Santa's Chocolate Chip Cookies are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. They're filled with two types of chocolate, which makes them the biggest and best chocolate chip cookies you'll ever eat in your life!
What's Special About These Cookies?
It's that time of year when Santa shimmies down the chimney. I don't know about your jolly old elf, but ours won't leave any presents unless we make a plate of Santa's Chocolate Chip Cookies especially for him.
These aren't just any chocolate chip cookies. They're SANTA SIZED cookies! After one bite, you'll never be able to eat a regular cookie again!
I never knew cookies like this existed until I visited the Levain Bakery in New York City. After my cousin, Tracy, took me to this magical place, I was addicted. Mounds of ginormous cookies in 4 different flavors were being created in this enchanted little space (where I believe Santa and his elves work in the back).
After eating every type of cookie they made, I went on a quest to make Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies at home.
I tweaked the recipe to my liking, and came up with a version that is as close to what I remember when I took a bite of the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever tasted. They're crispy on the outside, yet gooey and melted on the inside. Mine aren't quite as large as the original cookies at Levain Bakery, but they're equally as delicious.
The secret to these amazing cookies is to use cold ingredients, and bake them at a high temperature.
- Start by cutting 2 sticks of cold butter into small cubes and placing in a mixing bowl. Add brown sugar and white sugar, then cream together until fully incorporated. Add eggs and vanilla, then beat until smooth.
- Mix together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, then add to the sugar mixture slowly. Continue beating on slow speed until all of the flour is absorbed, but try not to overmix.
Stir In The Chocolate
3. Now, it's time to add the chocolate chips and one large bar of Ghiradelli chocolate. I added the chocolate bar to make these cookies even more special for Santa. Crack the chocolate bar into chunks and mix it in with the batter along with the chocolate chips.
4. Add pecans or walnuts, and mix as best you can. Use a big spoon to make sure the nuts and chocolate are evenly distributed since the batter is really thick.
Roll and Bake
5. Roll the dough into large, irregular balls without compacting it, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (ad) I was able to get 8 large scoops of cookie dough on my sheet, and made 2 batches for a total of 16 cookies. The original Levain Bakery cookies are twice as large as mine, but I wanted more to go around. That way, Santa got some, and I did too!
6. Bake cookies in a hot oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until just beginning to brown. Try really hard not to over bake!
7. Take out of oven and cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to a serving plate. This allows the cookies to settle into their chocolatey-melty goodness.
In order to get that quick dome that rises up high and leaves a molten chocolate center, the temperature needs to be at least 400 degrees. Because the dough is rolled into larger balls, the middle stays chewy and delicious.
Yes, chocolate chip cookies freeze really well when they are wrapped and stored in an airtight container. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight for best results, then heat for 7 to 10 seconds in the microwave on high to melt the chocolate.
More Holiday Treats
If you love this recipe, try some of my other holiday treats!
- Salted Chocolate Toffee Bars
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Bark
- Baileys Streusel Cheesecake Cups
- Nutella Cheesecake Brownies
- Aunt Julia's Cheese Biscuits
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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