Another birthday, another dessert! The month of October is flying by, which is not a good thing in our eyes. Whenever you have a favorite something, it always seems to disappear before you know it, right? Even though it’s not quite over yet, our favorite birthday month is slipping away, and the tail end is chockful of bday babies. One of our best friends would unfortunately be across the country on the day of his birth, but we didn’t want to miss his golden celebration (25 years old on the 25th!), so we did it early of course. This guy really loves cookies. If you leave him a few cookies of any kind after a baking fest, he’s happy. A few weeks before his birthday, he offhandedly mentioned that he wanted a big cookie pie for his birthday treat. We kept that in mind and surprised him with an oversized dessert to start off his week long party.
If you’re the birthday boy, everyone should honor your requests! Here’s a huge, chewy, chocolately chocolate chip cookie just because someone asked for it. We used a 14″ pizza pan, but you can bake this in a 9″x13″ baking dish or a small jelly roll pan. We’d highly suggest using the parchment paper and extra butter method because this big boy could potentially stick to the pan, and you wouldn’t want that. The birthday boy was oh so happy, and whoever else takes a bite of this cookie will feel the same.
There is something that would make us happy too! We’ve been nominated for a Foodbuzz Blog Award, and the category is ‘Blogger You’d Most Want to See Open Their Own Restaurant’. There are so many awesome bloggers up for awards, and we’d love it if you keep us in mind when you put in a vote! And if you’re going to the Foodbuzz Festival in November, vote here to have us present our Menu Item for you in the Bertolli Test Kitchen during the Tasting Pavillion! It’d be our honor!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza – Serves 12
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus extra for greasing the pan
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and the sugars until fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes.
2. Add the vanilla followed by the eggs, one at a time. Mix until well combined.
3. In a separate bowl, wish the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, then slowly add to the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
4. If using a round pizza pan, cut a piece of parchment paper so that it fits on the bottom layer of the pan. Use a little butter to grease the parchment paper. Spread the cookie dough in an even layer, pressing flat if necessary. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown all over.
5. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Carefully lift out of the pan and cool on a flat surface for another 5 minutes before cutting. (Allowing the cookie to cool a bit longer will give it time to harden, but if you can’t possibly wait, cut it sooner than later. It may not stick together as well, but it will still taste good.)
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