We've been eating super protein cookies around here for a while now, but recently I decided to switch things up a bit. We had some leftover Valentine's Day candy in the pantry (and by leftover I mean it was leftover at Target the day after Valentine's Day so I bought it) just waiting to be made into sweet treats so I'd stop sneaking a piece every time I walked by the kitchen.
S is usually either all "what the heck are you wasting money on candy for?" or "clearance candy, let's get some for my cookies!" It's a total toss-up, tough to tell. So I decided to hide the candy in his cookies. He'd bite into them, get a special surprise, and I don't mean The Help kind of surprise, and would totally forget that I may have spent an extra $2 on candy. And so I give you the stuffed chocolate cookie!
Candy Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
makes 14-16 cookies
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1/4 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1/8 t. salt
2 t. cream of tartar
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped pecans, optional
14-16 pieces of mini chocolate candies
preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl), combine butter and sugar and beat well. Add eggs and beat until pale and fluffy
2. Add flour, cocoa, soda, salt and tartar slowly until well combined
3. Mix in chocolate chips and chopped nuts (optional)
4. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough and press a piece of candy into the center. Cover with dough, burying the candy inside
5. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes until cookies are just set, don't overcook.