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Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #2: Throwdown With Bobby Flay

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #2: Throwdown With Bobby Flay

Chocolate Chip Series #2: Throwdown! With Bobby Flay

Next up on the chocolate chip cookie series is…. Bobby Flay’s Throwndown! With Bobby Flay Chocolate Chip Cookies! I think this is great option for the second chocolate chip cookie in the series. This episode of Throwdown With Bobby Flay featured Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes from New York City’s Levain Bakery (I will be testing their recipe later on in the series).

Guittard ChocolateInstead of using chocolate chips in his recipe, Bobby uses semisweet chocolate blocks to create larger and smaller chunks within the dough. This produces a cookie without the distinct individual characteristic chip look, but has the nice chunks of chocolate with small little chocolate bits throughout that nicely incorporate into the cookie.

Chocolate blocks can be bought at most specialty grocery stores and online. I used Guittard Semisweet Chocolate Baking Bars. I really like this chocolate block. I love semisweet chocolate over any other kind of chocolate and this bar gives an intense, sweet chocolate flavor that isn’t bitter or overly sweet. Highly recommend it!

This recipe also calls for dark brown muscovado sugar instead of regular dark brown sugar. Dark brown muscovado sugar is basically unrefined cane sugar without the molasses removed. Just like regular brown sugar, it comes in light (less molasses) or dark (more molasses). It’s much darker than regular dark brown sugar due to the high molasses content. I actually had never used muscovado brown sugar before. But keeping in line with his recipe, I thought using the muscovado was a necessity!

I used India Tree Dark Muscodavo, which seems quite fancy, but was well worth the effort in purchasing! The packaging states, “India Tree Dark Musscovado Sugar from Mauritius retains much of the flavor of the cane. It has a fine, moist texture, a high molasses content, and a strong lingering flavor that goes well with other rich flavors such as gingerbread, coffee, and chocolate.” Sounded pretty yummy to me!

I found muscovado sugar to have a wonderful moist, sticky texture with a rich, sweet, intense caramel-y flavor. It gives a more complex flavor profile compared to regular brown sugar leaving you with an aftertaste of a slightly smoky toffee flavor. I would only recommend using it in recipes where the molasses note can really shine through, but I definitely enjoyed it in these cookies too. Definitely give it a try!

Okay enough talking, let’s get to baking!

Ingredients

2 cups plus 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp kosher salt

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup softened unsalted butterIngredients

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup dark brown muscovado sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 (5-ounce) block semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Don’t forget your oven thermometer 🙂
  2. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl
  4. Beat butter with paddle attachment of stand mixer for about 1 minutes
    until smooth. Add the muscovado sugar and granulated sugar beating for several minutes. Scrap down the sides and bottom of the bowl and continue to mix until butter and sugar are light and fluffy. This may take several minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time with vanilla bean paste beating until all ingredient are combined and smooth.Butter and Sugar Reading to Mix in Eggs
  6. Gradually add flour mixture and blend together until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  7. Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in chocolate chunks by hand
    until evenly mixed throughout. Scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet using ice cream scooper, leaving 2 inches of space between each cookie.Chocolate Chip Dough
  8. Bake on middle rack of oven until the cookies are golden brown while still soft in the middle. This should take about 11 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on sheet for 2 minutes before removing them to a baking rack with a spatula. This recipe makes ~24 cookies.

Notes

Store in airtight counter on the counter for several days, will get softer over time due to humidity. Store in refrigerate for up to 1 week and in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

Conclusion

I’m a pretty big fan of these chocolate chip cookies! Bobby’s recipe creates a thin cookie that is crispy on the outsides and soft in the center. These cookies are not chewy in the center like the Tollhouse cookie, but more have that soft bite in the middle. Using the block of chocolate instead of chips gives the cookie a richer chocolate flavor with large chunks and small shavings of the chocolate through the cookie. I also prefer the taste of the block semisweet chocolate over the Tollhouse chips because of the more intense chocolate and rich flavor that blocks produce. Overall, I highly recommend these chocolate chip cookies! If you are looking for a crispy outside and soft inside, I would recommend this recipe.

Cookies On Baking Sheet

I hope you enjoyed Bobby Flay’s chocolate chip cookie recipe, the second recipe in the Chocolate Chip Cookie Series! Stay tuned next week for the next chocolate chip cookie recipe. What did you think of Bobby Flay recipe? Would you try using the blocks of chocolate instead of chocolate chips? And what about the dark brown muscovado sugar? Would you try using it in you home baking or would you stick with regular brown sugar?

If you missed the other recipes from the chocolate chip cookie series, click on the links below to check out the other chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried! Happy Baking!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #11: Brown Butter

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #10: Pinch of Yum Soft Baked

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #9: Momofuku Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #8: Double Baked

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #7: Neiman MarcusChocolate Chip Cookie Series #6: The $250 Department Store Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #5: Crisco’s Shortening

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #4: Jacques Torres

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #3: Levain Bakery

Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #1: Tollhouse

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8 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Series #2: Throwdown With Bobby Flay”

  • My wife love to bake chocolate chip cookies! Definitely, I will tell her about this “crispy on the outside/soft in the inside” chocolate chip cookies – Bobby Flay recipe and recommend your website as well. Thank you so much, Bailey!

  • This sounds so good. I am a sucker for anything cookie and chocolate. The chocolate chunks is a great idea. Overall, I am going to have to try this recipe for sure. You did a great job of selling me on it. 🙂 I’m also a fan of brown sugar and I use it instead of white in my coffee every morning. Do you think the dark brown muscovado sugar would be a good fit?

    • I’m not sure about using the muscovado sugar in coffee just because it does have that richer molasses flavor but certainly worth a try! I might try that out tomorrow morning in my coffee and I’ll let you know what I think! I am a huge sucker for any chocolate chip cookies so I can totally relate 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and be sure to come back for more in the series!

  • Interesting. I have never heard of muscovado sugar, but after reading this- I think I will look into it. Like Susie, I am a bigger fan of soft cookies overall, but I am willing to give it a try!

    • Definitely try to muscovado sugar! Its an interesting and different flavor that regular brown sugar! Everyone loves different types of cookies whether it be soft, crispy, or chewy! Check back later in the series for the softer cookies as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  • The chunks were definitely a nice touch! But I definitely get what you mean. Next up is the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie. Those are some of the most gooey, soft, giant cookies ever so I’m sure you’ll like the recipe better!
    I hadn’t thought of putting the muscovado sugar in oatmeal, but honestly that may be the best application! It would give the same sweetness of the regular brown sugar but with that distinct molasses, tangy flavor that would really enhance the oatmeal. Can’t wait to try that tomorrow morning!

  • Hmm, I like the idea of the chocolate chunks and smaller pieces, but I’m not a huge fan of crispy (even if they are soft on the inside) chocolate chip cookies. However, after reading your experience I think I’ll pick up some muscovado sugar to throw on my morning oatmeal. I usually use a tiny bit of brown sugar on top and this looks like it might be a game changer.

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