Wednesday, June 19, 2013

XXL Cookie For One Please

Anyone that knows me knows that not only do I love to bake, but I love to eat anything baked too.  Cookies, well, cookies are my weakness.  I don't care what kind they are as long as they are baked right.  Now my hubby, give him Oreos and he's a happy guy.  Me, I need something a little better than that. 
We both got hooked on these Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies that I blogged about here.  They are wonderful!  I usually make a batch and freeze and then we pull them out as we want them for a special treat on movie nights or just because we can. 
Then an amazing thing happened.  I found a recipe for XXL Cookies!  Not just in one flavor, but in five!  Sally's Baking Addiction has recipes for making Snickerdoodle, Monster M&M, Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter, Death by Chocolate and Buttery Soft Sugar Cookies.  I couldn't wait to try these!  Hubby wanted a Snickerdoodle and I wanted the Death by Chocolate.  For mine I substituted my favorite GF all-purpose flour and it turned out great!  So don't be afraid to try these GF.  They were amazing though.  They each filled an entire dinner plate and we each were not ashamed to say that we finished them off in one sitting.  (Although my belly was stuffed!)  These would be so fun to do at a birthday party or slumber party with kids too. 
If you love cookies like I do, you have to try these!  So fun. So good.  One bowl to mix.  Bake and eat.  Amazing!

Giant Snickerdoodle Cookie
(from Sally's Baking Addiction)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp sugar + 1/4 tsp for sprinkling on top
  • 2 Tbsp beaten egg (crack the egg, beat it, and use 2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar (no substitutions)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (divided)

  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray or use a silicone baking mat.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir the butter and 4 Tbsp sugar together until creamed - mixture may be a bit crumbly. That's OK. Add the egg and vanilla until mixed. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt,cream of tartar, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon until just combined. Do NOT overmix.
  • Place the dough in the center of the prepared cookie sheet into a tall ball (see pictures above). Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp sugar. Bake for 14-16 minutes until the edges are browned. The center may appear undone but that's what you want. It will firm up. Allow to cool completely ON the baking sheet. Enjoy!
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 2 Tablespoons beaten egg (crack an egg, beat it, and use 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips + 1 Tablespoon, divided (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • sprinkles, optional
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix the softened butter and sugars together with a spoon or fork until creamed. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Place the dough in the center of the baking sheet and mold into a tall ball using a spoon (see picture above). Dot the top of the cookie with 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. Add sprinkles on top if desired. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or up to 16 minutes. The cookie will appear very soft, but will firm up as it cools. Allow to cool completely on baking sheet.

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