Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Cookie within a Cookie

Years ago, I was a frozen dessert specialist (I worked in an ice cream store). We served cookies along with ice cream. One day, we received a shipment of dough that consisted of chocolate chip cookie dough with crushed up Oreos in place of the chocolate chips. I’ve never liked Oreos, but these cookies were amazing. It started my lifelong interest of cramming as much stuff as possible into a cookie. I’ve made cookies bursting at the crumb with coconut, rice krispies, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. I’ve taken a variety bag of leftover Halloween candy, chopped it roughly, and baked it into cookies.

But the cookie that people react most excitedly to, is when I crush Trader Joe’s Mint JoJos and bake them into a chocolate chip cookie. It’s easy and it’s delicious. Just use your favorite recipe and substitute 12 oz. of crushed Jojos in place of the chocolate chips. Yum.

Here's the recipe I use:
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup brown sugar (or 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses)
    1 cup butter, softened
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    12 ounces crushed Mint JoJos

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  1.  Place sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer.
  2. Turn to Speed 2 and mix for 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. Turn to Speed 4 and beat another 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl.
  3. Sift together baking soda, salt, and flour.
  4. Turn to Stir Speed. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture over about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn to Speed 2 and mix 30 seconds.
  6. Turn to Stir Speed and add chocolate chips, mixing for 15 seconds.
  7. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, longer if you prefer crunchy cookies.
  8. Eat.

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to try this! Unfortunately I think Candy Cane JoJos are out of season now. :(