Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chewy Caramel Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caramels, such as Kraft (about 20), halved
  • 1 cup roughly chopped assorted miniature chocolate candy bars, such as Mr. Goodbar (about 16) I did one large Mr. Goodbar
  • 3/4 cup small button-shaped chocolate candies, such as m&m's, for decorating
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and middle thirds.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture in three additions until combined. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Fold in caramels and candy bars.
  5. Using a 1/3-cup spring-loaded scoop, drop dough, 2 inches apart, on parchment-lined baking sheets I used parchment paper on the first batch I would not recommend if you have non stick pans.
  6. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven; immediately press candies onto cookies, then rotate sheets and bake until golden around edges and set in centers, about 8 minutes. Okay I cooked mine for 12 minutes total and did not press my M&M’s in. I don’t have time for that I just folded them in. Nor did I rotate my sheets.
  7. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
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So I would recommend folding all candies in at one time. Also cut Carmel first and break Mr. Goodbar first before you start. Also no parchment paper, don’t rotate and cook for 12 minutes total.
The Cookies were very yummy and best when the just can out of the oven like most cookies but with the Carmel it was best when they were fresh out of the oven.

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