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Chocolate Caramel Blossoms

Chocolate Caramel Blossoms

Too…many…cookies….

I’m not sure I can eat another cookie right now. I know, I sound like a crazy person, but I just can’t eat any more for a while…maybe for like 3 days or something.

But, before I start my cookie hiatus, I have to tell you about these cookies first. Earlier this week, I told you I don’t like peppermint. Today, I am going to tell you that chocolate and caramel are two of the greatest things in the universe. Yup, the universe. These cookies took me a few times to get them just right, but after this recipe, I was more than satisfied with how these turned out. The cookie is so soft and moist. Most people don’t expect that the kiss has caramel inside so it’s a little surprise when they bite in and taste that gooey caramel! Pretty much the best surprise ever, right? My husband loves these so much and I think they will be on my Christmas baking list for a very long time!

Chocolate Caramel Blossoms

So I am not going to waste any more time and will go straight the recipe. Hubs and I are off to Ohio to spend Christmas with my family. And yes, we are driving. Why? Because we hate ourselves. And also, plane tickets were out of control.

Chocolate Caramel Blossoms

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Chocolate Caramel Blossoms

Yield: About 16 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso (optional)
  • about 16 Hershey's caramel kisses (chilled in the refrigerator or the freezer)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and espresso powder.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients until well-combined.
  5. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Place the remaining sugar in a small bowl. Using your hands, roll the dough into 1-inch balls (about 1 tablespoon). Roll each ball into the sugar until lightly coated and place on the baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart.
  6. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for about 2 minutes. Place a kiss in the center of each cookie and press down gently.

Chocolate Caramel Blossoms

   

13 Responses to “Chocolate Caramel Blossoms”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I am so with you! I am getting cookied out, yet when they are offered to me, I can’t turn them down! lol! I love your cookie!!! I didn’t realize they made caramel filled kisses, that is dangerous to know!!

    Have a safe trip!!!

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    Ramona — December 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

    What a wonderfully cool blossom. Caramel kisses… who knew. :) This is the best time of the year to bake cookies like crazy (and eat them too).. I love it. :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Love this variation to peanut butter blossoms! If I have time, I’m definitely adding these to the Christmas cookie baking list!

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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection — December 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    That last picture with the caramel oozing out is making me reallllllllly hungry. These look great! I love that you did a chocolate version, and the caramel kisses are the perfect addition!

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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie — December 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    YUM! I am right there with you – chocolate and caramel really are a fabulous combination! Those kisses are so cute, why have I not seen them before?!? (which also translates to: why haven’t I purchased a bag and proceeded to devour it??)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Duuuude, these blossoms are PEEERFECT. I had wanted to make a chocolate blossom cookie this year and thankfully I spotted this recipe before Christmas! I can’t wait to make them and get all oozy up-close-and-personal with those caramel kisses!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    These are STUNNING Stephanie!! You outdid yourself :)

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    Coffee and Crumpets — December 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    These are SO adorable and I agree, chocolate and caramel…best thing ever. Gorgeous photos also.

    Nazneen

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    Emily @ Life on Food — December 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I am such a boring kiss person. I always go for plain. Caramel would be a good one too. I bet these cookies are amazing!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I love the caramel surprise in these!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — December 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I agree, choccy and caramel are best buddies..I have a salted choc caramel cookie on my blog and it’s insanely good (shameless plug over) Have a great Christmas!!

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    Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} — December 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Those sure look incredible! Love caramel + chocolate too….yum. Merry Christmas Stephanie!! xo

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I agree, chocolate and caramel are the greatest combo on the face of the earth. I just want to pick that cookie up with the dripping caramel and devour it. Yum!

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