Blog: Giant Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies deserve to be put on a pedestal. Impress your friends and family with these giant, slightly crispy showstoppers.

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This is not the kind of cookie you would choose if you only want a small taste.  No, this cookie is for someone who needs more than one small cookie or wants to share. Or not. 

When I saw freshly baked cookies at a restaurant’s bakery last year, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Among all these little, decadent desserts was a tall stack of the most beautiful, golden, gigantic cookies.  I, of course, had to have one and they were memorable in every way.  I’m not sure if the size was the most exciting part or how fabulous the texture and taste was, but either way, I knew I had to make my own.

If I had to pick one recipe that I’ve spent the most amount of time perfecting, it’s definitely the chocolate chip cookie. A few years ago, I developed my own recipe based on trial and error and it’s the perfect texture for a cookie craving - not chewy, but not too crispy either. This time, however, I wanted to create a cookie that was a little crispier. 

After a couple experiments, which my family was happy to indulge in, I created a recipe that was just what I had in mind – the perfect texture and consistency for a giant cookie.  The edges are crispy and the entire cookie has a slightly crispy exterior while still remaining easy to bite into and chew.  I have to say, they are addicting.  If you want to impress your friends and family, serve these at your next holiday or gathering.  Or make them just because. 

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1½ teaspoons vanilla

1 large egg, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


Cream butter and both sugars until combined.  Mix in salt and vanilla.  Add egg and continue beating until well combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda.  Slowly add these dry ingredients to butter mixture.  Mix on low speed until just combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.  Let dough rest for 30 minutes or until soft.

Preheat oven to 350 and line sheet pans with parchment paper.

With a 2/3 measuring cup, scoop out dough and turn onto sheet pan.  Using your fingers, evenly spread out the dough to form a circle and flatten to just under ½ inch high.  Bake two cookies per pan for 18 minutes.  Let cookies rest for at least five minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.


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Nancy February 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM
How many cookies does this recipe make? Is the sheet pan a "1/2 sheet pan"? Any problem with baking more than 1 sheet pan at a time?
Tamar Nadell February 14, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Hi Nancy. The recipe makes eight cookies and I used a 1/2 sheet pan. I prefer baking one pan at a time. However, if you can fit two sheet pans on the middle rack with some space in between, that should be fine. If you need to use two racks, you can try switching the pans around half way through baking.
Ellynne February 17, 2013 at 07:35 PM
In the directions you say to add salt, but there's no measurement. How much does your recipe call for?
Ellynne February 17, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Also, I just realized you say to use a 2/3 measuring cup for portioning out the dough, but I think you may have meant 1/3 cup.
Tamar Nadell February 18, 2013 at 01:24 AM
The salt measurement is 1/2 teaspoon. I will make sure to have that added to the recipe. Thank you for pointing that out to me. For portioning out the dough, I do use a 2/3 cup. They are big and that's why you can only put two cookies on a sheet.


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