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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
You may have seen these giant cookies at the mall.  You have to order them in advance and
then go back to pick them up.  Why not make them at home for a fraction of the price? 
They're quick and easy, and make an impressive presentation for Valentine's Day, birthdays,
or any special occasion.
Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 (6 ounce) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

To decorate:
About 4 oz. chocolate (your choice of semi-sweet, dark, or milk chocolate)
You can use chips or a bar chocolate broken into pieces

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a larger bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
Add the vanilla and egg.  Stir well to combine.  Add the flour mixture.  Blend
in well.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Spread the cookie dough evenly onto the ungreased  12-inch diameter baking
pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Carefully transfer cookie to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

To decorate:
Put chocolate chips or broken chocolate bar into a microwave-safe bowl
Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Remove and stir.  If the chocolate is not
completely smooth, return to microwave for intervals of 30 seconds until no
lumps remain.

Transfer the warm chocolate to a pastry bag with a writing tip or a small
plastic storage bag.  If you are using a plastic bag, cut off a tiny corner of the
bag to allow the chocolate to flow smoothly from it.  Write your sentiment, "I
Love You",  "Happy  Birthday Day" or something romantic in the middle of the
cookie.  You may want to practice first on a piece of waxed paper.  Then with
whatever chocolate is remaining in the bag, make a decorative edge.
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1.  Add 1/4 cup of raisins, dried cherries or other dried fruit to the cookie dough.

2.  Use 3 ounces of chocolate chips and 3 ounces of peanut butter chips to the dough.

3.  Substitute M&M's in place of the chocolate chips.

4.  Make a thin buttercream icing and spread over the cooled cookie, then write your message on top.
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