These cookies are for those who loved the softness of the Soft Batch, but didn't especially care for the flavor. This recipe uses butter which is pseudo-clarified; a process which just cooks out the water, no skimming. If you'd like, you can brown the butter for an even nuttier flavor, but that's just a bonus step. If this all sounds too fancy and you'd like a recipe that more closely matches the rather generic flavor of the original Soft Batch, check out my "Mock Batch" recipe.
For the most authentic Soft Batch texture, it's exceedingly important to seal the cookies into an airtight container while still slightly warm and then to leave them undisturbed for 24 hours. This technique essentially harnesses the heat of the cookies to steam them through, leaving them ultra soft from edge to edge. Their flavor and texture improves dramatically in this period.
Note: All measurements are in weights, as volume measures can be very imprecise. I strongly recommend using a scale for all pastry projects. Serious Eats' recommended kitchen scale is the Oxo Good Grips Scale with Pull Out Display.
- Yield:24 cookies
- Active time: 10 minutes
- Total time:25 minutes
- 6 ounces all purpose flour
- 1/2 ounce cornstarch
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 3 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
- 3 ounces dark corn syrup
- 1/2 ounce cream, cold
- 1/2 ounce brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 ounce Frangelico
- 1 3/4 ounce dark chocolate, chopped into very small pieces (approximately 1/8")
Preheat the oven to 350°F and have two parchment lined cookie sheets at the ready.
Sift together the flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
In a medium sauce pot, melt the butter along with the scraped vanilla bean pod (seeds reserved) over low heat until the butter completely liquifies. Turn the heat up slightly, just until the butter begins to bubble. Continue cooking until the butter stops bubbling and hissing. Immediately shut off the heat, remove the vanilla bean pod, and add the chopped chocolate. Stir with a rubber spatula until homogenized. Next stir in the dark corn syrup and cold cream.
Set this mixture aside until cool. If the mixture is too warm, it will melt the chocolate chips. You can stir to speed this along, or just wait. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the reserved vanilla bean seeds, brown sugar, baking soda, egg yolk, and Frangelico. Stir vigorously to ensure the vanilla seeds are evenly distributed and no longer clumped together.
Finally, stir in the dry ingredients all at once. Once the dough is smooth, fold in the chopped chocolate, reserving a few pieces for garnishing.
Shape and bake the cookies: Use a #60 ice cream scoop to divide the dough into 24 equal portions, or use a spoon and just eyeball it. If you'd like cookies that look especially authentic, roll each portion of dough between your hands and into a perfect sphere. Arrange 12 on each cookie sheet, spaced evenly. Garnish each with a shard of chopped chocolate.
Bake for approximately 6 minutes or until the dough has puffed but not fully set. Do not over bake.
Aging the cookies: Cool the cookies directly on the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer to an airtight container while still slightly warm. Place a sheet of parchment or wax paper between each layer, as the cookies will readily fuse together if touching. Close the lid of the container and age the cookies for at least 24 hours.
The cookies will stay soft and delicious at room temperature for up to two weeks.