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Stuffed Salted Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stuffed Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Forget sugarplums… I’ve had cookies dancing around my head for weeks (can you blame me?) To be more specific, stuffed chocolate chip cookies: perfectly chewy and sprinkled with sea salt. The dancing continued into the wee hours of the night, and let’s just say it was going to remain a problem until I did something about it.

So here we are, facing another long-winded recipe name.

Do you blame me though? I couldn’t ignore the salt, because that’s what makes these cookies pop. I couldn’t cut the ‘stuffed’ moniker, because that’s what makes these cookies so surprisingly delicious. And the triple chocolate part? Let’s blame that on the multiple partial bags of chocolate chips leftover from other baking projects. One bag alone wasn’t enough for a batch, so I used all 3: dark, semisweet, and milk. Hence, triple.

Salted Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Nutella, Cookie Butter, and Cocoa Almond Spread

But what to stuff them with? Indecision is a cruel beast. Alas, since I couldn’t decide which delicious filling I wanted to stuff inside these cookies, I did what I usually do in such circumstances: I decided not to decide and instead used all three.

Surprise!

Which delicious spread will yours contain? Nutella? Or maybe Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl? Or Cocoa Almond spread (basically an almond version of Nutella, and hoo boy is it dangerous, better take that spoon away, stat!) From the outside, they look like unassuming (albiet delicious) chocolate chip cookies. But after the first few bites you hit the jackpot: a nugget of warm and gooey goodness in the center. Like a present. Only chewier.

Stuffed Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

The cookie itself is based on Alice’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, and it’s pretty darn perfect. I used dark brown sugar to enhance the chewiness, sprinkled them with additional sea salt, and used a blend of chips. Next time I might increase the flour ever so slightly just to give them a bit more support in the center (they spread a bit too much for my tastes).

Nutella, Biscoff, and Cocoa Almond Butter Stuffed Cookies

To ease in the stuffing process, I dropped dollops of each filling onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and froze them. It’s much easier to stuff a ball of sticky cookie dough with something firm and frozen than something ooey and gooey. Trust me.

How to Stuff Chocolate Chip Cookies

To stuff the cookies, scoop out about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of dough (a medium cookie scoop is perfect), split it in half, press a frozen filling piece into the bottom half, then press the remaining half of dough on top. Smoosh it down and around the filling entirely. They’ll be big and awkward, but they’ll bake up beautifully.

Surprise-Stuffed Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Picture-perfect cookie trick: press a few chocolate chips on the tops and sides of the cookies before they go into the oven. It’s the secret to getting visible chips on the top of the cookie.

Stuffed Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

That’s the money shot. This one is Nutella, I do believe. The Cocoa Almond was probably my favorite. The cookie butter dissolves a bit more into the rest of the cookie and thus isn’t as obvious as a filling. I imagine you could use peanut butter or straight almond butter too if that’s what you fancy, but I shouldn’t have to tell you I’m all about the chocolate.

Stuffed Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Yield: about 40 cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Nutella, cookie butter, or filling of your choice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces (about 2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • flake sea salt (such as Maldon), for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Dollop 1/2 teaspoon spoonfulls of filling onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 15 minutes or until firm.
  3. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar for approximately 3 minutes on medium-high speed until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until completely combined. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour and beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. It's not required, but can be helpful to chill the dough for 15 to 20 minutes before stuffing.
  4. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough (or use a medium cookie scoop). Divide and place one half of dough ball on prepared baking sheet. Press a dollop of frozen filling into the center, then top with other half of dough. Press to seal in the filling. Arrange on baking sheet with at least 2 inches of space between cookies (you won't get as many cookies per sheet as you might normally, they spread quite a bit). Sprinkle tops with flake sea salt.
  5. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes minutes or until centers are just set and the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Base cookie adapted from Savory Sweet Life.

