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Big Cookies

I was trying to think of an idea for a blog post and realized that I had never posted the recipe for these Big Cookies.

picture of Big Cookie

I got this recipe many, many years ago from my friend Sue. Over the years my daughters and I have made hundreds of these big cookies. One year DD, Nora, made these cookies in heart shaped pans for every room on her hall in the dormitory!

You can put all the dough in a 9" x 13" pan and cut them into bars or you can bake the dough in two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. The round "big cookies" can then be turned out onto a paper plate or cake board and these make really nice treats, especially for hungry college students. They are also a nice dessert to include when you are taking supper to someone.

Here are the ingredients:

picture of Big Cookie Ingredients

Here's the recipe:

Big Cookies

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix cake mix, oil, water, egg, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Spread in two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans that have been greased and floured and lined with parchment or waxed paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins. Cool in pans for 10 mins. and then turn out onto a cooling rack covered with a towel. Immediately turn right side up onto a plate or cake board. Cut into wedges to serve.

If you are baking in a 9" x 13" pan you don't need to line the pan with waxed paper. Bake the same way and cut into bars. You can decorate these with the person's name and a border of icing for a birthday or other event. You can also use a chocolate cake mix for a brownie like version. You can also drop the dough onto cookie sheets and bake as you would bake regular chocolate chip cookies.

Here I'm tracing the pan onto waxed paper:

picture of Tracing Wax Paper

Here is the pan greased, floured, and lined:

picture of Greased Lined Pan

Here's the cookie dough ready to go into the oven:

picture of Big Cookie Dough

This picture shows how to flip the cookie out onto a towel lined cooling rack:

picture of Cookie Towel

Here's the important step of peeling off the waxed paper before flipping the cookie right side up onto a plate:

picture of Peeling Wax Paper

One of DD Megan's friends made a batch with a lemon cake mix one time -- I don't recommend the lemon. 🙂


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4 Comments on “Big Cookies”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Mar 6th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Becka ~ your recipe sounds delish! We have a similar “big cookie” recipe, but I’m not sure it calls for a cake mix. It’s called Monster Cookies, and we put the dough in a pizza pan. You’re right, it does make a good “take-someplace-dessert.” We’ve taken some to our neighbor boys, and they were impressed to say the least…when really it whips up quite quickly and is very simple. Thanks for sharing your version.

  2. #2 Rhonda
    on Mar 8th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve always wanted a recipe for a big cookie cake. This one looks easy enough. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. #3 Marilyn
    on Mar 14th, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hey! An idea – develop a ‘Big Lemon Cookie.’ We made a delicious Swedish Lemon Cookie years ago, it’s not an impossible idea. Maybe with some coconut and macadamia nuts?

  4. #4 Becka
    on Mar 14th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Marilyn, that does sound like a good combination. You could probably come up with lots of good ideas with all the different flavors of cake mixes that are available now. The lemon chocolate chip did not go over well though!

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