Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

I really don’t like surprises, I’m one of those people. I like to be in the know. The ironic thing about this is that I love to surprise people. I love the thrill watching someone open a gift I have carefully picked just for them. These cookies are a gift.  A surprising gift wrapped up in the guise of a beautiful chocolate chip cookie with a delicious Oreo inside!

The first time I saw this recipe, a friend had shared it on Facebook. As soon as I saw that the Oreo cookie was baked INSIDE a chocolate chip cookie I knew I had to make it.  Also I knew that Jenny over at Picky Palate  was a genius!  This is her recipe and it has been shared time and time again, but this is the ORIGINAL. I think we all owe her a hand written thank you card.

The first time I made these cookies a few years ago, my husband brought them into his office. At the time he was an active duty Marine in 29 Palms. He brought the cookies into work and had set the plate on the counter. The first Marine grabbed a cookie, bit into it, and then proclaimed, “OH MY GOODNESS…THERE IS A COOKIE INSIDE THIS COOKIE!?!”  Those who had eaten cookies would wait until someone else would grab a cookie and watch the reaction. They would wait until the next Marine would walk by the plate of cookies, no one would say anything and the same thing would unfold. Every time a cookie was eaten they were so shocked that there was an Oreo inside a chocolate chip cookie. Mr. Secrets said the surprise was almost as good as the cookie. These cookies are what started my baking fame in his office. I sent these cookies on deployments and out to the field. These are definitely Marine approved.  I have baked them for many occasions since and they have been adored every time!

I am baking these cookies today for another Marine. My cousin who is deployed right now. These will be sent off in his care package birthday box. I thought these cookies were the perfect fit. It’s a perfect way to send a little homemade love.

In the stand mixer add butter and sugar and cream until combined. Next add in the eggs and vanilla.  Once those are well mixed, then add your flour, salt, and baking soda. Lastly, add those chocolate chips! I love how easy the stand mixer makes this cookie! I also love baking action shots.

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Using a scooper or a spoon, take one scoop of cookie dough and place it under the Oreo. Place one more scoop on top of the Oreo. Lightly press the dough together to seal the Oreo cookie in. Make sure the Oreo cookie is completely covered in dough.

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Place the cookies on a cookie sheet. (Honestly it works best to put it on slipat or on parchment paper. But as you can see, I sprayed my old cookie sheet with oil and it turns out just fine. But if you want the perfect cookie cover that cookie sheet!) At 350 F bake the cookies for 9-13 minutes. Monitor the cookies since they are so big. You want them to cook all the way through, but also you do not want them to over brown. So watch your first batch to time best for your oven and the size of your cookie.

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies:

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Ingredients:

2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 oz bag chocolate chips
1 bag Oreo Cookies (you don’t use the whole bag…so there are leftovers!)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In a stand mixer cream butter and both sugars until combined. Add in eggs and vanilla until well mixed.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Then add the dry ingredients to the mixer.
Add chocolate chips, mix well.
Using a scoop or spoon take one scoop of cookie dough and place on the bottom of the Oreo. Take one more scoop of dough and place it on top of the Oreo.
Lightly press the edges together in your hand until Oreo is completely covered with dough.
Next, onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet (or spray covered sheet if you feel risky) set the cookies into the oven.
Bake cookies 9-13 minutes, watch the first batch to make sure they cook all the way through and don’t get to brown on top.Time depends on your oven and how big your cookies are.
Let cookies cool before transferring to cooling rack, I know this is hard!

Makes about 2 dozen cookies (This also depends on how much dough you use per cookie.)

Recipe from Picky Palate http://picky-palate.com/2011/01/06/oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Here’s to eating cooking dough,

P.S. Here is how the final birthday package came out. Even though deployments SUCK, gotta try to make them as fun as possible. Miss you cousin! Happy Birthday!
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