You know I have a weakness for holiday candy.
These weren’t even on sale but I had to buy them. My sister pointed out how pretty the color was and I agreed. Plus, when was the last time I had a Peep? Trust me, it’s been too long. Never mind the fact that I don’t celebrate Easter. Details. Candy is candy and when it comes in pretty colors it doesn’t matter what religion you are.
So after picking up a few packages of Peeps, I realized I didn’t actually want to eat them. I wanted to take advantage of the innocent marshmallow candies and use them in something so gooey and delicious you would forget that you were deprived of baskets full of chocolates, jelly beans and stuffed animals every spring as a child.
But I digress. After buying these lovely little Peeps, I decided I wanted to put them inside of a cookie. Jenny has already showed us that there are no limits when it comes to stuffing cookies, so why not? And what would go well with warm chocolate chip cookies filled with gooey melty marshmallows? A crunchy salty pretzel of course. That is how I came up with these Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch.
I was so excited about this cookie idea that I didn’t even bother to make my own cookie dough. There is a time and a place for Nestle pre-made cookie dough and this is one of those times. Using the pre-made dough makes these so easy that within 25 minutes you will find yourself licking melted chocolate and sticky melted Peeps off of your fingers. When was the last time you ate a chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven? If you can’t remember, do it now. And stuff it with a Peep and a pretzel.
To make these cookies, start with a layer of cookie dough (about an ice cream scoop’s worth)
Top that dough with a mini salted pretzel and push it into the dough
Top the pretzel with a Peep
Take a heaping scoop of cookie dough and top the Peep
Use your hands to mold the dough around the Peep and pretzel, making sure the filling is completely covered with dough; It will look like a large egg-shaped cookie
Place cookies at about 3 inches apart (further than as seen here!) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 13-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges
Allow to cool for a couple minutes and dig in
Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch
Ingredients (Makes 1 dozen X-large cookies)
- 2 packages chocolate chip cookie dough (16.5 ounces each)
- 1 package Peeps (should have 12 peeps)
- 1 dozen mini salted pretzels
- Start with a layer of cookie dough (about an ice cream scoop’s worth)
- Top that dough with a mini salted pretzel and push it into the dough
- Top the pretzel with a Peep
- Take a heaping scoop of cookie dough and top the Peep
- Use your hands to mold the dough around the peep and pretzel, making sure the filling is completely covered with dough; It will look like a large egg-shaped cookie
- Place cookies at about 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 13-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges
- Allow to cool for a couple minutes and dig in
Make sure the dough is very cold; it will be easier to handle this way
These would be amazing topped with ice cream when they are straight out of the oven
Don’t be afraid to make a mess; it is SO worth it
I ate 2 cookies when they were still melting and barely ready to come off of the pan. They may be the size of my head, but hey, 2 cookies is still 2 cookies;-)[/print_this]
What is your favorite Easter candy? I love the big milk chocolate Hershey’s eggs with the candy shell.
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