Surprise-Inside Cookies

I really like surprises. 

They're the best kind of prize. They're what make Christmas and your birthday fun and exciting. They're what make any day fun and exciting. They're what make LIFE fun and exciting.

But I know some people don't like surprises, because they always ruin the surprises or ask for spoilers during every movie or book. Everyone knows that one person. The one who tells you what they're getting you for your birthday before they give it to you. The one who can't keep their mouth shut if they know something surprising is going to happen. The one who WON'T STOP TALKING during the beginning of a movie because they ask questions about what's going to happen. For me, it's one of my best friends. And my grandma. I love em both, but come on. Life needs surprises.

These cookies are for when you need surprises. I mean, they're not TOTAL surprises because you have to make them. But once you mix them all up afterwards it's a surprise whenever you eat them. 

Life is better with surprises. And with cookies. So make the choice to make your life better and make some Surprise-Inside Cookies. Just do it.

-Audrey

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Surprise-Inside Cookies

1 batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (This is ours- it's the best ever.)

Fillings:

Nutella

Peanut Butter

Reese's Cups

Oreos

Girl Scout Cookies

Salted caramel sauce

Butterscotch sauce or chips

Chocolate covered cherries

Etc... Be creative! The options are endless!

Preheat oven as per your recipe's instructions. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop one ball of cookie dough and press it flat. Put your toppings in the middle (Yes, toppings plurarl- doubling up on toppings can make for some awesome combos!) and curl the edges of the dough up around the filling, and then cover it up with some more dough. (These will be big cookies!)

Spread out at least three inches apart on a baking sheet (so they don't spread out and touch each other.) You'll have to do less cookies per sheet than normal... But it's worth it.

Bake according to your recipe's instructions. You may have to bake them a little bit longer, but check on them after the set amount of time just to be sure. Let them cool before removing them from the tray. I recommend eating these warm- especially the Oreo ones, or the Nutella or peanut butter ones- but they're also delicious at room temperature.

Our cookie recipe is from the New York Times)