Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Kathy Strahs on September 29, 2009 · 36 comments

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe may be the most well-known of the on-the-package cookie recipes out there, but it’s by no means the only one. It comes as no surprise that all of the chocolate chip companies feature recipes, but have you ever seen what the butter people have come up with?

It wasn’t without trepidation that I decided to try out the Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from inside the Land O Lakes Butter box. I knew I would be in for a butter bonanza – one more stick than most recipes I’ve seen, in fact. The recipe also called for quite a bit more flour than usual and an ingredient not often seen in drop cookies: baking powder.

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

As you can see from the photos, the recipe makes some formidable chocolate chip cookies. I thought they were terrific – soft, chewy, buttery with lightly crisp edges. Even without chilling the dough they baked up nice and thick, without being cake-like (probably the benefit of the baking powder).

One odd aspect about this recipe – it didn’t specify salted or unsalted butter. Yes, even the butter people contribute to this frequent source of confusion! Since the recipe came from a box unsalted butter, I assumed unsalted butter was intended…but then there was no salt in the recipe at all. Chocolate chip cookies definitely need some salt, so I added in half a teaspoon.

Enjoy!

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from inside the Land O Lakes Butter package

Makes 26 jumbo cookies

INGREDIENTS:

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 (12-ounce) package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 375°F.

Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets (tip: line the sheets with parchment, if you have some). Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. (Do not overbake.) Let stand 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets.

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Maria September 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM

They do look good. I am craving cookies now. I might need to bake them tonight:)
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Stephanie September 29, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Those look wonderful! I am going to try these tonight.

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Pam September 29, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Oh my, those look wonderful! They remind me of giant versions of the Keebler Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’ll definitely have to try them, despite the amount of butter. :) Thanks for sharing! (Oh, and you should check out the caramel recipes from Land o’ Lakes, too. They’re awesome!)
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Colleen September 29, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Those look positively mouth-watering!

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Michelle September 30, 2009 at 6:28 AM

Yum. Your photos make me want to run to the kitchen right now and start baking.
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Valerina September 30, 2009 at 7:48 AM

All those packages of Land o’Lakes butter and I never thought to try the recipe on the box! These look like the perfect c.c.cookie!

I noticed that you have a badge for being featured on the Saveur website. One of my recipes was on their site as well but I can’t figure out how to get a widget. Did you send in an e-mail request? Thanks. :)
.-= Valerina´s last blog ..Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart (TWD) =-.

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Kathy September 30, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Thanks, Valerina! I’ll e-mail you the link for the Saveur badges.

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Sara @ Our Best Bites September 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM

I saw this pic on foodgawker and instantly said to myself, “Wow, that looks like a PERFECT cookie!” You know what? I actually hate the Tollhouse recipe! I’ve never had good luck with it. I have however had a great results from several Land O Lakes recipes. I have a handful of cookie and pastry recipes that I’ve clipped from boxes over the years and they’re among my top favorites, but I’ve never seen this one. I have to try it- looks awesome!
.-= Sara @ Our Best Bites´s last blog ..Pumpkin Pie Milkshake =-.

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michelle September 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM

These look SO good like the perfect CC cookie- I buy Land o Lakes butter and have eyed that recipe several times.
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The Duo Dishes September 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Always wonder how people get their cookies to look so perfectly round! These look perfect in every way really.
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martha October 1, 2009 at 6:06 AM

You CCCs look beautiful. I’ve never made the Land O Lakes butter version either but it looks really really similar to the Betty Crocker Cookie Book Ultimate CCC with just a few minor tweaks.
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CinnamonQuill October 1, 2009 at 7:27 AM

These are some of the best looking cookies I’ve seen!

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Jess Lundahl October 1, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I’ve been using this recipe for the last 9 1/2 years and always get rave reviews about them. They are my favorite chocolate chip cookie EVER!!

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Kathy October 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM

A recipe that has withstood the test of time – I love it!

