Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch

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You know I have a weakness for holiday candy.

peeps

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.

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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.

Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch

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.

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.

Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch

To make these cookies, start with a layer of cookie dough (about an ice cream scoop’s worth)

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Top that dough with a mini salted pretzel and push it into the dough

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Top the pretzel with a Peep

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Take a heaping scoop of cookie dough and top the Peep

Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch

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

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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

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Allow to cool for a couple minutes and dig in

Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch

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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

Instructions

  • 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

Notes:

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]

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What is your favorite Easter candy? I love the big milk chocolate Hershey’s eggs with the candy shell.

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67 Responses to “Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch”

  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    You need to enter this post in Pimp My Easter Basket http://districtchocoholic.blogspot.com/2011/04/game-time-pimp-my-easter-basket.html

    • KeepItSweet April 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      Thanks! Checking that out now:-)

  2. Blog is the New Black April 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Love your thinking! ;) My all time favorite candy is cadbury mini eggs… like, can’t be trusted around them!

  3. Julia Steier April 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    This looks outstanding. I’m definitely going to bake this up for my sports team for an easter treat!

  4. Katie April 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    These sound really good! I will have to give them a try.

  5. lynn @ the actor's diet April 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    you mad genius!!!

  6. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots April 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Oh. My. Goodness. Amazing. I’m going to have to splurge and go crazy decadent and try these. My mom is obsessed with Peeps. She would love these. Oh, and I love your nail polish! What kind is it? :-D So pretty!

    • KeepItSweet April 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      Haha thanks, it is Esse Mint Candy Apple. The cookies are SO worth every calorie!

  7. Jessica April 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    These look incredible! I love that you can see the marshmallow practically oozing out.

  8. Anna April 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Oh Dear! That looks delicious. Yummmm.

  9. Madison M April 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    If anyone else posted this recipe, I would be surprised, socked even. But I know to expect such wonderfully outrageous things from you by now. :)

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Haha that makes me so happy!

  10. Evan @swEEts April 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    So I think I just fell in love?! Peeps in a cookie..what a fabulous idea.

  11. marian April 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    This is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen!!! Wow!!!!!

  12. DessertForTwo April 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    You’re a GENIUS! Love this!!

  13. Lauren April 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    OMG!!!!! These look divine. I have been hiding some of those delish peeps from my kids. Now i don’t have to…thanks ;)

  14. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Oh man! There are no words for these cookies!! Delicious! I need to pick up some peeps and make these! :)

  15. Maris (In Good Taste) April 6, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    This is a definite winner!

  16. Alexis @ There She Goes April 6, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    You are a genius!! I am slightly obsessed with Peeps- have you had a dark chocolate covered Peep yet? AMAHZING. They sell single ones at Target with the other Easter candy

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Oh I need to try those, yum!

  17. Sweets by Vicky April 6, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    This is a seriously over the top, insanely ingenius cookie recipe. I love it! It takes all the things I love and just meld it into one sexy treat. YUM! poor Peeps…they died though.

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Haha thanks! You are so sweet:-)

  18. Terra April 6, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    This could be dangerous!!! What a fun creative idea:-)
    Take care,
    Terra

  19. jenna laughs April 6, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Oh my goodness! I have seen tons of these chocolate chip filled cookies – I should try one out soon. This is a great place to start. Melted marshmallows are so lovely :)

  20. Maria April 6, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Very creative!

  21. Monica April 6, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    This is so clever! What a great, creative combo of winning flavors. LOVE THIS!!!

  22. Florida Foodie April 6, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    That looks delicious. Did the marshmallows stay the pretty color? Would it work with regular marshmallows?

    I now see the trick for making stuffed cookies – two scoops of cookie dough blanketing the filling. When we made the triple chocolate stuffed cookies, it was not easy wrapping the reese’s because i only used one scoop and was molding the dough around the candy. You are a genius.

