Friends, whether you realized it or not when you woke up, today is a very special day. It’s National Chocolate Chip Day, and you and I are here to celebrate.
Since beginning Saturday Snacks in February of 2020, you and I have had a chance to make some of Disney’s finest chocolate chip cookie recipes. From a decadent chocolate chip cookie sandwich filled with colorful icing to Ghirardelli’s double chocolate version and everything in between, we’ve made (and savored) them all.
When my youngest, who turned 22 (gasp!) this past week, was little, the preferred playtime activity was re-creating Food Network’s Iron Chef with stuffed animals. We each claimed a stuffed animal to be our chef du jour and we’d have a blast as we competed with all the pretend food in the playroom. As you may know, the tagline of Iron Chef is: “Whose cuisine reigns supreme?”
So the question to be answered today is this: which Disney chocolate chip cookie recipe receives top marks? Which one is the very best, yet is also easy to assemble? If I could only bake one chocolate chip cookie recipe on this most magical of days, toward which one would I gravitate? Friends, this is the burning question that we’ll answer today.
First of all, if you haven’t had a chance to peruse all of my thoughts regarding Disney’s chocolate chip cookie recipes, you’ll find a complete list below. If you click on the cookie’s title, the hyperlink will send you straight to my article that will map out the recipe, and will tell you my thoughts regarding the preparation and the end result of each cookie. You’ll also see tons of pics of me putting the cookies together, along with any mishaps (highly likely) that occurred along the way.
- Contemporary Resort’s Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Jack-Jack’s Num Num Cookies
- Ghirardelli’s Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
- Rapunzel’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches
There’s a little something for everyone in that list, including the Contemporary Resort’s whole wheat variety. I had never baked a whole wheat cookie before, and their chocolate chip cookie is just so incredibly unique. But unique as it is, it doesn’t, in my mind, get the top spot.
If you and I are going to bake a batch of Disney chocolate chip cookies in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, my recommendation is to head straight for the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa's recipe.
As of late, the bakery team at the Grand Floridian can do no wrong. They have come into their own in recent years, and their chocolate chip cookie recipe is nothing short of brilliant. Don’t get me wrong: I love a good Nestlé Toll House cookie. That, for years, was my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Chocolate chip cookies don’t have to be fancy for me to like them. I’ll take any crispy on the outside, soft and melty on the inside cookie you’ve got.
That being said, the Grand Floridian’s recipe is head and shoulders above the rest. It utilizes powdered sugar rather than granulated sugar, which results in a puffier cookie. The cookies are toasty and crunchy on the outside and wonderfully soft on the inside.
Part of the fun of the recipe is also changing it up when you want to. There have been times during the past year when I’ve gone to my baking supplies basket only to find a quarter cup of chocolate chunks here, a few dark chocolate chips there, and half a bag of regular semi-sweet chocolate morsels. I’ve weighed them out to 12 ounces and tossed them all into this recipe and had the most amazing cookies when everything was said and done. I know that you can do that with just about any chocolate chip cookie recipe, but the different chocolates, when combined with the extra puffiness of the Grand’s version, is just next level.
I know it’s a big deal to call something perfect, but I’ve got to say that the cookies that result from this recipe are just that. Sheer perfection. And they’re just the thing to help celebrate this special day.
If you're whipping up yummy treats in your kitchen this weekend, please let me know in the comments section below. I hope that this weekend is filled with the sweeter things in life, especially a chocolate chip cookie or two. Or four.