Cookie Dough Candy Cookies

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This past week went by so fast. Either I was having way too much fun in Disneyland or I am swamped at work with closing the books for the end of the month. I think I was just having too much fun.

I did happen to go to Disneyland over Memorial Day weekend. It was a nice long weekend to spend at my favorite theme park. I love everything about this place. When I am there, I feel like nothing in the world will go wrong and it does feel like the happiest place on Earth (for me anyway… I don’t know about all those other screaming kids).

There are just a few things that I always do whenever I make a trip here.

1. Get a churro. So worth the $3.50. No other churro like it.
2. Go on Splash Mountain as many times as humanly possible and always asking for the front.
3. Beat someone on Toy Story Mania in California Adventure.
4. Get a surprise Vinylmation. Now this has become a fairly recent tradition, but it is so fun to do.

Before my trip, I made these little babies.

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They look like ordinary cookies, but they don’t taste like ordinary cookies. They’ve got a special ingredient in them…

… chocolate-covered cookie dough candy bites!

When I first heard of this candy, I had no idea what it was, but I knew I had to try them. I looked everywhere for them… Target, Safeway, Walgreens, CVS… and the one place that had them was World Market. They even had a candy sale. It was meant to be. I was meant to make these cookies… after five tries of searching for this candy.

Here’s what you do:

Mix up the dry ingredients. Put aside. Melt some butter and mix in with the wet ingredients.

Wet ingredients mixed… check.
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Wet ingredients with melted butter… um, semi-check. I didn’t melt it too well. Oops. I just took a chance anyway. 🙂

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Add the dry ingredients.

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Add the add-in toppings: cookie dough candy, toasted walnuts, chocolate chips.

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Refrigerate the dough for at least 45 minutes so that the dough is nice and firm, but still workable.

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Roll into big balls of dough.

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Put them in the oven… and 10-12 minutes later, they are done!

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Right out of the oven, you get a slightly unbaked taste, which some people might love, but I personally don’t. I’m weird and like a cookie thoroughly baked, perhaps on the crunchy side. So naturally, after a day, I loved these cookies. It has a chewy, soft texture to it and the add-ins definitely help the texture.

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After trying the cookie dough candy on it’s own, it is very sweet. You can’t have too many at a time. In the cookie though, it is more subtle. I’m not crazy about this candy, but I do like it in this cookie recipe.

Chocolate Cookie Dough Candy-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe adapted from Lovin’ from the Oven, originally from Sugar Plum
makes 2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
1 cup chocolate chips
2 (4 ounce) packages chocolate covered cookie dough bites

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until completely melted.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on high speed, beat oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla for 2 minutes; beat in butter until combined – about 1 minute.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in dry ingredients until combined – about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in walnuts, chocolate chunks, and cookie dough candy until combined.
  6. Chill cookie dough in the freezer for 45 minutes or until well chilled.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.
  8. Divide cookie dough and roll into balls (about 3 tablespoons per ball). Place balls on cookie sheets and bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown on top. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
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