Nothing makes me happier than taking home a one-dollar warped, seemingly scratched record, placing it on the turntable, aligning the needle in place, hearing the classic clicking and popping in a quiet room, seconds before song one begins. And it actually plays perfectly. With that said, I just placed AC/DC’s Hells Bells on the turntable with the apprehension and dread that it wouldn’t play. See, I’ve had this record for months but was never able to play it on our ole cheap Crosley briefcase because it played every record we own like absolute crap. Sure, it may look cute, but it literally made everything sound warped and out of tune. Shame, isn’t it… Now, thanks to my awesome boyfriend, we don’t have to worry about that anymore. He found his old Sony turntable, purchased a vintage receiver and speakers, and we are now officially rocking this entire apartment building (I apologize in advance to anyone within the vicinity #501). See ya, Crosley.
That being said, today is totally one of those days you should rock out to an AC/DC record and make these delectable Salted Thyme Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Sound like another familiar recipe I made? Because it is practically the same cookie, but instead of them being chewy, buttery and flat, these are more like a soft-pillow cushiony version. Because, you see, I like giving you options. There are crispy-flat-buttery cookie people, and there are soft ‘n fluffy-pillow-cushiony cookie people. Personally, I’m way more fond of these–I’d say I’m more of a cushiony cookie gal. These are my absolute favorite. Trust me with the thyme, ya’ll. You’d never think something savory could go into a chocolate chip cookie, but it works wonders. Between my guy and I, we ate up the entire batch of these in less than 2 days. I ate six fresh out of the oven because I couldn’t stop myself THEY WERE THAT GOOD. Talk about making your eyes roll to the back of your skull. My only complaint is that I wish the batch had made more. If you make these for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, I promise they will salute (and shake) you all night long. FOREVER.
(See, even Swayze approves that they’re jowl-licking good.)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup dark chocolate chunks
- 3 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- fleur de sel, for finishing
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line two trays with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and whisk until incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients and whisk until well incorporated and the dough comes together, 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the chocolate chunks and thyme leaves.
- Using a small ice cream scoop or two teaspoons, scoop the dough on to the lined trays, leaving a little space between the cookies.
- Sprinkle with a few bits of fleur de sel and bake them for 8-9 minutes, until slightly browned and puffy. (I chose to bake one tray at a time because my oven bakes unevenly.)
- Let cool for several minutes before devouring them with your favorite beverage (milk, tea, etc)!