Mark your calendars, it’s December 11th and we finally got our first snow of the year!
I opened the blinds around 7am and there was already a 1/4 inch of the fluffy stuff covering the ground.
Unfortunately it was preceded by rain that fell in the middle of the night, which turned into a thick sheet of ice under the snow.
On the way to the grocery store this morning I witnessed an SUV come this. close. to wrapping itself around a light pole when it skidded on some hidden ice coming down a hill. Eek!
We’ve got a blizzard warning in effect until tomorrow morning,
which has left both Ben and I feeling a little like this:
(That’s his “You’ve got to be kidding me” face. Haunting.) While we’re both ready for a little snow to help us get in the holiday spirit, a blizzard is not quite what we had in mind!
The only answer was to hunker down this afternoon, away from the blowing wind and snow, and bake cookies!
We had a healthy debate regarding what to bake. I was craving Peanut Butter Cookies while Ben gave a pretty convincing argument for mixing up a big batch of Ultimate Cookies. In the end, though, we turned to the recipe binder.
Ohhh the recipe binder!
You see, when I got into cooking while living in Minneapolis after college, I became obsessed with printing out recipes and storing them in this very binder. Organizing them by category, of course.
For whatever reason I never got around to making half of them, but there’s one cookie recipe inside that I made dozens of times.
The cookie that blows all other cookies out of the water…
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies!!!!!
We’re talking rich, chocolately cookies oozing with gooey, melty caramel.
It starts with a pretty standard chocolate cookie recipe.
You’ve got your butter, sugars, egg & vanilla laced with cocoa powder.
Chocolate cookies = check. But where’s the caramel part of the caramel filled chocolate cookies?!
It’s seriously ingenious.
All you do is scoop out some dough,
and stuff a rolo in the middle!
Roll the ball around in some granulated sugar to make it sparkle,
Then bake to warm, melty perfection.
I guarantee these cookies will be the hit of ANY party, or the star of your own personal party, aka your midnight snack. Don’t forget the almond milk….
Lots of it!
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla then mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt & cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three batches, mixing well between each batch. Chill dough for 1 hour in the fridge or 20-30 minutes in the freezer.
- Scoop out ~1 Tablespoon dough and wrap it around a Rolo candy. Roll dough in sugar and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, rotating pan half way through. Enjoy!
While my cookies were baking I was also working on another yummy project, using yeast, which is now rising on the warm cook top. Who am I?
First Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, then regular Cinnamon Rolls, and now this?! I’m crossing my fingers that all goes well and I can share with you the delectable, savory treat I’m workin’ on tomorrow. Until then…I’ve got a mess to clean up!
Have a great night!
What’s your favorite cookie to bake up on a chilly, winter day?