Surprise Cookies (Recipe from Joanne Fluke)

Ok everyone... Here's another cookie recipe that I used for a Christmas Cookie Exchange.  They were dead easy and a hit with the ladies.  Soooo, let's go!

Surprise Cookies

Do not preheat oven as the dough must chill before baking

Ingredients

1 cup butter, melted
1 cup white (granulated) sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (pack it down in the measuring cup when measuring it)
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp baking sofa
1/2 tsp salt (I use kosher but regular is good too)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp water (I used coffee as it enhanced the taste)
3 cups flour (not sifted and pack it down in the cup when you measure it)
1 pkg Bridge mix or assorted Chocolate Candies (I used 1/2 pkg of bridge mix and 1/2 of Rosettes). Some people even cut up mini chocolate bars?
4-5 dozen pecan or walnut halves

Directions

Melt butter and mix in white and brown sugars. Set the mixture aside on the counter to cool to room temperature.

When the mixture is not too hot that it would cook the eggs, add the eggs and mix them all in thoroughly.  Then mix in baking soda, salt, vanilla extract and coffee/water.

Add the flour in 1 cup increments, mixing after each addition.


Give a final stir, cover the dough with saran wrap, and place it in the fridge to chill for at least an hour (I leave it overnight)

Ready to bake???  Let's go!!!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Rack in middle position.

Scoop out a Tablespoon (one you eat with, not measure) of dough and form the dough around a piece of chocolate/bridge mix.

Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper) with non-stick spray).  Approx 12 cookies to a standard-sized sheet.

Press a pecan half (or walnut half) on top of each cookie. 

My cookie sheet is a large one so 15 cookies
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Remove cookies from oven.  Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.




Yield: 8-10 dozen cookies, depending on size.  Mine was around 6-7 dozen.


Enjoy all!!

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