Step into the magical world of Walt Disney with this delicious copycat recipe for the luxurious Grand Floridian chocolate chip cookie. Indulge in these giant chocolate chip cookies from the comfort of your own home with this surprisingly easy-to-replicate recipe. They’re the perfect way to add a little Disney magic to your home.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is well-known for its proximity to Magic Kingdom (walking is the way to go if you don’t rent a car at Disney), it’s beautiful spa, and luxury theming.
And ever since Disney Parks shared this recipe from one the Grand Floridian pastry chefs, it’s also known for its chocolate chip cookies.
But don’t go to Grand Floridian asking for these cookies – unlike a lot of Disney World snacks or even the incredible Num Num cookie recipe, these aren’t just readily available to buy or order. In fact, when I asked around about the infamous Grand Floridian chocolate chip cookies, no one really knew what I was talking about.
Not even our server who had worked at Grand Floridian and at Walt Disney World for years knew what we were talking about.
So these are Grand Floridian cookies because a chef at Grand Floridian provided the recipe via Disney Parks blog, not necessarily because you get them every time you stay at the resort.
That being said, these large cookies are delicious. And who can’t use a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe – I know I always can! And if you’ve been the lucky recipient of these cookies at the actual resort, you’ll know how good Chef Erich’s chocolate chip cookie recipe really is!
This is a thick and oversized chocolate chip cookie that has just the right amount of chocolatey goodness combined with the perfectly chewy cookie dough. Even if you don’t care about Disney or Grand Floridian or where this recipe came from, you should still try this Disney resort-inspired recipe, even if it’s just once for national chocolate chip cookie day!
Just be warned, once you’ve tried your first batch, you may just add these to your favorite recipes to make over and over again!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Giant chocolate chip cookies – if you like your cookies large, you’re going to love these! They’re large, thick, and somehow still chewy and gooey!
- Easy to make – no need to be pastry chefs to get quality results, just follow the recipe and have delicious chocolate chip cookies in no time.
- No chill time – no need to chill the cookie dough. Just mix, bake, and eat. A few simple steps stand between you and these delicious cookies.
- Butter – I recommend using salted butter for a richer flavor, but unsalted will work just fine too. Make sure to use softened butter for best results.
- Powdered sugar – this is a major difference from typical cookie recipes and one of the reasons these cookies are so unique. While you can substitue granulated sugar, it will give you a less fluffy cookie than the powdered sugar and just won’t be as good as these.
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips – you can change out the chocolate chips for any variety (dark, milk, etc.) you want or even add nuts if you want to. Just keep the quantity the same.
How to make Grand Floridian Cookies
You’ll find everything you need to know to make these iconic treats in the detailed instructions below. Plus at the bottom of the post, you’ll find a recipe card with the full Grand Floridian chocolate chip cookie recipe that you can print out to have on hand for later.
1 – Make The Dough
Start by preheating the oven to 330 degrees then grab an ungreased baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Set aside for later.
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients by sifting together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside while you work on the wet ingredients.
In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. You can use a separate bowl and electric mixer for this step if you prefer. This will take a few minutes and require you to scrape the sides of the bowl periodically.
Add the eggs one at a time then mix again until the eggs are fully mixed in. Then, add the vanilla and mix again. Scrape down the sides of bowl to make sure all of the butter is mixed into the dough.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time until all of the flour has been added. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Then once the flour has been fully mixed into the dough, gently stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
2 – Bake The Cookies
Next scoop 2- 3 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet. You can use a medium or large cookie scoop, or eyeball the size of the dough. I just recommend making sure your cookies are on the large size if you’re really wanting to make these Grand Floridian cookies.
Put the balls of dough into the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes for the medium cookies. If using a large cookie scoop, bake the cookies for 14 to 17 minutes. When the cookies are finished they will be a light golden color.
Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking pan then transfer to a cooling rack to cool complete (if you can wait that long).
Serve on your favorite Disney platter with a cool glass of milk. These also make a great gift if you put some in a cute cookie box or bag with one of these fun thank you tags!
Expert Tips And Storage Info
Set the oven to 325 (not 350) if you don’t have the option to bake these are 330 degrees.
Store cookies in an airtight container for up to five days at room temperature. I typically just put them in a gallon size zipper top bag or one of these pantry storage containers and they last great!
Freeze either the cookie dough balls or baked cookies in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Bake frozen dough directly on the cookie sheet (without thawing) but add two minutes to the bake time when cooking from frozen.
Add two minutes to the baking time if you prefer firmer cookies, not chewy and gooey. They’ll still be thick, just a little firmer.
Softening the butter allows you to cream it properly with the sugar. It’s best if softened but you can do it from cold butter but it will take longer.
If your oven won’t allow you to set the temperature to 330 degrees then it is best to do 325 instead of 350 degrees for this recipe.
Using granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar will impact the texture of the cookie and is not recommended for this recipe.
More Chocolate Chip Recipes
If you like chocolate chips, you have to try out these delicious chocolate chip treats!
- Chocolate chip cookie pie – chocolate chip cookies combined with pie, this is a must-try!
- Chocolate chip bundt cake – all the flavors you love in chocolate chip cookies in a cake!
- Chocolate chip dip – cookie dough dip that tastes just like chocolate chip cookies!
- Chocolate chip cheese ball – a sweet cream cheese dip flavored with chocolate chips!
- Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies – two of the best cookies combined into one!
Grand Floridian Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 10 tbsp salted butter softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 330 degrees then prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside for later.
- In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt
- Then in a bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed mix together the butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar until the mix is light and fluffy.10 tbsp salted butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- Add the eggs one at a time then mix again until the eggs are fully mixed in. Then add the vanilla and mix again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.2 large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until all of the flour has been added. Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Next scoop 2-3 tablespoon balls of dough onto the baking sheet.
- Put the balls of dough into the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. If using a large cookie scoop, bake the cookies for 14 to 17 minutes.
- Let cookies cool then serve.