Happy New Year!

No big New Year’s Bash for me this year — just a night of baking and quality time with my friends, which is pretty much better, anyway.

The cookie on the right is a “Cranberry Garcia” cookie — we used the Cherry Garcia cookie recipe from About.com, but with dried cranberries instead of dried cherries, and without the macadamia nuts. Delicious.

The monstrosity on the left is one of my new favorite treats: a very minorly adjusted version of the “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar,” by Amanda of Kevin & Amanda. I follow Amanda’s directions for layering and baking, but I use my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, the Nestle Tollhouse one (with some extra baking soda!). I’ve made these three times now, and they never fail to amaze everyone I share them with. I’ve decided to nickname them “Behind Bars,” because when I brought them to work one of my bosses told me they should be illegal. They’re just that good.

2011 was one of my best years so far, and I have high hopes for 2012. Can’t wait to see what it holds. Cheers.

Inception Cookies (BRMMMM)

So, you guys know I make these cookies that I call “Inception cookies.” It’s a cookie within a cookie — Oreos inside chocolate chip. I got the idea from the amazing Jenny at Picky Palate. A friend shared her Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies post on Tumblr, and we decided right away that I had to try them. I’m already extremely proud of my chocolate chip cookies, so I wanted to take them up a level with this recipe.

I made a post about this a week ago, but I took it down soon after posting — I got nervous because my chocolate chip cookie recipe is basically the one off the back of the chocolate chip bag, with a few tweaks, and I didn’t want to be stealing their recipe or anything. I was going to let it go, but I guess several people out there saw the post, because I’ve been seeing “Inception cookies” pop up on my “searched terms” list every day. I have to satisfy you guys somehow!

So, rather than a “Here’s the recipe” post, I’m just going with, “Here’s how I make  cookies.”

Grab a bag of Nestlé Chocolate Chip Cookies, and follow the recipe on the back. Two adjustments:

  1. Use a little extra baking soda. Not a ton extra — just don’t completely level off the measuring spoon.
  2. Skip real butter in favor of Imperial butter substitute. I use it because I’m a cheap college kid and our campus market sells it for a dollar, but it honestly makes better cookies. I used the exact same recipe with real butter over Christmas break, and they came out flat and crispy instead of fluffy.

My basic chocolate chip cookies. So tasty.

When I first made the Inception cookies, I used Jenny’s recipe for the chocolate chip part. However, they didn’t come out great for me. I think there was too much flour to work with my cheap butter substitute, and they came out fairly dry. The dough itself was sticky, and I had trouble working it around the Oreos. So, the second time I tried it with my usual recipe, and it worked a lot better.

  1. Prepare the basic recipe.
  2. Place a spoonful of dough on your cookie tray, then put an Oreo on top, pressing it down a little so the dough comes around the side.
  3. Heap another spoonful on top of the Oreo. Don’t worry about completely covering the Oreo — the dough will spread.
  4. Leave a ton of room between cookies — you’ll need it.
  5. Bake at 375 for at least 8 minutes, or until they look mostly brown. Tasty.

Inception cookies! (BRMMMM.) See how huge they are? 3 per standard-size dinner plate.

Hopefully, this post will 1) give you guys the info you’re looking for and 2) not get me into trouble. If anyone has any problems with this, please let me know and I will take it down, no problem. Thanks! And happy baking!