Pan Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies: Talk about an unorthodox way to make cookies! You’ll actually bang the pans to make ’em! Extra crispy exteriors and extra chewy, gooey centers. The best of both cookie worlds!
I sort of want to call these cookies “wrinkly puppy cookies.”
Anyway. These cookies. Aptly named giant wrinkly chocolate chip cookies. They’re pretty special.
The wrinkles take a little extra work to create – including dropping a cookie sheet full of baking dough on the counter, which I found to be extremely cathartic – but they’re definitely worth it.
Actually, I was on the phone with my mom when I was baking these one afternoon and I could feel her eyes roll when I told her that I was dropping cookie sheets to make wrinkles in the cookie dough. #lifeofafoodblogger
The wrinkles create some extra surface area across the top of the cookies, giving them a little more of a crispy crunch factor to complement the chewy, slightly underbaked, gooey interiors. I liken them a lot to the giant cookies the lunch ladies would sell in my middle and high school cafeterias.
Those of us cookie addicts would bum rush the line just to nab the hot almost-raw-centered cookies we begged for them to make for us. I’m SURE this was a big health code violation (hi! public health degree holder here ova hea!) but we certainly didn’t care. And I’m also sure they didn’t care either since those cookies sold out every single day.
So back to these cookies. You MUST make them.
They’re just another one of the whole bunch of stellar recipes I’ve made from Sarah Kieffer’s new-ish book. I’ve made Sarah’s banana bread recipe twice already and can’t keep in the house long enough to take photos of. These cookies were almost as much of a challenge in that area. Except that I threatened Kyle with drinking the rest of the milk before he could pour himself a glass to have with these cookies. Ah, marriage.
Pan Banging Cookies Recipe
- Prep Time: 10min (dough prep) + 15min (chill time)
- Cook Time: 16-18min
- Yield: 10 giant cookies
While these cookies contain all of the usual cookie suspects (AP flour, white and brown sugars, eggs, butter, vanilla, etc.), I easily and successfully swapped out half of the AP flour for white whole wheat flour and all of the granulated sugar for coconut sugar. This resulted in a slightly nutty flavor from the new flour – not at all overpowering – and half as much processed sugar. We both loved these changes but if you’re more into the traditional ingredients, the swaps I made were for equal amounts of flour and sugar to their substitutions as written below.
1 cup (144 g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (144 g) white whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp table salt
½ lb (2 sticks; 227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups coconut sugar
¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp water
6 oz (170 g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped into -inch pieces
Preheat oven to 350° F with an oven rack in the center position. Line two large baking sheets with aluminum foil, dull side up.
In a small bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda, and salt together; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugars and continue to beat for another 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and water and mix on low until the egg is well-combined. Pour the flour into the bowl and stir on low until almost combined. Stir in the chocolate, mixing on low, just until the chocolate is incorporated and no traces of flour remain.
Using a large cookie/ice cream scoop, shape the dough into 3 ½ oz (100 g) balls and place 4 of them on a baking sheet; freeze for 15 minutes before baking. When you take the first sheet out of the freezer to bake, but the second sheet of 4 in; repeat with the remaining 2 cookies.
Bake the chilled cookies for 10 minutes then lift the side of the pan about 4 inches and let it drop down on the oven rack; repeat with the opposite side of the pan. You’ll see the edges of the cookies set and puffy centers collapse inward. Bake for another 2-3 minutes, until the centers puff up again and repeat. Repeat this process every few minutes until the cookies have baked for 16-18 minutes. The edges will be golden brown and the centers will be wrinkly, lighter in color, and not fully baked through – just the way you want them!
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely on the pan before removing. Repeat with the remaining sheets of cookie dough.
adapted from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book by Sarah Kieffer