Chocolate Chunk and Crab Chip Cookies

May 19, 2017 by Nicole Collins

We’re stepping a little bit outside of the box today. But I need you guys to trust me!

Today’s recipe is another one that was inspired by my trip to St. Michaels. I know shocker. But, I’m telling you, that trip was pure gold for my creative juices! I'll do my best to stop talking about it, but no promises.

So, on the trip, I’ve already told you that Old Bay Crab Chips were pretty much the star of the show. The Florida ladies couldn’t get enough. The Maryland ladies knew the joy of having access to this yummy snack 24/7. The crab chips were the inspiration for this Old Bay Snack Mix that we made the other day.

But, what I didn’t tell you is that chocolate chip cookies were a close contender for first place. We definitely had a couple of cookie monsters on the boat…myself included. My Vanilla Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting were a big hit too, but it was definitely the chocolate chip cookies that at least one person had in their hands at all times.

I mean, who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? You get just enough chocolate to satisfy a craving without it being way too crazy rich. They’re soft (at least the ones I like), but not mushy. They’re portable, so you can take a couple on the go. And best of all, they’re small enough to only require a few bites…which means you can have many cookies at once! That’s what I tell myself anyways…

Somewhere in my unique brain, I thought it would be a good idea to collide the two worlds of the crab chip and the chocolate chip cookie. I’ve read recipes before that have plain potato chips in cookies. I’ve made cookies that are chocolate dipped with crushed potato chips. It didn’t seem like that much of a stretch to make a slight adjustment and use crab chips.

I took my test batch to work and got rave reviews. I didn’t tell anyone what was in them until after they took a bite. I know that crab chips in cookies sounds strange, and I didn’t want to scare anyone off. It was really funny to watch people try to guess what was in them! Someone said cinnamon. Someone said banana. Someone said “I don’t know what’s in there, but I know it’s delicious”. Only 2 out of 12 people could pick out the Old Bay in the cookies.

These cookies really are incredible. I was hooked just while it was still at the cookie dough stage. (Don’t tell anyone that I probably ate 2 cookies worth of dough…sssshhhhhhh!) I LOVE the salty sweet combo, and these are that for sure. When you bite in to the cookie, you know there’s something special in there. But it’s hard to put your finger on what it is. The chips get crushed enough that they add some texture, but they’re not such big pieces that it’s easy to identify what’s happening. It’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

I also made these a little extra special by using chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips. There’s just something that seems elevated to me by not using the traditional chips. I generally make cookies with milk chocolate chips, but semi-sweet chocolate is the way to go here. Again, it’s about that balance between the salty and sweet.

The last thing I did to make these cookies special was added some cornstarch to the dough. It’s helps keep the cookies soft and fluffy which is a nice contrast to the crispiness you feel when you catch a piece of chip in your bite. Mmmmm….

So, remember that trust we talked about earlier? I’m ready to call upon it, because you guys HAVE to make these cookies…like yesterday. And play the same game that I did and see if anyone can figure out the special trick to these cookies!

I'm off to Florida today, so maybe we'll have to whip up a batch and see if the ladies approve. Enjoy, and let’s snack!

Chocolate Chunk and Crab Chip Cookies

Serves: 48 cookies Print

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp cornstarch

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cups brown sugar

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or chips)

  • 2 cups crushed Crab Chips (roughly 4 cups chips before crushing)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch with a fork to incorporate the ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, both sugars, and vanilla with a hand mixer until combined and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after adding each until smooth and fully combined.

  3. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix by hand with a long handled spoon until combined. Repeat until all of the dry mix has been used and the flour mix is fully incorporated. Add in the chocolate chunks and crushed chips, and mix just until combined. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 mins.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a large, ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough in rounded 1 tbsp portions spaced roughly 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 mins until the top and edges just start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven, and place on a cooling rack or foil lined table to cool.

Recipe notes:

*I like to mix cookies by hand. It's how I've always done it. Call it kitchen superstition. Feel free to use a stand mixer to mix up these cookies or to use the hand mixer up until the point of adding in the chocolate chunks and crab chips.

*I like to use a 1 tbsp cookie scoop for shaping the dough. (I actually broke mine on these cookies though:-( )

*To crush the potato chips, put the chips in a freezer bag, let out the air, and squeeze the bag with your hands. Measure the chips after they're crushed.

*I like to use chocolate chunks in this recipe, but chocolate chips would do the same thing.

*It's tempting not to chill the dough, but it really does help keep the cookies from spreading like crazy. Use that time to wash your dishes and preheat the oven. 30 minutes is nothing!

*The cookie base is adapted from the traditional Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipe.

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