Unsuccessful Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Turned Out Best

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big chewy chocolate chip cookie

Ellie with the big chewy chocolate chip cookie

It’s good to eat healthy food everyday but we do need some desserts occasionally to fill in those boring gaps in life and make us smile. I thought of chewy cookies yesterday…….big chewy chocolate chips cookies would be perfect for this freezing weather.

I had made Double Chocolate Cookies. They were really good but not chewy. I would love the chewy ones and I also want to try with white chocolate. I took a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe from my old notebook which I have never tried before and tried to substitute the milk chocolate with white chocolate. I cut down the sugar by a lot and then added in chopped milk chocolate. The result? It failed very badly but after adding more flour, it turned out to be the best ever chewy chocolate chip cookies.

If there is any cookies that I would make again and again, it would be this one for sure. It is very simple and easy, yet very delicious. Anything that is melt and mix is easy and also little washing to do. Tied up with a ribbon, they will look very pretty as a gift, too.

Big chewy chocolate chip cookies

Big chewy chocolate chip cookies

Here’s my final successful Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe:

Ingredients A
500g white chocolate
180g butter

Melt white chocolate and butter

Melt white chocolate and butter

Melt Ingredients A in a pot, under low fire. Keep stirring.

Ingredients B
5 small eggs
2C light brown sugar

Beat Ingredients B until combined. Add chocolate mixture to the egg mixture. Mix well.

Ingredients C
2 & 1/4 C flour
1/2t baking powder
1/2t salt
200g milk chocolate (chopped)

Mix Ingredients C with a whisk. Add to the mixture above and mix well. Rest about 1 hour.

Cookie dough (too liquid)

Cookie dough (too liquid)

Initially I only used 1C of flour and that’s how the cookie dough above look like……more like cake batter than cookie dough. It was even more watery before that. This was already after being chilled in the fridge for 1 hour.

Looks like chocolate cookie pancake

Looks like chocolate cookie pancake

Nevertheless I tried it out. But see what it became…like chocolate chip cookie pancake!! Total failure! The taste was really good but they are not cookies. So I added another about 1 & 1/4 C of flour into the ‘batter’ to make it look more like cookie dough.

Drop spoonfuls of the dough on a baking paper lined tin and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 12-15 minutes until lightly brown. Leave enough space in between the cookie dough for spreading. The baked cookies will be soft but will harden slightly after cooling. They are chewy, not too sweet and very delicious.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Baked chocolate chip cookies

Baked chocolate chip cookies

If you like them harder, just bake them longer.

My family liked these cookies very much. 2 friends dropped by and I was just too happy to share with them. They liked it very much, too. However I think there are not enough chocolate chips. I would add a lot more the next time I make these cookies again. Being big…..about 5-6 inches across….they look very impressive. I think I can call them GIANT cookies, too.

Healthy gifts from Ellie

Healthy gifts from Ellie

One of my friends that I shared with is my little friend Ellie (first picture on top). She is only 3 years old and is very smart, sweet and adorable. She sang me a beautiful song and told me her best friend’s name is George. She said she wants to learn piano. Before she left, she asked her mom for her bag. It was a small beautiful bag with all her goodies inside. She poured all of them out onto the floor and chose 2 healthy items and gave to me (shown here)…..just what I like! She said it’s for me to eat. Awwwww………SO sweet of her!

Ellie liked the cookies very much. Her mom said she doesn’t like cookies and was surprised that her daughter ate one huge chocolate chip cookie. That proves it’s very scrumptious.

Steamed beef dumpling (bao)

Steamed beef dumpling (bao)

The other friend that I shared the cookies with is a teenager who has been offered a place in university to study medicine. She is a very smart and sweet girl, too. We had a good chat, talking about clothing, relationships, university life, career and future undertakings. She later came to my house and gave me 2 boxes of steamed beef dumplings (’bao’) that her mom made. They were the best ‘baos’ that I had eaten here in Aberdeen. They were still hot when she brought them. We actually had them for dinner. When I called her mom later to thank her for the wonderful ‘baos’ she said she made 100 of them….WOW!!!

I am really thankful for the many wonderful friends around, both here and abroad. They give me spring in my footsteps, a song in my heart and every reason to smile everyday.

I’m submitting this to Aspiring Bakers # 3: My Favorite CNY Cookie (Jan 2011) hosted by Jess. The theme is My Favourite Chinese new Year Cookie. This is my new favourite Chinese New Year cookie…chocolate for sweetness and the huge size for a great new year!

