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Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Updated on December 19, 2014
Pictured:  Patrick with one Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie & one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookie. Does it get any better than this?
Pictured: Patrick with one Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie & one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookie. Does it get any better than this? | Source

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You'll be a rock star

Well no, not really a rock star per se, but you will be very popular with these amazing cookies.

You don't have to be a master baker. These are great cookies to make with your kids.

I have a little deli/general store and these cookies are always snapped up quick.

I don't know what it is about Big Guys and Giant Cookies but you mention homemade and they turn into kids again.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Approx. 24 small cookies or 12 - 14 giant cookies

What you need

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk or fork
  • 2 or more cookie sheets
  • Cooling rack (nice to have but optional)

Optional:

1/2 cup walnuts

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Helpful Hint:

If you haven't pulled the butter out of the fridge go ahead and do that now.

If you're set to start and the butter is still hard put it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

Remember:
you want it softened - not melted.

Replacements

It's okay to replace butter with margarine.

I use salted butter but unsalted butter does not affect the recipe either.

If you use shortening, use the butter flavored Crisco

** Do NOT use oil **

Wash your hands

and don't forget the soap!

I am a firm believer in getting my hands in the ingredients.

You get a sense of texture and your baking project becomes a labor of love.

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350°

2. In small bowl combine your wet ingredients:

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. hot water

Using your whisk or fork mix the wet ingredients well.

3. In large bowl add your dry ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

Combine the dry ingredients. Go on - use your hands.

Break up the sugars and mix well.

4. Add the softened butter to the dry mix.

squeeze, break, mix

It's going to be crumbly.

Break up the butter and combine it as much as possible. No butter chunks.

5. Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl

6. Get your hand in there and mix well.

It's going to remain crumbly for a little while. Don't give up!

It will eventually have a kind of a dry Play-Doh feeling.

Keep mixing until there are no traces of dry ingredients.

Once everything is mixed well you have your cookie dough!

Now for the deliciousness.

Reese's PB Cup Cookie

See the penny?  That's how big the GIANT cookie is.  :)
See the penny? That's how big the GIANT cookie is. :) | Source

Side Note:

  • For regular size cookies use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and drop it onto your cookie sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart.
  • I have not tried making cookie bars out of this batter.
  • I am positive it will work well in a 9x13 pan - but I do not know the proper cooking time for it.

Patting the dough down
Patting the dough down | Source

Chocolate Chip Time!

As I mentioned earlier - I have a little deli so I never just make chocolate chip cookies.

If you want to - GREAT!

7. Add 2 cups of the semi-sweet morsels and fold it into the cookie dough.

But if you're like me then you add a bit of variety.

I like to separate the batter.

One gets chocolate chips.

One gets Kit Kat bars.

One gets M&Ms.

One gets Reese's Peanut Butter cups...

Do you see where I'm going with this?

If you want an alternative to morsels, look around and see what you have in the secret candy drawer.

If you're making this with kids, give them enough dough to make their own cookie & one (or just half of a) candy bar.

Whatever deliciousness you put into the batter simply fold it in and mix so there is a good distribution.

Shaping the dough
Shaping the dough | Source

Did you know...

You don't need to grease the pan because the butter's in the batter.

To make a GIANT cookie

8. Grab a handful of the dough.

It should be a little bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a raquet ball.

9. Roll it into a ball then pat it flat until it's about 1/2 inch thick.

(Don't sweat this. It's not an exact science)

10. Place on UNGREASED cookie sheet.

Keep the cookies about 2 inches apart on all edges or they will merge in the oven.


Bake Time

11. In the preheated oven bake the dough for about 10 to 12 minutes.

NO MORE THAN THAT!

There should be a light browning on the edge of the cookies.

When you pull them out they are going to look "raw" - They're supposed to!

Leave them on the pan.

They will self-cook and "drop" into perfect cookies, without the burnt bottoms.

After about 5 or 10 minutes (if the cookies survive that long) place them on the cooling rack (or plate).

Now it's time to dig in. Enjoy!

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    • Xinyang Zhang profile image

      Xinyang Zhang 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great! We all love chocolate cookies.

      You have given great details for making them. I think I might make some too.

      Thanks very much.

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      Meredith Loughran 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Xinyang! Thanks for the comment. It took me a long time to realize that I only needed to bake these for 10 minutes. I always had burnt bottom cookies. Then one day I just pulled them because I knew I was going to be sidetracked and would definitely burn them and voila! They had time to self-cook and cool. Perfect! :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is a yummy and easy recipe, merej99. I love chocolate chip cookies and these are great. I'm not a baker but tempted to try these. I hear that chocolate cbip cookies are good for diets. Voted up and useful.

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      Meredith Loughran 3 years ago from Florida

      I love this recipe because it gives a good "base" cookie and you can add whatever to them! I don't make peanut butter cookies anymore because the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is a great substitute! My tried and true helpful hint is not allowing them to cook over 15 minutes. They self-cook on the hot pan and don't burn. :) Thank you for the response janshares :)

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Ok, you made my mouth water! Voted up; they sound delicious.

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      Meredith Loughran 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi bethperry! They ARE delicious. What's great is the ability to throw your favorite chocolate candy bar into the mix. By using Reese's PB Cups I've never had to make a peanut butter cookie again. Perfect!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      merej......MMMMM Yummy. If I had to admit to a serious weakness.....it would definitely be home made chocolate chip cookies! And I always like walnuts in mine!!

      This is a really great (& different) recipe. Up++

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      Meredith Loughran 2 years ago from Florida

      You're right - there is something about the walnuts that tweak it just enough to be irresistible!

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