Imagine this: You find bars of Ghirardelli Dark clearanced out at $2.50 at your local grocer. Do you grab the last bars off the shelf? Does your mind automatically go into must-bake-chocolate-chip-cookie lockdown? If yes to both, we clearly have a culinary connection.
Said chocolate was indeed found and purchased and I raced home to find a cookie recipe worthy of such a fine ingredient. And because bourbon has been on my mind, I turned to Boozy Baker, a relatively new addition to my bookshelf. Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Nuts and a Nip sounded tasty. Switching Frangelico out for my beloved Buffalo Trace bourbon and replacing the hazelnuts with leftover bourbon brittle made my dream cookie come true.These cookies were divinely decadent while at the same time not overly rich or sweet. The crunch from the brittle was a pleasant surprise. And of course the Ghirardelli chocolate was killer.
Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Nuts and a Nip, version 2
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (original recipe called for 2 cups)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons bourbon (original recipe called for 1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur)
- 12 ounces chopped dark chocolate (or 2 cups chocolate chips)
- 1 cup chopped bourbon brittle (or 1 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts)
In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
In large bowl, beat butter and brown and granulated sugars 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Add bourbon; beat to combine. Gradually beat in dry ingredients on low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate and brittle. Refrigerate dough 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 375ºF. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are golden and set but still a bit soft in middle. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.