Candy Cookies

We've had a couple of amazing snow days here in Portland - the kind of days where leaving the house (other than to play in the snow) is really out of the question. In other words: we were forced to stay inside, I was fully stocked up on butter, flour, sugar, and candy, and there was nothing to do but create sweet stuff in the kitchen. 

While the true evidence is clear in my upcoming book (!!!), I REALLY do LOVE candy projects and candy crafts and anything that allows me to use candy in multiple, various ways. So when I thought of a project combining candy + cookies it basically penciled out to be a huge YES. 

You know thumbprint cookies? The kind with a little plop of jam inside? That's what these are - except the little plop of jam is actually a little piece of candy. And what candy is that? Why, a Dreams Come Chew*, of course. 

Now, let's stop all the chit-chat so you can get to making these adorable Candy Cookies. A cookie. With candy! (See! Candy keeps being magic! It just will not stop it's magical ways.)

 

Candy Cookies
 

These thumbprint cookies are super easy to make - all it takes is some cookie dough, a few pieces of candy, and about 16 minutes in a 350° oven. It's real C o o k i e M a g i c. 

Makes 24

You need:

  • 6 pieces Dreams Come Chew, any flavor, each cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 24 tablespoons sugar cookie (or your favorite thumbprint cookie) dough
  • 2 sheet trays lined with parchment paper

1. Prepare the dough. 
Roll each tablespoon of dough into a tight ball. Place the ball on the prepared sheet tray and, using your palm, press it down into a neat round. Now use the tip of your thumb to press a small indention into the center of the cookie, taking care to not press it all the way through the dough. Repeat this process for the remaining 23 tablespoons of dough, filling the sheet trays with 12 cookies each as you go.

2. Place the candy.
You remember that you've cut each of the Dreams Come Chew into 4 equal pieces, right? Good. Now, take those pieces of candy and place them in the indention you made in the dough. Got them all in there? Good.

3. Chill the dough.
Now that the candy is in the dough, you need to chill the dough until it is very, very firm. (Very cold dough holds its shape better when baking. Trust me on this.) While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to a nice 350°.

4. Bake the Candy Cookies.
Slide both trays of cookies into the oven and bake for around 16 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through, until the cookies are slightly firm to the touch and are turning golden around the bottom edges. Remove the trays from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely before eating.

Store airtight for 3 days.

*Yes! You can make these with caramels instead of Dreams Come Chew. Do everything exactly the same - simply substitute Dreams for caramels. Oh, and, (of course!) you can buy them both here and here.