Hidden Treasure Cookies

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 1 hrs
Cook Time: 10 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 72 cookies (6 dozen)


Hidden Treasure Cookies are sure to please kids of all ages! An irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate make this the perfect after-school snack with a glass of milk! Recipe created by Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, PA.


  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels, melted according to package directions
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

semi-sweet and butterscotch morsels in medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup peanut butter until well combined.

butter and remaining peanut butter in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; beat until combined. Add eggs, vanilla extract and milk; beat until combined. Beat in as much flour as possible. Stir.

SHAPE 1 tablespoon of dough into ball; flatten into 2-inch diameter circle. Place 1 teaspoon of Morsel-Peanut Butter filling in center of circle. Fold dough around filling, forming a ball. Place balls 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle melted white morsels over cooled cookies. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

NOTE: May freeze for longer storage.


by S. Shanna , United States on Apr. 2013

I liked how these cookies were still soft a couple of days later. They didn't spread a lot when they were cooked. Everyone who has tried them liked them. Most people have come back for seconds.

Everyone Loved Them

by R. Regina , Tville, SC on Oct. 2006

Took no time at all for cookies to be gone. I'll defintely be making these again. Very addictive.

Every bit as addictive as "kiss" cookies!

by A. Audrey , Bristow, VA on Aug. 2006

We LOVE traditional "kiss" cookies which have a similar taste. This is a fun variation! I ended up improvising a lot this time...I didn't have butterscotch morsels, so I mixed the semi -sweet and white morsels half and half (not realizing the white were suppose to be saved for drizzling later). I rolled the finished cookies in sugar before baking thinking I wouldn't have anything to drizzle...but I ended up with extra "filling" (6 kids and a husband eating too much dough) so I melted that and drizzled it on the tops. Overall, it worked out to get creative :) This is definitely a cookie that takes time and gets a little messy...but it's worth it! Make sure to have lots of cold milk on hand! Dieters...BEWARE!!!

great grab & go cookie

by D. DEVEREUX , AKRON, NY on Jun. 2006

Took these to my Company's picnic and everyone loved them, the best part was that you could and they did grab a handfull and go on to something else. Great flavor and all the different chips added to the wonderful taste, will make these often.

awesome cookies

by B. B , AUBURN HILLS, MI on May. 2006

I made these cookies and took them to work. Everyone said they were the best cookies they ever had. The cookies were gone before I knew it. So yummy!!

Worth the calories!

by T. Theresa , Litchfield, IL on Mar. 2006

These wonderful, peanut-buttery, not-too-sweet cookies are deadly for dieters, but worth it if you can stand to eat just one! A bit more time consuming the first time, but I have made the dough and created dough-balls one night and finished and baked the next and it is not as bad. I cut back on the butterscotch chips just a little, and used a few more semi-sweet chips.

Best Loved Cookies

by C. Cindy , Marinette, WI on Nov. 2005

I brought these cookies to our families thanksgiving dinner and they were the hit of the dessert table. Now I am planning on bringing them to Christmas parties next month.

Peanut Butter Lovers Delight

by B. Beth , BETHANY, CT on Nov. 2005

A little fussy to make, but the end result is well worth the extra effort. They are delicious. I may try the swirl caramel chips instead of butterscotch next time!

Great for a Cookie Exchange

by K. Krys , CLARKSVILLE, TN on Oct. 2005

I made these for my sister's cookie exchange party. Everyone raved about them and wanted the recipe. I can't wait to make them again.

My kind of cookie

by C. Cheryl , VALLEY VILLAGE, CA on Oct. 2005

These are wonderful...great for entertaining....and to give as gifts.