Last week as I was visiting some of my favorite blogs, I saw a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with an Oreo cookie hidden in the middle. Of course, I pinned it immediately and vowed to surprise my kids with them (perhaps as a Valentine’s Day treat) and then my mind started wandering to all the other surprises I could bake into the center of a cookie.
After four practice batches, which earned my children’s eternal support of my blogging career since they got to eat all of the failures (I will share the story of those failures in another post that will filed under “entertainment”), I finally had a recipe that was worthy of sharing.
Special note: I ended up baking them in a muffin tin rather than on a cookie sheet to keep them from spreading out into pancake-sized cookies (though my kids were big fans of that particular version).
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did. My kids are also rooting for your support since if encouraged, I might continue my kitchen experiments which result in a lot of extra goodies for them.
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
- 24 Reese's peanut butter cups
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix well with a whisk or fork and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips. Mix on low just until combined. Do not overmix.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dough to each cup in a muffin tin. Place one peanut butter cup in each muffin cup, pushing down cookie dough. Top each peanut butter cup with an additional tablespoon of dough.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes in muffin tin, then gently run a butter knife along the edge of each cookie to loosen. Remove to cooling rack.
Here’s the recipe from Organized 31 that inspired my cookie experiment.