CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES WITH ORANGE AND SEA SALT

Who doesn’t love a chipwich? These are next level. To start, I like to make a serious chocolate chip cookie — the kinds with chunks of Valrhona Chocolate discs, lots of salt, a bit of orange zest and Grand Marnier (optional, of course, if you have kids). Then I like to fill them with Frisky Cow stracciatella gelato (https://friskycowgelato.com). But there is no wrong answer here! The cookies are a dressed-up version of the cookie we call Aunt Claude’s cookies. Since Claude is social distancing with us, we make these often!

Makes three dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS

3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoon salt

12 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon grated orange rind (optional)

1-1/2 cups light brown sugar

1-1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs plus one yolk, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Grand Marnier (optional)

1 pound bittersweet chocolate disks 

Sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In a standing mixer with paddle attachment or using a handheld electric mixer, cream butter, orange rind if using, and sugars until very light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, yolk and vanilla and Grand Marnier (if using) and mix in well.
  • At low speed, fold in flour mixture, and as it begins to disappear, add the chips.
  • Refrigerate dough overnight or a bit longer.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment or Silpat.
  • Form cookies into golf ball size rounds and flatten slightly, making sure no chocolate pieces stick out.
  • Place on cookie sheets leaving plenty of room between pieces.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.  

To make chipwiches: 

Once cookies cool, fill with your preferred ice cream and roll edges in sprinkles!