Finding Pizza in the Search for the Perfect Cookie

Perfect Bar and Big Cookies With Refrigerated Cookie DoughGrandpa and I were talking about cookies.  We were just back from seeing the grandchildren, and “cookie” is a big part of a grandparent’s vocabulary when grandchildren are around.

GG (great grandmother) always brings Publix chocolate chip cookies as her signature “gift” for her great grandchildren.  Remember, for this Grandma, it is M & Ms, so I try to find M & M cookies for the grandchildren.  But, these are store bought, and home made are the best.

This Grandma takes a short cut for fast warm chocolate chip cookies with the Toll House refrigerator dough.  Toll House on line even makes it easier by having the grandchildren press the dough in a pan or our first pizza cookie found at Very Best Baking website.

Perfect Bar and Big Cookies With Refrigerated Cookie Dough

 Prep: 7 mins Cooking: 15 mins Level:Easy Yields:8


 1 package NESTLÉr TOLL HOUSEr Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


 PREHEAT oven to temperature shown are chart below. Grease baking pan or dish, baking sheet or pizza pan.

 CUT ends off package and cut wrapper along seam to open. Remove dough.

PRESS dough into prepared pan, dish or baking sheet. (See chart below.)

BAKE until edge is set and center is still slightly soft.

COOL completely; cut into bars or wedges. (For baking sheet and pizza pan cookies, upon removing from oven, cool for 1 minute and carefully loosen cookie with spatula.)

 1 package (18 ounces) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:

13 x 9-inch baking pan dish    375° F. 10 to 16 minutes

Baking sheet, 10-inch or 12-inch pizza pan    375° F. 10 to 13 minutes

9-inch tart or springform pan  375° F. 20 to 24 minutes

11 x 7-inch baking dish           375° F. 22 to 24 minutes

But, Grandpa’s favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin.  Of course, he would like the “healthier” cookie.  He suggested looking for a recipe that combined both chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin.  Found it!  I always leave out the nuts. And another pizza shape recommended at

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza From Good Housekeeping triple-tested at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute

 Total Time: 28 min


 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon(s) baking soda

1/4 teaspoon(s) salt

6 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine

1/3 cup(s) packed brown sugar

1/3 cup(s) granulated sugar

1          large egg

1          teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

1          cup(s) old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup(s) semisweet chocolate chips



 Preheat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper. On sheet of waxed paper, mix flour, baking soda, and salt until well blended. In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter on low. Remove pan from heat; with wire whisk, stir in brown sugar and granulated sugar until blended. Whisk in egg and vanilla extract. With wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture, then oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts until combined.

 Spoon batter into center of prepared cookie sheet. With spatula, spread batter to an even 8-in. round. Bake 18 minutes, or until cookie is golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet on wire rack 15 minutes. Transfer to cutting board lined with waxed paper; cut cookie into 12 wedges and serve warm.

 And there are those who think Neiman Marcus’ chocolate chip cookie recipe is the best. There is an oatmeal version at


Neiman-Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe


Yield: 96 cookies

2 cups butter

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups sugar

5 cups blended oatmeal

24 ounces chocolate chips

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 (8 ounce) Hershey Bars (grated)

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla



 1. Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.

2. Cream the butter and both sugars.

3. Add eggs and vanilla.

4. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda.

5. Add chocolate chips, grated Hershey Bar.

6. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet.

7. Bake for 10 minutes at 375° or until golden.

There is no reason this recipe could not be made into a pizza.

With the youngest grandchildren, this grandma starts with refrigerator dough.  They have such satisfaction in “baking” their own cookies.  But having refrigerator cookie dough in the house at all times for a quick fix is always a good idea.  With older grandchildren, remember to cover the kitchen with old towels for easy cleanup.  Everything at grandma’s house, including baking, is no work and all fun and





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