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SALTED CARAMEL STUFFED CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES

Just like you should probably not grocery shop on an empty stomach… I also am starting to believe you should not surf Pinterest on an empty stomach. Yes? Anyone agree? Is it just me? It could just be me……

Within hours of pinning, these delightful beauties were not only made and ready for our post-dinner dessert, but I was also knee deep in powdered sugar making another batch I could freeze! Yes, they were that good.
My dad makes chocolate crinkles every Christmas… but I feel like I can officially make these myself without any father-copyright infringement because of the whole “caramel stuffing” aspect.
(Mua-hahaha.)
Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Crinkles
Original recipe found here. 
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
10 tbsp. butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 dozen caramels or Rolos, unwrapped caramels, *or in my case, leftover caramel apple sheets:)
coarse salt
1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter and sugars on medium speed until pale and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add in eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition until combine. Add vanilla. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Scoop dough out 2 tbsp. at a time and roll into a ball (make sure your hands are floured). Press caramel into the center, sprinkle with a pinch of coarse salt and enclose caramel with cookie dough. Shape into a ball once more and align cookies on Silpat lined or buttered cookie sheets. Bake 11 – 13 minutes.

Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Dip in powdered sugar. Devour.

*Note: I had those circle sheets one uses to wrap around apples- who need apples when you have crinkle dough? I cut them up and just stuck caramel chunks in the cookies. It totally worked:)

 ^^ Cookie balls w/ caramel & salt >> add a little more dough if necessary and roll with floured hands…

NEW YORK TIMES CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES WITH SEA SALT


New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies

ingredients:

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks, at least 60 percent cacao content (I PREFER 2 BAGS GHIRARDELLI BITTERSWEET CHIPS)
Sea salt

directions:

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars
together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time,
mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to
low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds.
Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them.
Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.
Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72
hours.
3.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet
with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
4.
Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (Weighed at 1.75 ounces each) the size of generous golf balls)
onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate
pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie.
Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still
soft, 17 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes,
then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with
remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining
batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.
BASED ON RECIPE FROM Jacques Torres, recipe from the NY Times