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      The color kind of disappeared into the cookie but I didn’t care. I am sure regular marshmallows would work, although maybe I’d cut them in half.

    • Lee Hock April 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

      YUM!
      Being that peeps are not kosher,I am going to try making these with a regular kosher marshmallow, and I will make the dough from scratch (also for kosher reasons). Wish me luck!

      • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

        I am sure a kosher version will be fantastic! Too bad that isn’t Passover-friendly:-)

        • Lee Hock April 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

          I did it! I made it with peanut butter cookie dough instead. They are awesome. I gave some to my neighbor, and he told me I should be neighbor of the year.
          The marshmallows I used are kosher for Passover, my mind is now spinning with Passover cookie marshmallow combination ideas.

          • KeepItSweet April 7, 2011 at 6:49 am #

            I am so glad! And peanut butter cookie dough was so smart!

  23. Susi's Kochen und Backen April 6, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    These cookies look outstanding. Love the sweet and salty theme. My kids would go nuts over these and I will definitely have to bookmark this one :o) Thanks for sharing!

  24. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan April 6, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    This is an AMAZING idea!!!!

  25. erica@fashionmeetsfood April 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Wow! What a great recipe! I definitely need to give these a try!

    xo

  26. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Um, WOW! These look seriously unbelievable! I love that you went with the premade dough…sometimes it is just a necessity. Oh and the addition of the pretzel? Now that is genius :) My favorite Easter candy is the Reese’s PB Egg. About a zillion times better than a regular old peanut butter cup.

    Oh and yeah Mint Candy Apple! I totally have that too and love it :)

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      Better than a regular PB cup?! I need to try one!

  27. Jesse April 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    wow, i think i love you.

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      i love you too:-)

  28. Peggy April 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Peeps are my mom’s favorite treat, ever! I’m definitely going to have to expose her to these cookies! =)

  29. Montanna @ Slab 2626 April 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I just bought some peeps because my kids love eating them for Easter and I bought way too many and I can use them up. What a great recipe.

    • KeepItSweet April 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

      Let me know if you try it! I have extra Peeps and may have to make more…

  30. Vicki @ WITK April 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    I love peeps and this is an excellent use of them! So much fun!

  31. Simply Life April 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh those are too fun – what a great idea!

  32. Joy April 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Those look wonderful.

  33. Nutmeg Nanny April 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    These look amazing! Sooooooooo delicious :)

  34. yvette April 7, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    it looks so yummy!

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  35. Emily @ Life On Food April 7, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Man oh Man this looks amazing! My husband would love it. I am a bit scared though if I ever make them cause they look super messy and he is one messy eater to begin with. That just must mean they are that much more super delicious!

    • KeepItSweet April 7, 2011 at 11:41 am #

      They are worth the mess!

  36. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 7, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Holy moly! These should be illegal! ;)

  37. Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com April 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I kid you not- this recipe is by far the most lovable I’ve seen in at least two months. I’m literally salivating. You cannot imagine how much I love Peeps. My mother would die. Make them for me :)

    • KeepItSweet April 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

      I still have 2 packages of Peeps at home waiting to be used:-)

  38. Bizzy April 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    This is sheer genius.

  39. Beth April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    These are completely insane!! In a totally awsome way. I can’t wait to make them!

  40. Clarissa April 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Holy Moly those look awesome! I had some peep-filled chocolates last night – SO GOOD

  41. Kate Horning April 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    ooh how creative I love the pretzel addition i’m all about sweet+salty!

  42. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    ohh my goodness, that’s genius! :)

    can you taste the sugar crystals at all after they bake??

    • KeepItSweet April 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      Not really, the Peeps sort of lost that when they melted.

  43. Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews April 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Holy cow, are you serious!?! These look great!

  44. briarrose April 8, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    What a fun recipe. I love the creativity. :)

  45. Sherry April 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    These look so interesting! I would love to try them!

  46. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I love how you put that pretzel in there! BRILLIANT!

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