Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!!
This cookie combines smoked sea salt with caramel and chocolate chunks. (I know…I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard too!) They are chocolate chip cookie perfection, nirvana, Valhalla, Eden, bliss, ecstasy. You get the idea.
|Smoky Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies||
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cool room temp., cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, cool room temp.
- 1/2 cup turbinado (sugar in the raw or demarera sugar)
- 3 ½ cups dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp. smoked sea salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 6 cups flour
- 3 tsp. baking soda
- 12 oz to 1 lb. Green & Blacks dark chocolate chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
- Preheat oven to 360 degrees F.
- In medium pan, stir granulated sugar and water together over medium high heat until it begins to bubble. STOP stirring and allow the sugar to turn a dark golden, amber color.
- Remove from heat immediately and add cubed 1/2 cup butter. Whisk quickly to create a smooth caramel. set aside for about 20 minutes.
- In large capacity stand mixer, combine 1 1/2 cup butter, turbinado sugar and dark brown sugar. Beat until completely combined.
- Add the caramel. Don’t freak out (I kinda did at first). It’s going to melt your butter a little, then the caramel is gonna harden and make some noise in your mixer then it will all break up into beautiful little crunchy pockets of caramel. Beat on high until everything is light and cooled.
- Beat in sea salt.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
- In separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
- Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Stir in chocolate chunks.
- I used an ice cream scoop to make evenly portioned cookies (nice and big) 3 to a cookie sheet.
- Bake 11 minutes.
- Cool on cookie sheet then devour shamelessly.
You may choose not to use the turbinado and just use more brown sugar, it will still be delicious.
*You can halve the recipe too, I just HAVE to make a lot in my house so that it will last longer than 30 minutes.