There is no such thing as too many holiday cookies. And if you say there is, then honestly I don’t know if we can be friends. Okay, we can, but I will probably be force feeding your cookies until the new year. Christmas cookies are the singular cookie that I live for, my Grandma’s in particular. One cookie she has – her Volcano cookies – are the stuff of legend. She spends days toiling in her kitchen to make these cookies, filled with a butter cream, rum and soaked cherries, rolled in sugar and topped with tempered chocolate. They are the most coveted of cookies.
The recipe has never left her clutches, it is her recipe and we depend on her every year for these coveted treats. Ohh holiday joy and recipe withholding, it’s what the holidays are all about. But now I’m making a slightly new cookie tradition – making stuffed cookies to my hearts content.
The stuffed cookie craze started with the first, original, un-toppable Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie from Jenny of Picky Palate and it is a sight to behold. And one to devour, ferociously. Because well, it’s an Oreo stuffed into a chocolate chip cookie. Duh.
And since Oreos are the packaged cookie of all ouf our childhoods, it seemed appropriate to continue on with my Mint Oreo obsession and pay homage to them in the most obvious of ways – sammiching them in between double mint chocolate cookies. Like a cookie hug.
The mix was made extra chocolatey with Hershey’s cocoa powder. I remember my first time trying cocoa powder as a kid, sneaking it out of the pantry thinking I could get my chocolate fix in powder form, them realizing quite suddenly that cocoa powder and chocolate candies. Are. Not. the. Same. Thing.
But mix Hershey’s cocoa powder in with cookie dough and it is pure magic.
Two scoops of cookie dough were wrappeda round one Oreo, like said cookie hug, and the seams of the dough were sealed to make sure nothing escaped. After a stint in the oven, they were almost ready to go. Ben and I were so excited at the Mint Oreo Chocolate Overload, we divvied one up while it was still warm, devoured it with wreckless abandon and then commenced falling to the floor.
These are the Holy Trinity of cookies my friend. Chocolate, Chips, Mint, and Oreos. Okay, fine that’s four things – but you get my point. Four is better than three. And these are the bestest in the Westest. Truth.
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1 Cup Butter, sliced into 2 Tbsp Pats
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking soda
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa Powder
1 cup Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Mint Baking Chips
1 bag Mint Oreos
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a stand mixer, beat sugars and butter until smooth, light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing 30 seconds in between. Add in vanilla and combine throughly.
In a separete mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda and cocoa powder. One cup at a time, add flour mixture to stand mixer and beat to combine. Beat in chocolate chips and mint chips. Mix to combine.
Using a cookie scoop take two scoops of chocolate dough and place each scoop on opposites sides of one Oreo Cookie. Form chocolate dough around the Oreo and seal dough.
Place cookies onto parchment or SilPat lined baking sheet and bake for 11-13 minuts. Cool on pan for five minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Picky Palate's Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie