Saturday, January 14, 2012

COOKIE SWAP - Caramel-Kissed Chocolate Crackle Cookies by Andrea

Love these cookies!  They taste as good as they look.  My kids couldn't resist the caramel kiss on top of each cookie. YUM!


1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 cup confectioners sugar
40 caramel-filled chocolate kisses


Melt chocolate chips, let cool and set aside.  Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl to blend.  In a separate bowl cream together butter and brown sugar using a mixer on medium speed until creamy.  Beat in eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate until combined.  Add dry ingredients into wet mixing until combined.  Stir in nuts.  Cover cookie dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll about 1 tablespoon of dough into a 1-inch ball.  Roll balls in confectioners sugar and place 1-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 12-14 minutes until cookies are set and tops are cracked.  Let sit for one minute and then gently press a chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie.  Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Storage tip:  Refrigerate in an airtight container in a single layer for up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 1 month.  Redust with confectioners sugar if needed.


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  2. Do the melted chocolate chips go in with the cookie dough? Seems like it won't mix well if you let the chocolate cool...

  3. You only let the melted chocolate cool a little bit so you are not adding it in piping hot. The chocolate is still liquid when you mix it in to the cookie dough. Just let it cool about 10 minutes or so.

  4. ok thanks! I am making these for a big cookie exchange! Some with caramel kisses and some with peppermint kisses! :)


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