Tara O’Brady’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies are thick, giving them plenty of delicious chewiness in the middle (and crispy edges!). #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechunkcookies #cookies #dessert

i’m late to the party. sarah kieffer’s chocolate chip cookies blew up mid 2017, and alison roman’s chocolate chip shortbread were everywhere last winter. the recipe for tara o’brady‘s chocolate chip cookies got published in 2015, and i’m talking about them 3 years later. so i’ll probably make those other cookies in a few years, and then wax on about them then. i look forward to it.

i used to be solidly loyal to the chocolate chip cookies from joanne chang and flour bakery. they revolutionized my ccc game, and i think chopping the chocolate + chilling the dough overnight makes such a huge difference. but they weren’t the chewy/crispy texture queens i wanted them to be, and came out cake-y no matter how much i tried to tinker with them.

Get allllll the melty chocolate pools in Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies. #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechunkcookies #cookies #dessert

these chocolate chip cookies incorporate those takeaways from joanne chang, albeit with that elusive texture. but as much as i like these and the fact that i don’t have to get the butter to room temp, who knows what else is out there in ccc land?! may there forever be chocolate chip cookie experimentation.

do you want to hear about the struggles when i first made these? (the sadistic part of you is like yessss). the spring on my beloved cookie scoop finally bailed after countless amounts of cookie dough, and it’s no longer in commission despite an attempt to shove it back in with pliers. not a huge deal, even though cookie scoops make baking cookies 39042x faster. i tried to distract myself from that casualty by playing around with my artificial lights, but the lighting was super harsh and washed out the colors, so i gave up. ack.

and YET. in spite of these semi-unrelated trials, tara o’brady’s chocolate chunk cookies are good. good no matter if you decide that 1 1/2 T or 3 T sized cookies are your jam. the mouthfeel, super chewy and slightly crispy, is a+ when the cookies are cooled (but also i won’t judge if you devour allll the warm cookies). and they’re gorgeous in that rumply, golden brown, big pools of chocolate kind of way. so gorgeous that the cover pic on this post has been my laptop screensaver since i took the pic.

Wait for Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies to cool completely- then they're at their optimal chewy yet crispy texture. #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechunkcookies #cookies #dessert

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Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies are thick, giving them plenty of delicious chewiness in the middle (and crispy edges!). #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechunkcookies #cookies #dessert
Tara O’Brady’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
42 mins
Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies are the chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges chocolate chunk cookies that you've been dreaming of.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, cookies, dessert, nut-free, seven spoons, tara o'brady, vegetarian
Servings: 28 cookies
Calories: 225 kcal
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz semisweet and/or bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • flaky salt to finish
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over the lowest heat possible, stirring occasionally. Make sure that the butter does not sizzle or bubble. Cool slightly.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk the sugars into the butter (it might not come together all the way, and that’s fine). Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until just combined. Stir in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until barely blended. Stir in the chocolate until all of the ingredients are just combined. Refrigerate the dough overnight if you have time (highly recommended!).
  4. Roll the dough into balls, about 3 T each, and arrange them on 2 parchment lined baking sheets, leaving 3” between each cookie.
  5. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt and bake at 360F until the tops are cracked and lightly golden, 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes, the move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

From Tara O’Brady’s Seven Spoons.

I like using a combination of milk and dark chocolate so that you get caramelly and bitter notes, but your choice!

Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies are just as delicious plain as they are with milk. #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechunkcookies #cookies #dessert

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Yes, yes, another chocolate chip cookie recipe. But have you tried Tara O'Brady's chocolate chunk cookies?! They're perfectly chewy in the middle, with crispy edges, making them worthwhile to try. #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechunkcookies #cookies #dessert

41 Replies to “Tara O’Brady’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. I’m just not a cookie baker – probably because I would eat them all. I’ve already gained weight over the years I’ve had my blog! But I do have little grandchildren now, and I see some cookie baking in my future! Thanks for this recipe.

    1. haha that’s why i have to give away baked goods to friends and family (;

  2. These CC cookies are gorgeous, Heather! They remind me of Jacques Torres’ CC cookies. And I totally agree with you, so much better at room temperature – patience is definitely rewarded with waiting. And, if you can wait until the next day – even better! Love the recipe! Pinning!

    1. thanks, laura! i still haven’t tried jacques torres’ recipe, but i’ll have to someday! i’ll add it to the never-ending list of chocolate chip cookie recipes that i need to try (:

  3. This reminds me how much I love chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t had any in a while. I’ve been eating every brownie I see LOL!
    Have an amazing week!


