Recently, I received this cry for help via email from reader Anne:
I have a big problem. Sunday is my 30th birthday and as is tradition, we will have a Bake-Off! Birthday Bake-Off is pretty much the greatest idea I have ever had: maximum dessert variety and no having to awkwardly stare off into space while people sing happy birthday and all I'm thinking is how we are wasting precious seconds that could be used for eating frosting. But, the dilemma. I have no idea what to make this year. Now that there are internets, there are just TOO MANY awesome recipes and I can't decide on one. You are the connoisseur of carbs - what would YOU make??
-Clueless in Cleveland
Now, Clueless in Cleveland, I will tell you, I thought about this for a long time. I went outside and took a walk, knowing that the answer would come to me. And then it did:As a majestic unicorn whizzed by, I thought to myself: "It must involve rainbows, and magic."
And from then on, the answer was easy:
1. Take the most colorful recipe I could think of, which is definitely Rainbow Cookies (now, to get the recipe I'm going to have to urge you to buy my book, because that's where the recipe is, but I'll tell you now that it's not so very different from these cookies).
2. Add magic. And how better and more reliably can one add magic than by adding cookie dough to the mix?
And so, with that sweet epiphany in mind, allow me to present the new Best Thing Ever:
Rainbow Cookies Stuffed With Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Here's how you do it.
- 1 batch rainbow cookie dough (similar enough to this recipe that you could make it work by tinting the dough many colors)
- 1/2 batch chocolate chip cookie dough (bake the rest normally, or use it to stuff cupcakes, you follow your bliss)
Note: if you are uneasy about the cookie dough not baking fully and the whole egg thing, use a chocolate chip cookie dough that does not use eggs, or that uses egg replacer.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- So, you've got your rainbow cookie dough all ready to go. Now, slice it into fairly thin coins--like, 1/8 inch thick. Lay them on your prepared baking sheet with about 1 inch in between rounds (they won't spread too much).
- On the center of each round, place a small dollop of chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Place a second coin of rainbow cookie dough on top. If it cracks between color segments, use your fingers to smooth it back into place. Gently press the sides down so your chocolate chip cookie dough doesn't ooze out.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until rainbow cookies have a dull finish on top.
- Let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.