Warm from the oven Hunter’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with just a hint of spice always make for a sweet treat after school or for dessert!
Chocolate chip cookies are one of my all-time favorite sweet treats, and a basic recipe is as easy to find as the back of a bag of chocolate chips. But I am always searching for new twists on this classic cookie, and in this case, it meant spotting a great base cookie recipe and making a few substitutions to get a sweet and gooey end result.
I am a big Washington Capitals hockey fan, and a few weeks back, someone posted pictures of an old cookbook filled with both savory and sweet recipes from the players and coaches of the 1992 team. Dale Hunter was first a player, and then later a coach, with the Capitals; in this cookbook he had a cookie recipe he called “Hermit Cookies”.
The original recipe sounded delicious, and includes cinnamon, nutmeg, dates, raisins, coconut, and walnuts, but I thought it looked like it would make an even better chocolate chip cookie! For Hunter’s Chocolate Chip Cookies I replaced the fruit and nuts with a bag of chocolate chips and the end result is a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie with just a hint of spice that had my co-workers telling me “That is the sweetest chocolate chip cookie I have ever had!”
So now I present to you a chocolate chip cookie recipe I have re-named “Hunter’s (Chocolate Chip) Cookies” in honor of Dale Hunter – and my Washington Capitals (LETS GO CAPS!).
Note: If you would like to try the original Hermit Cookies recipe, you can replace the chocolate chips with 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dates, and 1/2 cup coconut. Also, drop the cooking time to 8-10 minutes, and don’t overcook.