Friday, September 5, 2008

Mamma Mia...

...Here I go again! Here I go again with Chocolate Chip Cookies...

I've been a bit busy lately and away from the Blogland, I've been helping a friend who asked for a favour. He's a really good friend so I'm not complaining, but can favours be a bit too big sometimes?

What about cookies? Can cookies be too big?

After I made the Levain Bakery "look-a-like" and the NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies I was cookied out for a while, but of course it didn't last long. I wanted cinnamon chocolate chip cookies and wanted them big! I wanted them really big!

I decided to repeat the big fat Levain cookie (adding cinnamon & pecans) but applying the NY Times method (the fridge waiting period).

HUGE CINNAMON & PECANS CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES (Makes 4)

  • 110 gr (4 oz) butter room temperature but not very soft
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 6 tbs dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 180 gr (6 1/2 oz) stong/bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp instant yeast*
  • 1/4+1/8 tspn salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks chopped from a bar (or chips)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • Sea salt to sprinkle

Beat butter and both sugars just until they come together. Don’t over-beat. Add the egg and salt and beat just until incorporated. Mix together the flour, cinnamon and yeast* . When thoroughly mixed, add to batter and stir just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Store the dough in the fridge for 24h-48h hours.

Divide dough into 4 large mounds, but keep the mounds kind of raggedy. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake on pre-heated oven at 190ºC (375º F) for 10m and then reduce the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and bake 6-10 m more. Cool on sheet for about 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

* About the Instant Yeast: The first time I made the "original" recipe, that I had seen at Cookie Madness I tried with 4 different types of leavenings, one of them being instant yeat, that turned out to be my favourite. This time I divided the dough in 2 and experimented with instant yeast and with a combo of baking powder & baking soda. In the picture above you can see the diference between the 2 (the smaller is the yeast one).

I still prefer the cookie with yeast and that's the version I wrote in the recipe. It makes a really heavy chewy cookie, in a good way! But if you think that might be too much for you, use 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/4 tsp baking powder instead of the yeast, fot that same recipe.

Next time I'll skip the fridge waiting period, I don't think it made a big diffrence. What I liked about these cookies was the warmth the cinnamon and pecans gave them. And of course, the fact they were huge!

So what do you think? Can a cookie be too big?

55 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

I've got to tell Grace at A Southren Grace about these. She's obsessed with cinnamon!

Sharon said...

Cookies CANNOT be too big! They all look absolutely delicious. I still have the Levain copycats on my list of to-do's!

Rachel said...

Huge or small I like these chunky ones...

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Mamma Mia, Pappa Pia that's a beautiful cookie. Unless a cookie is bigger than your head, then it's just the right size.

Dhanggit said...

Oh my goodness, I am so doing this tonight!!! they are sinful!! yummy

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

The answer is no.

Maria said...

Nope! A cookie can't be too big! I am always in the mood for a good chocolate chip cookie. Yours look fabulous!

Nazarina A said...

I placed my order 3 dozen please! I feel a bit sluggish today

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for BIIIIG cookies! :0)

Anna said...

Thanks for posting the recipe! I think I will try it out tomorrow when I get back in the kitchen.

Madeleine said...

Apenas leí hace unos días esa receta del NYT, la quiero probar... la recomiendas?? me llamó mucho la atención el reposo de tantas horas! pero tiene sentido! jeje!

Saludos!!

Leslie said...

A cookie too big??? NEVER I say! NEVER!

Lore said...

Cookie, there's no way a cookie can be too big (no pun intended, please believe me). Of all the things I've tried out until now I can't believe I've never paired chocolate and cinnamon (two of my favourite things ever!!!). Delicioussss :D

Ben said...

Yo quiero cookies! Hehehe. I think I am going to make cookies tonight, it's been a while! And I am jealous of your eclairs. Mine collapsed :( But I have to try them again until they turn as pretty as yours :D

Lisa said...

A cookie can never be too big! I love the Levain copycats and the cinnamon and pecans make it even better.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Blonde Duck- She's gonna love these then!

Sharon- That what I thought, lol!

Rachel- Chunks are allways good!

Lisa- That made me laugh! Can you imagine eating a cookie the size of you head?!

Dhanggit- Sinful is the right word! Hope you like them!

S.D.Cook- lol! Good to know!

Maria- You're like me then!

Nazarina- Looooooooo! They're on their way! Welcome!

VG- Horray!!!

Anna- Hope you have fun in what you're doing today!

Made- La receta del NY Times es buena, salen unas galletas muy ricas. No se si será la mejor del mundo como dicen ellos, pero bueno... Merece que la pruebes!

Leslie- Never, I think that's the answer I was looking for!

Lore- Really? Never paired chocolate and cinnamon! You're gonna love it!

Ben- You're making cookies tonight? I'm comingo over, lol!

Lisa- It gave them an "adult" feel, but they're good anyway!

Adam said...

Now THATS a cookie. Holy cow it probably has it's own mailing address. Awesome.

Can a cookie be too big... nah... I think cookie size can directly effect cookie eater smiles :)

noble pig said...

Yes favors can be too big...cookies...not at all...love the cinnamon idea! Yummy!

Dawn said...

Cookie can never be too big. I made the Levain clone a couple months ago and they were a huge hit. I think they tasted just like Levain. I have to make them again--gosh they were good. Haven't tried the NYT ones though.
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Cakespy said...

YES, yes, yes!!! These look hugely delicious and amazing in every single way!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Of course, cookies can't be too big! But they have to chewy and gooey, like these.

Girl Japan said...

I agree with Sharon, cookies and never be too big = ) Excellent! Delish. um. yUmmy... drooling..

Katrina said...

You know I love them!

Emiline said...

