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Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Makes

4 dozen

"I'm noted for my Christmas cookies, and this recipe is my absolute all-time favorite," says Joan Williams of Eatontown, New Jersey.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 caramels, quartered
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water
  • Chopped pecans, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, milk, chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape rounded tablespoonfuls of dough around caramel pieces. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. In a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, chocolate, corn syrup and enough water to achieve desired spreading consistency. Frost cookies. Sprinkle with pecans if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 87 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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