Muscovado-Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Muscovado-Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Muscovado-Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Every baker needs a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Slightly crispy on the outside, with a soft and chewy centre, muscovado sugar enhances the molasses flavour and retains more moisture, resulting in the perfect texture. Use the best chocolate available – it makes a significant difference.

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110g of unsalted butter, softened
120g of dark muscovado sugar
80g of granulated/caster sugar
2g of sea salt
50g of eggs
225g of plain flour
5g of corn flour
5g of baking soda
2g of baking powder
180g of chopped dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, plus more for topping
Stand mixer, with the paddle attachment
3 × baking sheets
Cookie cutter
Step 1

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugars, and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides as needed.

Step 2

Add the eggs and beat until they have been fully incorporated, scraping down the sides to make sure all the butter is also incorporated.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder.

Step 4

Place a sieve over the stand mixer bowl and sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix on low speed just until the flour has been incorporated.

Step 5

Add the chopped dark chocolate and mix again to incorporate.

Step 6

Roll the dough into 65g balls in your hand and place them on a baking tray. Cover with plastic wrap/cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Step 7

Preheat the oven to 340°F/170°C.

Step 8

Working in batches, place 6 dough balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press a few more bits of chopped dark chocolate into the top of the balls.

Step 9

Place the tray in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Step 10

Remove the tray from the oven and, while still hot, take a cookie cutter slightly larger than the baked cookie and quickly rotate it around the cookie. This neatens up the edges and gives you a perfectly round cookie.

Step 11

Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of Bake it Better: 70 Show-Stopping Recipes to Level Up Your Baking Skills by Matt Adlard is available to buy now (DK, £20).

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