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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Crisp on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Lavender are an elegant, aromatic twist on a classic recipe!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, cookie, cookie recipes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 339kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 3 tbsp dried lavender lightly crushed with your fingertips
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups spooned and leveled all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking, stirring often to prevent the bottom from burning, just until the butter starts to sizzle but does not brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the dried lavender, and let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and set 2 racks at the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Line 3 baking sheets (or as many as you have) with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  • Strain the butter through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing down on the lavender with a spoon to extract all the butter, and discard the lavender. Add the brown butter and the granulated sugar to the butter and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until ribbony and smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir with a rubber spatula just until a dough forms. Mix in the chopped chocolate.
  • Using a large 2 1/3 inch (#16) cookie scoop or 1/4 cup measure, portion out the dough and roll into large balls. Place the dough balls at least 3 inches part on the prepared baking sheets (6 per sheet).
  • Bake 2 sheets at the same time, swapping the top sheet to the bottom rack and bottom sheet to the top midway through, until the tops of the cookies are lightly browned, 13 to 16 minutes, then bake the remaining sheet on either rack. (If reusing one of the baking sheets, allow it to cool for 15 minutes before baking another batch on it.). Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Dried lavender can be found in the spice section of speciality grocery stores or sold in bulk in the tea section.  If ordering online, double check that the lavender you're purchasing is food-grade and meant for culinary use.
Make Ahead
If wrapped tightly in plastic, the dough can be stored in the refrigerator for several days before baking.  If too firm to scoop, let sit at room temp for 15 minutes then try again.

Nutrition

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg