Happy early Thanksgiving!! I am so excited to have a day off and relax tomorrow. However, I did struggle for weeks trying to figure out what to make for dessert. I thought maybe something traditional but there was no way I was going to attempt a pie. I went to the ever addicting Pinterest and searched through my “food” board, but still didn’t think I had anything special enough. Until I came across these. I don’t know who first decided that salted caramel + chocolate =amazing (that’s my kind of math, haha!), but these are truly decadent and that combination is perfect. Rich, dark chocolate cookies filled with a gooey center. Funny story: when I was making these I actually forgot to put sea salt on top of the first cookie- oops! 😉
Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
10 tbsp. salted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/3 tsp. vanilla extract
2 dozen caramels (Rolo’s or Kraft)
coarse sea salt/fleur de sel
3/4 cups powder sugar, + 1/4 cup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixing bowl with a stand or hand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each. Add the vanilla extract, then the dry ingredients until just combined.
Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball (you make want to flour or put powdered sugar on your hands). Press a caramel into the center and lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Shape back into a ball and coat in powder sugar. Repeat this process with remaining dough.
Bake on prepared cookie sheets for 11-13 minutes. Let cool on sheets then transfer to cooling rack. Coat the cookies into additional powdered sugar* and store in airtight container.
*This is optional but it makes them look better!
Recipe from Cooking Classy
And here is a picture of my homemade vanilla extract! It’s been five days since I started and I can’t believe how dark it is already!