Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk CookiesThousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

‘Just begin, and the mind grows heated. Continue and the task will be completed.’ – Goethe.

They say the hardest is always the first step. So here goes. I seem to have caught a mild case of writers block. I’ve returned here a few times now to write this post but currently, all words seem to escape.

The things I want to tell you dear readers, well, I can’t quite grasp what they are. Brilliant, witty and intelligent things, of course. You see, I want to fill your minds with lovely sweet thoughts and stirring sentences. Words that move and persuade you to bake. I also want to fill your minds with beautiful and inspiration photography. Nothing short of perfection.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

But how can I do so when my mind feels so currently erased? So, I think I will be quite honest and tell you all about these incredibly delicious cookies instead.

There is a simple beauty in a home-baked treat and cookies have always been my go-to in times of comfort and needed reprieve. And these Thousand Layer Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies did not disappoint…one richly sweet and chocolate chunk filled mouthful seemed to cure all blank thoughts and lingering discontentment.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk CookiesThousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thousand Layer Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies are indulgently soft and gooey cookies, with slightly golden and chewy edges. They just happen to be my new personal favourite too – though this does seem to change every few months.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A very vanilla, egg yolk and brown sugar based cookie dough is studded by the addition of thick chunks of both milk and dark chocolate. The cookies are sprinkled with flaky sea salt before being baked in the oven until they just begin to turn golden brown around the edges… and all that chocolate is slightly melted and gooey.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk CookiesThousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prior to this, I had never experienced thousand layer cookies before. And I do have to admit, the experience was revolutionary. You begin by preparing a basic cookie dough then dividing it into three equal portions. Each portion is then chilled before it gets rolled, layered and filled with layers of chocolate chunks. The dough is then stacked and rolled into one thick and heaping cookie mound…and then cut into little rounds.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Please don’t skimp on using good chocolate either. I was lucky that the kind people at NESTLÉ Bakers’ Choice armed me with the perfect dark and milk chocolate chunks for this recipe. The NESTLÉ Bakers’ Choice chocolate chunks were the ideal ingredient needed to yield that melted, gooey and chocolate rich center whilst also producing a very good looking chocolate chunk studded cookie.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Thousand Layer Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies are utterly delicious and will leave you craving just one bite more. Thanks to Martha Stewart for the original recipe, which I adapted to suit my tastes. And my baking soul sister, Michelle from Hummingbird High, for the styling inspiration too. Let’s hope this transient lack-luster phase simply has to do with the current change in season.

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk CookiesThousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Serves: 18-20 Cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature.
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated (caster) sugar
  • 4 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose (plain) flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cups NESTLÉ Bakers' Choice dark chocolate chunks, roughly chopped and halved
  • ¾ cup NESTLÉ Bakers' Choice milk chocolate chunks, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Flaky sea salt, or fleur de sel, for sprinkling
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 F / 190 C. Line three baking trays with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with electric beaters, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy and light in colour, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well to incorporate after each addition. Pause mixing to scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the vanilla. Resume mixing and continue to beat until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and sea salt. Then, with the mixer speed on low, add the flour mixture, in two separate batches until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and resume mixing until combined.
  4. Divide the dough into three equally weighted portions. Cover each in plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Once chilled, unwrap the first portion of dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Flatten slightly into a thick rectangle and sprinkle over with half the chopped dark chocolate chunks. Top with the second portion of chilled dough then sprinkle the top with the milk chocolate chunks. Top with the third portion of dough and sprinkle with remaining dark chocolate chunks.
  6. Lightly dust the top of the dough stack with flour and gently roll out into a 9-by-6 inch / 22-by-15 cm rectangle, about 1 - 1 ½ inch / 2.5 – 3.8 cm in thickness.
  7. Using a 2 inch / 5 cm cookie cutter, cut out rounds of dough. If any chocolate chunks get stuck in the cookie cutter circle, simply push them into the cookie dough round shape. Place on the prepared baking sheets about 3 inches / 7 cm apart. Lightly wash each cookie with the beaten egg and sprinkle with salt.
  8. Bake until the outsides are golden and beginning to look set, 12 to 15 minutes – making sure to switch baking sheets around half-way through baking. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, until they can safely be moved to a wire rack to cool completely. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days. But I doubt they will last that long.


