I was inspired to make a dark chocolate version of my own chocolate chip cookie recipe after seeing a salted dark chocolate cooke recipe on Bon Appetit's website. After a weekend of sickness forced me to delay recipe development, however, I no longer wanted the salty flavor and was just looking for mild sweetness. If you want to jazz these up, which I will do with some of the dough I saved and froze, sprinkle them with sea salt right before you bake!
2 1/4 cups
all purpose flour
stick of room-temperature unsalted butter
stick of unsalted butter, made into brown butter
1 1/4 cups
dark brown sugar
milk (I used 2%)
semi-sweet chocolate chips
of dark chocolate chunks, I cut 3 4oz 65% cacao Ghiradelli bars into chunks
Cut up the stick of butter intended to make brown butter with (since we're melting it, it doesn't need to be room-temperature like the other stick) To create brown butter, cut the stick into chunks and melt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter melts and begins to smell nutty. Swirl the pan often. Remove from heat when just shy of golden brown. Place in a bowl and stick it in the freezer for about 20 minutes, just to slightly thicken it.
Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
Warm the milk slightly, about 10 seconds in a microwave, and add the instant coffee. Stir a bit to help the coffee dissolve.
In a stand mixer set with a paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter, the brown butter, and the sugars on medium-low speed for 5 minutes.
Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract and beat for one minute.
Gradually add in the dry ingredients, about a 1/4 cup at a time, until the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Add the coffee/milk mixture.
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and add the chocolate to the dough, stirring by hand just until the chocolate chips are well-distributed.
Chill for an hour. The dough won't harden, so don't worry about the fact that it still looks soft. The milk keeps it fairly loose unless you chill it for hours, which you can also do if you prefer to make ahead of time.
Preheat oven to 375.
Drop teaspoons of cookie dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will be fairly delicate at first before they cool, so let them sit on the pan for at least a few minutes before carefully transferring to a cooling rack. Makes about four dozen cookies.