Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The Model Bakery in Napa Valley is correct when claiming that "these are the chocolate chip cookies of your dreams." I was excited to use the bakery's cookbook Alex gave me during our September visit. A warm batch of cookies will absolutely make your week that much more delightful, so I beg you to try this recipe and share your thoughts...

Don't you love baking mishaps?

P.S. Here is the key: Brown sugar. The cookies are much chewier and richer than with granulated sugar, which lacks provided moisture. I am in disbelief that I have never tried this method before!

model bakery's ultimate chocolate chip cookies

Makes 16 large cookies

2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375  degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light in color, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla. Reduce mixer to low and add flour mixture in thirds. Mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Drop scoops of dough, spacing about 3 inches apart.

4. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 14-17 minutes. Switch pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking (Model's secret!).