Friday, February 28, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Cookies

It's here!! It's finally here! The end of February! Good Bye -22 degree days! See you later 20 inches of snow! Adios the days I can't drive anywhere or do anything outside of my house!...Wait, what's that? What did you just say? There's another huge storm coming this weekend? Ok, if you need me I'll be house hunting in Arizona!!

So I believe I had mentioned a while ago we do game night around here. Once a week on Wednesdays one of my little sisters and her boyfriend come over to play board games, watch sports games and mostly catch up on the latest gossip of our lives. I love these nights because it provides me with two more guinea pigs to be forced to try my stuff :)

I don't know why, but I was craving the heck out of cookies that night. But I couldn't decide what kind. Chocolate chip? Boring...but yet always amazing. Oatmeal? Nah, just wasn't feeling it. I mean I thought of probably 20 different kinds of cookies I could make but none of them sounded good. So I grabbed the purse and did what I usually do when I can't think of what to make...headed to the grocery store!

Since I was making cookies I decided to go straight to the candy aisle. If I didn't I could have easily wandered around for an hour looking for new random things. The grocery story, especially Meijer, is one of my favorite places. I know it might sound weird, but I always find something new and delicious to try. I could seriously spend hours just looking for new things to buy...then I'd probably also spend hundreds of dollars!

So I went right to the candy and saw these:
The Rolos reminded me of a Leprechaun's pot of gold and the Easter M&Ms looked too yummy to pass up. You know they're super fresh since they're seasonal, too! Mmmm... great now I need to go grab a handful!

Anyway, now that I had my inspiration, I headed home to come up with something awesome. I ended up with what you would call Not Your Ordinary Cookies:
These are the best cookies I think I've ever made. They're nice and crunchy on the outside, yet still chewy and chocolately in the middle. Just how I like it!
All I did was mix my butter and sugar, added an egg and some vanilla, and then stirred in my dry ingredients for the base of the cookie. Then I got out my awesome cookie dough scoop and put half a scoop on the cookie sheet. Next I added the chocolate to the half scoop and topped with another half scoop. I pressed the dough together on the sides and sealed it up to make a nice big ball.
Half my batch had the Rolos in them and half had the peanut butter eggs. Since I was completely experimenting with this recipe I didn't even think about how the shell of the M&M might not melt. Duh! Apparently I'm still a new baker. Oh well. Live and learn and laugh along!
These cookies still turned out flipping amazing! They're one of those cookies where you take a bite and you're like "Oh, these are good.". Then a few seconds later you're all like "Oh, Wow, these are really good!". The flavor sneaks up on you. I think it's the nutmeg.
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Chocolate Drizzle
1/2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 Cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

Mix together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add in the egg until fully mixed in and then add the vanilla.

Combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a small bowl.

Add the baking soda to the hot water to let it dissolve. Add to the butter mix. Then slowly add in the remaining dry ingredients.

Spoon half a cookie dough scoop of batter onto your cookie sheet. Add the candy onto the dough and top with another 1/2 scoop of dough.

Smoosh everything together until the dough forms a ball.

Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.

While cooling, make the chocolate topping:

Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a small bowl 30-45 seconds at a time, stirring each time until smooth enough to drizzle over the cookies.

Using a spoon, add small amounts of chocolate to the top of each cookie. Allow to cool and enjoy!!

Do you have game nights at your house? What's your favorite game to play? We need some ideas!! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Tasty! The rolo cookies remind me of these chocolate rolo cookies my sister loves to make. I wonder what it would taste like if you did a big cookie with an entire Reese's easter egg in the middle! Yum....

  2. Wow, those look delicious...................and "dangerous" in terms of calories and inability to eat just one! :) Thank you for posting. Gentle JOy

  3. Yum! I shouldn't have clicked on your link - I'm in a DietBet and now I'm dreaming of cookies!! These look so yummy!

  4. Oh my God! They look amazing! I need those cookies now!

  5. Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Pinning to the party board and can't wait to see what happiness posts you share next week! Have a terrific week!

  6. I love cookies and these look great.....

  7. I am a cookie monster and these sound irresistible. That's the problem I have with cookies.

  8. Oh man those look crazy good!

  9. I love having guinea pigs to try all my baking creations, and I would've gladly tried this recipe for you. It looks amazing! I'll be pinning this to my Pinterest board for future use.

    PS. I am hosting a link up I think you would be interested in, Delicious Dish Tuesday . I hope to see more yummy recipes from you in the future :)

  10. Ooo I love Rolos!! These look yummy!!

  11. Mmm...yum!

    And I will be joining you to find that realtor in Arizona. ;)

  12. Sometimes experimenting leads to the best recipes :-) Looks yummy.

  13. These look amazing! Thanks for linking up at All Things Thursday!

  14. Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  15. Well you just got my chocolate tooth a hankering for some of these! Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop. Pinning Now.

  16. Stopping by from the Ultimate Linky Party.

  17. OH. My. YUM!! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog hop, I’ll be featuring you, so please feel free to grab my Featured Button! Have a great week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  18. These cookies look wonderful! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  19. Your amazing cookie recipe was my most clicked link last week :)

  20. I can't wait to taste this awesome cookies! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. What a clever idea and so cute! My oldest would have a blast helping with these and eating them, of course. Thanks for sharing another great post with us over at Tell it To Me Tuesday. We hope to see you linking up with us again next week!