Ad Hoc Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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A good dose of dark brown sugar gave these chocolate chip cookies from Ad Hoc a superb chewy texture. Then using premium chocolate, like Valrhona, pushes these over the top. Down to just 3 in the house these days, it’s rare to have something that all of us rave about. These Ad Hoc Chocolate Chunk Cookies fit the bill perfectly!

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A couple ways this recipe stands out. First is the use of dark brown sugar. I normally don’t have this on hand, so an easy trick is to add a tablespoon of molasses to 1 cup of light brown sugar to make your own. You really don’t even need to mix the two together, just add the molasses to the mixer along with the brown sugar. Cold butter is used instead of the typical butter brought to room temperature. This keeps the batter cooler and minimizes the spreading of what is already going to be a flat cookie. Adding both milk and semi-sweet (or bitter-sweet depending on your preference) chocolate adds to the complexity of this cookie…no two bites will taste exactly the same…except that you’ll never want to stop chewing.  I used the rather pricey Valrhona chocolate, but you’re welcome to substitute a bag or semi-sweet morsels or chunks…the results will still be outstanding.

Tip of the Day: To make your own dark brown sugar, simply add a tablespoon of molasses to each cup of light brown sugar.

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies


    Adapted from: Ad Hoc at Home

    • 2 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour
    • 3/4 teasppon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup butter (2 sticks),chilled and cut into small pieces
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate (I used 5 ounces 30% Valrhona), chopped into chip sized chunks
    • 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate (I used 5 ounces 68% Valrhona), chopped into chip sized chunks


    1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat ½ cup butter with an electric mixer or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer until softened. Mix together brown sugar and molasses (or just use dark brown sugar) and add that and sugar to mixer. Cream till well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla. Beat in remaining butter speed until well incorporated.
    3. With the mixer on low speed, blend in salt and baking soda, then mix in flour.
    4. Add only the chocolate chunks (leave the "dust" and very small crumbs behind), then stir in chocolate chunks.
    5. Roll two tablespoons of dough and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
    6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until cookies are set and not wet looking on top.
    7. Cool for 3-4 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Yield: About 2½ dozen cookies

      Total time: 1 hour


        Nutrition Facts
        Serving Size
        Amount Per ServingAs Served
        Calories 6204kcal Calories from fat 2902
        % Daily Value
        Total Fat 322g495%
        Saturated Fat 197g985%
        Transfat 7g
        Cholesterol 856mg285%
        Sodium 1630mg68%
        Carbohydrate 800g267%
        Dietary Fiber 28g112%
        Sugars 533g
        Protein 69g

        Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

        Total FatLess than65g
        Sat FatLess than25g
        CholesterolLess than300mg
        SodiumLess than2,400mg
        Total Carbohydrate300g
        Dietary Fiber25g
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        1. Love chewy cookies , especially when they’re fresh from the oven. Valrhona chocolate?! Yerm. These would taste amazingly decadent.

        2. Not only are chocolate chip cookies my favorite, but you have given me a solution to a very common problem in my house! An emergency plan for making brown sugar? My dear, I appreciate you!

        3. These cookies look divine, I love the chocolate chunks (and mix of milk & semisweet!).

        4. I love molasses in my chocolate chip/chunk cookies. These look sensational Liz!

        5. I always prefer dark brown sugar but Walmart only carries light brown. I’m going to remember the molasses tip! No doubt the cookies are great:@)

        6. Beautiful images!
          I do have to agree, brown sugar in cookies always make them taste that little bit more delicious!

        7. We love chewy chocolate chip cookies in our house and these look and sound incredible Liz! Great tip on the molasses for dark brown sugar, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

        8. I admit to the fact that I occasionally like a chocolate chip cookie, but it has to be chewy. This looks incredible. I love the extra touch of molasses that dark brown sugar brings too. You’re right; it’s a keeper.

        9. omg these cookies look like a super sophisticated and suuuuuuuuper duperty delicious version of the ole ccc 😀

        10. I think I need more chewy cookie recipe 😉 Those are gorgeous cookies , Lizzy ! I don’t stock dark brown sugar as well and I haven’t found molasses in any of the baking shops that I’ve visited lately . Or maybe I’m not looking hard enough ……

        11. Love the flavor combination in these cookies, yum!!

        12. Is that glass of milk for you to dunk your cookies just like those in Oreo commercials?? How fun!

        13. YUMMMMMM! These look so great!

        14. These look so yummy! Thanks for the brown sugar tip!

        15. What a great tip. I never thought to add molasses to darken up the brown sugar. I love the taste of molasses so I’ll probably never buy dark brown sugar again! ;}

        16. they look yummy!

        17. Your cookies look absolutely perfect. I never tried molasses in chocolate chunk cookies, must give it a try. Do you think these cookies would be just as delicious if using a lower brand chocolate?

        18. Soft cookies are my favorite so I love these!

        19. Looks dee-licious, Liz! Great idea to use the cold butter to prevent the spreading in the oven.

          P.s. Your chocolate chunk cookies would go great with the Ninja Baker’s Japanese Plum Wine Ice Cream =)

        20. Lizzy! This cookies look amazing!!

        21. I love brown sugar and the funny thing is I only buy the dark! Have always wanted to try these. Really, though-what’s your favorite cc cookie?

        22. Hotly Spiced says:

          I love how the brown sugar made these chewy. I love chewy cookies. I also love your little brown paper bags with the handles – great for presentation xx

        23. I want that cookbook. These cookies look great. In fact I could really use a chocolate chip cookie right now.

        24. Lizzy,
          You can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. Pinned.

        25. I want some of those in my lunch bag tomorrow! (Who am I kidding- I want some for a midnight snack tonight.) 🙂

        26. I LOVE Ad Hoc at Home and these cookies are the BOMB!!

        27. I’ve never added dark brown sugar to cookies but you’ve totally sold me on it. Definitely need to try this – I desperately need a cookie fix!

        28. Good chocolate can make all the difference when it comes to cookies! These look wonderful Liz!

        29. YES please with a glass of milk before going to zzzzzzzzzzz

        30. I have some almond milk ready and what I need right now is some of your delicious chewy cookies!

        31. I’ve learnt something prevent some spreading add cold butter…thanks.
          These cookies sure looks good, love the brown sugar, I think it adds a a smoky and lovely flavor to cookies.

        32. Saved the recipe!!! Love the tips on cold butter and how to make dark brown sugar. I like adding two kinds of chocolates too – giving more complex taste. I need a cookie or two for my tired body! 🙂

        33. Lots of great interesting tips for making cookies and these are my favorite chocolate ones: chunky and chewy. Great recipe my friend.

        34. Thank you for sharing Ad Hoc’s cookie recipe…it sounds quite delicious. 🙂

        35. Such a great adaptation of this yummy thin chewy/crispy cookies. I have always had to buy dark brown sugar in addition to the light brown sugar, and in the meantime…molasses are sitting lonely in my cupboard. Thanks for the tip! xo

        36. Someday… I am going to bake cookies like you. 🙂 These are really delicious looking. Love the hit of molasses in them. 🙂

        37. WOW!!! From your description with everyone loving those cookies…they must be over-the-top good! I wish I could mimic chewy as well as I can imagine these must taste in texture, etc….in a low-carb cookie. There is just nothing to replace brown sugar that will do the trick. 😉

        38. Since the butter doesn’t have to be softened these could easily be made on a whim. That could be a good or bad thing.

        39. Brown sugar and chocolate! I am so there – I could eat all of these …

        40. Unique, appetizing, lovely presentation.

          I LOVE. I Want. Xx NOW.

        41. Beautiful photos liz!!! Cookies looks delish!

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