Valentine’s Day in my home is a such a sweet time between Daddy and his little girls. His surprise gifts of stuffed animals, flowers and candy bring nothing but squealing excitement from them, and a touching moment to me when I read what beautiful things he has written to them in their cards. But I’ve realized, over the past several years, how much Daddy gives but doesn’t receive. So this year, the girls decided to bake him a homemade giant chocolate chip cookie.
Homemade giant cookies are an easy, fun way that little girls and boys can show their daddy’s some love for Valentine’s Day through their own creations.
How to Make A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
What you need:
- Pre-made or from-scratch Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (see recipe below)
- Heart-shaped Baking Tin, pizza pan, or 15x10x1 cookie sheet
- Cooking Spray
- 2 Cans of White Pre-made Frosting
- Couplers and Tips (if you have them)
- Food coloring, any colors you wish
- Decorating supplies like plastic spoons, cups or bowls, and rubber spatula
- Large Round Cake Boards or large tray/plate/pan (this is to display your cookie on)
For this tutorial, my daughter’s Sweet Pea (the oldest), and Cupcake (the middle), decided we would make this from scratch. Follow the recipe below if you wish to do the same. If using a pre-made dough, skip to “How To Decorate Your Cookie” below.
I made a few changes to the Nestle Toll House Pan Cookies recipe, provided by cooks.com, for this tutorial so it would fit in with our Valentine theme, but you are welcome to adapt this recipe for any occasion. We will be baking the cookie in two heart-shaped cake tins that you could purchase at Walmart for less than $2 for 2 pans, during the Valentine season.
Chocolate chip cookies are a great baking activity for kids since all the ingredients are cold and easy to scoop and pour. They will also be extra proud and excited about their gift to their daddy’s since they get to do almost everything. The key to this, Moms, is Patience!
NESTLE TOLL HOUSE PAN COOKIES
- Pam vegetable cooking spray
- 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 (12 oz.) pkg. (2 c.) Nestle Toll House semi sweet chocolate morsels
- 1 c. chopped nuts
1. In a small bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until creamy.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
*Kid Baking Tip: If you are willing to let your child break the eggs, have them break them into a small bowl instead of directly in the mixer. This will ensure that any eggshells are caught before the eggs go in the dough. Then let your child pour the eggs in the mixer from the bowl.
4. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well.
5. Stir in Nestle Toll House semi sweet chocolate morsels and nuts.
6. Place a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter and scoop dough out into the center of the plastic wrap. Cover the dough completely and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This helps the dough to firm up, making it easier to press into the pan.
7. Once dough has chilled, pre-heat oven to 375ºF
8. Spray two heart-shaped cake tins, round pizza pan, or 15x10x1-inch baking pan with Pam vegetable cooking spray.
9. Press chilled dough into the prepared pan. If using heart-shaped cake tins, split dough in half and either fill both tins or refrigerate left-over dough.
10. Bake at 375°F for 20 to 25 minutes, until it is a dark golden brown and the middle has set. Cool completely.
How To Decorate Your Cookie
1. Separate your pre-made frosting into however many bowls or plastic cups you need for the amount of colors you plan to use.
*We plan to make red and pink, plus use some white, so we will need three bowls/cups to separate the frosting in.
2. Add your food coloring, adding in a little bit at a time until you get your desired color.
3. Take a quart-sized freezer bag and cut about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch off one corner.
4. Insert the base of your coupler into the baggie and push it through the hole.
5. Place your decorating tip on top of the coupler base, outside of the baggie.
6. Take the top screw-on piece of the coupler and twist it on, over the tip, and tighten onto the coupler base.
Decorating Trick: Place the freezer bag in a large cup, decorating tip down, and flip the edges of the baggie around the outside of the cup. This is a great way to fill your decorating bags with icing. It not only helps support the bag as you fill it, but it helps keep the Ziploc portion and ends of the decorating bag from getting icing all over it, which helps keep your hands clean.
7. Fill baggie with icing and push air out of the bag and zip it up.
8. Repeat steps 3-7 for each color of icing.
9. Carefully squeeze the bag over your cookie until the icing starts coming out of the decorating tip.
10. Now get as creative as you like and have fun.
Even Gingersnap got to put her touch on one of the cookies. 🙂
For the Young at Heart
If you don’t have kids at home who can decorate a cookie for their daddy’s, that doesn’t mean YOU can’t decorate one and give it to someone you love. Or maybe keep it for yourself. 😉
Giant cookies are a great medium for practicing using an icing bag and tips before trying to decorate on a cake. This is how I started out and it really gave me confidence that I could decorate something bigger.
If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I would love to hear how your decorating time with your kids went and would love to see their finished products. Please feel free to share. 🙂