Chocolate Chip Crisscross Cookies
This is my riff on Allrecipes' Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. I turned half the dough into a chocolate dough with white chips, then used a technique from my cookbook, Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, to put the two halves together in a crisscross way. I also sprinkled Maldon® salt on top, which helps cut the sweetness and adds an extra little crunch.
- Serves: 18 persons
- 1cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1cup white sugar
- 1cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- ½teaspoon kosher salt
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ⅔cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1cup white chocolate chips
- 1teaspoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon®)
Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Step 2Put butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Cream together with a mixer until butter clings to sides of bowl and is uniform in color, about 2 minutes. Mix in eggs 1 at a time, waiting until first is incorporated before adding second. Add 2 cups flour; mix on low speed until incorporated. (Dough will be very soft.)
Step 3Divide dough roughly in half and transfer one half to a separate bowl. Mix remaining 1/2 cup flour into one half, then stir in semisweet chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Mix cocoa powder into other half, then stir in white chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
Step 4Roll a tablespoon of each dough into a ball and tap lightly on counter to create a flat bottom (see assembly shots at left). Press flat sides together to form a larger ball, then flatten into a half-dark, half-light disk. Cut disk in half with a knife, cutting perpendicular to dough seam. Flip one half over and then firmly press halves back together. You should have a disk with 4 alternating quarters. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer to baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
Step 5Bake until cookie edges start to turn golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on sheet 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.