackly on top, about 10-12 minutes.  Sprinkle lightly with additional salt and let cool on the baking sheets 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

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