You could get lost browsing a display window of a Tuscan bakery; we surely have a sweet tooth, and aside from real pastry shops, most bars in Italy always carry a great selection of sweets that people enjoy at any time of the day. However, cookies generally take the back seat when it comes to food that people might eat with a cup of coffee… or with a glass of Prosecco. Sure we do have out traditional items that are baked seasonally, especially during the holidays, but it is safe to say that in general they are somewhat of an after thought both for bakers and customers.
Needless to say, I have never encountered a “chocolate chip cookie” until I moved to the US, neither I have ever seen a cookie as big as the palm of my hand anywhere in Italy.
This recipe is a true cross between two worlds: it is inspired by the traditional American chip-cookie and married to the idea of a smaller bite, to be enjoyed with an espresso during the day…. or late at night while binge watching TV in bed with a glass of cold milk.