Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies

Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies

We are big fans of the 7-layer cookie around here. I make the classic often. I've also dipped them, made 7-layer cookie ice cream, and made a few different varieties.

Jack loves a 7-layer cookie. I wanted to send a care package to him as soon as we got home from dropping him off for sophomore year, but I wondered how the traditional bars would hold up to the still hot temperature in transit.

Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies ♥ your favorite 7-layer bars in cookie form

So, I decided to try a cookie version of a 7-layer cookie. That sounds weird, but you know what I mean, right? I used this recipe (my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe) as the basic base of the cookie. Yes, it's the one that chills in the fridge for 36 hours before baking. Yes, it's totally worth the weight.

I added the traditional chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and pecans to the dough. For the chocolate chips, I used mainly Nestle semisweet because that's what I use in my traditional 7-layer cookies. I also added in some premium semisweet chips AND some semisweet wafers for those big chunks of chocolate.

To incorporate the other two ingredients, sweetened condensed milk and graham crackers, I made a glaze and crumbled the grahams on top. I also added a bit of fleur de sel.

(If you're counting...that's only 6 layers. The bars count butter as a layer. Trust me, these have butter.)

Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies ♥ your favorite 7-layer bars in cookie form

The dough is THICK and it's quite a workout stirring in all of those mix-ins. I divide the dough in half, then add half of the mix-ins to each bowl. Less of an arm workout that way.

Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies ♥ your favorite 7-layer bars in cookie form

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, place them back on rimmed cookie sheets. Drizzle the glaze over. Sprinkle on crushed grahams and a bit of sea salt. The glaze sets up nicely for stacking, packaging...and care packages.

Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies
{makes 40-48 large cookies}

17 ounces cake flour
17 ounces bread flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
20 ounces light brown sugar
16 ounces granulated sugar
4 eggs
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 pounds semisweet chocolate chips, chunks, wafers, or combination
1 pound combination of butterscotch chips, sweetened shredded coconut, and chopped pecans

for the glaze/topping:
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
crushed graham crackers
fleur de sel

Sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a LARGE bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla.

In low speed, add in half of the flour, mixing just until incorporated. Repeat with the remaining flour. Stir in the mixins. (This is easier if you divide the dough into two bowls, mix half into each one, then put back into the big bowl.)

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 36 hours. (Alternately, scoop the dough into 3-ounce portions, then chill.)

After 36 hours, preheat oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 ounces (I usually go with 3), but stick to one size per sheet for even baking. (I found it easier to loosen the dough with a spoon, then scoop it with a cookie scoop.)

Sprinkle with fleur de sel.

Bake for 16-19 minutes, depending on size. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set (but still soft). Let rest on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Once cool, place in a single layer on rimmed cookie sheets. Make the glaze: whisk the powdered sugar, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, water, and vanilla together until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle with crushed graham crackers and fleur de sel. Let the icing set for about 30 minutes before stacking or packaging.

Seven-Layer Cookie Cookies ♥ your favorite 7-layer bars in cookie form

This sounds like sacrilege, but Mr. E and Jack both said they might like these MORE than the traditional bars. What?!? Are you up for trying them?

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