Because Baking is Creative: Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friends, oh my, you are in for a treat! I saw this recipe over at Joy the Baker and thought it looked like an interesting take on a classic chocolate chip cookie. So, of course, I tried making them...and my oh my! This is a chocolate chip cookie all grown up. With dark chocolate chips, molasses and a sprinkle of sea salt, I felt so very mature and grown up eating one. They are rich and chewy and the sea salt helps bring out the flavor of the dark chocolate. Delicious! I recommend them for a big kid party!

Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 3 dozen cookies
From Joy the Baker, recipe adapted from Alton Brown
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon dark molasses, not blackstrap
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups dark chocolate chips or chunks
sea salt for sprinkling on top of cookies just before baking

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, mix the granulated sugar and molasses until no large molasses clumps remain. Look at that! You just made your own brown sugar!

Pour the melted butter in the mixer’s work bowl. Add the homemade brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough for about 20 minutes, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets.  Lightly sprinkle each dough ball with a few flecks of sea salt.  It really brings out the chocolate flavor.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. I like these cookies to be just a bit under-done. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Lisa  – (September 1, 2010 at 10:13 PM)  
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Lisa  – (September 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM)  

Made the fruit pizza this summer at the beach and everybody wanted to know the recipe. It was yum yum yum. Thought about it because I wish I had a piece of it right now.

Can't wait to try these too.

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