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  1. I saw a recipe similar to this on Pinterest, but when I looked at the recipe it was made using a brownie mix! I didn't want to do that, so I modified a recipe I already had to make these using a similar method.
    These are super delicious but best eaten fresh and warm. You can store them in an airtight container, but before you eat them heat up the cookies in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to loosen up the caramel - otherwise it will be difficult to eat.

    Salted Caramel filled Chocolate Cookies
    makes about 20 cookies

    - 1 1/2 cups flour
    - 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    - 1/2 tsp baking soda
    - 1/4 tsp salt
    - 1/2 cup butter, at room temp (1 stick)
    - 1 cup white granulated sugar
    - 1 TB vegetable oil
    - 1 egg
    - 1 tsp vanilla extract
    - coarse sea salt

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
    With a mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture and mix until well combined.  Beat in the vegetable oil (makes it easier to shape the cookies, without it the dough is too sticky). 

    Using a tablespoon scoop, scoop out heaping tablespoons of the cookie dough and flatten it in your hands. Take one of the caramel candies (unwrapped) and place it in the center of the dough. Top it with a pinch of the sea salt. Pinch the dough around the caramel and roll it in your hands slightly to form a uniform ball. Place it on the parchment paper lined baking sheet as you go. Do this until all the dough has been formed into cookies. 

    Bake for 5 minutes at 350 and then raise the heat to 375 for 10 additional minutes. 
    The cookies are done when they are puffed and the tops are cracked slightly.
    Let them cool slightly on the baking sheet. If you move them to a wire rack the caramel will leak out onto your counter.

    The cookies will deflate and flatten slightly as they cool, this is normal. They still taste delicious.

    Enjoy warm with a glass of milk!


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