Some of our favorite neighbors (the chia pudding folks! 🙁 ) moved out to the ‘burbs awhile back. We were super sad to lose them as neighbors, but were excited to hear that their house next door sold quickly. The new owners’ previous home was just a few blocks away, so they’re moving in gradually, which has made introducing ourselves a bit of a challenge – it seems like every time I think they’re home, they’re not, or they’re only there for a few minutes to drop something off! So, much like the recent welcome basket I delivered to another neighbor, I spent some time trying to figure out what I could possibly present to someone I’ve never met before, and once again I came to the conclusion that chocolate chip cookies are always a good bet. Plus, does trying new chocolate chip cookie recipes ever get old??? (No!)
This time around I tried Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies – they’re huge, soft, chewy, thick, and, most importantly, chocolatey! My only complaint is that this recipe requires you to chill the dough, not optional, which means you kind of have to plan ahead, but it’s totally worth it.
I should also mention that I was entirely underwhelmed by these when they came out of the oven – they were ugly, and the flavor was nothing special. Despite being unimpressed, I kept trying to deliver them warm to the neighbors thinking that’d be a treat, but as it turns out, I was lucky not to! The key to these particular cookies is allowing them to cool completely – they go from mediocre while warm, to amazing when fully cooled.
I used a mixture of half chocolate chips and half chocolate chunks as mix-ins, but you could add just about anything to this recipe – m&ms, peanut butter cups, oreos – use your imagination!