This was not my planned post at all for these cookies. It wasn’t until I tasted about my 4th of these cookies that I realized that they taste extremely similar to Paradise Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. I thought this recipe would result in a tasty cookie, but I have no idea that I was creating a copycat recipe!. We do not have Paradise Bakery where I live, but I have eaten at the chain when I have traveled to Arizona. The bakery is known for it’s cookies among other things and their chocolate chip cookies are to-die-for.
Paradise Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookies have coconut in them, but my Copycat Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed full of oatmeal and crispy rice cereal which gives a very similar texture. And speaking of texture, talk about perfection. These Copycat Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies have crispy edges that remind me of when you use shortening in a cookie recipe, but in fact, I used only butter. I used large chunks of milk chocolate and regular semisweet chocolate chips so that the centers of these cookies remain super chewy and you get big, soft bites of chocolate.
I decided to add a little something extra special to these Copycat Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies by smearing the tops with melted semisweet chocolate and sprinkling them with fine flecks of sea salt. This special topping is just the contrast of flavors that will keep you coming back for one more cookie.