For the Chocoholics

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Every time I visit my parents, my mom and I email constantly the week before about what we will bake.  There are always too many things for us to try, so it’s usually a pretty fattening special looking recipe that makes the cut.  Last weekend we made Picky Palate’s Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie Sandwiches and Candy Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches.  They were amazing.

oreo cookie 1

This weekend I couldn’t help but be inspired by those delicious cookies.  As if a chocolate chip cookie stuffed with a Snickers Bar or Oreo Cookie wasn’t enough, I had to take it a step further for all of the chocoholics out there.  Why not take one of my favorite chocolate cookie recipes and stuff it with chocolate candy?  I made Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies.

hershey cookie 2

I’ll be honest, I haven’t tasted them yet.  I am on my 6th day of a week-long deprivation vegan challenge and baking these was an extreme form of torture.  Luckily, I have the Husband to do my taste testing for me in a time like this.  If the number of Hershey Kiss stuffed cookies he ate is any reflection of the verdict, I’d say these are a winner.  Trust me, though, when vegan week is over, I’ll be inhaling a dozen cookies doing my own “quality control”.  (More on Vegan week in an upcoming post!)

The Triple Chocolate Cookie dough is adapted from Jill O’Connor’s Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.  I’ve made the cookies using her exact recipe as a standalone cookie and they never disappoint.  You may remember my Gooey Caramel Butter Bars were also from that cookbook.

To begin, you take semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolate along with a stick of butter and place them in a microwave-safe bowl

chocolate & butter

Microwave the ingredients for a minute and stir; microwave again for 30-second increments until everything is almost melted; stir the remaining lumps until smooth and do not overheat.  Set aside

chocolate & butter melted

Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) and set aside

dry ingred

In your mixer, combine eggs, sugars and vanilla

sugars, egg, vanilla

Beat on high speed for about 5 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffyegg sugar mixture

Reduce the speed of your mixer and add in melted chocolate and butter

chocolate mixture added

When that is well-combined, stir in flour mixture but do not over-mix

dry ingred added

Stir in chocolate chips

add chocolate chips

Refrigerate cookie dough for an hour or more prior to making the cookies

batter

Choose any chocolate candies of your preference.  Smaller candies will yield more cookies.  I selected these chocolate meltaway Kisses  because, well, why not make these as intensely chocolate as possible?

hershey kisses

Other candy included dark chocolate Peanut Butter cups and Peppermint Patties.  Once dough is chilled, pre-heat oven and unwrap your chocolates

candy

Use a cookie dough scoop to form balls of dough; place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place candy on top of dough mound and then push down

making cookie 1

Gently form cookie dough around the candy until it is completely covered; it might be easier if you freeze your Peppermint Patties first because they can break if you push too hard with the cookie dough

making cookie 2

Repeat process

making cookie 3 making cookie 4

Use just enough cookie dough to cover the candy; size will be about 50% larger than candy alone

making cookie 5

Make sure your candy is completely covered with dough or you may end up with some oozing like my Peppermint Patty cookies experienced

peppermint patty baked

Bake the cookies for about 9 minutes and set aside on a cooling rack to cool

This is the deliciousness you will experience when you bite into the different cookies:

hershey cookie 4 peanut butter 2 mint 1

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Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

Inspired by Picky Palate and adapted from Jill O’Connor

Makes ~50 cookies (more cookies with small candy, but less with large)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

7 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Place semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolate with butter in a microwave-safe bowl

Microwave the ingredients for a minute and stir; microwave again for 30-second increments until everything is almost melted; stir the remaining lumps until smooth.  Set aside

Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) and set aside

In your mixer, combine eggs, sugars and vanilla; beat on high speed for about 5 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffy

Reduce the speed of your mixer and add in melted chocolate and butter

When that is well-combined, stir in flour mixture but do not over-mix

Stir in chocolate chips

Refrigerate cookie dough for an hour or more prior to making the cookies

Once dough is chilled, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and unwrap your chocolates

Use a cookie dough scoop to form balls of dough; place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place candy on top of dough mound and then push down

Gently form cookie dough around the candy until it is completely covered; repeat (make sure your candy is completely covered with dough)

Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes and set aside on a cooling rack to cool

[Edited to add] Note:  The Peppermint Patty and Hershey Kiss versions were the most popular.  I think the larger Reeses Cups would be better so that the candy is in every bite.

