Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Cookie for Me and A Cookie for You

To be honest I was just being lazy tonight, but my friend Katie just sent a request through the comment section on the last post:

Katie said...
Jen, I've been trying to find that cookie recipe that I asked you for, but I cannot find it. One of my students just finally passed his first test all year! So, I promised him some cookies if he passed, so now I have to follow through!

My Response...
Katie, after he tastes these cookies he might try to find a way into your class next year just so he can get more cookies- just saying!

I also think making these cookies might just get her selected for teacher of the year! My teachers never baked for me when I passed a test!

For the rest of you that didn't get a taste of my newest cookies, they are basically stuff chocolate chip cookies. They can be stuffed with a brownie (the original), peanut butter cups, rolos, or anything else you want to try to hide inside. Doesn't that sound good?

So without further ramblings here it is:

Treasure Cookies
(adapted slightly from Bakerella)

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

12 oz. bag miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

To make your dough:
Beat the butter with a mixer until creamy, then add brown sugar and beat again.
Add your eggs, yolk and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt and stir together.

Next, if you're lucky enough to own a Kitchen-Aid Mixer slowly mix the flour into the wet ingredients until combined. But if you're like me and like to add love your baked goods, slowly stir the flour in by hand with a good sturdy Scopula. (Toward the end of mixing it will get a bit sticky, but hang in there and keep adding love!)

Once it's all combined add in your mini chips. (Note: I actually never used a full bag, but you make that decision as you go.)

Next take a break for yourself and let the dough set in the fridge, it makes the cookie flavors really come together and will make it easier to deal with. I left it in the fridge overnight, but you might only be able to make it an hour!

When you can't resist any longer, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and be prepared to get a little messy.

Using a spoon take a little more than a tablespoon of dough, make a little patty (not too thin!), and place it on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Do this only six times per baking sheet, and trust me here because these cookies grow when baked.

On your little patty place your treat. The candies are easiest to work with, but if you're using brownies go with a batch of brownies that you prepare ahead of time. Take a small chunk of brownie, create smaller patty, and place it on your cookies patty.

Next you will need to top each of your cookie/treats patties with a dome of cookie dough. It is key to cover completely, and again don't go too thin because the cookies will bake down and out.

Place in your preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. You'll know they're done when they are slightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and let them sit for approximately 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Repeat until the dough is gone.

And there you have it! It's a bit long winded and sounds like a lot of work, but I assure it isn't as bad as it sounds. I can also promise you that it is worth the effort.

These are big crowd pleasers so bring them to your next gathering or potluck!


  1. That combination is unholy.

    I love that you can stuff anything in there (though I am quite partial to peanut butter cups myself).

  2. Those look amazing. Sigh. Is it too early in the day to make them?

  3. Kat- While it is unholy, forgiveness is available. Perhaps is you share...

    ELC-It's never too early!

  4. Thanks Jen! I can't wait to make them!


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