These Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies are one of my new favorite cookies. It can be found here, on the allrecipes.com website. I'll also post it here with my photos. This is a great recipe for kids to help with. My son helped "hide" the candies inside and then roll the dough into balls and dip into sugar.
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 Tbsp white sugar
48 chocolate-covered caramel candies (I used Junior Caramels, 1 large box)
- Beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in white sugar and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine remaining 1/2 cup nuts with the 1 Tablespoon sugar. Divide the dough into 4 parts. Work with one part at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge until needed. Divide each part into 12 pieces. Quickly press each piece of dough around a chocolate covered caramel. Roll into a ball. Dip the tops into the sugar mixture. Place sugar side up, 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets, or a baking sheet with a silpat. (Do not press cookies down - they will flatten as they bake.)
- Bake for 8 minutes in the oven. Let cool 3-4 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.