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  1. 1
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

    These look so good!  I wonder if you could use a similar technique and freeze little globs of salted caramel sauce to go in the middle.  When I first saw the recipe title I thought it said salted caramel and now I have to have it….nutella sounds fabulous too, though!

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    • Posted On December 19, 2013 at 6:53 am

      OMG caramel… that’d be brilliant! Do it. And then send me some. :)

  2. 2
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Holy delicious!!! LOVE this!

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  3. 3
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Holy cookies that I want to face plant into forever! I am seriously needing to try out this cookie butter stuff! It would be like a cookie inside of a cookie.
    So.much.win. Pinned!

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  4. 4
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

    oh my word! These are insane. .  in the BEST possible way!! love these!

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  5. 5
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

    WOW they look so delicious!! have to try them as soon as possible :)

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  6. 6
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

    And now I am going to be awake dreaming about these stuffed, chewy, gooey cookies. Definitely trying these with peanut butter :-)

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  7. 7
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Cookies are my current weakness…like it’s bad!!! I have some dark chocolate peanut butter I would definitely fill these with!

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  8. 8
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Triple stuffed?!!? These look amazzzing Lindsay! 

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    • Posted On December 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Technically triple chocolate (semi, dark, and milk) chip but I guess I DID put 3 fillings in them too, so double triple? haha. :)

  9. 9
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Long recipe titles are my middle name. This one is nothing, trust me :)

    And freezing the stuffage materials beforehand YES so key! I recently made some stuffed cookies with chocolate-PB and if I hadnt frozen it first, would have been a hot mess.

    That TJs cookie butter swirl stuff. Purposely havent bought it. How dangerous. But how good. I need to get it.  pinned

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  10. 10
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I cannot express to you how much I want to dive into the center of this cookie at this moment. 

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  11. 11
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The chocolate lover in me is kind of freaking out right now. These are incredible, Lindsay!

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  12. 12
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Literally just drooled over these. I cannot think of a better combo than choc chip cookies with COOKIE BUTTER. Props to you, girl!

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  13. 13
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    heaven!! thanks for sharing this recipe, so making these I love chocolate chip cookies but stuffed even better! xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com

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  14. 14
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Wow that looks perfect!

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  15. 15
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    These cookies look absolutely fantastic!!

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  16. 16
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Wow! Brilliant.

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    Maura in CT
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you! Just bought the TJ’s Cookie and Cocoa Swirl and have been thinking what to adorn with it! Have been afraid to open it for fear of eating the whole jar with a spoon. Which wouldn’t be a totally bad thing!

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  18. 18
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Wow! Love this idea to use up all the bits and pieces in the kitchen. Great money shot!

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  19. 19
    Posted On December 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Triple chocolate!! Oh I am all in! :)

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  20. 20
    Posted On December 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Oh my goodness – these are literally my dream cookies. Nutella, butter, sugar, more chocolate chips and then a sprinkling of sea salt. Could I ask for anything more?!

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  21. 21
    Posted On December 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

    These are just gorgeous. I sure do love a stuffed cookie and these look absolutely perfect!

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  22. 22
    Posted On December 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I need to get in on this cookie stuffing thing. It looks like a good time. I want to try the s’mores version!

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  23. 23
    Posted On December 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    A thousand times YES! And, seriously, so smart to freeze the filling beforehand. I’ve decided that’s the secret! My cookie ‘stuffing’ has a not so great track record, so I’m going to have to try that trick!

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  24. 24
    Posted On December 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    These sound amazing!

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  25. 25
    Posted On December 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Not to take away from this post, but that first comment, suggesting the salted caramel filling, sounds absolutely delicious! Bookmarking this page to combine your recipe with that suggestion. My sweet tooth is thrilled right now!

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    Meg G.
    Posted On December 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I just made these this weekend to give to friends and family with their gifts. Delicious! I did a mix of the spreads you used. They turned out great. Thank you!

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  27. 27
    Posted On December 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    You have such self control! I would be tempted to eat the frozen dollops of spread!

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