Have you ever heard of chocolate chip parfait cookies? I’m always on the lookout for a new recipe to make chocolate chip cookies. When I think of a cookie, the first one that I think about is a chocolate chip cookie.
The second one would be my pumpkin cookie. Have you ever been to Jacob Lake in Northern Arizona? Well, they have a beautiful camping area up in the pine trees, and some of the best cookies in the world.
You can tell by the parking lot and all the people sitting outside eating cookies on the benches and rock formations. It’s a halfway mark from southern Utah to Flagstaff, Arizona. They also have a lodge, gift shop, and a restaurant.
There are always lines of people waiting to buy their cookies. Who would guess we would pay for cookies when we can make them at home? These cookies are different.
First of all, the cookies are huge and a bit pricey, but we all buy them because we need to stop for a potty break, stretch our legs, and get a snack after driving for two hours on a two-lane road with speed limits of 65 miles an hour or less.
These cookies are soft and chewy and you can never eat just one. Who doesn’t love homemade cookies, right?
They have cookies of all kinds to please any palate. They have a cookie called “Chocolate Parfait” that’s our family’s favorite. I have been working on a recipe to duplicate that cookie for months. It’s here!!
You may wonder where the word Parfait comes from, I did a little research and this is what I found. I quote the Salt Lake Tribune, “In French, “parfait” means perfect,” which is what chocolate lovers will likely call this cookie.
The Best Chocolate Chip Parfait Cookies
Items You May Need In The Kitchen
- Stand Mixer, Hand Mixer, or Mixing Bowl
- Cookie Sheets
- Cookie Scoop
- Parchment Paper
- Silpat Mat
- Cookie Spatula
- Butter: Butter is critical for flavor, texture, and a moist chewy cookie.
- Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to dough and evens out the other ingredients.
- Eggs: We need the egg to bind the dough together and help the cookies rise.
- Flour: All purpose flour helps the cookies rise (I used bread flour and it still worked).
- Salt: Adds texture, and it brings out the flavor in the cookie dough.
- Vanilla: Adds flavor to the dough.
- Chocolate Chips: Chocolate chips add extra sweet taste and texture to the cookies.
Chocolate Chip Parfait Cookies
I love to gather all the ingredients before I start mixing the ingredients in the recipe. Preheat your oven to 350°F=177°C.
Cream the butter, sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla together.
It will look like this after you whip (cream) it together.
Add the flour until thoroughly mixed together.
Gradually add the chocolate chips.
I use my 1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons cookie scoop. This is the Purple Cookie Scoop I used.
Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of scoop you use) and let them cool before removing them from the cookie sheets. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
This recipe makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.
Cool the cookies on a cooling rack after baking.
The Best Chocolate Chip Parfait Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350°F=177°C I used my Kitchen Aid stand mixer to make these yummy cookies! You can use Silpat sheets, parchment paper, or grease your cookie sheets. Cream the butter, sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla together. Add the flour until thoroughly mixed together. Gradually add the chocolate chips. I use my 1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons cookie scoop. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of scoop you use) and let them cool before removing them from the cookie sheets. DO NOT OVERBAKE. This recipe makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.
How do I store these cookies?
I store these cookies on the kitchen counter in freezer bags (they are heavier bags) or in a Tupperware-type container that is airtight.
Can I freeze these cookies after baking them?
Yes, you can freeze these cookies. I would use freezer bags to keep them from drying out in the freezer.
Can I freeze the dough before baking them?
I have never frozen the cookie dough with this recipe, so I can’t recommend it.
Can I substitute the milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips?
Yes, you can. I typically use dark chocolate chips because that’s what I stock. But white chocolate chips would be delicious too!
Can I make these with nuts added?
Absolutely, I don’t use nuts because I have a granddaughter who is allergic, but I love nuts in cookies!!
Can I make these Gluten-Free?
Yes, you can make these with King Arthur Gluten-Free flour 1:1. Gluten-Free Flour
Besides making cookies, what are some other parfait desserts?
It may be a play on words, but you can make all kinds of parfait desserts, including cookie parfaits. Most parfaits are made by layering various ingredients in a glass dish or bowl. I think that’s so you can see the yummy ingredient layers just before you jump in and eat them with gusto.
A cookie parfait could be made with crumbled cookies of any kind, including Oreo’s, then putting a layer of yogurt or pudding, fresh fruit, and whipping cream. Picture the delicious taste, and view, of this easy dessert.
You can easily make a “regular” parfait without the cookies by layering nuts, granola, crackers, yogurt, pudding, fruit, and whipping cream. The fun thing about a parfait is that you can switch out any of the ingredients to change the texture and flavor. One way to do that is to try different fresh fruits in season, like strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and more.
You can also try different kinds of nuts themselves, or by using different granola contents that include various nut varieties, along with different grains or flakes. What an adventure to mix and match all sorts of things, and count on everyone enjoying them!
I hope you try making my chocolate chip parfait cookies! Cookies are such an easy treat to make, even if you’re new at baking. Let me know if you make them, you know I love to hear from you.
There is something about cooking from scratch and making homemade cookies with family and friends. It is important to teach the next generation how to cook from scratch, and this would be a great recipe to use in the training process. The kids will be so proud of what they helped make, and the whole family will enjoy eating them! Please keep stocking up, and sharpening your skills. May God Bless this world, Linda