When I made those Chocolate Oreo Truffles yesterday, knowing that Christmas was only 4 days away, I decided that I wanted to try making something Christmas-y every day until the Big Day.
So, today, I had an idea. It’s one that I’ve had for a while now, but I wasn’t sure how to make it in the spirit of the season.
Then, while watching an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I zoned out and and it came to me. Stencils.
This is probably the point where I should tell you what the heck I’m talking about.
I decided I’d make a giant Chocolate Chip cookie in the skillet (like one of those ones you used to see at the mall – maybe you still see them, I haven’t seen one in ages). Here’s where the stencils come in to play: I made stencils of cursive letters (sorry middle school kids, you probably don’t know that means) and a tree using paper and a pair of scissors.
Putting it all together:
Giant Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookie
1/2 recipe for Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (found here: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/original-nestl%C3%89-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/detail.aspx)
Some type of sprinkles or colored sugars
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Evenly coat skillet with cooking spray. Add dough to center. With cold, wet hands, smooth dough evenly throughout bottom of skillet (cold water on your hands keeps the dough from sticking).
3. Lie stencils on top of cookie dough and use sprinkles/sugars to fill the stencils. Remove stencils.
I was so excited while waiting for this to finish. At first, I really wasn’t sure it would work out; I thought that the sugars would melt and spread or that the cookie would crack and the design would fall in the cracks. But each time I turned that little oven light on and took a peek through the glass of the oven door, I grew more giddy. I wouldn’t let Sumo take a look because I wanted to surprise him.
I was heavily rewarded for my daring skillet move, too. The cookie cooked very evenly, the coloring came out perfectly, the stenciling looked beautiful, and mmm, that smell. Oh, it tastes good, too. I’ve already eaten about an 8th of it.
That’s an exaggeration, but it probably won’t be far off a few minutes from now.