As you know, I don’t typically post recipes on here immediately after I make them unless they’re INCREDIBLE and a MUST share.
Well, I made these cookies on Saturday and today is Wednesday so clearly this means these cookies fall into the “must share immediately” category :)
I love a super-soft cookie, like the ones you get in the school cafeteria, the Otis Spunkmeyer ones – where you’re like HOW did they make these cookies so soft? Or the ones you get from Chips Ahoy where they have the “bakery soft” kind in the red packaging? Yeah, these are just like those but HOMEMADE annnnnd they’re stuffed with a glorious caramel candy inside. Seriously, this cookie just doesn’t get any better. Oh, here’s the kicker. Bet you can’t guess what’s in these to make them super soft. CORNSTARCH! Crazy, huh? If you replace baking powder with cornstarch (1:1 so 1 tsp of baking powder = 1 tsp cornstarch), you’ll get super soft cookies!!
I made a batch on Saturday which only made about 11 LARGE cookies cause I took two scoops of dough and sandwiched a caramel candy inside, but on Monday, I decided I was going to be Mrs. Claus and bake 3 dozen of these to share with my coworkers. So, for the ones that my coworkers had (and in case some of you are my coworkers reading this), I only took 1 scoop of cookie dough, rolled it into a ball, used my thumb to press into the center, then placed a caramel candy in the middle of that indention and rolled it back up into a ball. Also, with the ones I made my coworkers, I used a finely chopped up chocolate bar (part of a dark chocolate pounder from Trader Joe’s) as well as chocolate chunks. I liked those better because there were flecks of chocolate throughout the entire cookie.
Here’s a rundown of how the cookie is made:
You basically cream the butter and sugars together, add the egg, vanilla, then flour mixture. Mix mix mix and stir in chocolate chunks (and also chopped chocolate, as I’ve added in the recipe below) then stuff it with a caramel candy! Mine were the Fleur De Sel Caramels from Trader Joe’s but you can really use whatever caramel candy you want. If you’re not smushing two large balls of dough together, I suggest you cut the caramel candy in half and then stuff it.
BEST. COOKIES. EVER. Make them for Christmas or New Years or whenever. I guarantee everyone will ask you for more ;)
Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 13 minutes
3 sticks (1 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups bread flour (you may use AP flour instead if you don’t have it on hand)
4 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks
1/2 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped
18 caramel candies, cut in half to give you 36
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a large bowl, add flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
- Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chunks and finely chopped dark chocolate.
- Take a scoop of cookie dough, roll it into a ball, then using your thumb, press into the center, put the caramel candy in the center, then re-roll the ball to cover the caramel candy. Repeat until all dough has been used up.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes. They will look super soft but they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven.
- Let cool on baking sheet COMPLETELY before you move them to a wire rack. If you move them too soon, they’re too delicate so they’ll break and the caramel will ooze out from beneath the cookie.
- Store in an airtight container.
Source: adapted from Averie Cooks
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