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  • Caroline Dubuc October 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I think I’m definitely going to try these…

  • Alyssa @ My Sequined Life October 8, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Writer’s block creeps in from time to time over here, too. I thought this post was wonderful! I’ve never heard of this cookie making technique, but I must give it a try if it produces cookies that look this amazing!

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl September 28, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I can always rely on you for the most fabulous baked good recipes, Thalia! I’ve never heard of thousand layer cookies, but I must try this recipe. And, on the writer’s block – I so relate. Always difficult to trust that it will pass…xo

  • Heather @ Boston Girl Bakes September 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    You need no words for this cookies! The photos speak for themselves! Look delish 🙂

  • swayam September 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    You expressed the writer’s block so succinctly..and beautifully. Been having a similar kind of month..and boy how I wish I had once of these devilish thousand layer choc cookies in my hand. My hand is feeling so incomplete right now.. 😛 Love love love your recipes!! Hope to make this rare “craving for sweet” kind of day… Pinned of course!

  • Dearna @tohercore September 20, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Ohh, I know all about writers block! And the annoying thing is that all the good ideas seem to come to me AFTER I’ve hit “publish”… These cookies on the other hand look amazing! I have been lusting after them since I saw them posted on IG – they look perfect!

  • Liz September 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

    SOLD! I’m baking these babies tomorrow. A chocolate company just sent me a bunch of bittersweet bars, so I’m thrilled with a yummy recipe to test them!!!

  • Victor September 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Your cookies look marvelous, Thalia. Chocolate laminated cookie dough, ha? Really like the technique.

  • mahy@twopurplefigs September 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    WoW Love them!

  • Marcie September 18, 2015 at 3:41 am

    You write beautifully even with writer’s block, Thalia! I think we all struggle with that — I know I do. Your photography speaks 1,000 words — I truly need to make these cookies. They look and sound amazing!

  • Pang September 18, 2015 at 12:47 am

    So it seems that you manages to pack all wonderful flavours in these tiny cookies. They look so delicious, Thalia 🙂

    If I was the one who baked these, I would probably eat them all in one sitting 😛

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry September 17, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    You don’t need words when it comes to cookies. Besides, your gorgeous photography speaks loudly and it says something like please eat me with a tall glass of milk.

  • Sarah September 17, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I have a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and these look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor September 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Cookie perfection! I definitely wish I had a few of these cookies in front of me right now. They look incredible!

  • kushi September 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    This is new to me! Looks amazing, YUM. I am going to try this out soon. Beautiful clicks

  • Mike@TheIronYou September 16, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Writer’s block you said? Join the club…a bane of our lives.
    But I’ll probably get all the inspiration I need after biting one of those rad cookies!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Oh how I wish I had cookie with a 1000 layers in my hand right now! Holy cow these look SO good.

  • Raymund September 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

    These cookies look amazing! perfect with the coffee I am holding now

  • Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron September 16, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I have had terrible writer’s block lately as well! I write my thesis all day and then sit down at night to write a post…and I have nothing to say :/ LOVE the looks of these cookies! They look so chewy and chocolatey and basically like my perfect chocolate chip cookie 🙂

  • Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine September 16, 2015 at 1:15 am

    OMG! I’ve never had a Thousand Layer cookie before. Need to get on that ASAP. They look heavenly!

