December 14, 2010

Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt

I am in full holiday baking mode. I love making Christmas cookies,so I usually go a little overboard with the amount of cookies I end up churning out. Normally I make the traditional assortment that my family always had during the season, and then add one or two different variations. What can I say, I like to keep things interesting! This year, I selected this cookie as my "wild card". Oh boy, I am glad that I was fantastic!

Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt
From: The Two Peas and Their Pod blog

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (I used dark cocoa)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Soft caramel candy chews
Sea salt

Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with baking paper, lightly coated with cooking spray. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, soda, and salt; set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Wrap the chocolate dough around the caramel candy pieces. Place balls on cookie sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

(This recipe yields about 2 dozen cookies.)

The Result:
I love the combo of salt and chocolate and/or caramel. Yum! These. were. awesome.

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