I have a special love for Cadbury mini-eggs. They remind me of my Mom, who always let me buy the little single serving packs they had near the register at our neighborhood grocery store growing up. To this day I can’t stay away from them and in our house we affectionately refer to them as Crack-bury eggs. They’re evil little things really. Have you guys tried the dark ones? Man, those are even better.
Recently I had the brilliant idea (if I don’t say so myself) to smash them up and throw them in soft and chewy chocolate cookies.
It was a good idea. The flavor of the eggs comes through and you get those signature crunchy shells in there, too. I find the quickest and easiest way to chop the candies is definitely putting them in a plastic bag and just smashing them.
I like to leave some big chunks in there as well as the little slivers.
Pro tip: Save a few of those eggs and after you drop your dough onto the sheet, place them on top with the colored coating facing up. That way when they bake up they have those pretty bursts of pastel color and everyone will know exactly what’s in there.
These are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy in the centers. I like to underbake them so they’re like a gooey brownie in the middle.
Now that Easter is almost over and Cadbury eggs are on clearance, you really have no excuse to make these! Or you could also raid your kids’ candy baskets and toss in chopped up chocolate bunnies, mini candy bars, or whatever. Can’t really go wrong with this one peeps. Haha, peeps.
- 1/2 C Crisco (I use butter flavored)
- 1/2 C Butter
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1 C white sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 2 1/2 C flour
- 6T unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 10 oz bag Cadbury Mini-Eggs*
- Preheat oven to 350. You'll need to chop up those Cadbury Eggs. I just put them in a ziplock bag and bang on them with a marble rolling pin until they look like the picture below. A hammer would work too. Go get a kid and put him to work.
- You know the drill. Cream together the butter, crisco, brown sugar and white sugar. Add in eggs one at at a time and the vanilla. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture to combine and then mix in the candies. And a little secret...if you want your cookies to look pretty like mine, save a few egg pieces and pop them on top of the cookies before baking so you get those colorful speckles on top!
- Drop onto a cookie sheet and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Mine are always done in exactly 9. They're soft and fudgy in the middle and a little crisp on the edges with crunchy little candy bits throughout. Yummers.