October 15, 2011

So it's getting to be that time.  The nights are definitely colder, the days are shorter, and I know I certainly would rather cook with my stove indoors, than run the barbecue outside anymore.   It's time to walk into the house to the smell of stew bubbling and cookies baking...so here it is.  I got this recipe from a coworker - and it truly is the best, if not the most diet-friendly chocolate chip cookie I've had in a long time. It's also a fantastic snow-day recipe, good for getting the kids all sugared up!!

Chocolate caramel cookie surprise

1cup butter, softened
1cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
3cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 bag mini chocolate chips
4 caramilk chocolate bars

In a large bowl, beat butter until light. Add brown and granulated sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined. Beat in vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir to distribute evenly.

Break chocolate bars into individual squares; set aside. Using tablespoon, scoop dough into hands, roll into ball. Make a small indentation with finger to insert chocolate square piece and roll again to cover chocolate and form ball. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.Bake in 350 degree F oven for about 15 minutes or until light golden. Let cool for 5 minutes in pan on rack. Remove to cooling rack and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes about 36 cookies.

Freezer storage: You can freeze the cookie dough or the baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Let thaw at room temperature.

Room temp storage: store cookies in cookie tin for up to 3 days - although they rarely last that long anyways!

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