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Jamieanne October 1, 2009 at 11:39 AM

lol, I have the exact same recipe in my cookbook – I cut it out of the Land o’ Lakes box and kept it, but never baked it just because it came from the box of butter! I never would have thought the cookies would amount to anything because of that, but I’m glad to see you made them and they turned out looking beautiful and so perfect. I’m going to have to cave in and make them myself too. :)
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Kathy October 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Go for it! :-)

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets November 28, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Very cool idea behind your blog. I’ve seen this recipe and have wanted to try it for a while. Thanks for letting us know it’s a winner!
.-= Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets´s last blog ..Apple Cherry Pie =-.

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Rachel Marsh November 30, 2009 at 9:17 AM

I made these cookies and they are awesome…
This will now be my goto recipe…

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Kathy November 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM

So glad you liked them! I’ve found they freeze really well too.

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Kristen December 13, 2009 at 9:19 AM

I grew up eating and baking the Tollhouse recipe, but somewhere between childhood and here (I refuse to call myself a grown-up), I’ve developed a taste for thicker, chewier chocolate chip cookies. I struggled to find the perfect recipe – they always seemed to spread too much or end up too crunchy. But this one is perfect! I might even go so far as to say it’s foolproof.

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Kathy December 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I have to agree – the butter alone makes it pretty foolproof! :-)

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Jackie March 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Hi

Can this batter be chilled overnight before baking. Some people say in oatmeal cookies or any kind of cookies if the baking powder sit to long it loses its power.

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Kathy March 14, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Not sure about the impact on the baking powder, but i know a lot of people believe the flavor of chocolate chip cookies is enhanced when you allow the dough to chill for a day or two. I’ve never had the willpower to wait that long :-)

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stacy May 27, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I love this recipe. I had it from the inside of the box of butter and had lost it. Very happy to find it on here. Thanks for posting it. My family begs for these cookies.

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Mondo August 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

this cookie is pretty good. definitely, wouldn’t turn it down and I love the fact that it beautiful-shot worthy; unlike the Tollhouse cookie, which taste great, but is aesthetically displeasing. I wish the Land o’ Lakes cookie had a little more depth of flavor, though; a little extra something to take it to the next level.

thanks for posting the recipe. always appreciate a cookie that taste and looks good.

cheers.

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Anna @ hiddenponies August 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I’m trying these today! I love the concept of your blog – recipes on boxes are definitely an often-forgotten idea!

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Will July 4, 2012 at 7:56 AM

I just made these cookies, following the recipe to exact specification, and didn’t get results I was expecting. My dough was very crumbly, like sand. I found that idd, but proceeded wondering what would happen After baking the cookies did not spread, i had to flatten them with my spatula At any rate, that was my experience. I will continue my search, falling back to my stand by recipe.

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Kathy Strahs July 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve got to think the dough must have been missing butter (it’s a whopping 3 sticks) as it’s always worked out just fine every time I’ve made them.

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cookieness October 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

the cookies did not bake in 14 minutes i took the first batch out but it was undercooked and the second time they were crunchy

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Kathy Strahs October 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

It’s always a good idea to judge the exact baking time by sight – all ovens heat differently.

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Peggy May 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I’ve been searching for the perfect chewy, thick chocolate chip cookie and finally found it! These are incredible and my children have begged me to only make this recipe from now on. We chilled the dough for several hours before we baked and they turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing this! P.S. Your pics are what convinced me to try it, great photography!

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Kathy Strahs May 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Thanks so much, Peggy – I’m really glad to hear you and your family enjoyed them! :)

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Brittany September 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I just made these cookies…. fantastic!! I know everyone says this… but this is the BEST chocolate chip cookie. You seriously must try it!…. they taste so rich, thick and chewy….and they look just as incredible as they do in these pictures! Wonderful recipe!!… amazing cookie!!

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angela griffin February 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

NO DOUBT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST RECEIPES I HAVE FOUND…AND IVE MADE LOTS

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