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Say hello to perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies with an Oreo inside. You're welcome.

Inception Cookies

prep time40Min


cooking time10Min


serving time15


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup shortening

  • 1/3 cup vegan butter, room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 2 1/2 cups flour, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips

  • 15 Oreos


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, mix together the sugars, shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and applesauce. Mix until fully incorporated.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking soda and salt.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until the dough is workable, and doesn't stick to your hands. If it does, mix in a handful of flour. Fold in chocolate chips.

  5. Place reserved 1/2 cup flour in a bowl and use to coat your hands.

  6. Roll a 2-inch ball of cookie dough, place on one hand, and press lightly using the palm of your other to spread the dough into a circle big enough to fit an Oreo in the center. Wrap the cookie dough to cover the entire Oreo. Place cookies 2 inches apart on baking pan. Repeat with remaining dough, continuing to coat your hands in flour when they get too sticky.

  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Let sit on pan for 2 minutes, then place cookies on cooling rack.

Inception Cookies




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- Hey guys, I'm gonna show you how to make Inception Cookies. And what might look like a flying saucer to you, is actually a chocolate-chip-cookie-covered-Oreo. Lemme show you how to make these. So first step is to mix together the flour with the baking soda, and the salt. So mix that together. And now I'm gonna cream together the brown sugar with the white sugar, vegan butter, and I do half vegan butter and then I do half vegetable shortening, because this cookie dough needs to be nice and moldable. That way your dough doesn't totally melt when you're trying to mold it around the Oreo. So now, on low speed, I'm gonna mix them together. I love making these cookies and then not telling anybody that they're Inception Cookies, 'cause their reaction is always amazing. And the more you mix the better, 'cause it's really important for the sugars to really get incorporated into the shortening and butter. Alright. So now I'm gonna add in the vanilla extract. Alright, now the vanilla is mixed in, I'm gonna scrape down the bowl and just make sure that I get any leftover shortening or butter. So now I'm gonna add in all the dry ingredients. And this is where the magic really happens. Maybe. Sometimes when you're using an electric mixer, it's good to put it down if it becomes kinda crumbly and then work it with your hands. Alright. That's what I'm gonna do. So this isn't coming together. But take two, I forgot the apple sauce. So, never too late. Better than never. And I actually use apple sauce as an egg substitute in this and it works just as perfectly as an egg would, for the cookie dough. Well there we go. This is what we want. So now that this has come together, I'm gonna add in these chocolate chips. And I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips. And I'm gonna work the chocolate chips in. Alright. So now we're gonna assemble the Inception Cookies. This is the really fun part. I have lined a baking sheet with parchment paper. So I'm gonna grab about a golf ball size of cookie dough, and then mold it into a ball, like this, and then flatten it with the palms of my hands. And then put an Oreo in the center of it. And then I wrap the edges around like this. And you could kinda do whatever way works the best for you, and your hand style. But this is what I like to do. And that way I really like to disguise the Oreo so it's just a total secret that there's another cookie in there. I like to make these for all sorts of different occasions. I know some people that have ordered these for their baby showers and they've called them Conception Cookies instead of Inception Cookies, which I think's really clever. But they really suit just about every happy occasion there is. And now I wanna put these in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. So I've taken these out of the oven, they've cooled for three minutes. I've waited this long to eat them. Now I'm gonna dig in. Inception Cookie. Mmm! I can't really think of anything better than an Oreo inside a chocolate chip cookie. And you should bake them yourself to see if that's the case for you to.