Baking on the Grill: Smoky Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 1, 2024

by Renata Haidle

On those hot summer days when you cannot face turning on the oven and spending your afternoon in the kitchen, a grilled dinner is more than welcome. Meat, veggies, and corn on the cob are all popular choices. But how about dessert? Prepare this chocolate chip cookie dough in advance, keep it refrigerated, and pop a cookie tray or two on the grill when you're done grilling dinner. When you finish your steak, you will have warm, gooey, chocolatey cookies vaguely flavored with a hint of smokiness.

Smoky Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips

Makes 24 cookies.

Directions: :

You can use a smoker grill like a Traeger or a regular gas grill equipped with a thermometer. Ensure the temperature remains constant at 350 F during the baking process.

  1. In a food processor, add the sugar and all the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix until you have a smooth dough.
  3. Incorporate the chocolate chips.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop or a spoon, form equal-sized balls about 1½ inches in diameter (roughly the size of a golf ball). Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Refrigerate until ready to be placed on the grill.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

Enjoy with a cold glass of chocolate porter or a smoky spiced orange cocktail if you’re feeling fancy.

Originally printed in the June 2024 issue of Simply Local Magazine

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