  • Beeta @ Mon Petit Four September 15, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    These look absolutely incredible, Thalia! I agree that cookies are always such a comforting treat. Sometimes feeling like you can’t write the way you want is exactly what you need to write about, like you’ve done in this case. Honesty in this way can be such a beautiful form of expression and just as intriguing to read. Bloggers are real people too and sometimes our minds just want to be quiet and let our senses enjoy delicious, chocolate-y cookies! I love mixing in good quality chopped chocolate like you’ve done here; I definitely need to try your technique of portioning the dough out and layering it with chocolate. Your cookies look phenomenal, and I love the way you’ve styled them. I’m pretty sure there’s a famous quote running around the internet that says “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication,” and I couldn’t agree more! XO

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 15, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thalia these have just the perfect ratio of chocolate to cookie. I like my choc chip cookies to be intensely chocolatey! Perfection! 😀

  • Jillian September 15, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I’m so intrigued by the layering technique of these thousand layer cookies! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try, especially with how mouthwateringly to-die-for delicious your cookies look!

  • Kelley @ Chef Savvy September 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    These cookies sound fantastic!I love the chocolate chunks in them!

  • Amanda September 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Ahhh, girl after my own heart. Chocolate, butter, sugar and salt. Absolute perfection. I might have drooled a little:). I understand the writer’s block- I’ve had it myself for the last week. You still wrote a beautifully written post despite your blank thoughts! These really look to die for.

  • Meagan @ The F&B Department September 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Writer’s block can be difficult to overcome. I have countless wonderful recipes I’ve been unable to share because I simply don’t have anything to say other than “This tastes like heaven! Go bake it!” Sometimes that’s enough though, especially when the cookies are as lovely as these. Thousand Layer Chocolate Chunk Cookies — the name speaks for itself! Pinned!

  • Nicoletta @sugarlovespices September 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I love cookies in general, and chocolate chunks cookies in particular. These might become my new personal favorite too!!!

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron September 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    These look UNREAL. Like the prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen! Love your photography!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom September 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Well, hope the writers block cures itself . . maybe take a walk and let nature inspire you! I have never experienced thousand layer cookies before. . and by these photos, that needs to be remedied asap!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 15, 2015 at 5:46 am

    These are cookie perfection! I adore the chocolate chunks!

  • Kendra @ Kendra's Treats September 15, 2015 at 4:33 am

    These look amazing! Definitely going on my weekend baking list…if I can wait that long :).

  • Jessica | A Happy Food Dance September 15, 2015 at 4:33 am

    You know what cures writers block – a damn good cookie! Nothing beats a chocolate chip – I must try these!

  • dr deb September 15, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Your writing is lovely even with this block. You are such a beautiful soul, such gentle artistry flows through your words and pictures. You show us your self. Thank you, sweet Thalia!

  • Danielle September 15, 2015 at 1:25 am

    These cookies are pure perfection, Thalia! I would definitely love a few of these right about now 🙂

  • Bec {Daisy and the Fox} September 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Ahhhh these sound amazing!!
    I am absolutely craving cookies right now and can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Gorgeous post as always 🙂 (writers block is a constant battle for me 😛 )

    Bec {Daisy and the Fox}

  • Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps September 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve been seriously into finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie lately, and these are up next for me to try. These look utterly irresistible! Those chocolate chunks – my gosh!

  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes September 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve never had the pleasure of inhaling a mountain of thousand layer cookies, but I would certainly love to! your mixing of dark + milk chocolates is my favorite part of this recipe – that’s always been my secret for the perfect chocolate chip (chunk!) cookie, so I’m glad you feel the same 🙂

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks September 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Goodness! If this is what happens when you have writer’s block, then you have nothing to worry about! These cookies and the photos are gorgeous!

  • Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect September 14, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    These look delicious. I’ve never heard of thousand layer cookies, as I read your post, all I was thinking is ‘I want one and why don’t I ever make cookies’!

    Your writer’s block will soon be gone, just keep baking things you’re passionate about and the words will flow again!

  • Sam @ SugarSpunRun September 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Oh writer’s block… well Thalia you managed to write your way brilliantly through it, somehow! These cookies look remarkable, everything I love in a cookie… I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate chunk cookies quite this way before.

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery September 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I… Thalia. Speechless. If I ever find myself down under, we need to plan a kitchen day together.

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout September 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    These cookies look and sound fabulous!

  • April@ Girl Gone Gourmet September 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and I’m so curious about this technique of rolling them out in layers. They must have the best texture! And the chocolate… it looks amazing 🙂

  • September 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Now you’ve got me super interested and drooling over these delicious cookies, Thalia! Don’t worry about the writer’s block, it happens to the best of them and I’m sure you’ll find your inspiration again. I’ve got to taste one of these cookies and see what this whole thousand layer things is about! They look epically fabulous!!!! Pinned!

  • Ineke September 14, 2015 at 7:57 am

    These cookies look so amazing!!! Can´t wait to try them! 🙂

  • FoodGeekGraze September 14, 2015 at 3:26 am

    the first time i tasted these, i totally lost it. i made a batch a day for almost a week; i played around with dried fruit, nuts, and other melty things. since the cookie monster does not live in my apartment, i had to resort to filling plates with notes and setting them in our building’s lobby so i could keep experimenting without guilt. why i did not think to go for both dark and milk chocolate or to play with the vanilla amount is beyond me… clearly i needed you, thalia. thank you thank you thank you 🙂

  • Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails September 14, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I feel you on the writers block! This weekend every time I sit down to write I cant think of what the heck to say and how to start. So I baked a lemon tart! 🙂 I wish I saw these cookies sooner, my daughter would have been on board to bake with me if we were making chocolate chip. They look sooo good and that little sprinkle of salt is my favorite on chocolate chip cookies. YUM

  • Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist September 14, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Thousand layer cookies! I had never heard of this and I love this concept. These look divine. Seemed like once you got started you writers block faded away. This was a beautiful post. Mission accomplished – your words and images moved and persuaded me to want to bake. I must admit it doesn’t take much to move me to want to bake as it is in my bones!

  • George in Quito September 14, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Yep, I know about writer’s block. And writing seems to cure it. As usual, your pix are great. I’m going to play with this recipe. Just as soon as I get done with those red velvet chocolate chunk cookies I’m putting together at the moment. And you write good descriptive content too.

  • Cecily @ Burnt Butter Bakery September 14, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a thousand layer cookie before, now I’m itching to try them! I’ve always admired how simple and striking your styling and photography is, and it’s no different here.

  • Elaine September 14, 2015 at 1:02 am

    My philosophy, when it comes to baking with chocolate, is why use chocolate chips when you can use chocolate chunks? Beautiful cookies, beautiful chunks!

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High September 14, 2015 at 12:52 am

    omgomgomg these cookies omgomgomg

    thanks for the shout out, baking soul sista!

  • Sophie | The Green Life September 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Well, it looks like your writer’s block episode wasn’t too bad after all, because these words were absolutely beautiful Thalia! I love the way your described those cookies. It makes them sound even more delicious than they look (and oh girl they look amazing!!!). Gorgeous photos <3

  • Mary ann @ the beach house kitchen September 13, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Despite your writer’s block Thalia, you have inspired me to run right to my kitchen to bake up a batch of these lovelies!! They sound wonderful!!

  • Olivia @ livforcake September 13, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I know how you feel about writers block, it’s the worst! You seem to have made it through quite well on this post :). These cookies look heavenly!

  • Claudia | The Brick Kitchen September 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Even with your writers block struggles this post is gorgeous – your description of these cookies makes me want to head straight to the kitchen. The techniques you have used in these cookies are so interesting too – both with all of the egg yolks (perfect excuse to make meringues!) and the layering of the dough. So need to give it a go <3

  • Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie September 13, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    LOVE THESE!!! Such cute pics and the cookies look divine!

  • Adam J. Holland September 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    You know how to get ride of of the block? Write. And that’s exactly what you’ve done here. I’m in love with this recipe … and photos. Shame on you (and me). Godspeed, friend.

  • Hannah | The Swirling Spoon September 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Such an interesting technique! I can only imagine what a textural delight this would be to eat! xx

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Pile the layers on me! These look perfect.

  • Louise | Cygnet Kitchen September 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Thalia, these cookies speak a thousand words, starting with ‘eat me’! Writers block is the bane of all our lives, I feel your pain. Inspiration may come and go, but your baking is always a delight 🙂 x