Outer Banks Buried Treasure Cookies

Making Cookies Inspired by TV Shows, Part 3: Outer Banks! Who doesn’t love Outer Banks?? There isn’t much better than a classic treasure hunt. So, in the spirit of treasure hunts, I present a treasure hunt cookie — a “dirt” cookie filled with GOLD. And topped with gold if you are feeling really boujee.

I topped these with real gold that is edible, and you can buy it on Amazon! It adds such an intense color and I think it is worth it. Plus how fancy does it feel to eat gold?

Outer Banks Buried Treasure Cookies


  • 1 cup butter cold
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Hershey's Gold Bars


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the cold butter into small chunks and add it to a bowl with both sugars. Beat for a couple minutes until it is lighter and smooth.
  • Add the egg and egg yolk and mix again. Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix just until combined.
  • Cut the Hershey’s Gold bars into small chunks. Grab a large piece of dough (6 oz, if you have a kitchen scale) and flatten it in your hand. Add a large handful of the chunks of Hershey’s Gold and close the dough around it.
  • Bake the cookies at 400 degrees for 8-11 minutes, until the outside is set. Let cool completely. If you are adding gold leaf on top, pat the cookie with a damp paper towel, then carefully put the gold leaf on top. Enjoy your treasure hunt cookies!!

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