Hello from our new home! AND from our new website design! How do you guys feel about the changes so far? Both the home and the website are a work in progress.
We’ve been in our new home for a little over 2 weeks and I’m just absolutely in love. The space, the lighting, the fact that is this OURS. Ugh, I just can’t even explain how much joy I have right now.
We’ve done quite a lot of work around the house to get settled quickly, which is why I’ve been MIA from this space. So far we’ve painted the trim in the living room, dining room and kitchen. Unpacked all the boxes, although not everything is put away in it’s forever home – lots of rearranging to do still but I can’t stand the look of cardboard boxes everywhere. We’ve made 4 trips to Home Depot, 2 trips to Bed Bath & Beyond, and I dunno like 5 trips to second hand furniture stores because buying new expensive things is dumb and not super great for our wallets and the planet. BUT that being said we did opt to find a new couch for our upstairs living room (because buying things like couches and mattresses second hand is kinda gross). I left Jesse in charge of selecting the couch… which as it turns out was not such a great idea. In a moment of “we need something to sit on and we have $4, what can we find on the internets???” Jesse found a set of couches that looked promising, stylistically, online for under $300 FOR THE SET. Done, how bad could it be?
They are literally the smallest couches I’ve ever seen that aren’t pink, fluffy and marketed towards fancy children bedrooms.
Sure, they look nice. But Loki, who soaking wet is 23lbs, takes up the entire love seat.
But you know what? After a week of having them in the living room, they’re kind of growing on me. Not literally growing, although that would be nice because they are just so tiny, but I love the style and they’re kind of nice for a living room that isn’t the TV room. So we’ll see. Worse case we’ll hang onto them for a few months/years/forever until we can afford nicer couches.
Anyways, I finally got some time to break in my new kitchen (which is a work in progress…needs new appliances and the cabinets need a coat of paint) and made you something so delicious, I bet you half the dough gets eaten before you bake ’em up.
Let me take a little step back – so far, this website does not have a basic Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe on it. Why not? It seems like a staple that all recipe blogs should have. Honestly, it’s not something I’ve wanted to spend the time perfecting for this space because I’ve come to realize, I don’t love plain, classic chocolate chip cookies. I know. I probably lost half of you there but hear me out. There are LOADS of great chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, and I like a lot of them, but honestly why clutter up my space here when I prefer my chocolate chunk cookies to have a little something extra – like pretzels, salted caramel, oatmeal, peanut butter…I honestly can’t remember the last time I made basic chocolate chip cookies. And I’m okay with that.
So today, I have a knock your pants off recipe for Salted Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Why tahini and not peanut butter? Because I feel like peanut butter upstages whatever recipe it is in. It becomes the focus. I wanted to use tahini because it has a nice nutty richness to it without overpowering the chocolate and oats.
The rich, nutty flavor of tahini compliments and does not overpower these chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies. Plan ahead! These require a long chill time.
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup flour plus 2 tablespoons
- 1/3 cup old fashion oats plus 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
- extra flakey sea salt, for topping
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together brown sugar, tahini and butter until fluffy (3-5 minutes on medium speed). Stop mixer to scrape down sides as needed. With mixer running on medium speed, add egg and egg yolk one at a time then vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet with the mixer running on low. Mix until just combined. Use a spatula to gently fold in chocolate chunks. Cover with plastic and chill for 12-18 hours*. Your dough will be soft enough to scoop after chilling, scouts honor.
Once dough is chilled, preheat oven to 325°, and scoop dough using a large cookie scoop (this is the one I like lately). Slightly flatten cookies and bring a few chocolate chunks to the top of the dough. Sprinkle a pinch of extra flakey sea salt on each cookie. Arrange on a parchment or silicon baking mat lined cookie sheet – leaving ample room between for spreading. Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes, or until edges are just golden brown.
Let cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely….or eat them warm straight off the pan.
* Yes, this dough requires a lengthly chill to ensure extra tender texture and rich flavor. I like to make my dough the night before, let it rest overnight and bake them the next day.
Keywords: tahini cookies, tahini chocolate chunk cookies, chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies