Our Mini Family: Milk and Blond Chocolate Chunk Drop Cookies


Milk and Blond Chocolate Chunk Drop Cookies

These decadent cookies are packed with milk chocolate chips and blond chocolate chunks! Whip up a batch of these cookies inspired by my partnership with The French Ministry.


Well, it's official! We are finally moved into our condo. 

Well...sort of! Let's just say that we will be living out of boxes for the next week or so, but the majority of our necessities have been unpacked and put into their rightful place. 

Before our move, I got some advice from my friend and fellow blogger Crystal from Margaritas on the Rocks, and she advised us to write what room each box belonged in and her advice truly helped out a lot! In the past when I have moved, I usually just write if something is fragile or not, and sometimes I would write whose stuff is inside (but her advice, although it may seem like common sense to most, was revolutionary to me...I am terrible at/hate moving and that is why we lived in the same place for 5 years!) 

Although I am still pretty overwhelmed by the amount of boxes and remainder of our lives we need to uncover from moving boxes, it is finally starting to feel like home as I notice the little details coming together. Like our dining room area where our bar cart and wine rack are for example! I set up some string lights on our outdoor patio, and I can already envision the two of us sitting with the lights off at dusk pouring a glass of wine and watching the sunset under our twinkly lights. 

Oh, and our kitchen. Although it is smaller than our last kitchen, this kitchen has just enough room for all of my necessities that I don't have so much extra counter space I end up putting junk on the table that does not belong there. And I even have a little baking nook that fits my standing mixer, my rolling pins, baking mats, and a handful of drawers to help me organize everything from frosting tips to cookie cutters!

This week, I whipped up a batch of milk and white chocolate chunk drop cookies made with blond chocolate from France that I got in our first package gift sent to our new condo from The French Ministry. In addition to the chocolate, they also sent me some French butter perfect for baking, more bottles of wine including my new favorite rosé, as well as a small wheel of French cheese to enjoy with the wine! But these cookies were so tasty we could not keep them to ourselves so we ended up boxing them up and started knocking on the doors around the neighborhood and we introduced ourselves to all of our neighbors with home-delivered, homemade cookies!












Milk and Blond Chocolate Chunk Drop Cookies

Ingredients: 
  • 2 sticks of Président® Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 326 grams (or 11.5 oz) of premium milk chocolate baking chips
  • 50 grams (or 1.75 oz) of Valrhona Blond Dulcey 32% (i.e. blond chocolate baking bar)
  • (optional) Sea salt, for sprinkling
Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the unsalted butter and sugars. Mix them for at least 5 minutes until it is silky and smooth in texture, and then mix in each egg one at a time. Continue to cream the mixture. 
  3. Add in your vanilla extract and continue to cream. 
  4. Sift in your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Be careful not to overmix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, as this will affect the texture and create tough cookies. If you want soft, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are ooey and gooey, be sure to only mix so much that is necessary to get all of the ingredients in the bowl and mixed together. 
  5. Using a spatula, fold in your chocolates into the mixture. 
  6. Cover the bowl and chill your dough for at least 60 minutes. Ideally, if you can wait a day that will give you the best texture. But chill your dough for at least 1 hour (so sit down and watch an episode or two of The Office on Netflix while you wait, and then resume baking!) 
  7. Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray (I prefer coconut oil) or a silicone baking mat. 
  8. Use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to scoop up a small ball of cookie dough (about 1-1.5 inches wide) and drop it onto the baking sheet. Additionally, if you want, you can sprinkle a small amount of sea salt onto each cookie before baking (this is honestly the heaven that is sweet and salty--I love this combination!) 
  9. Bake the cookies in the oven at 360 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges have begun to lightly brown. Keep an eye on your cookies--do not try to multitask while you bake these, as they can burn quickly. Remove them from the oven once they begin to look even a little browned and check to see if they are baked. 
  10. Once they are baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a couple of minutes. Then, you can enjoy these cookies with a glass of sweet wine (such as a rosé) or a glass of milk. Whichever you prefer! Enjoy!
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You know what goes well with cookies? Wine. 

After a long day of unpacking our condo, I enjoyed a couple of these cookies with a glass of this rosé from MOULIN de GASSAC GUILHEM which is made in France!) As a matter of fact, lately, Adam and I have been enjoying quite a few goodies that were made in France. Want to see what products we've been loving lately? 

Check out some of our favorite products Made in France including these wines, chocolates, cheese, and butter perfect for baking and everyday cooking (you may click each numbered product to learn more about it, as well as where you can buy it locally here in the U.S. at a store such as Whole Foods, as well as online!) 



Hands down, this is the best rosé I have ever had. In the past, I have found rosé to be just a bit too sweet for me, but this MOULIN de GASSAC GUILHEM rosé is perfect (and we will definitely be ordering more in the future!) 


This was my first time baking with blond chocolate, and it certainly will not be my last! This blond chocolate bar from Valrhona (Dulcey 32%, baking bar) is ideal for those wanting to try blond chocolate either on its own as a treat with a glass of wine, or for those who want to incorporate this different chocolate into their already awesome baked goods recipes! 


This week, this Président® Unsalted Butter has been baked with, cooked with, spread on toast, you name it! This is what I have been using for all of the cooking and baking I have done since we moved into our condo, and I will most certainly be grabbing more at the grocery store!


This white wine from France is from Mas de Daumas Gassac wines, and it is produced in the Languedoc region. It's well-balanced, fresh, and the perfect after-work glass of wine while cooking dinner!


Fresh and fruity, this white wine has a touch of lemon and peach. We enjoyed a glass of the Château Bonnet Blanc 2015 with a strawberry basil salad this week and it was delicious! 


Adam grilled up some sausages and burgers for us the first night we moved in, and we each had a glass of Château Bonnet Rouge 2012 with dinner. It was delicious! 


P'tit Basque is a 100% pure sheep's milk cheese produced in France. Adam was not a fan of this cheese (honestly, he claims to like cheese as much as I do, but he really only eats cheddar and swiss), but I really loved it--this is a cheese for foodies! I enjoyed a few pieces of P'Tit Basque with some smoked meats from our new neighborhood deli and a glass of white wine!


This bag of gourmet chocolates is made specifically to melt quickly, so it is perfect for chocolate melts. Stock up on Valrhona Orelys 35% 500g baking bag for the next time you need candy melts and want to make your treats with real, gourmet chocolate from France!












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24 comments :

  1. MMmmm....my mouth is watering just looking at the images of your scrumptious chocolate chunk drop cookies. Your recipe looks fabulous! I know my family will love every single cookie and crumb. :-)

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  2. these look so delicious!! that blond chocolate has such a unique flavor!

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  3. I love white chocolate so this is the perfect cookie for me. You really know how to get settled with cookies and nice glass of wine to help the unpacking stress.

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  4. The cookies look amazing, I haven't tried baking with white chocolate, but this recipe sounds great! Nice touch sharing them with your new neighbors!

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  5. Holy. Moly. Those cookies look like Heaven! All I need is a big glass of milk, and I'm set!

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  6. These look SO GOOD! I absolutely will be trying this recipe - I can never say no to cookies haha!

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  7. I don't normally eat chocolate cookies but I absolutely LOVE white chocolate!

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  8. These look absolutely delicious!!! We just moved from Indiana to Arizona and I feel like we'll never finish unpacking! I made the mistake of having the movers put all the boxes in 1 room so that I wouldn't have a mess everywhere, but it totally backfired! We've been in our house for 15 days and I'm not even close to be finished with unpacking. Hopefully you'll feel totally settled in soon!

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  9. These cookies seriously look like heaven! Why would I even be trying to look at these this late in the evening. Now you have me wanting to whip some up.

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  10. YUM!! These looks so so good! I love your style too.

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  11. Those cookies look AMAZING. I would love a big, fat stack of them right now. And congrats on getting moved! We are in the middle of a move, ourselves, and I'm so ready for it to be done.

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  12. These look incredible! I have all of the ingredients except for the Valrhona Blond Dulcey. Gonna check out their website and see where to get it. Need to make these cookies

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  13. Those cookies look absolutely amazing ... my mouth is watering!

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  14. These look SO good! What a perfect Fall dessert!

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  15. These look really good. I've been wanting to bake some cookies too. I think these will be on my list to try out. Yum!

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  16. Wow! I think you covered all of my favorite things here - chocolate, butter and wine! These cookies look fabulous!

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  17. Those were so gooey with chocolate...I almost fainted. Wow, these look perfect and I could go for a dozen right about now.

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  18. I love everything in this post! The cookies have my mouth watering.

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  19. I love that you used milk chocolate. So many call for semi-sweet and milk is sooo much better!

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  20. Ive never heard of that chocolate before! Looks absolutely heavenly :)

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  21. I NEEEED those cookies in my life. I had a craving for freshly baked cookies earlier today - they look yumo!

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  22. I love cookies, and these look really good now I'm hungry.

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  23. These look soooo decadent... I want them!

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