Picture enjoying a warm and gooey eggless chocolate chip cookie, No eggs needed! We've crafted a special recipe for everyone, especially those who prefer eggless options. But we've taken it up a notch by adding a delightful touch of sea salt for that extra flavor kick.
Softened butter (not melted)
Half cup caster sugar
Half cup brown sugar (or use all caster sugar)
Splash of vanilla extract
Optional: 1 tablespoon corn flour (for chewiness)
About 4 tablespoons milk
Chunks of good quality dark chocolate (57%)
Sea salt for sprinkling
1. Cream the Butter and Sugar:
- Start with softened butter to ensure it mixes easily. Softened butter is at room temperature, making it pliable for blending.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter with caster sugar and brown sugar (or all caster sugar). The combination of both sugars adds depth and richness to the cookies, but you can use all caster sugar if you prefer a sweeter taste.
- To cream the mixture, use an electric mixer or a wooden spoon if you prefer to do it by hand. Beat the ingredients until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This usually takes a few minutes of mixing.
- Add a splash of vanilla extract to the mixture and continue mixing. Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the cookies, giving them a delightful aroma and taste.
2. Combine Dry Ingredients:
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. These include all-purpose flour, baking soda, and corn flour if you want to achieve a chewy texture in your cookies. Corn flour (cornstarch) helps absorb moisture and create a tender, chewy crumb.
- Stir the dry ingredients together until they are well mixed. This ensures that the leavening agent (baking soda) and dry ingredients are evenly distributed.
3. Combine the Dry and Wet Mixtures:
- Gradually add the dry mixture into the butter and sugar mixture. Start by adding a portion of the dry ingredients and mix them in.
- Continue to add the dry mixture in increments, mixing thoroughly after each addition. This gradual process helps achieve a smooth and consistent cookie dough.
4. Add Milk:
- Gradually add about 4 tablespoons of milk to the cookie dough. The milk serves to bind the ingredients together and make the dough more manageable.
- Add the milk little by little while mixing, ensuring it is fully incorporated. Continue to mix until the dough reaches a consistent texture and holds together.
5. Chill the Dough:
- Transfer the cookie dough to a separate bowl, and cover it. This step is essential for letting the dough firm up and become less sticky, making it easier to handle.
- Place the covered bowl in the refrigerator and let the dough chill for around 30 minutes. Chilling the dough also helps improve the flavor and texture of the cookies.
6. Prepare Chocolate Chunks:
- While the dough is chilling, prepare the chocolate chunks. You can use dark chocolate and chop it into small, uneven pieces. These chunks of chocolate will be added to the cookie dough, providing pockets of rich, melty chocolate.
7. Preheat Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F). Ensure that the oven is fully preheated before you put the cookies in to ensure even and consistent baking.
8. Shape and Add Chocolate:
- Once the dough has chilled, scoop small balls of the dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will prevent the cookies from sticking to the tray.
- Gently press each ball of dough with your fingers to flatten it slightly. Then, press the chunks of dark chocolate into the dough. Ensure that the chocolate is evenly distributed within each cookie to ensure a satisfying chocolate flavor in every bite.
- Place the baking tray in the preheated oven and bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Keep an eye on the cookies while baking, as the exact time may vary depending on your oven. You want the cookies to be firm on the edges but slightly soft in the center for a chewy texture.
- After baking, leave the cookies on the baking tray for 10 minutes. During this resting period, the residual heat will continue to cook the cookies slightly. This helps them firm up and develop their final texture.
11. Sprinkle Sea Salt:
- Just before serving, sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt over the cookies. The contrast of sweet and salty enhances the overall flavor of the cookies, creating a delightful taste sensation.
- Your chewy chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt are now ready to be enjoyed! They are best served warm, allowing the chocolate to be gooey and the sea salt to provide a burst of flavor. If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container for later enjoyment.
These cookies are a delightful treat, and the sea salt adds a unique touch of flavour. Happy baking!
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