Num Num Cookies are just SO good, we crave them all the time (and don’t even feel guilty about it one bit). It’s pretty hard to resist that chocolate-y and butter-y goodness when you’re actually in the parks, but we also miss them dearly whenever we’re not in Disney too.
But, we’re about to make your baking game a whole lot stronger since you can make Num Num Cookies right from your own kitchen. Hooked already? We knew you’d be. 😉
Once you’ve gotten out your bowls and baking utensils, you’re going to want to pull out these ingredients to start making your cookies:
- 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Butter at Room Temperature
- 1 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 2 1/4 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (we used a whole 12oz bag)
The first step in making your Num Num Cookies is browning the butter. This is key to giving the cookies a deep, caramelly, complex flavor.
There’s an art to browning — not burning — butter. Stick to MEDIUM heat and wait. It’ll foam all up and be hard to see the bottom of the pot but once the foam subsides, SMELL. It’ll start to smell toasty and nutty and delicious. That means you’re close.
Keep swirling the pot and looking for those milk solids at the bottom to start to turn the color of graham cracker crumbs. Pull it off the heat.
It’s going to keep cooking so keep that in mind and don’t let it burn! Then pour it into a heat safe container to cool.
Let the butter cool completely (at room temp is best but if you’re impatient like us, pop it in the fridge for a few minutes). It’ll be thick and sludgy, but be sure to scrape all the tasty bits that settle to the bottom. Cooling the butter is crucial here. If you try to go to the next step and cream melted butter and sugar you’ll get a sugary soup in your mixer. Yuck. Patience, young Jedi. Let it cool.
Add your brown sugar, sugar, and cooled butter to a mixer (or use a hand mixer. You can use just a big ol’ spoon and a bowl too if that’s all you’ve got on hand but the texture might be a little different — still yummy though!).
When you beat the butter and sugar, be sure to do it for a WHILE. Like…8 minutes. No kidding. You want time for it to fluff up and aerate. This can be the key between stellar cookies and duds. Give it time to cream properly. Trust us. Set a timer and just don’t look at it. 8 minutes will fly by!
Afterward, you’re going to mix in your egg, egg yolk, and vanilla…
…and let them mix together for a bit.
Then, you’ll add your dry ingredients of flour, salt, and baking soda before letting them mix together once again.
For this step, you want to mix JUST until the flour is incorporated. If you mix too long once the flour is in, you could end up with tough cookies.
1 cup of chocolate chips? WHO ARE WE KIDDING? No cookie recipe on earth uses so little (OK, maybe not true…but definitely not the real Num Nums…those are chocolate city). Use. The. Whole. Bag. We DID set aside a cup of chips to add on top…no reason other than to look pretty. We eat with the eyes!
If you’re like us, then you might take a little taste of the cookie dough on its own (guilty)… .
Let’s talk cookie wrappers. These are a big key to a successful Num Num. They’re BIG cookies and need to be contained while baking so they get soft and gooey in the centers. The Num Num Cookie wrappers you’d get with the real cookies (which you can buy here) are red and white, if you want an authentic Disney Parks look. When we went to order them…those were out of stock (womp womp) but when you set your mind on making Num Nums, you improvise. We ordered a different pattern wrapper, but functionally, they’re the exact same.
Do you NEED the wrappers to make the cookies? Nope. Not one bit. We’ve made these just scooped on a cookie sheet and baked like any other cookie and they’re still delightful. But if you want the FULL Num Num experience, we recommend the wrapper.
Toss your paper cups on a cookie sheet (if using) and get to divying up your dough. Your mileage may vary, but we got 9 cookies out of our batch, if you want a baseline to compare to. We started with a cookie scoop and realized quickly these wrappers are ginormous and needed a lot more dough!
Once you portion your dough, be sure to smoosh them evenly in the wrappers. This is important to do, or your cookies won’t cook evenly in the oven. If just scooping on a cookie sheet, no need to flatten!
That cup of chocolate chunks we saved? Now’s the time to pretty-up your cookies. Scatter them on top. If you’re not using the wrappers, you can press a few chunks into the tops of your scooped dough.
Now it’s time for a trip to the fridge for a while! Cover the pan with plastic wrap and give it a rest. DON’T skip the chilling in the fridge step, if possible. This is giving the flour time to hydrate from the liquid in the eggs and butter and relax the gluten in the flour. It can make a less tough cookie and can give it a deeper flavor. Overnight IS best, like they say, but who has the time when your kids are nipping at your heels wanting cookies? We let them chill about two hours and cut our losses. 😉
If you want to make your Num Num Cookies giant like the ones in the parks, you’re going to want to bake your cookies for a longer period of time. Ours took 18 minutes, but yours may vary! Watch for the cookies to start to puff and get a little browned at the edges.
The point of this is to make sure they have a nice golden brown edge that is sturdy, while the center is still soft and gooey.
We recommend adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top of your Num Num Cookies for that final kick of flavor. While we only had kosher salt on hand, our go-to is maldon salt instead! The big, flaky, and chunky pieces are a great finishing twist on sweets. Yes we know this is not Num Num Cookie canon, but good bakers know a sprinkling of salt can elevate just about any cookie!
And, there you have it — your very own, authentic Num Num Cookies straight from the parks! While the edges have that crispiness that we love…
…you don’t have to sacrifice that soft center that just MAKES the Num Num Cookies as great as they are.
If you’re hungry for more treats, you can keep up with our full page of Disney recipes to bake at home! And, we’ll be sure to give you a look at the rest of the awesome eats and treats we find in the Disney Parks soon!
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