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Friday, January 6, 2012

Double Fudge Oreo Crunch Cookies and the Best Christmas Present Ever


Among other things, I received a new baking sheet and a new cooling rack for Christmas.  (Shout out to Evan and AJ!  Thank you!)  Even though the house was already filled to bursting with cookies, I felt the need to use these Christmas presents as soon as possible, and have discovered yet another fantastic chocolate cookie recipe, Double Fudge Oreo Crunch Cookies!

During the holidays, I am surrounded by cookies and candy.  Any holiday.  Halloween, Easter, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Memorial Day... Honestly, I think holidays were invented to fatten us up.  During Christmastime, it is hard not to eat Christmas cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  So there was no reason in the world to bring even more cookies into the equation.  But my brand new baking sheet was just begging to be used.  My new cooling rack was desperate for a batch of cookies to use its cooling surface.  And so I consulted my mental to-bake list, and these cookies from How Sweet It Is came to mind.  They were delicious--an instant winner!  Even though I already have a chocolate cookie recipe that is awesome and about five more I plan to try, I feel you can never have too many ways to enjoy chocolate.

Using these new baking things, of course, brought to mind other gifts and, more importantly, the gift givers, to mind.  My favorite gift from childhood would have to be any Barbie.  I lived for Barbie.  I remember almost every Barbie I ever received and who I got it from.  I remember I could tell by the shape of the box which Barbie I would probably be getting before I even opened the package.  But my best gift ever would have to be the painting that my sister-in-law gave me.  She is an artist, and she has given me two of her paintings, so actually I have two best gifts ever.  I had never imagined that I would be the recipient of even one her paintings, let alone two, so each one was a complete and overwhelming surprise.  They were paintings I had admired even before she gave them to me.  They are beautiful.  They are perfect.  And, truth be told, a lot better than a Barbie.

I hope you enjoy the Double Fudge Oreo Cookie Recipe as much as I did.  The recipe calls for refrigerating the dough, but I didn't have the time (or the patience) for that, so I left that step out and they turned out fine.  Next time, though, I will definitely refrigerate the dough to ensure a thicker cookie.

Double Fudge Oreo Crunch Cookies
From How Sweet It Is
Makes about 30 cookies

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup crushed Oreo cookies (I used a little more than a cup)


Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.

Fold in chocolate chips and crushed oreos. Refrigerate dough for 2-4 hours or more.  (I did not refrigerate, but I would recommend it.)  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350, roll into balls or scoop with an ice cream scooper and set on baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.

And here are my best gifts ever:


1 comment:

  1. The BEST! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and best of all...DOUBLE CHOCOLATE!! Thanks, Mary (from dad). BTW, the pics of Kristi's paintings don't quite do them justice as they truly come alive when seen "live."

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