Saturday, March 29, 2014

Giant Candy and Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie

It's starting to feel like Spring around here, and I couldn't be more excited.  Instead of snowing, it's raining.  I don't mind rain.  I grew up in a desert, so I think any kind of precipitation is beautiful.

For me, cookies are a major comfort food.  When I was growing up, my family had a tradition of making cookies on Sundays after church.  It might not have been the healthiest of tradition, but it was just once a week.

The recipe came from Martha Stewart. She made her cookie in a skillet. I didn’t because I don’t own an oven safe skillet. I used a pie pan, which worked well.  

I cooked it 10 minutes longer then recommended, and I think that’s because I didn’t use a skillet. I added candy and pretzels to make it a little more decadent. 

The ingredients are 1 cup small pretzels, 1 cup assorted chocolate candy, 6 tablespoons softened butter, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 cup chocolate chips.

I combined the butter and sugars and stirred. The recipe doesn’t ask for an electric mixer, which is ideal for me. I didn’t have to stir for several minutes to make the butter and sugar fluffy or creamy.  The butter was a little too soft.

I stirred in the egg and vanilla.

I added the flour, baking soda, and salt.

I added the chocolate chips.

I added the candy. I could have just added the candy at the same time as the chocolate chips. I used chocolate kisses, peanut M&Ms, mini peanut butter cups, and marshmallow 3 Musketeers. On a side note, I think I like the marshmallow 3 Musketeers more than the regular kind.

I scooped the cookie batter into a parchment lined pie pan. I spread the batter out.

I lined the top of the cookie batter with small pretzels. I used about a cup.

I baked the cookie at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 28 minutes. I cooked it for 10 more minutes than recommended.

The pie pan was smaller in diameter than the skillet, so at the dough was too gooey after 18 minutes. I like an under baked cookie, but it was more raw than under baked.

This is a great recipe. The cookie dough was soft and toothsome. The pretzels and extra chocolate make it even more delectable.

A good cookie recipe can only be improved with an additional cup of chocolate.

I brought this to a party and it was gobbled up within 30 minutes.


Cristina Pop said...

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Hugs, Cris

laura said...

Thanks Cris!

Erin said...

Giant cookies like this would definitely comfort away anything.

laura said...

Erin, cookies are the best comfort food :)

Olga Riofrio said...

You have delicious recipes.

laura said...

Thanks Olga!