How long would you wait for a cookie? One hour? Two hours? What about twelve hours? That’s how long guests waited to snag one of Gideon’s popular cookies at their grand opening in Disney Springs. After a soft opening in December, Gideon’s Bakehouse officially opened in Disney Springs on January 16th. Opening day saw a virtual wait of over twelve hours! So, what’s all the hype about?
Gideon’s Bakehouse started as a tiny bakery in Orlando’s East End Market in 2016. Within a few weeks the bakery was being hailed for having the best cookies in the state, then the best in the country, then the best in the world! The small Bakehouse has received accolades such as “The Best Place in the World to get a Cookie” by the Boston Globe and “One of the Five Foods You Have to Eat in the U.S. Before you Die” by Trip Advisor.
What makes Gideon’s cookies so special? First off, they are huge! Each cookie weighs almost ½ a pound! The cookies are covered, and we mean covered, in chocolate chips. The flavor of the classic chocolate chip cookie is elevated using real vanilla bean in the dough and sprinkling the top with sea salt. You might be surprised to learn that you can grab one of these giant cookies for less than $10!
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Unfortunately, the cookies and other baked goods are only available at Gideon’s Locations. Because each cookie is handmade and due to the weight of a cookie, don’t expect Gideon’s to start shipping their products anytime soon. Until you can get your hands on one, try out our copycat recipe below!
Gideon’s Bakehouse Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1 cup cold salted butter
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 ½ cups cake flour
1 ½ cups bread flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla
6 cups chocolate chips, semi-sweet
2 cups of mini chocolate chips
sea salt (for sprinkling)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cream the butter and sugars for about 5 minutes adding the eggs one at a time.
Sift the cake and bread flours into a separate bowl. Add the sifted flours to the batter. Add the cornstarch, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix.
Incorporate 2 cups of chocolate chips into the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Pour 4 cups of chocolate chips into a large bowl and set aside. Using your hands, shape the chilled dough into large dough balls. Cover the entire surface of the dough ball with chocolate chips. Fill in any gaps with mini-chocolate chips.
Place twelve dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Sprinkle each chocolate chip cookie with sea salt flakes, to taste. If there are any gaps in the chocolate chips, fill them in while still hot.
Pretend you are in Disney World and enjoy!
Note: Gideon’s Cookies have a semi “raw cookie dough” inside at the center. Increase baking time if you’d like your cookies baked all the way through!
Have you had a cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse? Was it worth the wait? Let us know in the comments below!