Treasure box cookie recipe - cookies that look plain on the outside but have a fun secret treasure inside!

Treasure Box Cookies

February 26, 2014 by Michelle

Last week, we made treasure box cookies.  Why? The wee ones love to cook and bake with me, and as they’re getting older, they like to get more involved in the process. I encourage them to decide what they want to make, and now they’re starting to do more and more of the work themselves.

The other night, Mister Man made spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce and homemade Italian meatballs all by himself. I was a little nervous with him mincing the garlic, but he did just fine. So when they said they wanted to make cookies, who was I to argue? At first, they just wanted to make plain old chocolate chip cookies, but I suggested we get creative and make them special.

We talked about various ways we could do this, and eventually we settled on turning our cookies into stuffed mini-muffins. They thought it was hilarious that their cookies would look plain and boring but yet have a cool surprise treasure inside. And treasure box cookies were born.

Treasure box cookie recipe - cookies that look plain on the outside but have a fun secret treasure inside!The wee ones did all the work on this one, from measuring ingredients to cracking eggs. And if an 8 and 10 year old can make these, so can you! They were delicious and fun and surprisingly chewy. These are definitely keepers, especially since Mister Man has already asked that I make these instead of cupcakes for his half birthday this year.

Treasure Box Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 c butter, melted (12 T – and yes, this works with coconut oil)
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c sugar
1 T vanilla bean paste
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 c flour
2 c chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Melt your butter. In a bowl, cream together the melted butter with you two sugars.  When light and fluffy, beat in the first egg then the second yolk and vanilla bean paste. Beat until creamy.

Add the baking soda and salt and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and stir until just combined.

Using a small cookie scoop (the size you usually would use for truffles), scoop out your dough and place a ball into each hole of a mini muffin tin. This recipe makes 30 cookies, so plan accordingly.

Set a little flour in a dish, and use a wooden tart tamper to push the balls of dough into the round molds you need to form the base of the treasure box. You want the dough to just come up to the edge of the mini muffin pan, no higher. Between each tamping, dip the tool into the flour and shake off excess. This will keep the dough from sticking to your tool.

Use a wooden tart tamper to make the treasure box cookies

Fill your cookies with chocolate chips. Don’t be afraid to put too many in, as the chocolate will melt and the cookies can hold plenty of chips.

Fill cups with chocolate chips for treasure box cookies

Get a small amount, just over a teaspoon or so, of the dough and flatten it in your hand. This is what makes the lid for your treasure box.

Make a lid for your treasure box cookies from more dough

Place the lid over the rest of the cookie and press down gently to lightly seal. Because the dough will melt as it cooks, it’s ok if it isn’t a perfect seal. You just don’t want to see the chips from inside the dough.

Place the lids on your cookies, and they're ready to bake

Place the cookies into your 325 degree oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the tops are cracked and lightly golden. Let them cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing them or they will fall apart as you take them out. Cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack. These are best the same day but will keep for 3-4 days in a sealed container on your counter.

Perfectly baked treasure box cookies have cracked tops and are lightly browned

Treasure Box Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 30 cookies

Treasure Box Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c butter, melted (12 T - and yes, this works with coconut oil)
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 T vanilla bean paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Melt your butter. In a bowl, cream together the melted butter with you two sugars. When light and fluffy, beat in the first egg then the second yolk and vanilla bean paste. Beat until creamy.
  3. Add the baking soda and salt and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop (the size you usually would use for truffles), scoop out your dough and place a ball into each hole of a mini muffin tin. This recipe makes 30 cookies, so plan accordingly.
  5. Set a little flour in a dish, and use a wooden tart tamper to push the balls of dough into the round molds you need to form the base of the treasure box. You want the dough to just come up to the edge of the mini muffin pan, no higher. Between each tamping, dip the tool into the flour and shake off excess. This will keep the dough from sticking to your tool.
  6. Fill your cookies with chocolate chips. Don't be afraid to put too many in, as the chocolate will melt and the cookies can hold plenty of chips.
  7. Get a small amount, just over a teaspoon or so, of the dough and flatten it in your hand. This is what makes the lid for your treasure box. Place the lid over the rest of the cookie and press down gently to lightly seal. Because the dough will melt as it cooks, it's ok if it isn't a perfect seal. You just don't want to see the chips from inside the dough.
  8. Place the cookies into your 325 degree oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the tops are cracked and lightly golden. Let them cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing them or they will fall apart as you take them out. Cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.

Notes

These are best the same day but will keep for 3-4 days in a sealed container on your counter.

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  • Angel The Alien


    OMG those look so good! I can’t wait for the next day off from work so I can make those!

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