I love hiding edible treasures inside baked goods. The obvious perk is consuming said treats, but I also love seeing others’ reactions upon biting into something unexpected.
“Ohhh, what a good coo…Ohhh! Is that candy? Caramel? What is that!?” The only thing better than pleasing a friend with a holiday cookie is double pleasing a friend with a holiday cookie.
This was my first attempt at a crinkle cookie and also my first time baking with black cocoa, which added such a delicious touch of richness to the cookie. If you are unable to find black cocoa, replace it with unsweetened cocoa. The cookies will still make you squeal, I promise.
Caramel Chocolate Crinkles
By Pip and Ebby
Makes 24 cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup black cocoa (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
24 chocolate-covered caramel candies, unwrapped
In medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powders, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, using a hand-held mixer, combine the butter, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Using your hands, pat batter into a giant ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours, or until completely chilled.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Pour confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl and set aside.
Remove chilled dough from refrigerator. Scoop out a large spoonful of dough and flatten it into a disc using your fingers. Place a chocolate-covered caramel into the center and wrap dough around it, forming a ball. Smooth out creases in dough as much as possible. Roll ball in the confectioners’ sugar twice, completely covering it both times, and set on prepared baking sheets. Repeat process with remainder of dough. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
baking, caramel, chocolate, Christmas, cookie, holiday
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