Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

5 from 12 votes

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are laced with tons of dark chocolate which takes them right over the top! They are similar to my Chocolate Chip Cookies but with brown butter and chocolate chunks instead of chips. So good, make a double batch!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies stacked on top of each other on a napkin

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies | Made with Brown Butter

Now, is there anything better than chocolate or butter? I submit that there is not. Well, maybe brown butter and dark chocolate. These Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are simply regular chocolate chip cookies made with a few fancy ingredients. Brown butter cranks up the nutty flavor and dark chocolate makes these rich and practically irresistible.

Anyways, these are as simple as making any cookie and taste phenomenal fresh out of the oven. One of my husband’s new favorites!

Looking for even more cookie recipes? Check these out! Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookie dough in a bowl with a spatula

Main Ingredients Needed

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with all the yummy fixings of a regular chocolate chip cookie. The only difference is the method! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Butter – this is toasted in a pan before being added to the dough. If you’re not into brown butter, just use regular melted butter instead.
  • Sugar + Brown Sugar – for sweetness! Brown sugar to keep these cookies soft.
  • Egg – for structure and texture.
  • Vanilla – for flavor! (Use the pure stuff if you have it).
  • Flour – this fills out the rest of the cookies.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda – both are used for rise and softness.

Dark Chocolate Chunks vs Chips

You can either use dark chocolate chunks OR chips for this recipe (either will taste delightful). However, the main difference between the two is that chunks become meltier as the cookie bakes while chocolate chips are specifically made to keep their shape. So if you have a preference about how melty and gooey your chocolate gets, choose accordingly.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies on a cooling wrack

How to Make Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

For full details on how to make Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies, see the recipe card down below!

Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat oven. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat and set aside.

Step 2: Brown Butter

Place butter into a small pot over medium heat. After the butter has melted, start swirling the pot gently until it starts to brown and become fragrant. Once the butter is a golden amber color, take off the heat and pour into the bowl of a mixer.

Pour in sugar and brown sugar. Stir. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape sides and stir again. Pour in all dry ingredients and stir slowly. Scrape sides and mix again briefly. Stir in dark chocolate chunks and stir by hand.

Step 4: Bake + Cool

Scoop by the teaspoon into pans and bake until lightly golden around the edges.

After a few minutes of cooling on the baking sheet, transfer to a cooling rack. I highly highly recommend eating these warm with lots of milk!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies stacked on top of each other on a napkin

Storing Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you have leftover Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies,Β store the cooled cookies in an airtight container with a slice of plain sandwich bread resting on top. Store-bought white bread is perfect!

Cookies should stay fresh for 2 days and are passable after 3 days, though, who still has cookies sitting on their counter 3 days after they have made them? They don’t last that long at my house.

Freezing Instructions

You can essentially make and freeze these Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies baked or unbaked. Here are the directions for both.

Baked

If you want to bake these in advance, follow the recipe instructions listed below and cool completely. Then store in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bags and freeze.

As long as they are in an airtight container, the cookies should last 1-2 months in the freezer.

To reheat, simply microwave one or two cookies for 10-15 seconds each until warm and melty.

Unbaked

To store unbaked cookie dough, simply scoop into cookies, place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and freeze.

After 3 hours, the dough should be hard enough to transfer to an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag. This cookie dough will last 1-2 months in the freezer.

To bake, simply remove your dough balls, defrost them on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour and bake as listed in the recipe card below.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies stacked on top of each other on a napkin. The top cookie has a bite taken out of it.

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These make such a great dessert or snack. And, they pack up nicely to deliver to friends. We loved these and hope you all do too! πŸ™‚

The printable recipe card is down below!

5 from 12 votes

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are laced with tons of dark chocolate which takes them right over the top! So good, make a double batch!
servings 12 cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 22 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • Place butter into small pot over medium heat. After butter has melted, start swirling pot gently until it starts to brown and become fragrant. Once the butter is a golden amber color, take off the heat and pour into the bowl of a mixer.
    1/2 cup butter
    Brown butter in a metal mixer bowl
  • Pour in sugar and brown sugar. Stir. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape sides and stir again. Pour in all dry ingredients and stir slowly. Scrape sides and mix again briefly.
    1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    Mixing ingredients
  • Stir in chocolate chunks and stir by hand.
    2 oz semi sweet dark chocolate
    dark chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Scoop by the teaspoon into pans and bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack. Serve.
    Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dark chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate chunk cookies

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  1. Kelly

    These looks delicious and so easy! I always crack my eggs in a separate container. One Christmas I was making Christmas cakes and needed 10 eggs. I think it was my 6th egg that was spoiled. I am sooooo glad I was not putting them all together in the same bowl or cracking them into my batter.

