Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

My Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies make the perfect cookie for any cookie exchange party this Holiday season!

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So excited to be celebrating ttoday! Today I am taking part in the Patience Brewster online cookie exchange! If you’re not familiar, she is an artist and designer of holiday figurines and unique ornaments. Can’t wait to see what everyone else made for the cookie exchange!

To celebrate, I made these Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies! A few days ago I made my Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies, and had several of you email me and tell me how nice it is to have a new twist on a classic favorite.

I love these cookies because they’re a treat inside of a treat. A wonderful caramel chocolate center in a fresh buttery homemade cookie! What’s not to love?

I knew right away I wanted to do one more variation of these surprise sugar cookies for this cookie exchange!

Break out your basic pantry ingredients and a bag of candy and start baking, these cookies are sure to satisfy!

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I’m talking chocolate and caramel…INSIDE the cookie for a wonderful little unexpected treat in the center. :)

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For this version of my surprise cookies I used Milky Way Simply Caramel fun size bars cut in half. They worked out beautifully! The soft caramel center with a hint of chocolate is such a treat…it’s like a little present inside the cookie!

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Fun, delicious and festive for any Holiday cookie exchange! Hope you enjoy them!

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Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

Ingredients:                                                                                    2014-12-16 4003 Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Milky Way Caramel  Simply Caramel Fun Size bars, cut in half

Red, green and white colored sprinkles

Directions:

1. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together your butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats (silpat liners) or parchment paper. Scoop dough into even sized balls until dough is gone. Place a Simply Caramel candy in the middle of each ball and roll dough between your palms to cover the candy. Make sure chocolate isn’t showing anywhere.

3. Dab ball in colored sprinkles (you’ll need about 1/2 cup total) and place on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temp.

Makes 36 cookies.  

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