American-Style Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Everyone and their proverbial uncle appear to have made chocolate chip (chunk) cookies, in one form or another, this summer. I guess I’m rather late to the “party”, however, my offering may be last, but it certainly isn’t least. These cookies are prefixed as American in style as they have a soft and sugary texture to them, as opposed to the brittle nature of the British style cookie. Indeed, although it pains this British traditionalist to admit it, the American style of cookie is far superior to the style adopted this side of “the pond”, as it were.

These also happen to be the first properly successful cookies I’ve ever produced, although very few have been attempted. These are the polar opposite to the last I attempted, which turned out to be a catastrophic failure, in as much as they didn’t end up being cookies – rather, they were flat cakes.

My top tip when making these is to use large chunks of chocolate; by doing this the chocolate taste comes through far more clearly. As such, one should buy a bar of plain chocolate, as opposed to chocolate chips – this will also save the purchaser a not insignificant amount of money. Actually, I’m not quite sure why chocolate chips are so overpriced, or even why they exist… no offence to all of you chocolate chip fetishists.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 16-20

Ingredients:

• 200g unsalted butter, I used stork

• 85g light muscovado sugar

• 85g golden caster sugar

• 1 egg

• 225g self-raising flour

• 100g plain chocolate, chunked using a knife

• A few drops of vanilla extract/essence

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 180C. Whisk together, using a hand whisk, the butter and both types of sugar until smooth – do not cream them. Gently beat in the egg until the mixture is uniform. Mix in the flour and then the chocolate chunks. Finish by stirring in a few drops of vanilla essence/extract.

2. Dollop 20 little balls of the cookie dough onto non-stick baking trays, being careful to leave plenty of room around each. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until golden brown on top – be careful not to let them burn. Allow to cool before eating.

Cost: All of these cookies will cost around £1.35 to make which is an absolute bargain at 6.8 pence per cookie! Just how overpriced are cake shops et al. these days?

59 thoughts on “American-Style Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. Smedette

    Those look delicious! Well done, you should be proud.

    I always keep my chocolate chips (or chunks) frozen and toss them in a bit of flour before adding to the batter; seems to help with even distribution.

    1. frugalfeeding

      Thanks so much. I am proud, except I can’t stop eating them. Workin g out even distribution is a good idea, but I can’t see how that would help… perhaps it freezes the dough around each chip keeping it in place…

  2. Plummy Mummy

    Those look yum. Think I may make some for a charity bake at my kids nursery at the end of the week.
    Small point on costs – did you figure in the cost of your labour and time, of the power you used and the cost of the gym to work those cookies off? I still think home made is much cheaper and usually a lot better tasting than shop bought cookies…and even biscuits. Crunch crunch crunch!

    1. frugalfeeding

      Ah you should, very cheap so you can make loads and generate lots of income for the charity :D. I don’t figure in time costs because I love baking and I wouldn’t have been doing anything else with my time… it takes time to pop to the supermarket as well. Also, there is a difference between technically losing money by not earning any with 100% of your time and actually losing money by paying too much for cookies. If one wouldn’t have earned any money during the period any way then it doesn’t matter – unless you’re suggesting I should be doing literally nothing during the hours of my life I’m not working :D. Power used would be literally negligible… perhaps a few pence. I don’t go to the gym, I exercise outside – :D. Thanks for taking an interest though :D. These are better than any shop bought cookie I’ve ever had.

  3. The Orange Bee

    Chocolate chips cookies are a favorite in our home! I like to try different recipes – always looking for the absolute best one – guess if I can figure out to convert to American measurements (think I can) I’ll give these a try. See that picture of the raw dough? That’s what I have to keep out of the hands of my teenage daughter – she’d rather eat the raw dough – even though she knows it’s not the safest! thanks for giving me a shout at The Orange Bee. I’ll be back next time I bake cc cookies – if not before! Love your apple sketch!

    1. frugalfeeding

      There are measurement conversions on the side bar in my blog! I couldn’t help but eat some raw dough either – it is delicious. It also really isn’t unsafe! Have you ever heard of anyone getting ill from eating raw egg? For example, many restaurants serve dishes, such as mousse, that contain raw eggs. Salmonella is EXTREMELY rare these days, particularly if one uses organic eggs – like I do. I think it’s one of those outdated old housewives tales :D. Thanks! My friend did the sketch for me and made the banner, I’m very very happy with it.

