Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ginormously Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Though I had every intention of keeping up with the blog and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, I came home to find my parents' internet connection moving at the speed of well, dial-up. Even with DSL, something was clearly off and internet surfing took a backburner to make time for eating. Seriously, I realize everyone talks about holiday eating, but with our two families in the same city, we took holiday eating to a new level. Two-dinner-a-day habits are hard to break. My stomach feels empty if an hour has gone by without a feeding.

Huge Chocolate Chip CookiesAs you can imagine, it feels good to be back home and getting back to a more normal eating schedule. I've increased the veggies in my diet, tried to return to running and limited myself to three meals a day (down from 5-6!) Even with my new healthy outlook, I certainly still make room for ginormous chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie DoughAfter indulging in days of Momma's Asian delights, I had a hankering for good ol' chocolate chip cookies. I spent a few minutes drooling over Tastespotting's cookie gallery and settled on the cookies made by Easy Peasy. Her cookies looked huge, soft and well, perfect. I used mini chocolate chips (my new obsession) and about 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips to shake things up. Michelle measured out about 1/2 cup dough for each cookie. Wanting to have cookies to take to work (and prevent us from eating them all) I used a 1/4 cup of dough for each. My cookies were still huge!

Giant Chocolate Chip CookieI. Love. These. Cookies. These were so fabulous and sinful. If you're not feeling overindulged yet, I suggest you get yourself into the kitchen and make these. Dieting should be addressed after the New Year! :)

Enjoy the rest of the holidays!! It'll be sad when we get back to full work weeks, huh? :)

Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Easy Peasy

2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (we all know cinnamon makes everything better!)
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted cooled until warm
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chip
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Whisk dry ingredients together; set aside.
3. With electric mixer, beat butter & sugars until thoroughly combined.
4. Beat in egg, yolk and vanilla until just combined.
5. Add dry ingredients; beat at low speed until combined. Stir in chips.
6. Measure 1/4 cup of dough and roll into ball. Holding dough ball in fingertips of both hands, pull into 2 equal halves. Place dough halves together, ragged side up. Place formed dough onto cookie sheet with about 2 inches in between (the cookies will spread).
7. Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy.
8. Cool cookies on sheets until able to lift without breaking and place on wire rack to cool.

39 comments:

Mochachocolata Rita said...

happy holidays girl!

i've been searching for the perfect chewy cookies recipe...i'll give this a try but i need to buy some cinnamon URGENTLY.

life is nothing without cinnamon hehe

kat said...

We'll still be holiday eating for another week...oh will I need to join a gym

VeggieGirl said...

THOSE COOKIES!!! Sinfully divine.

Happy Holidays, Sharon!!

ttfn300 said...

i'm totally feeling overindulged... but these might need to be made!! i always make huge cookies ;-)

Dani said...

even amongst all the holiday feedings, i am sure i could find room for one of these :)

Pam said...

Oh my - these look amazing. I can imagine how tasty they would be dipped in milk. YUM!

The Blonde Duck said...

Ginourmous cookies are certianly a part of a healthy diet. I totally agree.

The Blonde Duck said...

Ginourmous cookies are certianly a part of a healthy diet. I totally agree.

RecipeGirl said...

Everyone needs ginormous cookies in their diet. Can't go without a treat now and then!

Snooky doodle said...

wow these look so delicious! and they re giant too :)

That Girl said...

Those are gorgeous and huge!

Bren said...

Do you guys have Potbellys where you live? If you do, then you know their cookies are the best in the world! Your cookies look as chewy and as tasty as their-BIG!!

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Maria said...

The cookies look perfect! I think I will have to indulge in one more treat! Happy New Year to you!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Another ccc is allways welcome, specially if they're ginormously! Have a wonderful new year!

Jenny said...

Sharon,
Your pictures and seriously gorgeous! I'd eat a dozen of these beauties in no time!!

Mo said...

Wow. Food.Porn.
I love,love, love chocolate chip cookies, and to me, the bigger, the better!
I am DEFINATELY making these beauties this week.

Katrina said...

Wow, yum! I'm all about the choc chip cookie! These look great. Huge temptation for me to get in the kitchen and make these. Awesome sounding recipe!
Happy New Year!

Kevin said...

Those cookies do look big, and good! Happy holidays!

Bunny said...

I should write an ode to chocolate chip cookies, that's how much I love them. !/2 a cup of dough...could you imagine the size of that cookie!!!

Sara said...

These look amazing, I totally need to make them soon.

noble pig said...

Giant and chocolate chip are two words that should always be in the same sentence.

Elle said...

Want. these. Now. Yes, for breakfast. They look spectacular! Happy holidays!

Lisa said...

Happy Holidays! Great cookies. I think I stretched out my stomach and now it needs constant feeding too. I guess I can shrink it back on Jan 2nd. Happy New year!

Grace said...

that's a hearty cookie, is what that is. one would probably satisfy me, but i'd end up putting away four or five at a time, no doubt. :)

gaga said...

Mmmm, I love a great cookie. And you can't go wrong with ginormous!

Megan said...

Your photos are mouthwatering! And when it comes to cookie size, the bigger the better :)

MaryBeth said...

WOW...those are some HUGE cookies. I'll take 2 or 3 maybe 5 of them.

Lori said...

Mmm, these look so great...I love lots of chocolate chips!

Dawn said...

yes back to exercising again, and stopping the crazy eating.
but always room for cc cookies! LOL
Happy New Year to you!

Emily said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

Ana Powell said...

Lovely chewy cookies.
Happy 2009 x

Bridgett said...

There is nothing better than a perfect chocolate chip cookie. It is definitely my favorite dessert/treat of choice.

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of rolling the dough into a ball and then pulling it apart before placing it on the pan. It must make the tops ragged and crunchy! Yummm!

KDLOST said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Sophie said...

Yes, these cookies do look huge and perfect!

By the way, those strawberry cupcakes are calling me by name! :) What a cute thing to celebrate! :D

Laura said...

Sheesh! Every time I think I have found The chocolate chip cookie recipe, I see another I want to try!

Tereza said...

ok this totally has me drooling!

Katie said...

Hmm I've never thought of putting cinnamon in cookies! Great idea :) I'm definitely going to have try that once this month is over (no sweets February!)

K. Myers said...

so you're supposed to melt the butter, then allow it to cool before mixing w/ the sugar?