Wednesday, February 27, 2008

GIANT cookie tutorial

My grandmother loved the giant chocolate chip cookie cake I made for her birthday yesterday. I've never baked such a monstrous cookie before, so I thought you could come along on this journey with me...

I was lucky enough to score some cookie dough on sale. No baking from scratch on the agenda today. I purchased 4 Jumbo packages of Nestle Toll House cookies. (I later found out that three would have been better.)

I looked around for giant mixing bowls, giant spatulas, giant cookie sheets... but I couldn't find any. It seems the regular sized baking supplies work just fine when baking giant cookies. That's a relief!
I pulled out my large round pizza pan which had a slight lip around the edge & placed all the cookie squares side by side.
They were the "Jumbo" kind, so I took a spoon & sorta smooshed them all down a bit so the dough wouldn't be so thick & take forevers to bake.

You'll end up with this.

This is where you need to pause for the "dough stealers" & "spoon lickers" to take their appointed places. I baked the massive cookie in my cute little oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Then I watched as the dough creeped to the edge of the pan & started dripping over. Ugh.

SO, I removed the cookie from the oven & cute about 1 1/4" off the entire edge. I just sliced & scooped all the crumbly bits into a bowl. These leftovers will make great toppings for ice cream! The cookie was still quite goopy in the center, so I cooked it at 325 degrees for another 10 minutes.

It came out perfect! And this handy little tool was very useful to slide between the cookie & the pan--to loosen it up a bit & prevent "stickage". I think this tool is used for icing cakes? I don't even know where it came from. My pan is so ugly & very used. How embarrassing.

I surrounded the edge of the pan with small doilies to make it look not-so-ugly.

I found this cool icing at the grocery store. After having bad luck on another baking project with the cheaper squeeze tube, I spent the extra couple bucks to get this pink can of icing. It comes with 4 tips & look how easy the tips just screw onto the top. Simply press your finger on the tip, & icing comes oozing out. The small box of "Writing Icing" was for lettering you'll see later on.

The edges of the cake weren't so nifty looking from where I had to remove excess cookie parts dribbling over the edge. Little pink dollops (I love that word!) of frosting were the perfect remedy.

My wee 5-year old helped me decorate the rest of the cake. We put all the names of the birthday girl on the cake: "Glenys, grandmother (that's what I call her), grandma, mom, G.G." There was no room for "Happy Birthday" after all that.

Grandmother loved her cake & it was yummy served with ice cream. My brother was looking around for the giant glass of milk to dip the giant cookie into. Dork.


  1. OK how yummy is that, although our ovens in the UK are only about 10 inches wide so wouldn't get it in, but I sooooo want one.
    Happy Birthday Nikki Grandma

  2. Aw Happy Birthday Grandma Whimsylove!

    Nigella couldn't do better.

  3. Sweet! Loved the comment about your brother and the big glass of milk! Happy Birthday to your Grandma!

  4. yummy!
    Happy Birthday to your grandma!!

  5. That was great! Happy Birthday to your Grandmother! How ironic we made Chocolate Chip cookies today too, I got the recipe from the Lost and Found Blog - they came out excellent. Also you are sooooo blessed to have a grandmother still walking this earth!!!

  6. Happy Birthday to you grandma, and yes, she has lovely hands. The cookie rocked. Love the idea of the ice cream crumbles with the "extra edges".

    If you try again and don't want the extra edges, you can cut a piece of parchment paper the size of your pan, it will help stop the ooze-over-the-side problem. In fact, I have a recipe for a brownie pizza that uses regular brownie mix and a round stoneware pan with no edges and as long as you line the pan with the parchment paper, it never drips over the edge.

  7. That is brilliant! I'm drooling all over my keyboard now.

    Your blog is wonderful! You are adorable, funny, and crafty! Is it possible to find that ALL in one place!?

    Just thought I'd let you know I was lurking today and loved what I saw!

  8. I stumbled upon your blog today and am loving all your tutorials! :) Will have to file this one away for the next bday in the family!

  9. Ohh, it looks so nice decorated with icing! And it looks yummy, too. My mom used to make one giant cookie every year for my birthday along with the smaller cookies for the other kids. Mmmm.

    Happy Birthday to your grandma! Looks like she had fun. :)

  10. Okay, so I know this was posted ages ago, but I'm pinning, and found this particular entry through a Pinterest pin. I had to comment -- two things -- one, I loved that you called your brother a dork. And two, I love your pink whistling tea kettle! Your blog is cute; now that I've found it, I'll be a regular! :)

  11. Hi Denise! So glad you found the blog!! And, what fun for me to have a peek back at this post as well. Gosh, what a disaster!! haha!


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