Hi, there how are you? In the mood for baking these Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies I hope???
These cookies deserve some serious (only kidding!!) respect. They are sugary crisp on the outside and gooey, meltingly, chocolately on the inside. This is THE cookie you have been waiting for – and you didn’t even know it!!!
I can honestly say I’ve never wanted to be an ice cream scoop before – but there’s a first time ……
Did I mention that these are Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies – oh I did and you want me to get on with the recipe – fair enough: here goes!!
Recipe: This recipe makes 14-16 Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies.
225g/8oz Light Brown Sugar
150g/5oz Unsatled Butter
1 Large Egg +
1 Large Egg Yolk
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt – free flowing
275g/10oz Plain White Flour
1/2 tsp Sodium Bicarbonate.
400g/14oz Chocolate Chunks/Chips
Preheat the oven to 170C (160C fan).
In a large, microwave proof bowl, add the butter and sugar. Place in the microwave and heat until the butter is just starting to melt : it’s very hard to give exact timings here, as it depends how cold your butter is to start, what power (wattage) your microwave is etc. The only advice I would give is to heat it slowly, on medium. Once butter melts in a microwave it starts to spit and bubble. Whilst this is going to have a small impact in your recipe, it’s a real pain to have to clean out the microwave, mid baking, before the butter sets hard. Just trying to help!!
Next get whisking and I mean you really do need an electric whisk for this. I made these cookies a fair few times before I realised the importance of really whisking the butter and sugar together properly and then again when you add the egg, extra yolk and vanilla extract. Bi have absolutely no idea why it makes such a difference, but it does and so much for the better!
Whisking the eggs and vanilla extract into the butter/sugar mixture for a good 5 minutes makes all the difference to the finished cookie.
Now sift in the flour/bicarb and salt. Then add the chocolate (I used Milk Chocolate Chunks – you may use whichever chocolate you prefer!!). Using a spoon gently fold all the dry ingredients, including the chocolate chunks into the whisked mixture. I’ve found the cookie dough comes together very easily.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (I’m sorry I just don’t get along with greaseproof paper, it always sticks!!). Then using a large, spring operated ice cream scoop ( see 1st photo! ), proceed to scoop out 4 portions if cookie dough, well spaced apart, on each sheet. Using damp hands, slightly flatten the dome top of each unbaked cookie. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits have a sugary, crackled sheen, turning golden and are starting to set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minute before placing each cookie on a baking rack.
Then proceed as before to bake the rest of the Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies – or make smaller cookies: take a golf ball sized piece of cookie dough, roll into a ball in you hands, place on the lined baking sheet and press down lightly as before. Bake for approx 15 minutes. The cookie dough left, yielded 13 smaller (but NOT small) cookies.
I had soooo much fun making these cookies. The recipe was originally inspired by Nigella (thank you Ms Lawson) but I’ve adapted it over time and it is absolutely, one hundred per cent, our children’s and my Nieces favourite cookie that I bake – like ever!!!
The very best part of making these cookies is sharing them. Children and the young at heart love being treated to a Supersize cookie (as the sugar content is quite a bit higher than my other cookie recipes, these don’t get baked very often – see I am a responsible mum – almost!!).
I hope that you give these Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies a try and enjoy sharing them and revelling in the smiles you see!