Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Surprise" Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Words cannot describe these cookies. . .

"Surprise" Sugar Cookies

and these muffins. . .  

Whole-Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

but I'll do my best since you can't exactly jump through the screen to devour one of each goodie in, oh I don't know, less than two seconds.

As I mentioned in Wednesday's post, I baked these treats for the UF Journalism and Communications Ambassadors Blogging Workshop Monday. I co-taught the workshop with Kelsey Jenkins, a fellow JCA member and author of Professionally Female.

We had a lot of fun sharing our personal experiences, tips and TMI moments with the blogging newbies. For instance, I shared the pain food bloggers feel when a meal becomes cold as you try to capture the perfect picture with just the right lighting, angle, etc.

My comments generated a lot of laughs, but I'm pretty sure every attendee now thinks I'm slightly insane, which is probably true. ;)

Anyway, given the picture of the cookies, you probably figured out the "surprise" ingredient - Golden Oreos. After drooling over these pictures of chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Oreos, I knew it wouldn't be long before I put my own spin on the treat.

In fact, I spotted this new-to-me cookie while browsing the aisles at Target Sunday.

Birthday cake cream filling + Golden Oreo = genius!

Although I adore chocolate, my new apartment mates hate it. Two of the girls love vanilla, which I learned last week when they indulged in vanilla birthday cakes.

The vanilla obesession and Golden Birthday Cake Oreos served as inspiration for the "surprise" cookie recipe. I followed these steps to make the dough and added a few tablespoons of multicolored nonpareils to the batter.

After making the dough, I flattened a tablespoon-sized portion for the bottom of the cookie.

I added a second layer to the top.

Then, I covered the puppies and put them in a greased muffin tin, which helps the cookies retain a round shape.

Here's a look from the inside . . . 

Just. sinful.

Being a creme lover, I definitely want to use Double Stuf Oreos next time. Requests for these cookies at future JCA events are already rolling in, so I don't think "next time" is too far away.

I've also been dying to make a second batch of Jessica's muffins for myself. I love Oreos and sugar cookies, but the peanut butter-chocolate combination steals my heart every time, especially when the recipe is secretly healthy.

P.S. Using high-quality, natural peanut butter is the key to making these muffins moist, dense bombs of flavor. I used Trader Joe's Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter, which contains only peanuts and salt and costs about $2.79 per 16-ounce jar (a.k.a. inexpensive and delicious).

I hope you enjoyed reading about my baking extravaganza. Consider making one or both recipes this weekend for people you love to feed! :)

Of Possible Interest:

Hundreds of Oreo Recipes courtesy of Nabisco

162 Oreo Recipes courtesy of Suzie White's Pinterest Board

Top 12 Favorite Oreo Cookie Recipes by Picky Palate

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