Skip the Wait! Our Gideon’s Bakehouse Copycat Recipe - Perfecting the Magic (2024)

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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!

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

2 eggs

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)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Cream the butter and sugars for about 5 minutes adding the eggs one at a time.

  3. 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.

  4. Incorporate 2 cups of chocolate chips into the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

  5. 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.

  6. Place twelve dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!


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  1. I just made these following the recipe with the special flour and everything…the total batch of dough weighed 1,950 grams with saying to divide it into 6 cookies they measured 325 grams, or 0.7 pounds- way more than Gideon’s Bakehouse cookie!

    I baked the 325 gram cookies for 9 minutes it was still 80% in a ball, I more than doubled the time at 19 minutes and it looked done with the outside turning dark brown but the inside was still raw looking. The last two 325 gram cookies I split in half creating the last 4 to go with the first 4. I baked them for 15 minutes and they’re just now done.

    In short- these ARE NOT the Gideon’s Bakehouse cookies based solely on the recipe. It would need tweaked to reduce the size of cookie per recipe and bake time increased to be safe to eat.


    1. The recipe says to make 12 cookies. Not 6


  2. This was confusing. The other poster assumed it was just 6 cookies but after I had made the dough I knew that was too much. So I made balls about 1.5 inches in diameter. I made 21. First batch still raw after 9 minutes. Went another three. Seemed good but after 10 minutes cooling. Still raw inside. Next batch went 15 minutes. Not done. You really need to experiment to figure out the right time. Tasty, but this recipe is lacking


    1. The cook time says 15 minutes. or until golden, not sure where people are getting 9 minutes from?


  3. Tried these and they came out AMAZING!!! Thanks for the recipe!


  4. Confusing too say the least.
    Size. Temp….how ling too bake…..


  5. My cookies turned out great! A firmer edge and a soft but set middle. A few things I did differently:
    1. After I made the dough I measured out 12, 40z dough balls and chilled them this way vs. chilling all the dough and then making the balls from the chilled dough. This also allowed me to work with nice firm dough balls when covering them in chocolate chips, which made it easier to cover them completely. Once covered in chocolate chips they were pretty close to 1/2 pound.
    2. I chilled the dough for several hours.
    3. I baked for 17 minutes.


    1. I followed your extra notes and also chilled them as balls and had about 12. They came out perfect!


    2. Thank you for these tips! I’ll be sure to follow them when I make the recipe!


  6. These are amazing!!! I have made them 3 times already and will continue to make them forever! I think they taste exactly like Gideon’s! The only thing i did different was use all purpose flour as that was what i had and didn’t want to spend extra money. Thank you so much for this great recipe!


  7. My husband and I finely had the chance to try those Amazing cookies. I wish they sent them through the mail. I go broke. When we go back in September of this year we plan on buying more of them to bring home. Thank you for making those Amazing Cookies.


  8. LOVE these!! I used only 3 cups of chocolate chips and made much smaller cookies. I baked them 375 for 12 minutes and they were perfect. I realize that tweaking the recipe no longer makes them similar to Gideons, but I really enjoyed the base of this recipe!


    1. So happy to hear you loved it Amanda!


  9. Does Giddeons really use bread flour in a cookie? That’s too awful to try. I’ll use something else, authentic or not.


  10. This recipe did not work for me.

    400 degrees is WAY too hot and the outside of my cookies burned while still being fully raw in the center (not the cookie dough like texture they should be), and I checked the cookies at 10 minutes! The flavor is good, but the instructions on this are definitely not. I think there is too much butter as the cookies spread out way too much, and the oven temp is obviously wrong if the cookies burn on the outside and don’t cook in the middle!

    I appreciate the effort, but this recipe definitely needs some tweaking.


  11. If you have not had the opportunity to try a Gideon’s cookie, it is a must have when in Orlando. I scoffed at having to wait an hour or so in line for cookies, but we are going to Disney World next weekend and will be making a trip to Gideon’s for sure. While we haven’t tried this recipe yet, we are doing so tomorrow, some of the comments seem to be from folks that feel a half pound cookie is a little too big., but each their own. I’m excited to try this recipe.


