Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A theatrical departure from mainstream chocolate chip cookies, these ultra-thin cookies are large and decidedly flat. They shatter dramatically when you bite them, releasing loads of caramel brown sugar goodness and bursts of bittersweet chocolate.–Alice Medrich

LC Fancy Pants but Not Fussy Cookies Note

Those of you who like your chocolate chip cookies cakey and chewy, you may as well stop reading now…unless you doubt your devotion. Crispy cookie junkies, once you experience these brittle, caramelized ultra-thin cookies that seem heaven sent, you may find yourself falling to your knees in reverence. The only trick to these fancy-pants but not fussy cookies? Squashing the dough flat, but not too flat, before baking and keep careful watch over the cookies so the sugars caramelize but not scorch. What can we say, practice makes perfect. And oh, what palatable practice!

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

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  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • Makes fifteen 5-inch cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks, or 1 generously heaping cup chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

  • 1. Combine the flour and baking soda in a small bowl, mixing them thoroughly with a whisk or fork. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, oats, granulated and dark brown sugars, corn syrup, milk, and salt. Whisk in the flour mixture. If the batter is still warm from the butter, let it cool to room temperature before adding the chocolate. Stir in the chocolate chunks. If possible, let the dough rest for at least several hours at room temperature or covered overnight in the fridge. (The resting time makes for an especially crisp and extra-flavorful cookie. If you refrigerate the dough, you may need to warm it to room temperature before you’re able to portion it into cookies.)
  • 3. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Position the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. (These cookies will not spread as they should in a convection oven, so make them only if you have a conventional oven.) Have ready 3 baking sheets.
  • 4. Place 3 large sheets of aluminum foil, cut to fit your baking sheets, on the counter. Divide the dough into 15 equal blobs of about 2 tablespoons each. Arrange 5 blobs of dough well apart on each sheet of foil, situating 4 in a square and 1 in the center. Flatten each piece of dough until it is about 3 inches in diameter. Slide two of the sheets of foil onto baking sheets.
  • 5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cookies are thin and very brown, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. If the finished cookies are too pale, they will not be crisp, although watch the cookies carefully as they turn brown quickly. Slide the cookies and foil onto wire racks to cool completely before removing the cookies from the foil. Repeat with the third batch—you can slide the last sheet of foil and cookie dough onto a hot baking sheet as long as you put the sheet in the oven immediately. Cool the cookies completely before stacking or storing. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container for at least 3 days.
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Cindy Zaiffdeen

Jan 10, 2012

If you love crispy cookies, you have to try this recipe. They take no time at all to put together. I let them rest in the fridge overnight, as I wanted to get the most caramel flavor out of them as possible. Follow the instructions and limit the number of cookies to five per sheet as stated in the recipe, as they do spread out. I used Silpat sheets rather than aluminum foil, and the cookies released easily after cooling. I would make this recipe again, but might make the cookies slightly smaller as they are quite large. A crowd favorite!

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Linda B.

Jan 10, 2012

I was skeptical about crispy chocolate chip cookies, but these are delicious! They are very easy to make, and go great with a cup of coffee. I used regular rolled oats instead of quick, and I liked the texture. This is a keeper.

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Leanne Abe

Jan 10, 2012

Admittedly, I’m a crisp edge-chewy middle kind of gal when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, but I enjoyed these ultrathin cookies. I ate at least three off the cooling rack, in the name of researching how the texture changed as they cooled, of course. I was surprised that there was no vanilla in the recipe, but I didn’t really miss it in the finished cookie. I baked the cookies on Silpat sheets, and they spread just fine. I can see how putting more than five cookies on a sheet would cause them to spread into each other. And 25 minutes in the oven got them thin, browned, and crisp. I didn’t notice a difference in baking times between the chilled and non-chilled dough, but the chilled dough was easier to flatten (and didn’t stick as much to the bottom of my measuring cup). Instead of separating out into 15 pieces, I weighed the dough and figured out how much one piece of dough should weigh. Then I used my cookie scoop and found that about two tablespoons was pretty close. My cookie tester didn’t like the oats in the cookie — he said they were too chewy and stuck to his teeth — but I didn’t hear any complaints from anyone else. I thought the chewiness gave the cookie an interesting texture, but you could probably leave it out for a more delicate cookie. I DO really love the ratio of chocolate to cookie in this one – loads of chocolatey goodness! I’d make these again for a dessert platter or for a gift, but when I’m looking for a comforting warm cookie at night, I think I’ll have to stick with a chewier recipe.

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Annie Leslie

Jan 10, 2012

The procedures for these cookies look a little odd, but they work. I would suggest just putting the tin foil on cookie sheets instead of trying to slide the pieces on to the sheets. I used chocolate chips and only let the dough sit for about two hours. I don’t know how different they would be if they were made ahead of time, but the cookies spread like promised. This dough was also very tasty! Since it doesn’t have eggs in it, it is safe to eat!

Comments
Comments
  1. Jamie says:

    Leave it to Alice Medrich to take the humble, homely chocolate chip cookie into a very elegant, adult treat! Beautiful! One recipe I’ll try!

  2. Stoveside says:

    Large and decidedly flat. The way a good cookie should be! Will have to give this a go, although I may adapt to a hybrid large-flat-chewy cookie. Pardon me.

    • David Leite says:

      No pardons needed. Adapt away–just let us know how it turns out. Maybe send us a photo, too?

  3. marla says:

    Love it! Agreed, you can never be too thin or rich ;) A winning combo!

  4. Curt says:

    These sound delicious! I love the idea of super thin!

  5. Alice Medrich’s description sold me on these cookies. The recipe is printed and ready to be made.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      That’s what we love to hear. And yes, Alice does have a way with words…and, of course, with cookies.

  6. Maria says:

    I can’t wait to try these!

  7. Susan says:

    Isn’t it funny how our tastes change from time to time? I had always been a cakey/chewy cookie lover but that started changing last year. I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookie brittle and just loved having shards of cookies to offer, not to mention for dunking. Then I switched out my ginger cookie recipe to a snap instead of a crinkle. This year I made Krumkaka for the holidays; talk about crisp, but so delicate, too. Can’t wait to try these, now. They do sort of remind me of “lace” cookies in appearance, but I’ve never even had one of those. Oh, how you are turning my head!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Susan, I adore your spirit of openness…but then, I also adore crisp, delicate cookies. I think you’ll find these cookies to be quite lovely, and far easier to shape and make than lace cookies. Do let us know!

  8. oh these look crisp and DELICIOUS!!! and rich and thin too, great combo!

  9. David; I’m pretty devoted to thin, crunchy cookies. But then, at a mile high, try to get a soft chewy cookie! Even after 2 decades of experience, it take one small dot of baking soda in excess or letting the cookies sit out for oh, 10 minutes in our dry air and thin and crunchy is what you’ve got…so these would be normal for me, and I really want to try that caramel crunchy goodness in a not so normal sort of way. :)

    • David Leite says:

      Barbara, I could never live a mile up–I love chewy cookies too much. But if I had to, these little lovelies certainly are no slackers in taste and texture department.

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