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BIG FAT COOKIES

BIG FAT COOKIES

By Elinor Klivans. Published by Chronicle Books, 2004.

 

I am a huge fan of Elinor Klivans, and have never made a secret of the fact. Indeed, I am almost evangelical. I've mentioned Big Fat Cookies in one of my books (and how is that for a title?) but haven't hitherto brought her recipe for Chocolate-Chip-Stuffed Cookies to your attention. I apologise for that, and present it gladly and gooily below:

 

Chocolate Chip-Stuffed Cookies

 

Decades of baking chocolate chip cookies have only whetted my appetite for more cookies and more chips. With a layer of chocolate chips baked right into the middle of this thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie, these fall in the "why didn't I think of it before?" great cookie category.

The cookies are made entirely with brown sugar, rather than the usual granulated and brown sugar combination, plus cool butter and cold eggs. This works to produce a cookie dough that is firm and thick enough to hold the middle layer of chips.


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened (for about 30 minutes)

1½ cups packed light brown sugar

2 large cold eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

 

Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until smoothly blended, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until blended, about 1 minute. The mixture may look slightly curdled. On low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Mix in 2 cups of the chocolate chips.

Roll 2 tablespoons of dough between the palms of your hands into a ball, flatten it slightly to make a 2-inch disk, and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat to make a total of 16 disks, placing 8 on each baking sheet and spacing them 4 inches apart. Leaving a ¼-inch plain edge, lightly press 1 tablespoon of the remaining chocolate chips onto each disk. Using the remaining dough, make 16 more disks, placing one on top of each chocolate-chip-topped disk. Press the dough disks gently to cover any of the chocolate chip filling that shows around the edges.