The cafeteria at my college dorm had a killer dessert counter. Even for ice cream sundae day, they had mounds of my favorite candy bar of all time–Goldenberg Peanut Chews–as a topping choice along with true blue hot fudge and a whole host of other unhealthy but tasty goodies. One “everything but the kitchen sink” mega cookie appeared only a handful of times a year. It was not only about four inches across and 1/2 an inch thick–it was still soft and chewy (sorry, fans of the cakey cookie). I don’t know who made it or what it contained exactly, but I knew that it must have had a whole heck of a lot packed in it, and I made it my life-long quest to figure it out. Here I am, many years later, and still continuing on my quest. I’ve gotten this far though:
the oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie.
Not an earth shattering cookie, nor a mega cookie, nor a new cookie invention. It’s still a winner, especially for events involving a mix of kids and adults–it’s just a notch fancier than the plain old chocolate chip cookie. It is packed full of raisins and chocolate chips for those of us who crave the additions over the cookie itself. And it’s a soft, chewy cookie. To protect those who aren’t too fond of raisins, this recipe can be made so that it results in two different cookies.
Add in only the chocolate chips, and then use only half of this cookie dough to bake cookies.
While those are baking, add in a cup of raisins to the remainder of the cookie dough to make the full, chocolate chip/raisin combination.
The opposite could work for those who aren’t chocoholics. I’ll continue on my quest to recreate the “everything but the kitchen sink mega cookie.” Meanwhile, here goes a pretty good sidekick.