Monday, March 30, 2020

Chocolate Chunk Cookies Five Ingredients #Recipe by Maya Corrigan #Book Giveaway

Following a stay-home order by my local and state government during the pandemic, I'm doing more baking than usual. Are you spending more time in the kitchen too? I'm already running out of some ingredients, but I still have flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and chocolate. That's all I needed to make these cookies. My sleuth's curmudgeonly grandfather, the Codger Cook, would like this recipe. He took up cooking in his 70's, but won't try anything with more than five ingredients or any recipe that requires a rolling pin.




Using chocolate chunks, as opposed to chips, makes the chocolate a stronger element in the cookie. High-quality bittersweet, semisweet, or white chocolate chunks will give you the best results. If you like your chocolate chip cookies plump and rich with coconut or other nuts, you might not care for this cookie. The only chocolate I had in the house when I made the recipe was imported from Chile and had almonds in it, so I ended up sneaking another ingredient into the mix. The almonds didn't compete with the the flavor of the bittersweet chocolate but they did add a little crunch.




Ingredients

1 stick (8 tablespoons) softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
6 ounces bittersweet, semisweet, or white chocolate, cut into 1/3 to 1/2-inch chunks




Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the softened butter, sugar, and egg with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in the flour.
Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand.
Drop mounds by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets, optionally lined with parchment paper. The cookies will flatten as they bake.

Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes until golden around the edges. Don't overbake. Let the cookies cool a few minutes on the sheet and then remove them to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 20-24 cookies.






Maya (Mary Ann) Corrigan combines her passion for food and detection in her Five-Ingredient Mysteries featuring a café manager and her live-wire grandfather, who solve murders in a historic town near the Chesapeake Bay. Each book has five suspects, five clues, and Granddad’s five-ingredient recipes. Maya previously taught college courses in writing, literature, and detective fiction. Visit her website for book news, five-ingredient recipes, mystery trivia, and a free culinary mystery story.

Maya Corrigan's Five-Ingredient Mysteries

The seventh book in the series, Gingerdead Man, comes out in September 2020 and is available now for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Are you having to stay home and cooking more than usual these days? What's your favorite cookie?
Answer either question in a comment below to enter a drawing for a free Five-Ingredient Mystery of your choice. The giveaway ends Sunday, April 5th. 




60 comments:

  1. My favorite cookie is a Heath Bar cookie. It has chopped up pieces of Heath candy bar and oh my goodness, it is good.
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for commenting. My husband loves Heath Bars. I'm sure he'd devour cookies made with them.

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  2. My favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip. Simple but delicious when done well.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Gloria. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites too!

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  3. As funny as it sounds, my favorite go to cookie would be chocolate chip, but I've never made them from scratch.. I am a break and bake kind of gal. But I think I am going to give these a try. I can't guarantee mine will look anything like yours, but I am going to finally try and do it. (I will let you know how it goes.
    lilyanngill56(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Lily-Ann. I hope the cookies turn out well.

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  4. I was a full time homemaker turned homemaker/caregiver for my Mom with Alzheimer before we "retired". Does a homemaker ever retire?? Definitely not complaining because I love my "job". The pay may not be much but the benefits are enormous. Nothing makes me happier than doing for my hubby. Blessed with a hubby who said we are both retired meaning all work is shared or done together. We both love to bake/cook and spending time in the kitchen together is a great joy. Hubby loves cookies better than any other type dessert. His all time favorites are Snickerdoodles (made with lots of cinnamon and sugar), chocolate chips (with no nuts) and my Granny's Old Fashion Tea Cakes (form of sugar cookie that can be soft if rolled out thicker and crisp if rolled thin and sprinkled with sugar on top).

    Thank you for another quick and easy recipe to try! Appreciate the chance to win a copy of one of your wonderful Five-Ingredient Mystery books! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Kay, and good luck in the book raffle.

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  5. My favorite cookie is a raisin cookie. So special, tasty and yummy. When I was young we could find these cookies at the supermarket easily but now they are only available at a specialty store. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Mmmm...cookies! Peanut butter is my favorite. Thanks for the chance.

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  7. With my kids home from school and me home from work, I am cooking a LOT more. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip or peanut butter, but I'm not a baker, so I rarely make cookies at home. Thanks for sharing your five-ingredient cookie recipe! I might have my oldest give it a try. picard1900 (at) gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Amanda. I hope your oldest tries making the cookies. I'm glad I got my kids interested in helping to bake cookies. Now that they're grown, they make cookies for me!

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  8. Since we are retired not too much different here, except taking advantage of cleaning out the pantry and freezer with all those things we passed by for favorites. Cake-like chocolate chip cookie is my favorite!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your comment. We're doing the pantry and freezer clean-out too.

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  9. I enjoy a lemon biscuit which is perfect with tea. Light and perfect. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting. Lemon-anything tastes good to me.

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  10. I have a great recipe for 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies. Since I am gluten intolerant, it's my go to quick cookie. Thanks for a chance to win!ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Recipes for three-ingredient cookies are hard to find!

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  11. My favorite cookie is the chocolate chip cookie and this cookie looks delicious and easy. I'm definitely doing more cooking at home these days, which is really different for me. Maybe that's a good thing.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I like homemade cookies a lot. I love to MAKE homemade cookies even more. Thanks for the chance.

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  13. I love Thumbprint Cookies! Thank you for having this great giveaway!
    Heidiark@yahoo.com

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  14. yes we are having to stay at home. thank you for sharing your recipe. looks yummmy. my favorite cookies are snickerdoodles. my mom made the best ever. my sister and i cant duplicate them. LOL
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  15. My favorite are peanut butter cornflake cookies. I'm working from home, but not doing any more cooking/baking than I was before.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  16. Not entering. I love cooking, and I am doing a lot more of it. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. I love this series and have read all of them up to date.

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    2. Thanks for commenting, Robyn. I'm happy that you like the series. The next one comes out in the fall. Enjoy your cooking!

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  17. At the moment I am staying as much as possible so I don't want to do too much baking and use up ingredients that I may need for an emergency. I'm lucky to have ready made gluten free cookie mix in the freezer and tonight's selection is chocolate chip. Feels like the right choice to go along with the rain.
    Stay well.
    sandrashenton13@gmail.com

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  18. These sounds really good! My favorite would be between pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and the iced molasses cookers my grandmother used to make. So lucky you are talented at both writing and cooking/ baking!
    jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  19. Favorite cookie is anything with peanut butter in it! tWarner419@aol.com

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  20. My grandkids are staying away from gluten now but I found a 5 ingredient recipe for peanut butter cookies that we all love. ncurtis10@hotmail.com

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  21. Looks good. I like all cookies, except anise. I am reluctant to use my butter right now in case I can't get more. lol. Will put these on my list of to try. Thanks

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  22. My favorite is a good old chocolate chip cookie (or really anything with chocolate). I still have to work so I haven't had much time to bake lately. I'll have to try these next time I have a day off.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Alicia. I hope your work is going well.

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  23. Peanut butter cookies with a hersey kiss are my favorite. Thank you for the chance

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  24. My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Doward. I love oatmeal raisin cookies too.

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