Monday, January 12, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

The geniuses over at Kraft are brilliant. You know the little square caramels wrapped in plastic? Well, those are now in chocolate chip form. Kraft Premium Caramel Bits. These cookies were their fate. Chocolate cookie with gooey caramel and melted chocolate chips? Yes please.

I have made mention of my sister Mal and her upcoming nuptials (I actually hate that word). She has this huge surge of desire to learn anything domestic. Since I cook pretty much constantly, she has requested that I include her in all culinary chores and experiments. When making these cookies, I realized that her presence from here on is crucial. The child needs some serious guidance.

I instructed her to measure out the dry ingredients. She did so as I creamed the butter. I then told her to measure out the sugar. She did that and promptly put the sugar with the other dry ingredients. GAH! No! The poor little thing didn't know about creaming the butter and sugar together. I took out what sugar I could salvage and we moved on.

Once the butter and sugar were whirling together, I told Mal to get the eggs out of the fridge. Then before I know it, she is cracking one into the dry ingredients! Luckily, I caught her before any egg white came oozing out of the shell. My little Mallory, stay close. I will teach you everything you need to know.

2 cups flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup caramel bits or chopped up caramel squares
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Set oven to 350°F.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar. Add eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in caramel bits and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.


Hen Pecks said...

Let it be said that I tried but they didn't want to learn from me. I was not a total loser mother who didn't try and teach her her daughters how to cook.

Kar said...

I've always loved the Sanjaya anthem. Thank you for reminded me it existed.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Please don't share this recipe with my husband...he'll insist we make them, as he is a caramel addict. I am too...which is why your caramel corn recipe was my holiday downfall.

Mal Robin said...

Let it be said that I was very tired, therefore a little absent-minded. I also just made some very successful oatmeal chocolate chip and carmel cookies yesterday... so ha, Im not hopeless.

MNmama said...

hi are these supposed to comeout round and look kind of doughy until they cool completely?
i too am trying to learn how to bake and apparently not doing so well

Nan said...

new to your blog, love it! The knowledge of carmel bits, verse unwrapping the squares is priceless. I am going to try these cookies for sure!

Tulip said...

I read this recipe the other day.. LOVE caramel (and chocolate..) and starred it in Reader.
Guess what I found yesterday on the clearance endcap at Target -- these very caramel bits. Bought up a bunch and am looking forward to making these luscious cookies.
Thanks for sharing!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

I made these...OMG!!!! Delicious! I am going to post the recipe on my blog and give you a shout out. Seriously girl, you are making me fat!

msfears said...

I made these cookies this weekend when I was Christmas baking for co-workers. Everyone has RAVED about them. They are super yummy! Thanks.

Angela said...

A friend gave me a bag of the caramel chips the other day (I'm an avid baker). Not knowing what to do with them, I scoured the internet and came across this recipe on your blog. Made a double batch last night and they were FANTASTIC! Took them to work and they disappeared in a flash. One thing I'd mention is that, as usual with chocolate, you have to be careful not to overcook. They won't look done when you take them out. If you bake the caramel chips too long, they get a little more hard than chewy. I must say, this recipe is a keeper. I'm not sure I really taste the caramel from these baking chips (the flavor seems bland), but the texture alone is worth it. Nice and chewy. Thanks for the recipe!

Sam said...

While shopping for new sweet ingredients yesterday, I came across the Caramel Bits. I was very excited to find them. I quickly turned over the bag to see what recipes Kraft provided with them. And I swore I saw "Caramel-Chocolate Cookies" on the back. Mostly for that very reason, I bought them. Only to find out this morning that it was actually a brownie recipe that consisted of buying a box of brownies and adding the caramel bits and pecans. That's NOT baking to me!
So I googled for "Caramel Bit Recipes" and am SO glad I came across your recipe!

I'm heading to the kitchen now!

Ginahweenah said...

I too purchased a bag of Bits and found no recipe for cookies on them! For shame Kraft! I read your recipe and can't wait to try it myself! Thanks for the idea!

Heather said...

Bought caramels, found your recipe, in oven NOW... thank you for sharing!

Ro said...

Thanks so very much for the choco caramel insanely good cookie recipe! I too happened upon caramel bits just the other day (not sure where I've been based on the dates of other comments) and I bought them on principal alone but didn't really know what their fate would be. As a bonus for googling, I have discovered your blog to boot, brilliant. Thanks much!

Kat1120 said...

My girlfriends and I always have a cookie swamping party at Christmas time. I can't wait to make these this year, I too am a huge fan of caramel. Let's hope I win the best cookie recipe this year!!!!!!f