One of my favorite things is a big cookie. If I don’t order one from Great American Cookies, then I try to make one. But the ones I make never turn out as good as the ones I buy. The ones I’ve made have always been really hard on the edges, soft in the middle, and dried out after the first day.
Last Monday night a new friend of mine (Hillary) introduced me to the best way to make a big cookie. She had made a circular one and decorated it with the Dharma Initiative logo in celebration of Lost’s season finale. Some of it was left over for Monday night when we got together to celebrate 24’s season finale. She offered me some and I hesitated because past experience has taught me that a 5-day old big chocolate chip cookie has the texture of a dirty rock. Our hostess noticed my hesitation and assured me that it was still very good. I tried a small piece. And then had to embarrass myself by asking for more. It was the best 5-day old chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had! (In all honesty, it may have been the first 5-day old cookie I’ve ever had. Cookies do not usually last that long in my presence.)
It is very easy to make and you can shape any way you want. I made one Saturday to take to a birthday party. It was all gone in about 15 minutes. When I explained how to make it, one of my relatives told me that she does the same thing with devil’s food cake and strawberry cake mixes. Can you imagine? A strawberry flavored cookie?!
She went on to tell me that she made these cookies as teacher gifts this year. She rolled the dough into balls and baked them. Then she layered the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cookies in a parfait glass so that it looked like a Neapolitan Ice Cream Sundae, wrapped it in cellophane, and tied a bow on it. Sounds cute, doesn’t it?
Here’s the recipe:
1 pkg yellow cake mix (or chocolate or devil’s food or strawberry)
1 stick of butter
1 pkg chocolate chips (or whatever you want in your cookie)
Bake in a 350o oven for about 10 minutes.
I made another one today in the shape of a rectangle and used decorator’s icing to make it look like the American flag. I will be doing this again for July 4th. I can’t wait!