Actually, she had some other "experimental" cookie ideas, but as it was growing late, and there wasn't time for a lot of trial, and error, she settled for my suggestion of a giant cookie.
As a matter of coincidence, I had been paging through WhiMsy Love's archives, and was just looking at her giant cookie attempt, when G asked if she could make some cookies - so giant cookie it was - on the stipulation, that she could alter the recipe from the back of the chocolate chip package, and make it her own type of cookie.
Which she did:
G's Giant Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Supreme
(This recipe has not been proofed, so if something looks really wrong, please speak up - in a kindly manner.)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened baker's cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shortening (G used butter flavored Crisco)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup, packed, brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 10 oz package of peanut butter chips
- Candy sprinkles (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream together the sugars, shortening, vanilla, and eggs. Mix in the dry ingredients, adding the peanut butter chips last.
Cover a large (15'' diameter) pizza pan in tinfoil, and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
Dump all of the cookie dough into the center of the pan, and pat it out flat toward the edges of the pan. Leave an inch, or so, of free pan space around the edge, to allow room for the cookie to grow.
If desired, cover with candy sprinkles.
Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes, or until the edges start to brown, and the center seems somewhat firm. Allow the cookie to sit on the pan for another 5 to 10 minutes, out of the oven, to finish baking on the bottom.
Slice (although if your mother is around she will probably cut your slices in half), and serve.
After reading the post on WhiMsy Love, I was a little nervous about the possibility of the dough outgrowing the pan, and making a mess in the oven, so I placed a larger pan on the rack beneath the cookie. This kept the bottom of the cookie from baking quite as well, as it would have otherwise, and ended up being unnecessary, so I wouldn't advise it.
Even so, G, and her siblings, were pleased with the results. Not to bad for an 11 year old.