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What candy would you put in your cookies?

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34 Responses to “For the Chocoholics”

  1. kirsty January 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    looks soooo yummy xxxxx

  2. Florida Foodie January 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    OMG. These look amazing.

  3. Caroline January 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I’m a big time chocoholic. This is just the key. I’m going to have to try your recipe! :-D

  4. Emily January 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I’m impresses, that is serious torture! What a brilliant idea to stuff candy into a cookie, the mint ones look especially good!

  5. Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    TRIPLE chocolate?! LOVE.

  6. Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    My family always does secret kiss cookies with normal (non chocolate dough) and I wanted to try chocolate dough this Christmas. But I never got around to it. This looks way too delicious.

  7. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) January 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    I made those Candy Bar Cookies today, too, from Picky Palate and they were UNREAL. I don’t know if I want to try these. They look too good. Too dangerous. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Baking Serendipity January 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Holy moly is that a lot of chocolate! I love all your versions of cookies…and that you email potential recipes with your mom before visiting. My mom and I do the same thing :)

  9. katshealthcorner January 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Yum Yum Yummy!!! That is such a great idea! I love it!

  10. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries January 24, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    This is one of those moments when I wish I was NOT on detox so I could run out and buy a huge chocolate bar!!!
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

  11. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 24, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    You are a genius my friend. I’ve been trying SO hard to be good with sweets because I have a quick 10 pounds to lose from my holiday binging. Both of these look unbelievable! I’d likely break my diet for them :) Kudos to you for staying strong!!

  12. Madison Mayberry January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    This looks too good to be true! It’s almost comical how decadent they are. For sure something for my fiancee, who is a true chocolate lover.

  13. Valerie January 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    All I can say is ‘WOW!’

  14. Lauren January 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Lauren, these look AWESOME! Not the kind of treat I typically make, but my gosh I would love to taste them each type :).

  15. The Taster January 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    I like the ones with the kisses in them the best. I had eight of them yesterday…

    • The Taster January 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      I had another six last night, I’m questioning whether this blog was a good idea…

  16. peabody January 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Oh my yes, I love the stuff that Jill comes up with.

  17. MelissaNibbles January 25, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    These look amazing. I love Oreos!

  18. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 25, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Yum so much chocolate! If I was going all the way with my cookies I’d add some mini snickers… they were my favorites growing up.

    • KeepItSweet January 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      I definitely would have used those if I had some on hand!

  19. Alexis @ There She Goes January 25, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Heath bar!

    • KeepItSweet January 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      Yum! In college, heath bar was my favorite fro yo topping!

  20. Simply Life January 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Oh my gosh – I would have to stay FAR from these to avoid eating the entire plate!

  21. blackbookkitchendiaries January 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    this looks insanely good!! i am now drooling:)

  22. Joanne January 26, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Oh my lord that is like the best chocolate overdose EVER. I can’t imagine how you maintained any self control around these. Vegan week or not.

  23. Shauna from Piece of Cake January 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Girl, you are crazy. I LOVE IT.

  24. shelly (cookies and cups) January 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Those cookies look insane! I am going into a sugar coma just thinking about them ;)

  25. kirbie January 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I am planning on making the chocolate chip oreo and chocolate chip candy cookies this weekend after seeing a couple posts on it. I love your variation as well!

  26. Sues January 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Oh wow, just what I needed were more awesome cookie recipes!!! Cookies stuffed with anything else sugary are definitely A-OK with me and all of these look amazing!

  27. KeepItSweet January 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    I FINALLY tasted these cookies today and am very happy with the results. They are well-balanced as a result of the unsweetened chocolate in the dough.

  28. Christina January 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    These cookies look delicious!! I need to make this!!! :)

  29. Shawnda January 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Cookie stuffed cookies? Now you’re talking my language :)

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