What is better than a cookie?
An oversized cookie … and a very big glass of milk.
This is another easy-peasy recipe that requires nothing more sophisticated than a large pizza pan or baking stone to make it something memorable.
Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup well packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups (generous) chocolate chips, mini candy coated chocolates, etc.
Preheat oven to 375*
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in chips.
Dump the entire mixture onto the parchment lined pan, or stone. Bake for 15-20 minutes – approximately. When using the baking stone, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions – you might have to start baking the cookie in a cold oven. If using a large metal pizza pan, remember that this oversized cookie will take a tad longer than smaller, individual cookies.
Certainly, beginning with a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe makes it simple, but to liven things up, just toss in any flavor chips (I actually found cinnamon and lemon and even fruit flavors at a local bulk foods store), or mini-candy-coated chocolates, red cinnamon candies, or anything else that sounds good.
These oversized cookies were always a big hit with my students — and a lot quicker to bake than a zillion individual cookies.
Don’t forget the gigantic glass of milk, too!