January 24, 2010

Dessert Time! Let's Talk Pancake Cookies a/k/a Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies

These are, so far, my favorite homemade cookies. At this point, my husband is probably saying "how many homemade cookies have you even made?" That is beside the point. These are good. Really, really good. He would agree with me.

I got the recipe from PickyPalate.com. She is a genius with creative recipes, especially cookies. I plan on trying out some more. However, for right now, I am stuck on these. Especially since I bought the industrial size bag of Oreo cookie pieces. Who knew they made such things? Probably people that bake from scratch more than I. To me, though, they are the greatest thing since chocolate chips in flavors other than chocolate.

Anyhow, to make these great cookies you need the following ingredients:

Although you do not need to line them up on your counter like that. See that big bag of Oreo pieces? Did I lie?

Also, when looking for your ingredients, you may also find this recent stocking stuffer from Santa and think it is also a little piece of genius:

You may also wonder why it has not found its way into your giant hard block of brown sugar yet. Must. Rectify. Soon.

You also need some bowls. One for dry ingredients and a larger one for the wet ingredients, and then later the combined ingredients. Actually a stand mixer would be best. I have one in the basement. If only I had more counter space to keep it up here all the time so I wouldn't forget to use it!

If you have a small puppy, you may realize that while you are trying to bake, she is trying to make sweet love to your husband's shoes:

Back to our baking - you need measuring cups and spoons too, so grab some:

Then, if you are like me, you will look and wistfully dream of more counter space. Just a bit more:

Measure out 6 tablespoons of sugar and 6 tablespoons of brown sugar. Realize some of your flour has spilled into your brown sugar. Decide it will just make it extra flavorful:

Yep, puppy still loving the shoes:

Mix the dry ingredients which include 1 1/4 cup of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl:

Next, take one stick of softened butter and the sugars and put them in the larger bowl where you will cream them together. Here they are pre-creamed:

I actually don't think my butter was softened enough, but I made do. After that is creamed, you add 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and mix it all together. Next, add 1 cup of chocolate chips and Oreo pieces (the recipes call for 8 whole cookies crushed but I just throw in whatever I feel like at the time). Sometimes I put in a tad much:

During this process, your oven should be preheating to 350 degrees. Once everything is all mixed up, use a medium cookie scoop (or a spoon or your hand) and drop the cookie dough on a cookie sheet.

And if you want to take a picture but forget, you can try to get one through the oven door:

Bake 7-9 minutes until the edges are golden but the cookie is still soft. Stand for about 3 minutes before putting on a cooling rack. I stored mine in our bottom drawer. The dog kept watch:

Then heaven:

These are almost gone. I made them yesterday:

I am eating one now.

Things I learned:
  • This recipe calls for salt but every time I use it, the cookies taste too salty. My husband didn't notice until I mentioned it, but then he noticed it. I eliminated the salt this time and they tasted better.
  • These would probably be better made with a mixer and not by Dani hands.
  • I need a silipat liner for my cookie sheet
  • I really don't know what a silipat liner sheet is.
Tell me:
  • Should I get a silipat liner?
  • Can anyone recommend a good cookie scoop? The one I use is made of silicon but the dough just seems to stick to it?
  • Do you have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that is a bit different?

*Bet you are wondering why these are called Pancake Cookies, right? Well, the first time I made them, I did not have a cookie scoop so I used a tablespoon. The cookies turned out HUGE. Yummy, but quite large. From then on, my husband and I have referred to them as the Pancake Cookies.


Debi said...

They look so good,I want one or two or three..........
I would try and make them, but with my baking experience, I would probley over cook them or undercook, one of the two - sigh - a baker I am not, as you well know.
Well. maybe one or two things.....
Now all you have to do for me is find and make one that is...Sugar free, fat free, calorie free...that is all :-)

Jennifer said...

I would like to try one of these cookies. I did not even know you could buy Oreo pieces like that. Where have I been??? Shows you just how much I bake!

*~Dani~* said...

Debi - I will have to make them one Friday and bring them over the next day. Sometimes I undercook or overcook. B never complains though. I will be on the lookout for low cal/low sugar cookie recipes.

Jennifer - I am with you on that. It is amazing what you find when you actually look.