Skip the Wait! Our Gideon’s Bakehouse Copycat Recipe - Perfecting the Magic (2024)


What's so special about Gideon's cookies? ›

Small-Batch, Handmade and Almost a Half-Pound Cookies!

Orlando's very own Gideon's Bakehouse is best known for their ingredient rich, from-scratch "almost half pound" cookies that take over 24 hours to create.

What is Gideon's Bakehouse based on? ›

How We Got Our Name. In his never-ending search for baking inspiration, Steve Lewis, the bakery creator, purchased what he thought was an antique cookbook published in 1898. To his surprise, the margins were filled with faded notes and doodles from what appeared to be a young boy who had dreams of becoming a baker.

How much do Gideon's cookies weigh? ›

Despite our Cookies being almost 1/2 pound each, you'd be surprised how many people come in wanting 50+ Cookies for their meetings, parties, etc. We want to make sure as many people as possible each day get to try our desserts.

How do you reheat Gideon's cookies? ›

heat your oven 350. put the frozen cookie in straight from the freezer in there for like three to 5min. it is perfection it's just like fresh just like fresh so try next time you're welcome.

Is Gideon's Bakehouse owned by Disney? ›

Thanks to an amazingly supportive community, Gideon's Bakehouse is a popular single-owner small business in Orlando that has gained international attention.

Is Gideon's worth the hype? ›

Gideon's Bakehouse is a gothic-themed bakery with a location at Disney Springs in Florida. The shop's half-pound cookies are the best I've ever had, even after waiting an hour to buy them. I'd also recommend the giant cake slices, which cost $9 and are worth every penny, in my opinion.

What is the cookie limit at Gideon's? ›

Gideon's Handmade Cookies are Nearly a Half Pound Each! Six Cookies Max Per Person in-store without Preorder, but that's almost Three Pounds of Cookies! Head to our Advanced Preorder Page to order as many as you want!

How many cookies is 4 pounds? ›

1 POUND TIN: Holds (depending on the cookie) between 14-16. 2 POUND TIN: Holds roughly 20-24 or so, sometimes more, depending on how fat we scoop them that day, so this will determine how many we can manage to fit. 4 POUND TIN: Holds roughly 45-50 cookies, and you guessed it, depending on the particular flavor.

What is Gideon's March cookie? ›

Gideon's Bakehouse in Disney Springs has a new menu for March 2024 featuring a new character, returning favorite cookie, and updated cake. This month, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookie and Peanut Butter Chocolate Deluxe Cake will be on the menu.

How much does the world's largest cookie weigh? ›

No joke – it was 102 feet wide and over 40,000 pounds!

Can I take Gideon's cookies on a plane? ›

Checked Bags: Yes

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.

What is the Gideon's cookie of the Month January 2024? ›

Gideon's Bakehouse in Disney Springs has an all-new menu for January 2024 featuring a new cookie, cake slice, and featured character. This month, the Maple Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie and Maple Caramel Chocolate Cake will be new on the menu.

What is the Gideon's cookie of the month for August? ›

Gideon's Bakehouse in Disney Springs announced their new menu items and merchandise for August! This month has not one, but two limited edition cookies with the Peanut Butter Cold Brew Cookie (my favorite seasonal offering!)

Why is Gideon's Bakehouse so busy? ›

Now with Gideon's Bakehouse opening an official location at Disney Springs (and not just selling a handful of cookies at Polite Pig), the Guests' demand has grown so large that virtual queues for the dessert have surpassed 8 hours!

What is the story behind Gideons? ›

In the late 1800s, the three founders of The Gideons International sought to meet a need among their peers. They wanted to create an Association for Christian traveling men to identify and support each other when away from home. The effort to place Bibles in hotel rooms started a bit later, in 1908.

How many cookies can you buy at Gideons? ›

Gideon's Handmade Cookies are Nearly a Half Pound Each! Six Cookies Max Per Person in-store without Preorder, but that's almost Three Pounds of Cookies! Head to our Advanced Preorder Page to order as many as you want! Preorders are only available at our East End Market location.

Why do the Gideons do what they do? ›

The Gideons' primary activity, along with their wives in the Auxiliary, is "encouraging each other to do the work of the Lord, focusing on who they are before God, and strengthening the power of their personal testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ".

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