Telltale scenario #538: How to know you married the perfect man:
Your hubby has come up for a visit and, alas, you have to go to a boring lunch for work. You’d pleaded to get out of it, and even your “but I only get to see my husband every three months” argument had fallen on deaf ears. So you go, you eat some awful food, and before long you’re back home and you find that not only has he mown the lawn, he has made you a batch of your favorite chocolate chunk cookies.
Sorry ladies, he’s off the market.
Now, these cookies that my wonderful husband made for me hold a special place in my heart. It’s not for any sentimental reason, it’s just because they’re so chock-full of really good chocolate. Perhaps I haven’t made it totally clear in this blog thus far, but I’m a total chocolate freak. Not for crappy mass-produced Hersey’s, but for the good stuff – as is evidenced by my chocolate stash (yes, all of those striped packages are Scharffen Berger). I’m by no means exclusive in my smittenness – I give my love not to just one but to a select few.
So, unsurprisingly, cookies like this that use good chocolate and a lot of it are right up my alley. I made these cookies last week and gave them away and have been tormented by their memory since – why oh why was I feeling so altruistic???
I wasn’t so tortured the first time I made them and they were part of the care package that I sent to Jeremy when he was studying for the Bar. He rated these as an A- and said “as plain old boring chocolate chip cookies go, they’re superb.”
A-, in my mind, is about right. I’ve already made them better than that batch – I originally used Lindt Swiss bittersweet and Ghirardelli milk but in my most recent batch, Scharffen Berger 70% bittersweet and 41% extra rich milk was the chocolate I chose. They’re still not absolutely perfect and they could use a small improvement. To give these cookies just a tad more texture and complex chocolate flavor (but not more sweetness), I think they would benefit from some cacao nibs being stirred in.
It could be that those little nibs will be the key to finally getting that A.
Scharffen Berger chocolate chunk cookies
From The Essence of Chocolate
Makes about two dozen cookies