Other chocolate recipes that you may be interested in:
Coconut Rocky Road Slice
Chocolate Shortbread Slice
Chocolate Coconut Slice
My Best Chewy Brownies For Friends
Best Layered Chocolate Cheese Cake
Chocolate Yoghurt Cake

Quote of the day……

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

-Albert Schweitzer

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58 Comments

lequan  on January 14th, 2011

Mary, you truly are a people person. I love how you get along with everybody regardless of age. Three years old is such a sweet, innocent, adorable age. It’s tough to get a three year old to share so your cookies must’ve been REALLY GOOD ;-)
I’m a big fan of white chocolate by the way and live these. “Failure is just another rehearsal for success.” I saw that quote on a bookmark a long time ago and it’s stuck with me ever since.

Jessica  on January 14th, 2011

I loved reading these stories! Aren’t good friends one of the best things in the world?

Kathy Gori  on January 14th, 2011

Mary, these look like pretty successful cookies to me!!! They look great.

suituapui  on January 14th, 2011

Getting ready for Chinese New Year, are you?

Priya  on January 14th, 2011

Those cookies looks very tempting, watever they looks soo pretty..

DG  on January 14th, 2011

Chocolate chip cookies … yummy cookies to me.

anncoo  on January 14th, 2011

hahaa…that’s a big cookie, I’m sure Ellie loved it very much. Wish that I can have a piece :)
The beef bao looks good too!

Mary  on January 14th, 2011

@lequan - I think kids are just so beautiful and interesting. They are really fun to play with. I love to hear them sing and see them draw and listen to their many interesting stories. I know you are enjoying the many hours of fun time with your kids even tough you call them ‘holy terrors’…haha :D You are just such a sweet mom!

@Jessica - Yes, we cannot do without friends, especially those good and wonderful ones :D They are better than diamond.

@Kathy Gori - Thanks very much, Kathy! :D
Mary, these look like pretty successful cookies to me!!! They look great.

@suituapui - Oh yes, of course. There’s no Chinese New Year atmosphere so I have to create some…haha :D

@Priya - They are really delicious :D

@DG - Thanks very much, DG :D

@anncoo - Yes, it’s the biggest cookies that I have ever made. Reason….impatient…haha :D

Cheah  on January 14th, 2011

Those cookies look so inviting. Yup, I like those big chewy ones too, for a change. Ya, if the dough is watery, the cookie will spread on baking. I’ve also experienced that before. Good theme, chocs for sweetness and huge size for a great year of abundance!!

Belinda @zomppa  on January 14th, 2011

Ellie’s face says it all!! Love big, chewy cookies!

anncoo  on January 14th, 2011

hahaa…that’s a huge cookies! I love it ..big and chewy type. Ellie looks sweet and she definitely loves Auntie Mary alots.

Angie's Recipes  on January 14th, 2011

oh yep..I love the melt-and-mix type of cookies…they are easier and quicker to make, and taste great as well!

Catherine  on January 14th, 2011

Oooh I’ll need to give these a try - I made cookies from the allrecipes website and what a disaster they turned out to be! You’ve inspired me to try again :) Those beef dumplings look fabulous also!

Drick  on January 14th, 2011

such a big cookie for a little girl, know she loved every bite… interesting method for a cookie, easy to make and clean up too, what more could you want, even the taste sounds the best

Conor @ Hold the Beef  on January 14th, 2011

Hooray for ultimate success Mary! I think the “failures” would be great with ice cream though :)

Ginny Hartzler  on January 14th, 2011

Good thing you did not give up with this recipe!! Yum!! You have such wonderful friends to bring you food. We don’t have those dumplings around here, they look so good! Your little friend Ellie looks just like my granddaughter Anne

Shirley  on January 14th, 2011

Cute kid, sweet of her to share.

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norma  on January 14th, 2011

Thanks for vsisiting and now I am following you. What a lovely little girl and what a big cookie…

Joy  on January 14th, 2011

Good job on the cookies. I love bao. It looks so good.

kitchen flavours  on January 14th, 2011

Glad that the cookies turned out great! It is really nice to have lovely friends around. More reason for you to bake more often and share!

Peggy  on January 14th, 2011

I think this is a true testament of the saying “try, try, again!” The final resulting cookie sounds and looks fantastic and I’m glad you were able to get it just the way you like it!

sweetlife  on January 14th, 2011

oh she is super cute, cookies make everyone happy, glad they came out great..they look yummy!!

