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chocolate joe joe cookies

February 26, 2011

This Bardsley project is dedicated to my dear friend Meredith, all the way back home on the East Coast. As Meredith is one of the most beautiful people I know—inside and out—it’s only fitting that her cookie is two treats in one.

Mere brought my attention to these Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies the other day. It felt like a natural transition for me—when I brought orange-cream Oreo Cookie Cookies to a Halloween party this fall, I heard a lot of reactions (some more polite than others) to the fact that the Oreos weren’t mashed very finely. (I just like big, chunky bites of cookie in my cookies; what can I say?) The intact-Oreo concept was inevitable…but I had the urge to turn this recipe inside-out.

So, here’s to you, Meredith! Excellent find.

the twist: I followed the Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe only in spirit. I used vanilla Joe Joes from Trader Joe’s and packed them in chocolate cookie dough, loosely following this recipe.

ingreeds: I have a tough time shopping for cocoa powder; there are so many different kinds and brands, and the price variations make me worry about which ones will actually taste good. This article has been a huge help to me, with the added bonus at the end about converting actual chocolate to cocoa measurements for recipes. (One of my greatest character flaws is that I don’t always have baking chocolate in the house.)

Lastly, if you don’t like wearing cookie dough gloves, you won’t have fun making these. But I do, and did.

chocolate joe joe cookies

1/2 cup sweet cream salted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla ext.

1 cup cake or bread flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

9 to 12 vanilla Joe Joes

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Cream the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.

Using spoons, spatulas, or (please) your hands, dollop the cookie dough onto the top and bottom of one Joe Joe at a time. Spread the batter around on all sides so the Jo Jos are sealed in.

Arrange on a cookie sheet covered with greased foil or parchment. Bake 9 to 13 minutes, or until edges are crisp.

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