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Absolutely Epic Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Incredible chocolate chunk cookies with a few special ingredients to take them over the top. Crispy outside, soft and sweet inside, and full of melty chocolate – perfection!

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min

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I can’t really explain to you how much I love cookies. It’s just this feeling that exists deep inside my soul. Wouldn’t you agree that a good chocolate chip cookie recipe is all you really need sometimes? It solves a crisis, cures a bad day and certainly warms your house with a golden, sweet chocolate aroma like no other.

Really though, how would you describe the smell of a chocolate chip cookie baking? I can’t. My only thoughts are that I’d like to bottle it up and inhale the sweetness whenever it’s deemed necessary.

stack of chocolate chunk cookies

Today’s recipe just happens to be for all of my AK readers who have a cookie infatuation as strong as mine. You all were with me for my weekly cookie recipe a few years ago, and then my beloved brown butter phase. But we all know that brown butter takes time, and sometimes we just don’t have that (or patience!) to watch butter turn into brown little bits.

But good news! Today’s cookie is quick, absolutely epic, and FULL of ooey-gooey chocolate puddles that melt in your mouth.

chocolate chunk cookies

Let’s talk ingredients to make these chocolate chunk cookies:

I used a few special ingredients, and that’s of course what makes this cookie unique. They have:

  • melted butter
  • a touch of molasses
  • a mix of brown sugar and coconut sugar
  • vanilla beans and
  • extra vanilla extract.

The outsides crisp up beautifully while the middle of the cookie stays soft and sweet. My goodness are they amazing with a sprinkle of sea salt too!

Make these this weekend! They’re perfect for a sweet treat after a long week or a great cookie to share with family and friends as a gift of your love. And yes, they are indeed absolutely epic.

chocolate chunk cookies

If you make this recipe, be sure to leave a comment below or tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so I can see your creations! xo!

More delicious cookie recipes you’ll love:

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Absolutely Epic Chocolate Chunk Cookies

4.69 from 16 votes
chocolate chunk cookies
Course Cookies, Dessert
Keyword chocolate chunk cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 14

Incredible chocolate chunk cookies with a few special ingredients to take them over the top. Crispy outside, soft and sweet inside, and full of melty chocolate – perfection!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons molasses or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz your favorite high-quality chocolate bar, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add butter to a medium saucepan and place over low heat, stirring butter frequently until it completely melts. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Next transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer. 

  3. Add in dark brown sugar, coconut sugar and egg; beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 min. Add in molasses, vanilla bean and vanilla and mix again for about 30 seconds.

  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix again until well combined and a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chunks with a wooden spoon. 

  5. Roll dough into 2 inch balls and place on a large baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until edges begin to turn slightly golden brown. 

  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle cookies with a little bit of coarse sea salt. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 14 cookies.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen

Photography by: Sarah Fennel // Broma Bakery

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