Unraveling the cookie within a cookie
Is this a dream, or is this reality?
Introducing the chocolate chip and Mars bar cookie that encloses a double-stuffed Oreo. The classic chocolate chip cookie has been taken to a whole new level. I call this the Alexander McQueen of cookies.
This 'Cookie within a Cookie' is guaranteed to leave your taste buds in shock and awe. Feel free to spin a top to double-check if you're dreaming.
Preparation time: 20-25 minutes
Cooking time: 12- 15 minutes (Depending on the thickness of the cookies)
Recipe Makes 10-12 Cookies (Depending on how monstrous you make them)
Chocolate Chip & Mars Bar Cookie Dough
3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks of Mars Bar, chopped
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
A generous dose of vanilla extract (I always double what recipes call for; in this case I added about 1 1/2 tbps of vanilla extract)
* Double Stuf Oreo Cookies (The extra icing puts this cookie over the top!)
-- You can most certainly use original Oreo cookies if you're feeling less adventurous.
Before you start making the cookie dough, I highly recommend placing the Mars bars in the fridge until chilled. The chocolate and caramel will harden, which makes the process of cutting them into chunks a lot easier and less messy.
Next, preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Cream together sugars and butter in a mixer (or by hand if you want to do it the traditional way) until smooth. Make sure the butter is at room temperature, as your cookies may spread flat if the butter is too soft. You can always wrap the cookie dough in cling film and place it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes if the butter becomes very soft. This helps firm up the dough before you bake it in the oven.
Next, add the vanilla and the egg, and blend. Incorporate flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips and the cut up the Mars bar chunks (I am guilty of stealing and snacking on more than one piece of Mars, so make sure to buy extra if you know that you, like me, will be unable to resist).
The Chocolate Chip & Mars Bar Cookie dough is ready. Time to get those hands dirty.
Flatten a medium sized ball of cookie dough with your palms and place an Oreo in the center. Cover with another flattened chunk of cookie dough on top and gently mould the sides together, around the Oreo. The key is to work fast and prevent your hands from warming up the dough too much and melting the butter.
I know it may be tempting to flatten out the cookie dough, but do try to keep them somewhat round so that, when the cookies bake in the oven, the dough and Oreo will not spread and separate too much. It might look a little odd, but keep in mind that you want equal amounts of Oreo and chocolate chip mars bar cookie in each bite, rather than only getting bits of Oreo in the center!
Watching the cookies slowly rising in the oven, also known as the test of your patience.
Bake cookies for around 12-15 minutes, and until golden brown around the edges.
Let the cookies cool slightly and don't forget to pour yourself a glass of cold milk. I highly recommend devouring these while they are still warm, as the chocolate chips will be half-melted, and the caramel from the embedded Mars chunks will bel ooey and gooey. These cookies are truly incredible. Please enjoy responsibly.