I made Disney's giant chocolate-chip Num Num Cookies, and they're so good I'll be baking them again
Disney recently released recipes for 10 of its most popular cookies for National Cookie Day on December 4th.
One of the recipes for Disney's Jack-Jack Num Num Cookies was based on the cookies Baby Jack-Jack loved in the movie "Incredibles 2".
I've had the cookies before at Disneyland and Disney World and made them at home to see how they fit in with reality.
The cookies are so big that they look more like cupcakes, but most of the ingredients are the same that you would use in any chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Everything tastes better at Disney, but I'll keep doing this again until my next trip.
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As someone who grew up in Florida and now makes a living writing about theme parks, I spend a lot of time at Disney World. Before each trip, I spend a lot of time planning what goodies to try. One of my favorites is Disney's twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie: the Num Num Cookie.
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If you've ever watched Disney / Pixar's "Incredibles 2" you may remember the giant chocolate chip cookies used to soothe Baby Jack-Jack and his unpredictable superpowers. Along with the premiere of "Incredibles 2", the biscuits made their debut at the Pixar Pier in Disneyland in 2018 and appeared in the Hollywood Studios of Disney World in 2019.
The cookies are unlike any other I've ever tried. The huge, cupcake-like biscuits are packed with chocolate chips and served warm and fresh. To celebrate National Cookie Day (my new favorite holiday) on December 4th, Disney released 10 cookie recipes from its parks, including the recipe for Jack-Jack's Num Num Cookies. I tested the recipe to see how it compares to the iconic treat from Disney parks.
Before I started, I put my cooking utensils and ingredients together.
Ingredients mainly include standard chocolate chip cookie ingredients. Tarah Chieffi
I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the ingredients for this recipe were already in my pantry. Although I always have a healthy supply of chocolate chips on hand, I have picked up the mini chocolate chips and chocolate chips the recipe calls for so I can do it exactly as it is written.
It proved a little tougher to find the flat baking cups the cookies needed to be baked in, but Amazon prevailed. You could likely find these at a store like Hobby Lobby or a bakery store as well. The recipe calls for 4 "baking cups, but I was only able to find 3.5" baking cups which turned out to be no problem. If anything, my cookies looked even more monstrous and crowded, which is never bad in my book. The more cookies, the better!
First, I chopped my butter so I could start mixing my batter.
Many cookie recipes call for soft butter, but this one uses cold. Tarah Chieffi
After preheating the oven and placing my baking cups on a pan, I diced a cup (two sticks) of cold butter. I shoveled it into my blender along with a cup each of brown sugar and white sugar.
I mixed the butter and sugar until they were smooth and creamy.
You can mix the ingredients by hand, but a stand mixer makes it easy. Tarah Chieffi
The instructions call for a stand mixer, but you can easily use a hand mixer or even your hands if you don't have one. The batter is quite thick. So using your hands means using a little elbow grease, but it's definitely doable.
It took about two minutes for the sugar and butter to come together completely. I mixed it on low speed until the batter was smooth and creamy.
The batter looked really tasty after mixing in the eggs and vanilla.
I had to resist eating all of the batter. Tarah Chieffi
Next, I mixed in two eggs and two teaspoons of vanilla extract. It took less than a minute to fully incorporate them.
At that point, I felt pretty safe. I definitely had a fair share of baking mistakes, but the batter looked like any other cookie dough I've made and I felt I was on the right track.
Along with the flour, the recipe called for cornstarch, salt, and baking powder.
The dry ingredients are stirred together with the dough before mixing. Tarah Chieffi
One ingredient that surprised me a little was cornstarch. I mostly use cornstarch to thicken sauces or make fried chicken, but I had never used it to make cookies before. I did a little research and it turned out that cornstarch is used to make baked goods softer and more tender.
The recipe recommended whisking the two and three-quarter cups of flour, three tablespoons of cornstarch, one teaspoon of baking soda, and half a teaspoon of salt into the wet ingredients before mixing.
I couldn't believe how many chocolate chips went into these cookies.
Check out all of the chocolate. Tarah Chieffi
Whenever I see these cookies at Disney World, I can't miss how tempting they look. The mix of giant chocolate pieces and mini chocolate chips makes them look so sticky and delicious.
I mixed a cup of mini chocolate chips and half a cup of chocolate chips into the batter and it was finally time to put the batter in the baking cups and put it in the oven.
In my experience, each baking cup contained half a cup of batter.
I was afraid the cookies would overflow after baking, but they were spot on. Tarah Chieffi
After stirring the chocolate into the batter, I scooped it into the baking cups. I filled each baking cup with a half cup scoop, then gently pushed it down by hand to level it out. I had enough batter to make nine cookies in total.
I held back the last half cup of chocolate pieces to press into the top of the cookies so there was plenty of soft, melting chocolate on top after baking. Then they went in the oven at 350 ° F for 22 minutes. I checked them after 20 minutes but I haven't seen that golden brown crust around the edges so I let it run a little longer.
Then it was time to let them cool down, but not all the way.
These look just like the cookies you can buy from Disney. Tarah Chieffi
I let the cookies cool on the pan for about five minutes before placing them on a rack. I've learned the hard way that it's better to move them with a spatula than to pick them up and move them by hand. They were still pretty soft and I almost broke the one I was trying to pick up. The spatula made it a lot easier to safely move everything from one surface to another.
It was the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever tried.
This is definitely the biggest chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted. Tarah Chieffi
At Disney, these cookies are served warm, so don't let them sit too long! I let them cool for about 10 minutes before serving. They were crispy and golden on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Every bite was full of chocolate and I spent every day trying to keep my kids from eating it before they even had breakfast.
If chocolate chip cookies aren't your thing, Disney has released nine more cookie recipes for National Cookie Day. There are also tons of Disney home recipes to try out when you need a little Disney magic at home.
My next trip to Disney is never too far away, but until I can visit again, I'll be making these cookies and dreaming of one of my favorite places in the world.
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