    1. haha brownies are pretty great though too (;

  4. Mmmmm cookies (said in my Cookie Monster voice). I am a sucker for a chocolate chip cookies and these are drool worthy. Pinning and totally making later. No guarantees that I won’t just eat all the cookie dough though 😉 XOXO

    1. hahah the dough’s pretty good!!! i usually portion out all my cookies and then if i have too little for another cookie, i just eat the rest of it (;

  5. It’s time for bed and I have no cookies to go with my milk. Alas, I will have to comfort myself with these glorious photos and keep a tissue by my pillow to catch the drool!5 stars

    1. haha cookie dreams sound great! if only i could train my subconscious to think of them…

  6. These look so good! Dave welded my scoop back together when it failed. But saying that, they are so cheap so I now have two 🙂

    1. mine’s part plastic and part metal so i don’t think welding would be the best option for me (; but yeah they’re cheap- just need to get around to picking up another one!

  7. Ah, dude, I’m sorry about your cookie scoop. May it RIP! I’m 4 weeks into my keto diet which means I haven’t had sugar in that amount of time. I’m literally dying to look at these photos. Someday when I have a sugar cheat day, these are the cookies I want in my mouth 🙂

    1. ahhh super impressed that you can stick to keto! i love going out to eat and trying new things, so i think i’d have a veryyyyy hard time on it lol.

  8. I can completely relate to you on the technical difficulties. What matters is the end result, and these cookies are well worth the trials and tribulations! They are mouthwatering and just as CC should be, chewy in the middle and crispy around the edges. I’ve got to try this recipe out!!

    1. yes, these cookies were so worth all the mini hiccups!

  9. Tara’s chocolate chip cookies are new to me! They look mouthwatering delicious! Chewy and crispy. I bet it’s hard to eat just one. Sorry to hear about your cookie scoop too! It’s one of my top kitchen utensils. I use it not only to scoop cookies, but to make biscuits, meatballs, no-bake energy balls, etc…

    1. yeah cookie scoops are so useful!!! i love using them for portioning out cupcake batter (:

  10. And now. Now I truly want a moist and scrumptious COOKIE!!

    1. sameeeeee. late night junk food cravings are in FULL effect right now (;

  11. Felling like the cookie monster here, they look sooo yummy 😀
    Have a beautiful day,

    Patricia & Miguel

    1. haha thanks! they taste as yummy as they look (:

  12. I’m always late to the party on these things too, Heather! I still want to try those famous shortbread cookies, but for now I might just start with these!

    1. hahah someday we’ll both get around to alison’s shortbread!!

  13. YUM! Those chocolate chip cookies look delicious! I like how you were really generous with the chocolate chips. I have such a hard time with making cookies but you make it seem easy XD. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. the more generous with the chocolate the better! sometimes you end up with a chocolate-less cookie and that’s kind of pathetic for a chocolate-less chocolate chunk cookie (;

  14. Totally loving this chocolate chunk recipe and wish I had a few of these to go with my coffee right now 🙂5 stars

    1. haha same! i had a ho hum coffee milk tea a few hours ago and a few cookies would have helped that too (:

  15. These cookies sound dangerous Heather!! Crispy and soft are totally the way a good chocolate chip cookie ought to be and I’m loving the fact that its loaded with chocolate. Both my kids will devour the entire batch in one sitting!!!

    1. hahah they’re so addictive that i can see how fast + easily these would get devoured (:

    1. thanks! glad you liked these (:

  16. Stunning cookies! I have never really mastered the CCC, they are one of the tastiest treats yet one of the hardest to master. I shall definitely be giving these a go.

    1. yeah chocolate chunk cookies are surprisingly hard! i think it’s because cookies are kind of like mini cakes + people just assume that they’re easy (when they’re not really).

  17. My daughter loves cookies. I always make different types of cookies for her and her friends. Tomorrow is her birth day . And I want to make this chocolate cookie for her friends. Thanks for sharing this recipe.5 stars

    1. ooh hope your daughter had a good birthday, filled with the best company (and best cookies!).

  18. Loving all those pretty stacked shots! Any cookies containing pools of melty chocolate are definitely winners in my book – is it possible to not even like that? And that seriously sucks about your cookie scoop, I hope you can get a nice new one soon (if you haven’t already). I went for years without one, and like I don’t know why I didn’t just cough up the dough and invest in one earlier, they really are little life savers.

    1. thanks! i loved these pics when i took them a few months back, and i still love them now (which is rare lol). and yes, all the melty chocolate please!!!

  19. I have never had success with chocolate chip cookies. Like you, mine turn out cakey or dense – blech. My dream chocolate chip cookie is definitely chewy in the middle and crispy on the outside so I am actually super stoked to try this out! There goes my waistline! haha!

    1. oooh you’ll have to try these then! cookies are too soft or too hard/crunchy for me so this is the perfect chewy/crispy balance (:

  20. It’s 11:10pm and I remembered this recipe fwd to me from a mom’s group. The cookie was amazing I begged the mom to give me the recipe…. Looking at it – I do have all ingredients! Now its a choice between making a noisy ruckus at my kitchen around midnight or turn off this laptop, drink a glass of water and get to sleep….

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