Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies...The Addiction Continues

What a long day! The new washing machine stopped draining (of course, the machine is digital so you can not just take something apart). I am working outside and the weather is back to being cold, rainy, and gusts of wind are shooting from all directions. I am also missing my little girl. Ashley, my daughter, just passed her driving test and received her license last Friday. She is 18 and decided to go for the weekend with friends. Today is the first day I have seen her since Friday and I feel heart broken and hoping she stays safe. I don't have words to put down that describe trying to let go and let her grow. Great, I am getting teary eyed again. Baking cookies and staying busy helps me from driving the dog, 2 cats and my hubby nuts. I am picking everything up before the item is even set down, fed the dog twice on accident, and the cats sense me contemplating giving them a bath. Cookies sound so much safer.

So here we are with another chocolate and caramel dessert to share with friends and send off to work. Did I mention that Ashley came home, stayed for about 1 hour and left because she had friends waiting soooo, of course, I called with bribery of freshly baked cookies for her to come and pick up whenever. I can see this bribery thing is my next new skill set. Hopefully Ashley is not reading this but if you are kiddo, just kidding! LOVE YOUUUU....!
Oh yes, cookies. Here is the recipe and may I say YUM!!! in advance. While Ash was here, she unwrapped all the Rolos for me.

Caramel-filled Chocolate Cookies With White Chocolate Drizzle
These yummy chocolate cookies have a tasty caramel surprise inside. With crushed pecans on top and a contrasting white chocolate drizzle, They are almost to pretty to be eaten but it can be done.

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. plus 1 Tablespoon sugar, divided
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. baking cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1 1/4 c. chopped pecans, divided
1 package (13 oz.) Rolo candies
4 squares (1 oz. each) white baking chocolate, melted

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, 1 cup sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in 1/2 c. pecans.

Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each candy, forming a ball. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar and pecans; dip each cookie halfway. Place nut side up 2-inches apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 7-10 minutes or until tops are slightly cracked. Cool for 3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle with melted white chocolate.
This recipe should make about 3 dozen cookies =D


petite nyonya said...

Oh wow, these are really hard to resist cookies, especially with the caramel oozing out! Although your daughter has her own friends now, I'm sure you will never be replaced deep inside her heart. A wonderful mother & daughter bond just cannot be described :).

Heather said...

How absolutely scrumptious! I would like to make these and practice my caramel making at the same time.

Sonia said...

like Petite nyonya said friend always can't replace you in her heart. I need to copy this recipe in my word file, otherwise I can't find it later, hahaha..

Eliana said...

These look great Shandy. They remind me of the last thing I baked - cookies with reese's peanut butter cups.

Flourchild said...

You will make my Husbands heart sing with these cookies..Im making them this weekend!

I so know your feelings about your daughter. I get closer and closer to that point where they will move away. It's so hard to watch them grow. I like the song that goes My love gave you roots now it's time for you to fly.

Sally said...

Shandy, Michelle gave me the heads up on these fantastic cookies - so nice to see a post from you, no matter where it's at!!! Ashley is one lucky young girl to have a mom that will stoop to bribery to get her home - I know from experience that it works almost every time, and Ashley will long remember that special treatment she got from you. My girls still talk about growing up and feeling "special" when they came home and I told them "I made cookies for you" of ALL ages love that!!

Shandy said...

Nyonya, Thank you for the compliment on the cookies.
I know you are right about the bond between a mother and her daughter but I feel like I have lost my best friend for a while. Hopefully, we will both adjust and thank you for being so sweet.

Heather, thank you. The cookies are delicious and fun

Sonia, thank you so much my dear friend. By the way, I am constantly copying recipes and I still misplace them so I hope your system is better then mine =)

Eliana, Oh I so saw your Reese's cookies and Boy do the cookies look delicious! I think the cookies will need to be baked this weekend =D!

Michelle, you are always such a dear friend and I appreciate the sentiment. My heart seems to still be heavy at the moment but I am happy for Ashley. BTW, the cookies were such a big hit with everyone I work around. They were even sneaking them. =D

Sally, I am glad Michelle told you. I have been thinking about you lately and miss saying hello. Thank you for the compliment and I know you are right about Ash. The hear and now is just hard. When she adjusts to having a car and being able to have more freedom, I am hoping to see her a LOT more. Sally, I just know your daughters still must feel special! Hugs, Shandy

spike. said...

those look amazing! surely they will get a teenager to stop by home!

Shandy said...

Spike, thank you and I sure hope so. Right now, I think friends and experiencing a new level of freedom is winning out =).

The Bahens said...

I knew when I saw the title that I should just turn and walk away! I feel like I've gained 5 pounds just looking at the pictures! They look so delicious!

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