  2. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

    It’s so nice to go back to the classics once in a while, isn’t it? I’ve been thinking good ol’ chocolate cake is on my horizon. In the meantime, these might do the trick!

  3. Julie @ Table for Two

    ahhhh no you didn’t! but you did. these look amazing!! what a great chocolate chip cookie but even better that it’s with brown butter!!! mmmmm

  4. Lacey Wilcox

    Oh my gosh…your recipes are SO BAAAAAD for a pregnant woman first thing in the morning. All I’m going to be able to think about now are brown butter dark chocolate cookies. Wow…

    Do you think you could substitute some wheat flour in these??

  5. Erin

    I liked the photo of your daughter! You should’ve had a photo with her holding one of these cookies, no one would ever be able to compete with those two combined!

  6. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    I’m convinced that the word “chunk” in any cookie makes immediately makes it 10 times better. Love the look of these!

  7. Kathryn

    I always find it so hard to take pictures of cookies but you really nailed it here! I could definitely eat a couple of these for breakfast right now!

  8. Carlos

    Wow, these cookies look amazingly good. I gotta try these … so, what is it that makes butter brown butter? Is it that it is heated and stirred? or is it that you add brown sugar? I would like to use brown butter in a chocolate chip cookie recipe I have so how do I make brown butter? Thanks.

  9. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Mmmmm, I have never made brown butter, but I have been seeing it a lot lately. Perhaps I will make these cookies for the dinner party I am having this weekend!

  10. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations

    Your daughter is adorable! Beautiful! I “liked” her photo on Facebook :). And for the cookies, there’s nothing like a good Chocolate Chunk Cookie. Add brown butter and I’m in LOVE.

  11. Anna @ hiddenponies

    There is still nothing better than a great chocolate chip cookie – these look and sound absolutely perfect. Your step-by-steps with the comments in between are my fave…I’m normally not a step-by-step person, but I actually want to read everything you have to say along the way πŸ™‚

    1. Natalie

      I knew it! I think I saw yours earlier today, and thought I was having deja vu when I saw Lauren’s post. Another reason why I love you ladies πŸ™‚

  12. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    Ooey Gooey delicious chocolate is right! I would love a batch of these with a tall glass of milk to snack on now!

  13. Natalie

    Are you ahead in that contest? If not, you should be. I was #102! I hope you get it! Good family photos (for free) are hard to come by.

    And I need one (8) of these cookies.

  14. Living The Sweet Life

    Lauren Lauren Lauren – – ohh how you complete my life! What an amazing recipe, I literally want to eat each of your cookie pictures above :$

  15. Jessica

    Mmmm…I don’t think I even make audible, understandable words when I’m on your site…just ignore me. And give me a napkin to wipe up my drool.

  16. CouponClippingCook

    Love that you made this recipe with brown butter. I’m going to have to try this for sure. The chocolate chunks look soooo good in your pictures too…ok…I think I’m totally craving this now.

  17. Michele

    5 stars
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing recipe! Made these this afternoon after seeing them on pinterest, like yesterday. One suggestion though, add salt. I added 1/4 tsp. and I don’t think it was enough. I think 1/2 tsp. would be better. But seriously, best ccc recipe EVER!

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  19. Kelly

    This looks amazing! Also, have you heard the trick about how to tell if an egg is spoiled before you crack it? Just drop it in a cup of water. If it sinks, it’s fine; if it floats, it’s gone bad.

    http://www.ochef.com/789.htm

    Rotten eggs gross me out intensely, so it was such a great thing to learn.

  20. Heidi Robinson

    You should check out Rustic Pear Photography for pictures! She’s amazing and goes up to Hood River often to do pictures (I just know your Sister Brennan’s daughter-in-law, not sure if you live in HR too. Sis. Brennan told me about your site, she’s my old Young Woman leader). She’s great and reasonably priced!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rustic-Pear-Photography/112603302118219

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  22. Betty Ballard

    This recipe looks so good; but it did not work for me. I am sorry to be the only negative comment, but I made these cookies exactly as the recipe is written, and they do photograph beautifully; however, the recipe lacks salt; need to bake longer then 7-8 minutes. It took 18 minutes on 350 degrees in my over for them to even look done; never turned golden brown. When cooled, they were crispy. So, this is another Internet recipe for the trash, and I will make crumbs with the cookies to use for cream pie or cheese-cake crust. Here forward, I will use only tested recipes.

  23. Beth M

    5 stars
    This is the perfect ccc rec I’ve been looking for! I’ve made it twice now and people love them! The second time I made it, I wanted a fall inspired cookie so I added dried cranberries and 1/8 ts ea of nutmeg, cinn and ginger and that was great too!

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