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Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies


I've seen this recipe all over Facebook and have wondered what all the buzz is about. Who “invented” this recipe and why are people all over trying the recipe – many loving it, but some with mixed reviews. Some love it as much Minnie loves Mickey while others find it sleepy just like a character from Snow White.


Well, once I made them I found out what all the buzz was about. These are DELICIOUS cookies! And I've gone another step to make them fun for spring and summer. Drizzle the warm cookies with melted white candy wafers. Then sprinkle with some brightly colored cosmic chips or pastel sprinkles. They are so pretty!


Forming extra large cookie dough balls and baking them for 11 minutes, they came out soft and chewing on the inside without being cakey...and crispy on the outer edges. The flavor and textures are definitely what all the buzz is about.

 

Years ago, it was all about the million-dollar chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus department store. Everyone was trying that recipe, including me. I found it to be a good recipe but nothing to brag about. It WAS a great marketing tool to attract attention to that lavish store. But, that’s my opinion. You don’t have to agree with me.


Now, back to Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookie. Yes, I did enjoy myself at Disney World back when it first opened in the 1970’s. It was fun to see Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, the romantic castle and ride the small world, the pirates, monorail, glass bottom boat and singing parrots. But this is a chocolate chip cookie recipe space mountain ride that needs testing. I’m here to find out if this cookie is a doubtful “Mickey Mouse” cookie or does it produce real live, dream producing eat-treats? And, the testing has been done. They are just what a person needs for a nice break with coffee.

 

First, I want to see just how good this recipe is. I have a number of chocolate chip cookie recipes, but wanted to try this one to see how it measures up to my other recipes, the Nestle's Toll House recipe and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip recipe.


Secondly, I want to carry it to another level by adding Heath chocolate covered toffee bits to the cookie dough. Then I add melted Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers on top of the cookies while they’re warm. As they cool, but not too long, add a Twix mini-candy treat to the top of each. Bring it all together visually by drizzling more warm candy melt on top.  HERE WE GO! Let's try it out...after sharing them with family and friends, they definitely pass the test.

 

This recipe makes about 2-3 dozen chocolate chip cookies, depending on how large you make them.

 

Preheat the oven to 330F degrees (NOT 350F or 375F)

 

Prepare your baking pan:

Line your baking pans with parchment paper to keep cleanup to a minimum. The cookies will also release easily from the parchment paper. 


Gather up the Ingredients:

10 T Butter, softened

1 C Brown sugar

¾ C Powdered sugar

2 Eggs

2 t Vanilla extract

2 ½ C Flour

1 t Baking soda

½ t Salt

½ C Heath chocolate covered toffee bits (my addition)

12 oz Chocolate chips

5 oz Ghirardelli melting wafers (my addition)

36 Twix mini-candy treats (my addition)

 

Mix and bake:

-With an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the sugars until creamy and fluffy.

-Add and beat in the eggs, vanilla. Set aside.

-In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.

-Add the flour mixture to the butter mix, slowly beating it to combine entirely.

-Add and stir in the chocolate chips.

-With a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, make and roll dough balls.

-Place them on the parchment paper lined baking pan, a couple of inches apart from each other.

-Bake at 330F degrees for 12-14 minutes.

-Cool on the pan so they can continue baking.

-Place on serving platter and enjoy!

 

Options:

I’m taking the liberty of offering options for this cookie as I do with many of the recipes on my website and blog.

-I’ve taken this cookie to another level by adding Heath chocolate covered toffee chips to the dough. Then I add Ghirardelli candy melts to the still hot cookies. Stick a Twix mini-candy treats to the top but not too soon. You might not want the candy bars to melt too much. Lastly, drizzle melted candy wafers over the top of all the cookies to bring them together, visually.

-Press one side of the cookie dough balls into a small bowl of chocolate chips. Lay the dough ball on the baking pan with the chip side looking up. Bake like that and you’ll have an alluring chocolate chip cookie. No further toppings are needed.

-Once the baked cookies are out of the oven, place 3-4 Ghirardelli melting wafers on top of each cookie. Allow the wafers to melt and spread them around with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Before the chocolate dries and sets, sprinkle some colorful cosmic chips on top. Let the wet chocolate on top of the cookies set or place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set. Enjoy!

-Press two cookies together around scoop of ice cream and press for a sandwich, allowing the ice cream to reach all around the edge. Roll the ice cream edges in a low bowl of mini-chocolate chips. Freeze for up to a month in an airtight container.

-Drop the bottom of the cookie into melted chocolate candy wafers, lift and drain off excess chocolate. Set onto parchment paper to dry. If you’re in a hurry, place the pan of cookies in the refrigerator to set the chocolate faster.

 -Use your cookies as a treat stuck on the top of a dish of chocolate syrup drizzled ice cream.


-Crumble the cookies over ice cream and enjoy!

 

Storage:

-I’ve stored these in an airtight container on the counter (planning) for 3-5 days, but they’re usually gone before the 5-day deadline.

-To freeze the dough, I roll the cookie dough balls and set them on a parchment paper lined pan. Place in the freezer for an hour to freeze. Then toss them into an airtight container for up to a month.

-To freeze the cookies, I have only had them in the freezer for a couple of weeks. I’m almost sure they’ll last even longer. Enjoy!!

 

I enjoy a chocolate chip cookie as much as the next person. These are great for dunking in coffee or cold milk, for topping a dish of ice cream, on a wedding cookie table display, on a sweet treat charcuterie board, for doubling up with ice cream between to make an ice cream sandwich…or just for an afternoon snack.

 


There are hundreds of ways to enjoy these chocolate chip cookies. My favorite time to eat one is about 5 minutes after they come out of the oven, while the chocolate chips are still warm and gooey...with a cup of hot coffee...or cold milk. Or, after they've been drizzled with melted candy wafers. How about more chocolate chips pressed into the top before or after baking? Use your imagination. However you like to enjoy your chocolate chip cookie, “Bake your own Memories!”

 

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