I saw these cookies on Shelly's blog Cookies and Cups and thought they looked amazing, as all of her goodies do, and knew I would make them eventually. They are a chocolate cookie filled with chocolate chips and a new candy from Hershey's that I had never seen before called Hershey's Cookies 'N' Creme Drops. So I bookmarked them and actually forgot about them. Then I was in the supermarket on the candy aisle and there were the drops staring at me, calling to me. I took that as a sign that I had to make them, and let me tell you they are incredible, probably the best chocolate cookie I have ever tasted. They are super chocolately and the drops add a creamy flavor with a little crunch that makes them oh so good. I really cannot say enough about them.
When I finished making them, my husband came into the kitchen to try one. I asked him what he thought, and he said he thought they were good but that they were a little too chocolatey..(record scratching)....to which I replied, "too chocolately?!" "too chocolately?!" "how can you speak such blasphemy!" "who are you?" "I don't even know you anymore!", and I ran sobbing from the room. Okay, so that is not what really happened. I haven't been that dramatic since I was in my twenties, okay thirties, okay last month..lol I actually just looked at him like he was nuts and laughed maniacally. He backed out of the kitchen slowly. But seriously, can anything be too chocolately? That is like saying an apple pie is too appley or that the sky is too blue. If you like things chocolately or you are having a bad day and need a little pick-me-up, bake these for yourself and your family, unless you don't like things too chocolatey..lol
To make these cookies, cream together 2 sticks of softened butter and 1 1/4 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. If you are like me and always forget to take the butter out, you can put the sticks in the microwave for about ten seconds to soften them up. Just be sure not to forget them in there and leave them in too long, or you will have a big, buttery mess.
Next, beat in 2 eggs and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.
On low, slowly beat in 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. Shelly uses dark cocoa powder which I think would be great, but I used regular cocoa powder because my family does not like dark chocolate.
In a bowl, mix 2 1/4 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Gradually add this on low to the wet ingredients.
Next, fold in 12 ounces of Hershey's Cookies 'N' Creme Drops (I did not read the directions ahead of time, of course, and only bought one bag which was 8 ounces and it was fine) and 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. I used regular chocolate chips because that is what I had. This is where you will need some muscle. The batter is very thick, so it takes a little elbow grease to fold in the drops and chips. Mix until well incorporated.
Drop by large tablespoonfuls onto a parchment paper or Silpat lined cookie sheet or a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. You want to slightly under bake these, until the sides are just set. Most of mine took between 12 and 13 minutes. They seem like they will be too goey but they are perfect. Remove from oven but allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for another two to three minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Cookies and Cream Cookies Cookies and Cups
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 t. pure vanilla
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (Shelly used Hershey's Special Dark). I used regular cocoa powder.
2 1/4 cups AP flour
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used regular chocolate chips)
12 oz. Hershey's Cookies and Creme drops (if you can't find these because they are a new item use coarsely chopped Cookies and Cream Kisses OR Hershey's Cookies and Creme Bars)
Preheat to 350
Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and light.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
On low, slowly beat in cocoa powder until well incorporated.
On low mix in your remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt).
Fold in you Cookies and Creme drops and chocolate chips until evenly incorporated.
Drop by large tablespoonful on a parchment lined baking sheet.
I recommend under baking these. So bake for approx 12 minutes or until edges are set.
When done baking let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to wire rack to finish cooling.
I am linking these up to Sweets For a Saturday. Click on the link to see some delicious treats.