This is a recipe that I came up with a long while back that actually started as just a “Surprise” cookie. It has since been transformed and modified into many different forms and here today, we bring to you the “Triple Surprise” version of this colossal chocolate chip cookie. The story behind this cookie stems from a small dilemma that I have had for nearly my entire life: I love peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies. So, I thought, why not combine the two!? The “Surprise” cookie was born as just a chocolate chip cookie sitting on top of a peanut butter cookie, baked together to make one amazing cookie. The doughs are just the way I like them, lots of brown sugar and vanilla and then tons of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Unfortunately, as a result, these cookies are not low in calories. But, that does not mean that you cannot just break off a piece or two and indulge in this delicious treat!
So, the idea behind the additional surprise originates from my liking for all things sweet and chocolaty. Also, growing up, I could not wait for my Mom to bring home York peppermint patties from the store. Yes, that means that I decide to pack some York peppermint patties inside the cookies. They are smashed between the two cookie does to give you the second surprise. Why stop at two surprises? No no no. I decided to take this one step further and add a third surprise in the form of Nutella. My inspiration for this addition comes from my love for the combination of peanut butter and Nutella . . . yum! So, a healthy layer of Nutella on the peanut butter cookie dough can’t hurt? No. And, after all, it serves a practical purpose too since it helps hold the York peppermint patties in place while you smother the chocolate chip cookie dough on top.
These cookies are huge and are often a challenge to finish alone and thus are great to break out and share with friends and family. However, make sure that you are aware of any food allergies that your friends or family may have since the peanut butter is hidden! Moreover, since these cookies are so large, they will likely last for a week or so in your house (or a day if you are me). To keep them soft and fresh each and every time you break into them, just stick a piece of white bread in a resealable bag with the cookies. The bread will become hard over time and the cookies will stay nice and soft. Don’t have cheap white bread on hand? Feel free to use an apple slice but be careful to keep the apple from touching the cookies or else you will have apple tasting cookies.
Enjoy these sweet treats.