Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

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I'm not generally a fan of chocolate based cookies, but these are amazing! I added chopped caramel to the top to make them look a little prettier and for some extra chewiness. The easiest way to cut the caramel up is to use a pair of sharp scissors. I love the simplicity of this recipe because all the chocolate comes from cocoa powder. There's no need to melt chocolate. Sometimes I get so obsessed with thinking that real chocolate is the only way you can get good chocolate flavour, but this recipe proves me wrong.

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The dough is very sticky so it's best to chill it for a while. As usual, I press my cookies down so they spread a little nicer.

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If you're looking for a truely chewy cookie and not one that's cakey like most chocolate based cookies are, try this recipe!

Chocolate Caramel Cookies
Adapted form Ina Garten
Makes 40 to 48 cookies

Ingredients
1/2 pound (1 cup/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed (I used dark brown)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature (I used large eggs)
2/3 cup good unsweetened cocoa
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Chopped caramels

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (I baked at 335 F)
Cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Dissolve espresso powder in vanilla extract. Add dissolved mixture, then the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well. Add the cocoa and mix again. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the chocolate with the mixer on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1 3/4-inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Put chopped caramel pieces on top. Dampen your hands and flatten the dough slightly. Bake for exactly 15 (I baked for 12) minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

42 comments:

  1. Chewy and caramel-y is where it's at! These look awesome.

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  2. Delish, I bet straight from the oven - DIVINE

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  3. mmmmmmmmmmmm...che delizia!ciao!

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  4. Yum! What a great idea with the caramel! Love choc and caramel together!

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  5. Those cookies look terrific!

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  6. Oooh I adore caramel so I love the addition to these cookies. I don't think I would be able to stop eating these!

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  7. A true chewy chocolate cookie recipe? Can it really be??

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  8. I never liked chocolate cookies until I started making them myself. Yours look fantastic!! The caramel is just oozing on top, yum!

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  9. Chocolate and caramel...two of my favorites!

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  10. Really? OMG. I thought I was going to be able to stick to my diet but clearly not. Carmel and cookies? Gaaahhh! So delish!

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  11. Gorgeous cookies! I'll have to try them. I'm with you and usually think that baked goods need actual chocolate instead of just cocoa powder but there are those special recipes like this one that are deliciously chocolatey with just cocoa powder!

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  12. Hey, Steph! Good idea capping them little bits of caramel!

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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  13. I am still deciding if I like the choc/PB combo or choc/caramel combo better--regardless, these look amazing!

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  14. These look picture perfect. Wish I could nosh on a few of them right now.

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  15. This looks like gooey perfection in a cookie!
    Nothing goes better together than caramel and chocolate. Yum!
    I know that everyone over at the Redpath Sugar facebook page would *love* this post. Please feel free to share:
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    I know they'd be a hit :)

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  16. These look so good, oh my!! I will definitely be making these.

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  17. Miss ya, Steph! Hope are you going well!!

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  18. Oh, these cookies bring back memories. My grandma used to make cookies almost exactly like these.

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  19. Greetings from Singapore! The cookies look delish! ^_^ Am following ur blog from now on!!;p

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  20. I just licked my computer monitor... it didn't taste like the cookie in the photo... wished it did though that cookie looks fabulous!

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  21. Oh! These look wonderful. Chocolate and caramel. Can't go wrong! :) - mary

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  22. Okay, where have you been young one? You are as bad as me. Hope life is wonderful.

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  23. mmmm I bet a dab of PB on top would be good too!

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  24. Looks yummy thanks for sharing.

    Check out my food blog at www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

    Ashley

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  25. That looks delicious but when it comes to cooking, I’m having second thoughts, it’s just that I am not so good at it; I really don’t have the magic to make such tasty food. Good for you :)

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  26. When it comes to cooking, I’m having second thoughts, it’s just that I am not so good at it; I really don’t have the magic to make such tasty food. Good for you :)

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  27. Your Cookies look soooo luscious! Please follow my blog to see my Valentine Gingerbread House!
    Have a sweet day!

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  28. These look fantastic, especially with the oozing caramel after their baked. I love chewy cookies :)

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  29. I really like all the stuff you made. I am definatley going to have to try some of these. please take a look at my blog and let me know what you think (:

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  30. MMMM! These look too yummy! Thanks for the recipe! They turned out really wonderful!

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  31. Definitely would love to try a variation on this recipe :)

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  32. These look amazing! Two of my fave flavors! :D

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  33. Chocolates, caramel, home-baked-cookies all in one recipe. Excited to make these cookies.

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  34. love to try one..
    they look very yummy

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  35. i want those chocolate caramel cookies .. looks so delicious ..

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