Cheer Me Up Brown Sugar Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong?  Well that was the type of week my husband and I had.  By the time Friday rolled around we were just ready for the week to be done and needed some cheering up.  Something sweet was what we needed!  And what’s better to warm the soul than a warm chocolate chip cookie straight outta the oven?!  Away to the kitchen I went to make just what the doctor ordered to cure a rough week, my brown sugar chocolate chunk cookies!  These will definitely turn our frowns upside down and end our week on a cheerful note! 😊

Let’s begin!  Melt your butter in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.  In a large bowl, stir together your melted butter and brown sugar.  Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.  This allows the flavor of the mixture to meld together, and get nice and thick.

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Add your eggs and vanilla, then mix until just combined.  In a separate medium sized bowl, sift together your flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add your dry ingredients to your brown sugar mixture.  Mix everything together until just combined.  Be sure not to overmix the dough, it could potentially make the cookies tough.  The dough should be nice and thick, with no lumps.

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Almost done…. Now we add the chunks of chopped semisweet chocolate and milk chocolate chips, yumm!

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Fold the chocolate in gently with just a couple turns of the spatula.

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With a medium sized cookie scoop, scoop your cookies onto a sheet pan.  Once all scooped, put them in the freezer for 1 hour.  Freezing the dough will make sure that the cookies won’t spread too much and once baked they will be thick, delicious mounds of heaven.  Sigh… I always have to test my patience at this point and do something while the cookies chill, so I’m not tempted to pop some of those delicious cookie dough balls into my mouth.

While the cookie dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 375*F.  After the 1 hour has passed (finally!), place your dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper.  Evenly space them out to ensure they will not touch each other once they start baking, because they will spread out just a tad.

Bake the cookies for about 12 to 15 minutes until they are golden brown on top.  I like to check on the cookies around the 7-minute mark just to see how they are coming along.  Every oven is different so it may take more or less time to bake the cookies depending on your oven.  It’s best to let them sit and cool completely on a wire rack, but who can resist a hot, melty chocolate chunk cookie straight from the oven?!  Not me!!

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Now, time to enjoy!  I like them with a glass of cold milk, but after a long week I think these would pair perfectly with a glass of wine or maybe bourbon too 😉

 

Cheer Me Up Brown Sugar Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yields: 30 Cookies

Prep Time: 1 Hour & 15 Minutes

Baking Time: 12 to 15 Minutes

Ingredients

1 ½ cups Light Brown Sugar (Packed)

14 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (Melted)

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Large Egg & 1 Egg Yolk

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

4 oz Bar of Semisweet Chocolate (Chopped)

1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions

Melt the butter in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.  In a large bowl, mix together your melted butter and brown sugar.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Add the vanilla and eggs, mix until combined.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to your brown sugar mixture until it is a thick dough.  Fold in the chopped semisweet chocolate chunks and milk chocolate chips.  Use a medium-sized scoop to scoop the dough onto a sheet pan.  Chill the cookie dough in the freezer for 1 hour.  Preheat your oven to 375*F.  Place the cookie dough evenly spaced onto parchment-lined sheet pans.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, just until the cookies are golden brown on top.  Let cool on a wire rack.  Pair with a big glass of something cold and ENJOY!

 

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