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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Award Winning Cookies and Cream Cookies

A while back, I was supposed to make cookies for an event at my kids' school. I planned to make chocolate chip cookies, but when I went to the freezer for the Hershey's Chocolate bar and chocolate chips I had hidden behind the ice, they were nowhere to be found. It seemed someone (*ahem* my husband) must have been jonesing for some chocolate and sniffed out my hiding spot. Now, normally this wouldn't have been a problem. But that day it was because I had procrastinated until the last possible moment and had a small window of time, not nearly enough time to run to the grocery store and back.

I scoured the cabinets looking for anything I could find that would be good in place of chocolate in chocolate chip cookies. I started to panic a little when all I could find was a box of stale raisins and a half-eaten bag of hard peppermint candies. I thought I was sunk.  But then, I remembered one other (undisclosed) hiding spot. My heart lifted and hope returned. To my absolute joy, I found an emergency stash bag of Oreo Cookies, a Cookies & Cream Hershey bar, and BONUS an extra unopened bag of white chocolate chips. SCORE! I whipped up the cookie dough, chopped up the candy bar and cookies and folded them in along with the white chocolate chips. The ending result was something of a miracle. Guys! This cookie is drool-worthy.  My heart will always belong to the chocolate chip cookie, because, let's face it, Chocolate Chip Cookies are THE KING of the cookie. But these beauties... they are about as close to second place as a cookie can be.

Drool-worthy Cookies & Cream cookies. Try not to lick the screen. 
I love the way the already perfect oreo blends with the salty, crispy, gooey cookie, and how the cream sort of melts and ribbons throughout each bite. I wish I had one right now. They were so good. Now that I am sitting here dreaming about them, I think they would be incredibly delicious sandwiching a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. Now I am the one drooling.

Yes, I made another batch... and yes, adding the ice cream was even better than I thought it would be. Totally worth the calories.

At the school event that day, these cookies won the highest bid, a lot of praise and people wanting the recipe, AND the Best Cookie Award. If only they knew the backstory surrounding these little wonders. I still laugh thinking about it.  So, for all those who have asked, and for all those who, like me, need this recipe in their lives, I've got you covered. Here it is...

Happiness is a homemade cookie.

For this recipe you will need:
2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup bread flour
3 teaspoons vanilla (or get creative with 2 teaspoons vanilla and 2 teaspoons mint extract)
1/2 bag vanilla baking chips (white chocolate chips)
1 XL Hershey's Cookies & Cream candy bar, broken into chunks
10-14 Double Stuff Oreo Cookies, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugars until aerated. Then, beat in two eggs. Once the dough looks light and fluffy, gradually add the vanilla, baking soda, and flours, mixing on low speed until well incorporated. Using a serrated knife, cut the Oreo cookies into smaller pieces, as well as the candy bar. Fold the cookies, candy, and baking chips into the dough. Drop two-tablespoon size balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack

For Halloween, I am going to make these with Halloween Oreo Cookies, add a few drops of green or purple food coloring to the dough and press a few eyeball sprinkles into the cookies before they cool SPOOKY!

Happy Baking!

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