I should have kept better track of my cookie recipes from college. I should have also started my blog back in college instead of pouring countless hours into LiveJournal and Xanga writing about all my feelings and teenage angst. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.
During my undergraduate years when everyone else was studying for finals, frantically writing papers, and cramming into the wee hours of the morning, I was baking cookies. I survived all my presentations, midterms, and finals one dozen cookies at a time. (FYI: Cookies are also helpful for dealing with heartbreak and rejection.)
Thankfully I don’t ever have to write another paper or memorize any more dates or formulas. However, there are still those occasional deadlines (and typical life problems) that throw me into a frenzy. That’s when I return to cookie therapy.
Each warm bite of melted chocolate relaxes me. I am lulled to a delicious sugar induced coma. Life tastes good and all is right with the world.
I’m sharing two chocolate chip cookie recipe this week. First up, are these giant cookies. This is my version of classic chocolate chip cookies. They’re a little crispy around the edges, but soft and chewy in the center. (The cookies I’m sharing on Thursday are photographed above. It’s the smaller one on the left. It’s thicker, chewier, and less sweet.)
I’m not kidding when I called them GIANT. Each cookie is roughly 1/2 cup of cookie dough batter. Most cookie recipes call for a rounded tablespoon of cookie dough. This cookie is roughly 8 TABLESPOONS of cookie dough. (!!!) I’ll let you process that information before I move on.
These cookies are so big that only 5 cookies fit in a standard 18″x13″ half size baking sheet.
These classic chocolate chip cookies are everything you’d expect from a childhood favorite. It’s crisp along the edges, yet soft and chewy in the center. There are enough melted chocolate chunks in each cookie to ensure that you’ll be licking your fingers at some point. I say that’s the mark of a good cookie! I’m pretty sure my college self would have been quite impressed by these babies. (I’m also certain I could have won over a few hearts with these in tow.)
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 10 5-inch cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 2 cups bread flour*
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (4 oz) lightly toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
- 6 oz dark chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
- sea salt flakes, for sprinkling
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream together butter, brown sugar, sugar, and salt until smooth. Scrape down bowl as needed.
- Add egg and egg yolks one at a time mixing on low speed until fully incorporated. Add molasses and mix on medium speed for about 1 minute until batter is thick, fluffy, and smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to mixing bowl and mix on low speed until combined. Fold in chopped walnuts and chocolate chunks. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Scoop cookie dough into 1/2 cup mounds using a #8 scoop or a measuring cup. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1 hour, or until solid.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Space frozen cookie mounds at least 3 inches apart from each other on a parchment lined baking sheet. 5 mounds will fit on a standard half sized baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are set, but the center is still soft. From the oven, immediately sprinkle hot cookies with sea salt flakes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet. It will take a few minutes for cookies to regain their structure. The warm cookies will be very soft and delicate. Allow cookies to cool before removing from pan.
- I used bread flour due to its higher protein content. If desired, simply substitute equal amount of all-purpose flour.
- To toast whole walnuts: bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until nuts are light golden brown. Chop nuts once cooled. Allow nuts to cool to room temperature before adding to cookie dough.
- The listed cooking time above is for 1/2 cup sized cookie dough mounds. If you scoop smaller cookies, you will have to adjust the baking time.
- Use good quality dark chocolate. I prefer at least 72% dark chocolate.
- I use Maldon sea salt flakes for sprinkling.
- Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to three days.
The Little Epicurean