Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re a chocolate chip cookie lover, you’re really going to love this twist on the traditional favorite.

I didn’t think there were many ways out there to improve upon the super simple chocolate chip cookie but hey, sometimes surprises come from unexpected sources.

This is one such case where an old staple has new look, size, taste and technique.

Now, that’s a mouthful.

These cookies measure more than 4 1/2 inches in diameter and are more like four chocolate chip cookies packed into one big one.

The center is soft and gooey and the edges are slightly caramelized with a melt-in-your mouth crispiness that is oh-so good.

Scattered chunks of melted chocolate create an almost marbleized topside appearance that also provides a burst of rich, dark flavor with every bite.

These chocolate chip cookies are also surprisingly thin, especially when stacked on one top of another.

Now, at the heart of these deliberately-wrinkled, jumbo size chocolate chip cookies is an unusual technique that I’ve only just discovered.

It’s called “pan banging”.

cookies pan pounded

Pan banging is the brainchild of baker and blogger, Sarah Kieffer .

I discovered her unusual cookie making technique after seeing similar jumbo cookies all over Instagram.

Pan banging involves baking the cookies up to a point and then opening the oven and banging the pan on the oven rack which causes the rising cookie dough to deflate and spread.

The banging is repeated several times through the baking process. It’s noisy but quite effective.

Read over the steps in the recipe shared further down in this post for more complete instructions.

You can also out Sarah’s blog, The Vanilla Bean Blog for more beautiful desserts and delicious baking ideas. 

Jumbo cookies

Regular readers of this blog already know I have a penchant for fun, handcrafted packaging.

I used a tag die cut and some alphabet rubber stamps (you should have these in your stash) to create some cute, personalized gift tags for my kids and their friends.

If you’re packing up homemade goodies for gifting, this is a nice way to add an extra personal touch.

You can find plastic goodie bags, die cuts and all manner of rubber stamps and ink at your local crafts store.

Happy baking and have fun.

tags cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins
Crispy, gooey, jumbo twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 -12 cookies
Author: Adapted from a recipe by Sarah Kiefer
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • aluminum foil to cover baking tray
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Cover baking sheet with the dull side of aluminum foil.
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy, add the granulated and brown sugars and beat until light and fluffy (about 3-minutes).
  5. Add the egg, vanilla and water and mix to combine.
  6. Add flour mixture and mix. Add chopped chocolate and mix on low.
  7. Measure 1/3 cup of dough for each cookie ball. Place 4 dough balls per cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes before baking.
  8. Place chilled baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Lift baking sheet and bang it directly onto the oven rack.
  10. Repeat pan banging every 2 minutes.
  11. Bake 16-18 minutes total time until the cookies have spread and edges are golden brown and centers are lighter and not fully cooked.
  12. Transfer the sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before removing cookies from the pan.
  13. Place two cookies in goodie bag with handcrafted tag for delicious gift giving.

chocolate chip cookie stack

Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time. 

  • Anietie

    Omg!! These cookies are to die for!!! I only love crispy and hard cookies 🍪!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, thanks so much for that Anietie.
      These cookies are indeed, wonderful and crazy fun to make.
      I had never used the “pan banging” technique before but it works at really spreading those cookies into really big circles.

  • thefolia

    My son bakes chocolate chip cookies every week, I can’t wait to tell him about the pan banging technique! Happy feasting!

  • kathi moore

    Oh my! My cookies always come out flat and squashed like this and I thought it was a bad thing….I’ll try the banging to caramelize the outer edges, tho. Thanks for the validation! hahaha

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Pan banging makes a lot of noise (lol) but it’s worth it.
      Good luck with your cookies, Kathi.
      I think you’ll enjoy these.
      Happy day to you.

  • mimzy

    beautiful site! How have never come across your website before??!!? Lovely pictures and great content.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Mimzy.
      I have tons of great projects and recipes here. I hope you find some things of interest to you. Drop me a line if you ever get stuck on any of my project instructions and I’ll walk you through it.

  • Shirley @HousepitLity Designs

    Now talk about a 12 layer (or more) chocolate chip cookie cake. I always learn so much from you so will
    Have to try the Pan banging method. Oh that Jordy is the cutest!! His beautiful smile s just like his mom’s!!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, thanks Shirley.
      We’re very proud of our “little” Jordy. He grew up way too fast-lol.
      You must try the pan banging technique. That and the huge amount of dough makes these cookies so huge, like they’re straight out of a bakery.
      I’m going to try to see you soon during one of my many trips to Durham.
      Happy week to you.

  • Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    They look delicious!

  • Carolyn Brown

    Yum! I’m ready to do some “pan banging “. I’ve accidentally had a few of these before. ; ) I love that font too!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Carolyn.
      You’ll love these cookies.
      Also, the alphabet rubber stamp I used is from a company called “Paper Salon”. You may be able to find it if you google the company name and XL alphabet stamp.
      If you’re not able to find this particular stamp, you may be able to find a great substitute. So many great alphabets out there.
      Good luck.

  • Vicki

    Prep time: 15 mins
    Cook time: 18 mins
    Total time: 33 mins
    Gobble time: .01 second
    Can’t wait to try these Lisa!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Vicki, you’re so funny.
      Thanks so much.
      By the way, both my kids are in college now. Can you believe that?
      Time flies, right?
      Hope you have a wonderful week.

  • Barbara

    This look delicious! What an intriguing method! I will definitely try that next time. I really like the font on your letter stamps. Are they still available? I am really enjoying your blog. Thank you!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks, Barbara.
      The alphabet stamp is by a company called Paper Salon.
      You may be able to find a set online or another font that will work just as good.
      Happy day to you.

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