  4. Rachelle R.M.

    Ah, we do have a superior style of cookie ;)

    Every time I make my way across the Atlantic I have a list of baked goods I’m asked to come with, or make once I get there. Chocolate chip/chunk cookies are always on the list.

    In several weeks I’m expected to show with American style pumpkin pies!

  5. Sara

    Yum! Now, it must be because these are the classic american cookie, but I always feel like I’m splurging when I buy bar chocolate to break up and use instead of chips. (I’m in the US, though that probably is clear from the comment). I have been using bittersweet bar chocolate to make the cookies (chips are usually “semi-sweet) and I much prefer it. It’s just a more intense chocolate taste, whereas the semi-sweet are more sweet than chocolatey. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since I’ve made these–last time I made the America’s Test Kitchen version with brown butter, which were amazing, though I also like a whole wheat version by Kim Boyce.

    1. frugalfeeding

      I got the chocolate I used in the recipe for around $0.50, chocolate chips generally cost around $1 for the same amount here. I don’t understand this bitter-sweet thing, we do dark, plain, milk and white. I have no idea what brown butter is either :D

      1. Sara

        If I remember right, I think the % level of cacao is an approximation and bittersweet is around 70% while semisweet is lower? Not sure on the numbers but that’s the general idea at least. (Isn’t that how it’s packaged in the UK)? Brown butter is just butter that you cook gently until it turns caramel-color (“beurre noisette” because it has a nutty aroma) but not long enough to burn. If you’re interested I can point you to some links on it. It’s amazing (and would certainly fit within your frugal bailiwick).

  6. thelittleloaf

    100% agree, chocolate chunks make for a far superior cookie :-) I like mine chunky, chewy and slightly soft in the middle – there’s a time and a place for a British biscuit, but when chocolate chunks are involved, the Amercans win hands down!

  7. Aimee@clevermuffin

    Great post! And I have to say, even as a part-brit (well, aussie, but with British background) I concur and say you’re totally right about the American style of cookie being superior. Nothing better then the chewy bit in the middle!

  8. Prerna

    This may sound redundant but those cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to try baking some myself. One question though, why do you say don’t cream the butter and sugar? Just curious, since I am quite new to baking and a few recipes for cookies that I have seen actually ask for the two ingredients to be “creamed”.

    1. frugalfeeding

      Nahhh, no praise is too much praise. I said don’t cream because in opinion it doesn’t need to be cakey so why follow a step that would make it more cakey. It wants to be more gooey and thick, not light and fluffy – so I though it would be best not to cream.

  9. Jenna

    Ooooh, yum! I love a chewy, delicious chocolate chip cookie. I like your recommendation about chunking your own chocolate from a bar to save money . . . I guess that’s where the ‘frugal’ part of your blog comes in. =)

  10. mamafritz

    these look amazing! it never would have occurred to me that there are “american style” cookies, but now that you’ve pointed it out i can see the difference. however, i love to indulge in chocolate digestive biscuits, so i supposed the grass is always greener on the other side (of the pond). :)

  11. ChgoJohn

    Had to come back and tell you that I just finished baking a batch of these chocolate CHUNK cookies and they are very, very good. This is one recipe I’ll make again and again. Thanks!

  12. threeblondesandatomas

    as an american born and bread, and a cookie monster to boot, i’m excited to see how an “american style” choc chunk cookie recipe made by a brit turns out! i’ll admit i didn’t even realize there was such a thing as an “american style” cookie ;)

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  15. Katherine | Homemade Card Factory

    My second batch are currently in the oven. I made one change to the recipe: MORE CHOCOLATE! In the form of mini mini eggs and chocolate buttons – I stuck them into the little mounds of cookie dough before baking them. The ones that are cooling look divinely naughty/naughtily divine!

  16. Somer

    This is great! You totally captured the essence of perfect American chocolate chip cookies! I agree with you on the chocolate chunks, though on this side of the pond chocolate chips are much cheaper than a good bar of dark chocolate….

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