Cookies and milk for Santa

Since Christmas is tomorrow I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies for Santa :) Alright, I'm not that much of a dweeb. I really made these for lobster's grandparents. But since I was baking the cookies anyway, I took the opportunity for a cute photo-op too.

These cookies are gargantuan!!! Gargantuan and yummy. To get the full effect of how large these cookies really are, I will show you:

**I told you they were LARGA!!

Although they are frighteningly large, they taste GOOD!! The recipe is from cook's illustrated and they took about 13 minutes to cook. The edges were set but the middle of the cookie still looked raw so when I took them out of the oven I left them on the baking sheet for another five more minutes. The end result were crispy edges and a soft gooey middle of yummyness. If you like a crispy cookie, I would suggest cooking them until only one inch of the middle looks raw.

Since I like my cookies to be of a normal size, I saved half of the batter and put it in the fridge to cook for later. I used one heaping tablespoon for measurement and I enjoyed the consistency of the cookie much more. Hope you likey!!

Cook's Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookies - 8 GARGANTUAN cookies
¾ plus 2 tbs cup all-purpose flour
1/4 t baking soda
7 T unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
¼ plus 2 tbs cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 t table salt
1 t vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tbs semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chunks (I used dark)
¼ cup plus 2 tbs chopped pecans or walnuts

Whisk flour, baking soda together and set aside. Heat 5 tablespoons of butter in skillet. Cook while swirling pan constantly until butter is dark brown and nutty. You'll see little brown specks throughout. Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl, Add remaining 2 T of butter and stir until completely melted. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg. Whisk until mixture is smooth with no lumps remaining. Let mixture stand for 3 mins, then whisk for 30 secs. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth and shiny. Using spatula or wood spoon add flours mix until just combined, about 1 min. Add chocolate chips and nuts. This recipe makes 8 large cookies. With ice cream scoop, scoop 8 mounds of dough on to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone pad. Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes.