It was my turn to pick the next recipe from Nick Malgieri’s Bake! – I chose The Original Chocolate Chip Cookie. I picked it because the very first typical American thing I ate about 20 years ago was a chocolate chip cookie! So, in my head, America and chocolate chip cookies are connected to one another as are turkey and Thanksgiving or Germany and sauerkraut or Bavaria and weisswurst or Italy and pizza etc. etc. (you see the point, don’t you?).
Anyway, this recipe called for chocolate chips, but I wanted the cookies to be more than chocolate CHIP cookies. I wanted chocolate CHUNK cookies. Thus, I bought plain bittersweet chocolate and cut big chunks to be mixed into the dough. I left out the walnuts because I don’t think walnuts belong into chocolate chip cookies, even though I do love walnuts. Malgieri warns that if the butter is too soft, the cookies will spread too flat. The butter was not soft, but maybe I mixed the dough too long? I got flat cookie monsters, but they were oh sooooo yummy. Definitely worth a repeat.