Giant kiss cookies

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 6:00 am

I’ve never been world’s biggest fan of Valentine’s Day – regardless of whether I’ve been single or had someone special with whom to share the day. The whole premise of the day, which is supposed to foster feelings of love and romance, sort of makes me crabby and eye-rolly. (I’ve also never been world’s most romantic person.)

But I try to set aside this attitude for the sake of my 10-year-old kiddo, who shouldn’t grow up nearly as jaded as his mother is. So every year I try to make a special Valentine’s treat for the hubby and kiddo – if a bit grudgingly – to show them I haven’t forgotten about my love for them entirely. (I just prefer to celebrate it all year ’round. But I digress.)

While the kiddo and I were brainstorming possible Valentine’s Day recipes this year, we ran across a few photos of skillet cookies, which my son found rather fascinating.

“They’re like a giant chocolate chip cookie,” I explained.

“Can you hold it in your hand?” he asked.

“Well, no.” I replied.

“Are the chocolate chips giant?” he continued.

I looked at him with a puzzled expression.

“I just think if the cookie is giant, the chocolate chips should be, too.”

And so began our quest to make a giant chocolate chip cookie – complete with giant chocolate chips – that you can hold in your hand.

We found an idea in a magazine, made some changes and went from there. These giant cookies are actually baked in cake pans, so they sort of resemble more of a chocolate chip bar in thickness – although they retain the chewy goodness of a regular-sized chocolate chip cookie and are studded with big bites of chocolatey goodness.

Because yes, the chocolate chips are giant: We used Hershey’s kisses, one of the kiddo’s all-time favorite foods.

And the cookies are enormous; we discovered one cookie can easily feed a family of three for roughly a week, if wrapped well and covered. (The cookie, not the family.)

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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