I've got to try yeast in a CCC! I've been meaning to.

These look crazy good! I demand more CCC's!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Always in a mood to tanatalize my taste buds. Looks yummy.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Adam- A cookie with it's own mailing adress! That was way too funny!

Cathy- Oh yes, cinnamon is allways good!

Dawn- Fala português? Lol!

Cakespy- Yes yes yes, would be very apropriate to say while eating these!

Susan- Oh yes chewy is their midle name!

GirlJapan- That's what I thougt also!

Katrina- I know you do, lol!

Emiline- Don't worry, there will be more!

Kitchen Flavours- Lol! Your taste buds would like them!

The Blonde Duck said...

Come to my blog! You won an award!

Passionate About Baking said...

A cookie can never be too big...these are just super!! Thanks for the experimentation...was intrigues to read yeast in the list of ingredients. And also for trying the fridge method; I think it's just a great way to save time for the next day if nothing else! Thanks for the crumbs CC...wish I could grab a cookie too!!

Prudy said...

No way can cookies be too big. Especially if they come from YOU! I love the look of these for the fall, especially with the addition of the cinnamon and don't even get me started on the salt sprinkle.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Wow, what a cookie! I love the chunks in them!

alexandra's kitchen said...

I've never seen a recipe that yields only 4 cookies! I was thinking about making these for my last class in the course I'm taking, but I would have to multiply the recipe by five! I think I'll have to save this for another occasion! yum

Tanya said...

No, cookies cannot be too big! But I'm an equal opportunity cookie eater, so any size cookie is fine by me. I never even considered using instant yeast in a cookie, but I must try it sometime. I love the big, chunky cookie - now that's a cookie!

Sophie said...

Wow! I always find myself saying that when I visit your blog. I love me some big cookies too! Bigger the better, especially when they have this many tasty ingredients. Love the cinnamon idea, love it!

Cakebrain said...

I can't imagine anyone who sees your cookies thinking they're too big! I have never tried yeast in my cookies. In fact, this is the first time I've heard of this technique. Very interesting. Now I'm going to have to give it a try one day. I am not much for waiting around for doughs to "rest" either. I want instant gratification!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

These look delicious, and I think its hard for a cookie to be too big...except for those comically large ones you see sold at malls.

chefectomy@gmail.com said...

What is up with the cooking baking in summer in blogland? Cookies look phenom...

--Marc

linda said...

I'm more into the small cookies BUT I'd definitely eat a huge one too but feel much more guilty about eating it ;)
Your enourmous cookies look delicious!

Hannah said...

Wow, those really are some big cookies! As long as I have someone to share with, no cookie is -too- big though. ;)

Abeer said...

ah what would i give for a cookie right now!
ur pics are mouthwatering! and CRUEL!! :P

hot garlic said...

Yeast, in cookies!? Madness I say! ...But intriguing too! Is it really good? They look and sound good so I guess it's worth a try!

Kim said...

I personally do not think any sweet could be to big. My grandson asked me to make chocolate chip cookies for him. Will give one of the recipes a try, thanks!

Zita said...

NEVER...NEVAH,
have to try it with yeast...mmmmmm!

RecipeGirl said...

These sound pretty good. I love a giant cookie. I actually just made some new cookies last night that were pretty delish- a pb/choc chip variety!

Dee said...

Perfect CC!
Size ALWAYS matters. I'd love cookies the size of dinner plates. Eat your veg, then have the plate for dessert. No washing up. Whatcha think?

Anita said...

Nice combination of recipes and techniques! And hey, if the cookie is really big, it means you can say you only ate one cookie!

Kate / Kajal said...

hmm the bigger the better :)

Natashya said...

I have not tried yeasted cookie dough before, very interesting.
They do look better than the quick dough ones. Looks delish. I will have to try this NY one too, I am missing out.

Bridgett said...

Nope, cookies can never be too big. Especially when they are this delicious!

Jenny said...

Oh, yum. I'll take a dozen to go! I can hardly wait, I'll be visiting Levain Bakery in person next weekend! Woo hoo, maybe I can sneak in back and get the real recipe?!! Your cookies look beautiful as ever. I'm still craving one of your eclairs!

Maggie said...

Yeast! In cookies! I can't believe in all the chocolate chip cookie recipes I've tried I've never seen one with yeast. I gotta try them!

maris said...

There is absolutely NO such thing as a cookie that is too big!

Ann said...

Okay - and how 'bout the REAL issue with the fridge-waiting dough....as in, you end up returning to the fridge a billion times to "test" the dough as it "rests" in the dang fridge? So impossible to let the dough just "rest"...yeah.

Jude said...

Are you kidding? Cookies can never be too big. It can also never be too chocolatey or too chunky.

morgana said...

Caneeeeeeeeeeeeeeelaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Riiiiiicaaaaaaa. Estas cosas activan mi Homer Simpson interno, no lo puedo evitar. Es un reflejo condicionado de esos.

¿Puede una galleta ser demasiado grande? NUNCA (siempre y cuando su tamaño permita que puedas pegarle un buen "bocao"). Mi chico siempre ha sostenido la teoría de que "nada es nunca demasiado empalagoso" y eso creo que podría aplicarse al tamaño de las galletas.

¿Imaginas una galleta grande como un montaña? En plan cuadro de Dalí o algo así... Habrá que trabajar sobre eso. Si en el cuento de Hansel y Gretel hay casitas de chocolate ¿por qué no puede haber galletas tan grandes como los sombreros que las damas inglesas llevan a las carreras de Ascot? Lo único que limita estas cosas es el tamaño de los hornos y el de las latas de galletas (dita sea).

Sí, lo sé. Se me pira. (k)

Manuela said...

They are never too big for me!