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It’s official, this week was unintentionally summer comfort food week, and we’re ending with the best recipe ever…giant chocolate chip cookies.

Two things…

One: nothing will ever beat chocolate chip cookies…unless they are GIANT chocolate chip cookies.

Two: I’ve been in serious comfort food mode, which I find so odd considering the time of year, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and sometimes that means you just need to make all the comforting foods you can. You know?

In all honesty, the last week has been one of the harder ones. I have been keeping my face bright on the outside, but on the inside everything is all wacky. I’ve mentioned this before, but I have always struggled with anxiety, and with the death of my grandma + my general constant stress of work related stuff, I think it’s just been a lot…and is taking me back to my middle school days. I always find talking about it really helpful, so instead of sugar-coating things, I thought I’d just be real.

Everyone deals with their own battles and this is totally one of mine. I have found some things that really help though, one of them is just being to talk it out. I’m going to share more tips/tricks that I’ve learned over the years in Sunday’s Nine Favorite Things post, so if this topic is of interest you, stay tuned!

I’m headed back to Cleveland tomorrow for my grandma’s funeral, and while I am sad to be going back to my hometown to say a final goodbye to my Nonnie, I’m also excited to meet a new cousin, Seeley (my grandma’s maiden name), who was born yesterday. Seeley is the 17th grandchild for my grandparents. She was born exactly one week after my Nonnie passed, on the 17th day of August in the year 2017. I would say that 17 is Seeley’s number. I am excited to share a new life with my family.

In the meantime, I really want to talk about fun, happy things. Things that totally distract my mind from all of it’s craziness…

And for me, that is these cookies! Fun, happy, and so freaking good. Addictingly good, but then that’s obvious, right?

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

As mentioned above, there’s nothing quite like a homemade chocolate chip cookie. I had many of them growing up. My mom was a serious baker and I know I have said this a million times over, but for you newer readers, mom would have dessert on the table before dinner was even started…or decided on.

My friends always wanted to come over to my house for the cookies. I remember my best friend Stephanie and I and literally eating a whole batch one summer afternoon after lacrosse camp (which was a short-lived camp for me…cause I was not a camp goer). And all my guy friends?

They definitely came for the cookies. No one made cookies like my mom. No one.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Anyway, as you have probably gathered, cookies are a thing at my house and always will be.

Oddly, I have yet to share my mom’s perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe (should I? It’s kind of simple…), but today’s recipe is pretty similar, just a lot larger in size!

With back to school time here, I always think about chocolate chip cookies. I always loved when I would come home from school to a fresh batch of mom’s cookies, especially if it was a Friday.

Fun fact about me? Fridays as a kid were my all time favorite day of the week. I looked forward to Friday afternoon like no other kid. Come four o’clock on any given Friday I was the happiest child alive. I had two full days of no school and I was as excited as can be. Friday will forever be the best, and I promise, they’re made even better with fresh-baked cookies…

So today we are celebrating Friday with chocolate chip cookies!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

But guys, these are not just any chocolate chip cookies.

Nope, these are giant chocolate chip cookies and they are just as glories as you’d expect.

Think of a chocolate chip cookie, but then double or even triple it in size. Ahhhh…enter all the heart emojis now. Why have a small cookie when you can have a GIANT cookie?!

Crisp on the outside and chewy in the center.

The edges of the cookies turn slightly crisp (only slightly, so it’s good!!) while the centers are doughy, chewy, and basically just all things perfection.

And you know what else? This cookie recipe requires zero chilling. Meaning you can get up from your desk, couch, bed, or wherever you’re reading this (wordy) post from, bake up some fresh cookies and have them ready in just about twenty-five minutes. My guess is that if you are a baker, or even just a lover of chocolate and butter, you’ll have all the ingredients on hand right now.

Okay, after all this chatting, have I convinced you that your Friday night plans should include making these giant chocolate chip cookies?

You know that mine do, alongside a cold glass of milk. Then maybe some dinner…because sometimes that’s just how we need to roll.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 363 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat until combined and creamy. Add the flour, and baking soda, beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    2. Using an ice cream scoop (this makes things really easy) or 1/4 cup measure, roll the dough into balls and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet (about 5 per pan). Gently push down to flatten the balls just slightly.
    4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies just beginning to set on the edges, but still doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet. They will continue to cook slightly as they sit on the baking sheet. Eat warm (highly recommended) or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Notes

*If your cookies are puffy when the come out of the oven, tap the baking sheet on the counter 2 times to flatten them down. 
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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday + cookies = a very happy, smiling Tieghan. Have a great weekend everyone!

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    1. Hey Zahara,
      Yes, I will add the metric measurements for you!! I hope the cookies turn out amazing:) xTieghan

  1. 3 stars
    Mine came out so dry :(. They were a cakey-gummy texture. Not sure what I did wrong. No liquids other than eggs and vanilla?

    1. Hi Jessica,
      So sorry to hear this. What other liquids would you use? Was there anything you adjusted? Is it possibly you over-mixed the batter? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  2. Do you usually weigh your ingredients or do you measure? I’m having an awful time. I’m not sure what I am doing wrong. I just can’t seem to get them right.

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, sorry to hear you are having issues. I measure my ingredients. What can I help with? Let me know! xx

    2. I used dairy free butter and my dough was like cake mix. I couldn’t roll into balls. Should I put it in the fridge or freezer for x amount of time?

      1. Hi Alice,
        Thanks for giving the recipe a try, I’ve never worked with dairy free butter before. Was there anything else you adjusted? I would pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    The most amazing chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had/made. All of my friends ask for these and LOVE the sea salt. I do use dark chocolate chips from Aldi too and it makes it so delicious. They’re also super quick to make so I’ve been able to host and pop in a quick batch for some warm cookies on the spot. Really makes an impression on friends when you have warm cookies! 🙂

    1. Hey Jess,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! 🌸xxT

    1. Hi Michelle,
      That will be just fine for you to do. Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is really great! That k you so much for it. That being said, I wanted to add some advice to those saying they were getting puffy cookies. My first batch I used a small cookie scoop, what I would say is the standard one you can buy at most stores. I followed all other steps. And my cookies came out puffy. I added another quarter cup of brown sugar to my batter and this time made each cookie with 2 scoops full. Patted down. Baked halfway. Banged sheet pan, cooked other half way and they came out exactly perfect!

    1. Hey Erin,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have a great week! 🌺xxT

  5. I have made this amazing recipe at home a few times and the cookies are always puffy and cakey and we love them. I happen to be in CO now and I just made them IDENTICAL to how I always do. They are FLAT!! Just like you want them to be! I have come to the conclusion that the altitude is what changed it! My gramma made a recipe when she came from Brazil and it was the same thing! Either way…fat or thin these cookies are beloved to my family!

    1. Hey Julie,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing this feedback, so glad to hear the cookies were enjoyed!! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I’m doing a pastry degree and I hate cookies so I wanted to try your recipe and see if I change my mind. They are bomb ! Amazing !

    I actually made 23 cooking from the recipe. My bf loves them !

    1. Hi Audrey,
      Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try and sharing your feedback! xx

  7. 4 stars
    I’ve made these at least 10 times and they are so delicious, everyone loves them. However, like other comments have mentioned, I can never get them to look thin and crispy, I’ve tried everything, smacking them on the counter, room temperature everything, less flour etc.. I’ve gotten close but not quite like the pictures. I wonder if it has to do with the elevation, or maybe a specific brand of flour. I will continue to try, because no matter what they are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had 🙂

    1. Hey Michelle,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go! Have you tried just gently pressing the dough balls down before baking? Have the best week:) xT