Mary  on January 14th, 2011

@Cheah - Ya, I have learned…in an interesting way :D Next time I must make my cookies the size of my face…haha

@Belinda @zomppa - Haha…she sure looks so sweet with that giant cookie right in front of her :D

@anncoo - Oh…Ellie is just so sweet and adorable! I’m so glad she calls me Aunty Mary and not ‘Ah Poh’…LOL :D

@Angie’s Recipes - I need to look for melt and mix type of cookies :D

@Catherine - I’m always nervous when cookies or cakes don’t turn out well. But I’m sure glad I didn’t give up and managed to savage this one…phew…what a relief! :D

@Drick - Haha…it looks really big, right? Next time I must make it bigger…the size of my face :D

@Conor @ Hold the Beef - Yes, you gave me a brilliant idea to go with ice cream. The only problem now is that it’s so cold to have ice cream now. But I will remember that :D

@Ginny Hartzler - Yes, I’m really thankful for lovely friends around. Always a great blessing to receive food from my friends :D If only Anne can play with Ellie….would be so nice!

@Shirley - Yes, she is really very sweet. I look forward to playing with her again :D

@norma - Thanks very much for visiting, your lovely comment and following, Norma! :D

@Joy - Thanks very much, Joy! :D

@kitchen flavours - Yes, I need to bake more and share with friends :D Hope I can find more easy recipes to try out.

@Peggy - Yes, there is even a nice song ‘Try Try Again’. Next time when cook or bake I must sing this song..haha :D

@sweetlife - Thanks very much, Sweetlife! :D

Aipi  on January 14th, 2011

Your cookies are super good!! If I have those cookies, I won`t let anyone eat them :)

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Sushma Mallya  on January 14th, 2011

ellie is so cute and the cookies are really good..

Sharon  on January 14th, 2011

These are the best cookies ever!! Love how they’re sooo chewy. And Ellie is just the cutest! So sweet of her to give you healthy snacks haha. The pau was so good too. The two big boxes disappeared in 10 seconds! I must’ve ate about 5 at least.

skip to malou  on January 14th, 2011

That is a big cookie for a little Ellie, but Im sure the cookie made her heart jump with delight and joy! There’s something with cookies that do that, but don’t take that Pau for granted too as it could make your heart burst with glee as well!

teresa  on January 14th, 2011

mmmm, what a lovely cookie!

Mary  on January 14th, 2011

@Aipi - Haha…you are just funny! No worry, I will make more :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much Sushma! :D

@Sharon - I think she is the only kid that I know that brings along such healthy snacks and even sharing them :D She’s just so adorable! Yes, I know, you always eat other people’s share :P

@skip to malou - I bet Ellie has never seen such a huge cookie…haha :D Awww..that pau was just too good. Maybe I should ask my friend to make more for me :P

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

Mary  on January 14th, 2011

Mary, thank goodness you were able to salvage the recipe and end up with something great. Your cookie taster is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Lyndsey  on January 14th, 2011

I like seeing these post when things go wrong too. I think many of the best dishes were created out of failure…right? like pot-stickers. The steamed buns looks so good, I wish I was there to have some!

lena  on January 14th, 2011

those are really huge cookies! luckily still able to rescue the ‘batter’ , it’s your new creation!

somewhere in singapore  on January 14th, 2011

Wow, it’s really super big cookies, hehe…

5 Star Foodie  on January 14th, 2011

Your final cookies look terrific, i like the use of the two chocolates!

Swathi  on January 14th, 2011

Finally you made awesome cookie. worth each trials.

Lisa  on January 15th, 2011

That’s great that you persevered and finally came out with some delicious cookies to show for it.

Blackswan  on January 15th, 2011

My new year resolution is to start baking! I’ve not baked cakes & cookies since sch days during my home economic class. I’m so shy to be surrounded by so many bakers :<

I don’t mind eating your unsuccessful cookies. They look really good!

Jeannie  on January 15th, 2011

Wow, those are really big cookies lol! One is enough to stop any chocolate cravings I hope, if not, we are in trouble:P Looks good Mary:D

Treat and Trick  on January 15th, 2011

Wow that ‘failure’ is now your best ever cookies you have baked! Looks great Mary. Can you parcel me some?

Sanjeeta kk  on January 15th, 2011

Love those jumbo cookies, Mary! Would love to bake one soon.

