Easy chocolate chunk cookies
Having a cup of coffee or a glass of milk and a few cookies is one of the best ways to start the day. You can either bake the cookies the previous day, or let the dough rest in the fridge for the night and put the cookies in the oven in the morning to have them freshly baked and warm.
Be sure to avoid overbaking the cookies - when the edges are golden brown, they're probably ready (Photo: Anita Diós)
230 g sugar (if you prefer more compact cookies, use light brown sugar or a mixture of white and brown sugar)
280 g all-purpose flour
170 g butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
120 g semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into smaller chunks
You can make about 25-30 cookies using the amount of ingredients described above (Photo: Anita Diós)
Before you start making the dough, chop the chocolate into small pieces.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. You can also melt the butter in the microwave, but then make sure to stir it frequently and to use a bowl that is microwave-safe. Let the butter cool down before using it.
Preheat the oven to 165 °C (325 °F).
In a medium or larger sized bowl, first whisk together the dry ingredients: the flour, the salt, the instant coffee powder and the baking soda, and then set the mixture aside.
In another bowl, mix the butter and the sugar, then add in the eggs and beat it together.
Add the flour mixture gradually into the egg mixture and incorporate it without over-mixing the dough. When ready, fold in the chocolate chunks.
Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper, and form little balls from the dough. Make sure to have at least 1 inch (2,6 cm), preferably a little more, between them.
Bake them for approximately 12 minutes. Don’t be afraid if they are really soft: after they cool down a little, they will be just perfect.
Remove the sheets from the oven, then wait 7-10 minutes before removing the cookies from the baking sheets.
If you’d like fresh cookies in the morning, you can prepare the dough the previous day, put the dough into the fridge for the night, and bake them in the morning.