Ananda Rajashekar  on January 15th, 2011

oh glad that you were able to recover those cookie damage….they are really big and good :)

Mary  on January 15th, 2011

@Mary - Yes, that was a huge relief :D Hope you have a wonderful day, too.

@Lyndsey - It’s actually scary when food go wrong….a nightmare when it has to go to the bin! Totally agree with you that some of the best dishes were created out of failure :D I will inform you when my friend gives me these buns again…you have to come :D

@lena - Haha..the biggest cookies I have ever made! :D

@somewhere in singapore - Haha…nearly as big as Ellie’s face! :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Swathi - Yes, indeed I am really happy :D

@Lisa - I’m glad I didn’t throw into the bin…haha…actually almost did that :D

@Blackswan - Yes, join my adventure in baking! You will feel comfortable in my group because I don’t bake that much….still learning :D You want my failed cookies? No, I will serve you the best ones!

@Jeannie - Haha…really BIG…much to my surprise, too :D They spread until so big! I definitely ate more than one. I was in and out of the kitchen, breaking off a piece every now and then :P

@Treat and Trick - Come and you can eat all you want…fresh from the oven….best :D

@Sanjeeta kk - Thanks very much, Sanjeeta! Have fun baking :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Yes, that was such a big relief to be able to turn them into proper cookies…and huge some more…haha :D

Jeanne  on January 15th, 2011

These look so beautiful! I love big, chewy cookies too! Great job developing the recipe, even after your “cookie pancake” mishap!

cityhippyfarmgirl  on January 16th, 2011

I’d just done a post on choc chip cookies too :-) You can’t go wrong can you.

claire  on January 16th, 2011

As I was scrolling down and reading your chocs chips, my son was right beside me making slurping sounds..!! hahaha.. that shows how lazy this mum is.. i never really do for them to eat, poor kids.. all i do is to buy and buy…

claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend  on January 16th, 2011

What a little angel doll gorgeous child! oh and the cookies look great!

Simply Life  on January 16th, 2011

Oooh I think those cookies look great!

Faith  on January 16th, 2011

Awww, Ellie is such a cutie! The cookies look wonderful, Mary! Isn’t it great how something that didn’t work at first turned out to be the best ever with only slight changes? Love it!

My Man's Belly  on January 16th, 2011

Isn’t it such a great feeling when you tinker around with something and it comes out perfectly?

Mary  on January 16th, 2011

@Jeanne - Maybe luck was on my side that day…haha :D Am not always so lucky.

@cityhippyfarmgirl - Looks like we were craving for the same thing…chocolate chip cookies :D

@claire - Looks like our son is hinting that you make for him :D Maybe you can start baking soon.

@claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend - Yeap, Ellie is like a little angel!

Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much! I think this has given me much confident to try out more daringly and not even be afraid of making a mistake :D

@My Man’s Belly - Yes, you are very right. That feeling of thrill and joy for sure :D

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on January 16th, 2011

I love the serendipitous discovery of excellent recipes. You daughter looks very happy with her cookie.

I am also a big fan of good steamed bao. My mom used to make hundreds!!! You are lucky to have such good friends.

Patty  on January 16th, 2011

What a sweet little cookie taster and she likes healthy food too. Nice recovery on the cookies, amazing what extra flour can accomplish. I would love a big chewy cookie right now or actually any time;-)

Cristina  on January 17th, 2011

Mary: Those are big yummy looking cookies! Cookies just make people happy and they must’ve been real good that Ellie liked them and she doesn’t eat cookies. =)

Magic of Spice  on January 17th, 2011

Ellie is such a beauty :) The cookies look delicious…funny how trial and error can end up with the best things :)

Magic of Spice  on January 17th, 2011

Ellie is such a beauty :) The cookies look delicious…funny how trial and error can end up with the best things :) Delightful!

Chaya  on January 18th, 2011

Mary, isn’t it nice when something that appears to fail turns out to be the very best. Enjoy the cookies.

Mary  on January 21st, 2011

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - Wow…you mom must be a real great cook…made hundreds of bao!! You are so lucky! :D

@Patty - Haha….yes, Eliie was my real taster. Kids don’t lie :D

@Cristina - I was surprised to know that Ellie doesn’t like cookies. All the kids I know like cookies. I’m really glad Ellie liked my cookies :D

@Magic of Spice - Yes, it’s fun to try out in different ways when things fail. Good things may turn out :D

@Chaya - Yes, it give a nice feeling :D

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